“Kissing the Bricks” started in '96, when Dale Jarrett and his crew chief, Todd Parrott, did it to celebrate their Brickyard 400. Thanks NASCAR.
The Indy 500 has one of the richest traditions in sports. Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsports, the best of the best line up and lock in as they try to race their way into the history books. With over a centennial of races, its arguably the biggest event in sports, and often referred to as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing".
Single-seat, open-cockpit cars that feature a 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 engine optimized to run at 12,000 RPM with an estimated 500-700 horsepower. The Chevy and Honda engines run on Sunoco E85-R fuel.
The tradition started in 1933, when winner Louis Meyer requested a glass of buttermilk. Winners stick to tradition, although they can choose between whole, skim, or 2% these days. Last year a Sunoco Rookie drank the Milk. In 2017 Takuma Sato took the honor as the first Asian driver to win the Indianapolis 500.