2016 marked the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was a really huge deal to me, along with basically everyone in attendance. Standing on the grid during the pre-race ceremonies was the most emotional experience I've ever had at a racetrack. I cried. Three times. The whole month had an even more special buzz surrounding it, which is saying something because it's Indy. In the words of Little Al, "You just don't know what Indy means."

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Mikhail Aleshin

it makes me so happy to see this guy back in a racecar. After that scary crash at Fontana in 2014, I can't blame him for taking a season away from IndyCar. I love the negative space here, it gives this shot from qualifying a very calm-before-the-storm feel.