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."

Click on the photos to check out the stories behind why they're some of my favorites.

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Will Power

Fun fact: among the family photos on displayed in her house, my mother proudly displays an autographed photo of Will Power in his car at Milwaukee that I got signed for her and gave her for Christmas. Front and center, flanked by photos of her daughters, her flesh and blood, is Will Power, IndyCar champion. But that photo is old, taken before two years of growth and improvement. I like this one a lot better. Much sharper, and tells a much clearer story of the intensity of qualifying at Indy.