Indianapolis 500 rookie Carlos Munoz was the fastest rookie on Pole Day this past Saturday, clocking in 228.342 MPH and will be in the second position on the starting grid. The qualifying speed made him the fastest of the four rookies in this year’s Indianapolis 500, but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee any milk-drinking just yet.
However, Munoz did start to receive some of the benefits that comes along with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s relationship with the dairy community on Tuesday, being honored at the 2013 Fastest Rookie of the Year Luncheon. The 21 year-old was pretty excited about the festivities, even taking a picture of the audience from the speaker’s podium for his Instagram, but he seems ready to get the race going on Sunday.
“It has been great so far,” said Munoz.
“I have a great team behind me, they have put a competitive car in the front row. Now we have to think about the race since qualifying has past, as all the people are going to remember the race, not the qualifying. I did make a little bit of history in the 500, to be the youngest guy in the front row. It is nice, but the race is what is important.”
Munoz’ received a vary of prizes for being the fastest rookie, including an award plaque, a basket of cheese, a $5,000 check from the American Dairy Association of Indiana, and his name will be placed on the Fastest Rookie trophy that is displayed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.