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INDY 500

Who are the all-time champions of the Indy 500? | Full list and records

With the 106th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, we take a look at the all-time record holders for the premier endurance event in motorsport

Jeffrey May
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With the 106th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, we take a look at the all-time record holders for the premier endurance event in stock car racing
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This Sunday will bring us the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. Last year saw Helio Castroneves become the fourth driver ever, alongside A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears, to win four races when he finished in record time. His 2 hours 39 minutes and 50 seconds is the fastest ever recorded in the event.

Castroneves is also one of only five drivers to win in consecutive years, alongside Wilbur Shaw (1939-40), Mauri Rose (1947-48), Bill Vukovich (1953-54) and Unser (1970-71).

Here is a list of all the winners in the event’s history.

  • 2021 Helio Castroneves
  • 2020 Takuma Sato
  • 2019 Simon Pagenaud
  • 2018 Will Power
  • 2017 Takuma Sato
  • 2016 Alexander Rossi
  • 2015 Juan Pablo Montoya
  • 2014 Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • 2013 Tony Kanaan
  • 2012 Dario Franchitti
  • 2011 Dan Wheldon
  • 2010 Dario Franchitti
  • 2009 Helio Castroneves
  • 2008 Scott Dixon
  • 2007 Dario Franchitti
  • 2006 Sam Hornish Jr.
  • 2005 Dan Wheldon
  • 2004 Buddy Rice
  • 2003 Gil de Ferran
  • 2002 Helio Castroneves
  • 2001 Helio Castroneves
  • 2000 Juan Pablo Montoya
  • 1999 Kenny Brack
  • 1998 Eddie Cheever Jr.
  • 1997 Arie Luyendyk
  • 1996 Buddy Lazier
  • 1995 Jacques Villeneuve
  • 1994 Al Unser Jr.
  • 1993 Emerson Fittipaldi
  • 1992 Al Unser Jr.
  • 1991 Rick Mears
  • 1990 Arie Luyendyk
  • 1989 Emerson Fittipaldi
  • 1988 Rick Mears
  • 1987 Al Unser
  • 1986 Bobby Rahal
  • 1985 Danny Sullivan
  • 1984 Rick Mears
  • 1983 Tom Sneva
  • 1982 Gordon Johncock
  • 1981 Bobby Unser
  • 1980 Johnny Rutherford
  • 1979 Rick Mears
  • 1978 Al Unser
  • 1977 A.J. Foyt Jr.
  • 1976 Johnny Rutherford
  • 1975 Bobby Unser
  • 1974 Johnny Rutherford
  • 1973 Gordon Johncock
  • 1972 Mark Donohue
  • 1971 Al Unser
  • 1970 Al Unser
  • 1969 Mario Andretti
  • 1968 Bobby Unser
  • 1967 A.J. Foyt
  • 1966 Graham Hill
  • 1965 Jim Clark
  • 1964 A.J. Foyt Jr.
  • 1963 Parnelli Jones
  • 1962 Rodger Ward
  • 1961 A.J. Foyt
  • 1960 Jim Rathman
  • 1959 Rodger Ward
  • 1958 Jimmy Bryan
  • 1957 Sam Hanks
  • 1956 Pat Flaherty
  • 1955 Bob Sweikert
  • 1954 Bill Vukovich
  • 1953 Bill Vukovich
  • 1952 Troy Ruttman
  • 1951 Lee Wallard
  • 1950 Johnnie Parsons
  • 1949 Bill Holland
  • 1948 Mauri Rose
  • 1947 Mauri Rose
  • 1946 George Robson
  • 1945 No race (WWII)
  • 1944 No race (WWII)
  • 1943 No race (WWII)
  • 1942 No race (WWII)
  • 1941 Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose
  • 1940 Wilbur Shaw
  • 1939 Wilbur Shaw
  • 1938 Floyd Roberts
  • 1937 Wilbur Shaw
  • 1936 Louis Meyer
  • 1935 Kelly Petillo
  • 1934 Bill Cummings
  • 1933 Louis Meyer
  • 1932 Fred Frame
  • 1931 Louis Schneider
  • 1930 Billy Arnold
  • 1929 Ray Keech
  • 1928 Louis Meyer
  • 1927 George Souders
  • 1926 Frank Lockhart
  • 1925 Peter DePaolo
  • 1924 Joe Boyer/L.L. Corum
  • 1923 Tommy Milton
  • 1922 Jimmy Murphy
  • 1921 Tommy Milton
  • 1920 Gaston Chevrolet
  • 1919 Howdy Wilcox
  • 1918 No race (WWI)
  • 1917 No race (WWI)
  • 1916 Dario Resta
  • 1915 Ralph DePalma
  • 1914 Rene Thomas
  • 1913 Jules Goux
  • 1912 Joe Dawson
  • 1911 Ray Harroun

Only five drivers have ever won it in consecutive years and twenty have won it from pole position, the most wins from any position on the field. The farthest back in the field that any driver has come to win is from 28th position, which happened twice: Ray Harroun in 1911 and Louis Meyer in 1936.

Only ten rookies have ever won the race and only 20 have gone on to win it more than once, making clear the achievement of the four drivers at the top of that pile with four wins each.

Al Unser is the oldest Indy 500 winner, taking the checkered flag at 47 years and 360 days of age back in 1987. That saw Unser set another record for the most time elapsed between victories at 17 years.

Indianapolis 500 records

Most wins: 4 [A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears, Helio Castroneves]

Most laps led (career): 644 [Al Unser]

Most laps led (single race): 198 [Billy Arnold, 1930]

Youngest winner: 22 years, 80 days [Troy Ruttman, 1952]

Oldest winner: 47 years, 360 days [Al Unser, 1987]

Lowest starting position to win: 28th [Ray Harroun, 1911, Louis Meyer, 1936]

Biggest margin of victory: 13 minutes, 8.40 seconds [Jules Goux, 1913]

Smallest margin of victory: 0.043 seconds [Al Unser Jr.,1992]

Most starts: 35 [A.J. Foyt, 1958-92]

Most cars starting: 42 [1933]

Fewest cars starting: 21 [1916]

Most cars entered: 117 [1984]

Most lead changes: 68 [2013]

Fewest lead changes: 1 [1930]

Most cars to finish: 26 [1911, 2013]

Fewest cars to finish: 7 [1966]

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