Fast Statistics: The Indianapolis 500

The history of the Indianapolis 500 means there is an endless list of statistics.

The most talked about statistic is that of the drivers that have won the world’s greatest motor race more than any other.

While A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr and Rick Mears all raced against each other at some point at the Speedway, the three four-time winners really came from different eras of racing.

Foyt won his first race in 1961 – the same year that Sir Jack Brabham drove the first rear-engined car at the event – and went on to win again in 1964, 67 and an amazing 10 years later in 1977.

Al Unser Sr became only the fourth back-to-back winner in 1970-71 and held that honor until Helio Castroneves achieved the feat in 2001 and 2002.

Unser Sr won again in 1978 and then nine years later clinched his record-equalling fourth title in 1987.

Mears won his first 500 in 1979 and went on to win three more for Roger Penske in 1984, 88 and 1991.

Penske’s first win as a team owner came in 1972 with Mark Donohue and his tally extended to 16 when Juan-Pablo Montoya won the 2015 event.

There have been nine different countries represented in victory lane with Great Britain leading that charge with eight victories – three of those coming from Scotsman Dario Franchitti in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Brazilians have won six 500s, with three of those coming from Castroneves – who is still a chance to join the four-win club as an active driver. The other Brazilian wins came with two from Emerson Fittipaldi (1989, 1993) and Tony Kanaan (2013).

An Australian has never won the race, but Brisbane-born Kiwi, Scott Dixon clinched the win in 2008.

The highest placed Australian was Will Power in 2015 who finished second to Montoya.

Starting in the top three is a big advantage in the race with 20 previous winners starting from the pole – the last being Castroneves in 2009.

11 winners have come from both the second and third starting positions, but then you head into single figures for the rest of the starting spots.

Fred Frame won the race in 1932 from as far back as 27th on the grid.

There have just been eight rookie winners of the race, including inaugural victor Ray Harroun.

British driver Graham Hill is probably the most famous of the rookie winners, tasting victory in 1966.

