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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Takuma Sato

This is probably the sharpest helmet shot I've ever gotten. My fascination with crash helmets started in 2015, because frankly they're works of art, and not just on the outside. They're definitely cosmetically personalized to each driver, but the sheer amount of technology that goes into them to keep a driver safe blows my mind. It's such a personal part of a driver's gear.