Inside The Indy 500: Driver Milestones

By Auto News Log • March 31st, 2010

Victories:

•Most victories: 4 – A.J. Foyt (1961, 64, 67, 77), Al Unser (1970-71, 78, 87), Rick Mears (1979, 84, 88, 91)
•Most consecutive victories: 2 – Wilbur Shaw (1939-40), Mauri Rose (1947-48), Bill Vukovich (1953-54), Al Unser (1970-71), Helio Castroneves (2001-02)
•Longest span between first and last victory: 17 years – Al Unser (1970 to 1987)
•Youngest winner: Troy Ruttman (1952) – 22 years, 80 days old
•Oldest winner: Al Unser (1987) – 47 years, 360 days old
•Most victories from pole position: 3 – Rick Mears (1979, 88, 91)
•Lowest starting position, winner: 28th – Ray Harroun (1911), Louis Meyer (1936)
•First two-time winner: Tommy Milton (1921, 23)
•First three-time winner: Louis Meyer (1928, 33, 36)
•First four-time winner: A.J. Foyt (1961, 64, 67, 77)
•Largest margin of victory: 13 minutes, 8.40 seconds – Jules Goux over Spencer Wishart (1913)
•Closest margin of victory: .043 of a second – Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear (1992)
•Fastest average winning speed: 185.981 mph – Arie Luyendyk (1990)
•Slowest average winning speed: 74.602 mph – Ray Harroun (1911)

Field:

•Most career starts: 35 – A.J. Foyt (1958-92, consecutive)
•Fewest starters, single race: 21 – 1916
•Most starters, single race: 42 – 1933
•Most former Rookies of the Year in field: 8 – 1990
•Most former winners in field: 10 – 1992
•Most rookies in field: 19 – 1919, 1930 (Not counting the 40 starters in 1911)
•Fewest rookies in field: 1 – 1939, 1979
•Most cars entered: 117 – 1984

Lap Leaders:

•Most laps led, career: 644 – Al Unser
•Most laps led, single race: 198 – Billy Arnold (1930)
•Most consecutive laps led, single race: 198 (Laps 3-200) – Billy Arnold (1930)
•Most laps led by winner, single race: 198 – Billy Arnold (1930)
•Fewest laps led by winner, single race: 2 (Laps 199-200) – Joe Dawson (1912)
•Most laps led without winning, single race: 196 – Ralph DePalma (1912)
•Most laps led without winning, career: 431 – Michael Andretti
•Most times leading without winning, single race: 10 – Rodger Ward (1960)
•Most races led: 13 – A.J. Foyt
•Most races led without winning, career: 9 – Rex Mays
•Most times led, single race: 13 – Tommy Milton (1923)
•Most times led, career: 39 – A.J. Foyt
•Most consecutive races led: 7 – Tony Kanaan (2002-2008)
•Most lead changes, single race: 29 – 1960
•Fewest lead changes, single race: 1 – 1930
•Most lap leaders, single race: 12 – 1993
•Fewest lap leaders, single race: 2 – 1930, 1965
•Most competitive laps/miles, career: 4,904 laps / 12,272.5 miles – A.J. Foyt
•Most consecutive laps/miles, career: 1,351 laps / 3,377.5 miles – Wilbur Shaw
•Most laps completed, entire field: 5,733 – 1993
•Fewest laps completed, entire field (when winner completed 500 miles): 2,647 – 1966
•Fewest laps completed, entire field (when race was shortened by rain): 2,556 – 1973

Miscellaneous:

•Most cars running at finish: 26 – 1911
•Fewest cars running at finish: 7 – 1966
•Most times running at finish: 18 – Al Unser
•Best finish, first two races: Helio Castroneves – 1st, 1st (2001-02), Louis Meyer – 1st, 2nd (1928-29), Dario Resta – 2nd, 1st (1915-16), Johnnie Parsons – 2nd, 1st (1949-50), Jacques Villeneuve – 2nd, 1st (1994-95)
•Best finish, first three races: Helio Castroneves – 1st, 1st, 2nd (2001-03)
•Best finish, first four races: Bill Holland – 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd (1947-50)
•Best finish first five races: Harry Hartz – 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 2nd (1922-26)
•Best finish, woman: 4th – Danica Patrick (2005)
•Greatest improvement from starting position: 32 spots – Zeke Meyer (38th to 6th – 1932)
•Most races served as chief steward: 22 – Tom Binford (1974-95)
•Most races served as chief starter: 18 – Pat Vidan (1962-79)
•Number of cars that have completed race without a pit stop: 4 – the drivers were Dave Evans in the Cummins Diesel (1931 – 13th), Cliff Bergere in the Noc Out Hose Clamp (1941 – 5th ), Jimmy Jackson in the Howard Keck (1949 – 6th) and Johnny Mantz in the Agajanian (1949 – 7th)

Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Comments

Billy Arnoald had the most single races so far last season! 🙂

Billy was indeed a legend!! 🙂

 

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