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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Ryan Hunter-Reay

This was after a practice session. I love that RHR not only walks back to the garage instead of taking a scooter, but he also carries his gear himself. It's easy to get swept up in the grandiosity of IMS and I appreciate anyone who keeps their feet on the ground in the midst of it all.