American Dairy Association Indiana, Inc. and the Hoosier dairy farm families invite you to join us for the
48th annual Indianapolis 500
fastest rookie award celebration
May 24, 2022
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join us to welcome this year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie class at our annual Fastest Rookie Celebration!
Meet the rookie drivers, learn about the milk tradition in Victory Circle,
meet local farmers who provide nutritious milk daily and raise your glass to toast with milk for a great, safe race.
New this year: Silent Auction!
Meet your 2022 indy 500 milk people
In 2022, Tim Haynes will serve as the Milk Person. Tim will present this year’s winning driver with a bottle of ice cold milk. Watch for Tim and Rookie Milk Person Kerry Estes on race day in Victory Circle.
2022 Veteran Milk Man
Four generations ago, rookie Milk Person Tim Haynes’ grandfather started Superior Dairy in the 1940’s, and the farm has not been without cows since. Tim and his family have continued to use new technology to create a comfortable home for the cows they milk. They grow most of the feed for the cows on the farm, and employ robots for milking, cleaning, and feeding the cows. In their “smart barn”, the temperature can be regulated by automatic fans, sprinklers, and curtains. Cows choose when they want to get milked with the robots, and spend the rest of the day lounging in sand beds with access to ample food and water thanks to automatic waterers and a feed robot named Juno.
This level of automation doesn’t mean that the work is done, though! Each family member plays a special role to ensure the cows have everything they need. Tim and his brother David work with their children and spouses to divide the work on the farm. With around 240 cows at the farm, the Haynes family members specialize in crop management, cow care, public relations and more to keep their cows healthy and happy.
2022 Rookie Milk Man
Kerry Estes is a first-generation dairy farmer from just southeast of Indianapolis. He and his wife Christiana began farming in 2005 after deciding they wanted to work more closely with their four children, and dairy farming provided the perfect opportunity to do just that. Their cows graze in the surrounding pastures during part of the year, and have waterbeds to lounge in when they feel like it. Each family member has a different specialty on the farm, making it a true family business. Kerry also coaches football in the local school system, bringing his sense of teamwork from the farm to the field.