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Indianapolis 500 Records and Milestones
Most victories - driver: 4 - A.J. Foyt (1961, 64, 67, 77), Al Unser (1970-71, 78, 87), Rick Mears (1979, 84, 88, 91)Rick Mears and Roger Penske (Getty Images)
  Rick Mears gave Roger Penske four
  of his record 15 wins as an owner.
  (Getty Images)
 
Most victories - owner: 15 - Roger Penske (Sam Hornish Jr. 2006; Gil de Ferran 2003; Helio Castroneves 2009, 02, 01; Al Unser Jr. 1994; Emerson Fittipaldi 1993; Rick Mears 1991, 88, 84, 79; Al Unser Sr. 1987; Danny Sullivan 1985; Bobby Unser 1981; Mark Donohue 1972)
 
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 min., 8.40 sec. - 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)
 
Most career starts: 35 - A.J. Foyt (1958-92, consecutive)
 
Fewest starters, single race: 21 - 1916
 
Most starters, single race: 42 - 1933
 
Most cars entered: 117 - 1984
 
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 (Lap 200) - Dan Wheldon (2011)
 
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. FoytA.J. Foyt at the 1965 Indianapolis 500. (AP)
  A.J. Foyt holds/shares Indy 500 records
  for most wins, most starts and most
  races led. (AP)
 
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: 34 - 2012
 
Fewest lead changes, single race: 1 - 1930
 
Most lap leaders, single race: 12 - 1993
 
Fewest lap leaders, single race: 2 - 1930, 1965
 
Most cars running at finish: 26 - 1911
 
Least cars running at finish: 7 - 1966
 
Most times running at finish: 18 - Al Unser
 
Greatest improvement from starting position: 32 spots - Zeke Meyer (38th to 6th - 1932)