Milk bath

CRASH CAMERON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

The winner of the Indianapolis 500 gets a glass of milk in victory lane.

Sprint cars get a milk bath.

Sort of.

You might see members of a sprint car crew pouring a white liquid out of a big plastic jug. But the contents don't come from a cow. The name of the mixture is self-explanatory: it's called 'mud-off.'

It gets swabbed on the wings and underneath the cars to, well, keep the mud from the wetted-down clay surface off.

What's in it is another thing. Maybe there is calcium in it. In a random survey, no crew members seemed too sure what's in it. One even admitted he wasn't sure if it even worked!

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"It was my boy's idea," Leduc racer Tim Gee said of putting camouflage colours on his No. 4 car to honour the local military. "He's nine years old and he's all over the camo stuff. We've got a lot of people that come into our showroom that have direct family over in Afghanistan. And we go down to the States and see all the support they give to their troops ...

"We're living in a boom right now as far as the economy in Alberta and I thought of the people over there, maybe we're kind of living on their backs a little bit. So I thought we could just kind of say thanks."


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