By the numbers

WINS DRIVER YEARS
4 A.J. Foyt 1961 1964 1967 1977
Al Unser, Sr. 1970 1971 1978 1987
Rick Mears 1979 1984 1988 1991
3 Louis Meyer 1928 1933 1936
Wilbur Shaw 1937 1939 1940
Mauri Rose 1941 1947 1948
Johnny Rutherford 1974 1976 1980
Bobby Unser 1968 1975 1981
Hélio Castroneves 2001 2002 2009
Dario Franchitti 2007 2010 2012
2 Tommy Milton 1921 1923
Bill Vukovich 1953 1954
Roger Ward 1959 1962
Gordon Johncock 1973 1982
Emerson Fittipaldi 1989 1993
Al Unser, Jr. 1992 1994
Arie Luyendyk 1990 1997
Dan Wheldon 2005 2011
Juan Pablo Montoya 2000 2015
WINS DRIVER YEARS
2 Wilbur Shaw 1939–1940
Mauri Rose 1947–1948
Bill Vukovich 1953–1954
Al Unser, Sr. 1970–1971
Hélio Castroneves 2002
WINS DRIVER YEARS
3 Hélio Castroneves 2001 2002 2009
2 Juan Pablo Montoya 2000 2015
1 Jacques Villeneuve 1995
Buddy Lazier 1996
Scott Dixon 2008
Tony Kanaan 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay 2014
YEAR DRIVER
1911 Ray Harroun
1913 Jules Goux
1914 René Thomas
1926 Frank Lockhart
1927 George Souders
1966 Graham Hill
2000 Juan Pablo Montoya
2001 Hélio Castroneves
RANK NATION NATIONAL
WINS
DRIVERS DRIVER
WINS
1 United Kingdom 8 Dario Franchitti 2007 2010 2012
Dan Wheldon 2005 2011
George Robson 1946
Jim Clark 1965
Graham Hill 1966<
2 Brazil 6 Hélio Castroneves 2001 2002 2009
Emerson Fittipaldi 1989 1993
Tony Kanaan 2013
3 France 4 Jules Goux
René Thomas 1914
Gaston Chevrolet 1920
Gil de Ferran 2003
4 Italy 3 Ralph DePalma 1915
Dario Resta 1916
Mario Andretti 1969
5 Netherlands 2 Arie Luyendyk 1990 1997
Colombia 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 2000 2015
7 Canada 1 Jacques Villeneuve 1995
Sweden 1 Kenny Bräck 1999
New Zealand 1 Scott Dixon 2008
WINS ENTRANT (Owner) VICTORIES
16 PENSKE RACING (Roger Penske) 1972 1979 1981 1984 1985
1987 1988 1991 1993 1994
2001 2002 2003 2006 2009
2015
5 Lou Moore 1938 1941 1947 1948 1949
4 A.J. Foyt Enterprises (A.J. Foyt) 1964 1967 1977 1999
Chip Ganassi Racing (Chip Ganassi) 2000 2008 2010 2012
Team Green/Andretti Green Racing/Andretti Autosport 1995 2005 2007 2014
3 Leader Cards Racing (Bob Wilke) 1959 1962 1968
Patrick Racing (Pat Patrick) 1973 1982 1989
2 Peugeot Auto Racing Company 1913 1916
Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company 1924 1925
Harry Hartz 1930 1932
Louis Meyer 1933 1936
Boyle Racing Headquarters 1939 1940
Howard B. Keck 1953 1954
John Zink 1955 1956
George Salih 1957 1958
J.C. Agajanian 1952 1963
Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing (Parnelli Jones & Velco Miletich) 1970 1971
McLaren 1974 1976
Chaparral Cars (Jim Hall) 1978 1980
WINS CHASSIS VICTORIES
15 Dallara 1998 1999 2001 2002 2005
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
7 Penske 1979 1981 1988 1989 1991
1993 1994
6 Miller 1923 1926 1928 1929 1933
1934
Watson 1956 1959 1960 1962 1963
1964
5 Kurtis Kraft 1950 1951 1953 1954 1955
March 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
4 Duesenberg 1922 1924 1925 1927
Wetteroth 1932 1935 1938 1941
Panoz / G Force 1997 2000 2003 2004
3 Deidt 1947 1948 1949
Eagle 1968 1973 1975
McLaren 1972 1974 1976
Lola 1966 1978 1990
2 Peugeot 1913 1916
Frontenac 1920 1921
Stevens 1931 1936
Maserati 1939 1940
Salih 1957 1958
Colt 1970 1971
Coyote 1967 1977
Reynard 1995 1996
1 Marmon 1911
National 1912
Delage 1914
Mercedes 1915
Premier 1919
Summers 1930
Shaw 1937
Adams 1946
Kuzma 1952
Trevis 1961
Lotus 1965
Brawner Hawk 1969
Chaparral 1980
 Wildcat 1982
Galmer 1992
WINS ENGINE VICTORIES
27 Offenhauser 1935 1937 1941 1947 1948
1949 1950 1951 1952 1953
1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
1959 1960 1961 1962 1963
1964 1968 1972 1973 1974
1975 1976
12 Miller 1922 1923 1926 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934
1936 1938
10 Cosworth 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
Honda 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2014
9 Chevrolet 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
1993 2002 2013 2015
8 Ford* 1965 1966 1967 1969 1970
1971 1995 1996
5 Oldsmobile 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
3 Duesenberg 1924 1925 1927
2 Peugeot 1913 1916
Frontenac 1920 1921
 Maserati 1939 1940
1 Marmon 1911
National 1912
 Delage 1914
Mercedes 1915
Premier 1919
Sparks 1946
Foyt 1977
Mercedes-Benz 1994
Toyota 2003
* 1995 and 1996 races won by engines labelled as
“Ford-Cosworth”, but developed by Ford Motor Company,
and thus considered Ford entries, after latter’s acquisition
of the rights to the Cosworth engine after the 1991 season.
WINS TIRE VICTORIES
66 F 1911 1913 1920 1921 1922 1923
1924 1925 1926 1927
1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933
1934 1935 1936 1937
1938 1939 1940 1941 1946 1947
1948 1949 1950 1951
1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957
1958 1959 1960 1961
1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1969
1970 1971 1996 1997
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
29 G 1919 1967 1968 1972 1973 1974
1975 1976 1977 1978
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988
1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
1995 1998 1999
2 BF 1915 1916
1 M 1912
P 1914

 

F  Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
G  Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
BF  Goodrich Corporation
M  Michelin
P Palmer Cord Tyres
1910s No 1920s No 1930s No 1940s No
1910 N/A 1920 4 1930 4 1940 1
1911 32 1921 2 1931 23 1941 16
1912 8 1922 35 1932 34 1942 N/A
1913 16 1923 1 1933 36 1943 N/A
1914 16 1924 15 1934 7 1944 N/A
1915 2 1925 12 1935 5 1945 N/A
1916 17 1926 15 1936 8 1946 16
1917 N/A 1927 32 1937 6 1947 27
1918 N/A 1928 14 1938 23 1948 3
1919 3 1929 2 1939 2 1949 7

 

1950s No 1960s No 1970s No
1950 1 1960 4 1970 2
1951 99 1961 1 1971 1
1952 98 1962 3 1972 66
1953 14 1963 98 1973 20
1954 14 1964 1 1974 3
1955 6 1965 82 1975 48
1956 8 1966 24 1976 2
1957 9 1967 14 1977 14
1958 1 1968 3 1978 2
1959 5 1969 2 1979 9
1980s No 1990s No 2000s No 2010s No
1980 4 1990 30 2000 9 2010 10
1981 3 1991 3 2001 68 2011 98
1982 20 1992 3 2002 3 2012 50
1983 5 1993 4 2003 6 2013 11
1984 6 1994 31 2004 15 2014 28
1985 5 1995 27 2005 26 2015 2
1986 3 1996 91 2006 6 2016
1987 25 1997 5 2007 27 2017
1988 5 1998 51 2008 9 2018
1989 20 1999 14 2009 3 2019