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
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.
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 
Fewest cars starting: 21 
Most cars entered: 117 
Most lead changes: 68 
Fewest lead changes: 1 
Most cars to finish: 26 [1911, 2013]
Fewest cars to finish: 7