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Indianapolis 500 Records
(Complete through 2011 race)
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 VICTORIES
Most victories: 4 -- A.J. Foyt Jr. (1961, 64, 67, 77), Al Unser (1970-71, 78, 87), Rick Mears (1979, 84, 88, 91)
Most victories: 3 -- Helio Castroneves (2001-02, 2009) Louis Meyer (1928, 33, 36) Mauri Rose (1941, 47-48) Johnny Rutherford (1974, 76, 80) Wilbur Shaw (1937, 39-40) Bobby Unser (1968, 75, 81)
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)
 QUALIFICATIONS
Most pole positions: 6 -- Rick Mears (1979, 1982, 1986, 1988-89, 1991)
Most consecutive pole positions: 2 -- Ralph DePalma (1920-21), Rex Mays (1935-36), Eddie Sachs (1960-61), Parnelli Jones (1962-63), Mario Andretti (1966-67), A.J. Foyt Jr. (1974-75), Tom Sneva 1977-78), Rick Mears (1988-89), Scott Brayton (1995-96)
Most times starting on front row: 11 -- Rick Mears (1978-79, 82-84, 86-91)
Most consecutive times starting on front row: 6 -- Rick Mears (1986-91)
Highest starting position, rookie: Pole - Lewis Strang (1911, 1st entered), Jean Chassagne (1914, drew pole), Walt Faulkner (1950), Teo Fabi (1983), Tony Stewart (1996*)
Highest starting position, woman: 4th -- Danica Patrick (2005)
Worst finish from pole: 33rd -- Cliff Woodbury (1929), Pancho Carter (1985), Roberto Guerrero (1992), Greg Ray (2000), Scott Sharp (2001)
Most consistent qualifying laps: .0049 of a second difference - Scott Dixon (2008) - set in qualifying attempt that was later withdrawn.
Closest time difference between the two fastest qualifiers: .01 of a second -- Al Unser over Johnny Rutherford (1970)
Largest time difference between the two fastest qualifiers: 13.13 seconds -- Tommy Milton over Jimmy Murphy (1923)
 WINNINGS
Most winnings, single race: $3,048,005 -- Helio Castroneves, 2009)
Most winnings, career: $9,219,283 -- Helio Castroneves (2001-10)
Largest purse: $14,406,580 -- 2008
 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
Most women entered: 3 -- 2007
 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: 1 (Laps 200) - Dan Wheldon (2011)
Most laps led without winning, single race: 196 -- Ralph DePalma (1912)
Most laps led without winning, career: 426 -- 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: 6 -- Rick Mears (1979-84)
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
Least 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), Dario Resta -- 2nd, 1st (1915-16), Louis Meyer -- 1st, 2nd (1928-29), 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: Danica Patrick (3rd) (2009)
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)
* - Tony Stewart started the 1996 Indianapolis 500 from the pole position after Scott Brayton was fatally injured in practice prior to the race.

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