NASCAR History - Indianapolis 500 winners

Indianapolis 500: Champions · Records · Women · Pole-sitters · Rookies · Margins

Voted on by members of the media, the Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year is not always the highest finishing rookie from the race. Qualifying and race performance are also taken into consideration. Most notably, Graham Hill was a first-time Indy starter when he won the race in 1966, however, Jackie Stewart, who was leading by more than a lap with eight laps remaining when he lost oil pressure and was forced out the race, captured rookie honors.

Indianapolis 500 rookies of the year
YearDriverStartFinish
2011J.R. Hildebrand122
2010Simona de Silvestro2214
2009Alex Tagliani3311
2008Ryan Hunter-Reay206
2007Phil Giebler3329
2006Marco Andretti92
2005Danica Patrick44
2004Kosuke Matsuura911
2003Tora Takagi75
2002Alex Barron
Tomas Scheckter
26
10
4
26
2001Helio Castroneves111
2000Juan Pablo Montoya21
1999Robby McGehee275
1998Steve Knapp233
1997Jeff Ward73
1996Tony Stewart124
1995Christian Fittipaldi272
1994Jacques Villeneuve42
1993Nigel Mansell83
1992Lyn St. James2711
1991Jeff Andretti1115
1990Eddie Cheever148
1989Bernard Jourdain
Scott Pruett
20
17
9
10
1988Bill Vukovich III2314
1987Fabrizio Barbazza173
1986Randy Lanier1310
1985Arie Luyendyk207
1984Roberto Guererro
Michael Andretti
7
4
2
5
1983Teo Fabi126
1982Jim Hickman247
1981Josele Garza623
1980Tim Richmond199
1979Howdy Holmes137
1978Larry Rice
Rick Mears
30
3
11
23
1977Jerry Sneva1610
1976Vern Schuppan1718
1975Bill Puterbaugh157
1974Pancho Carter217
1973Graham McRae1316
1972Mike Hiss257
1971Denny Zimmerman288
1970Donnie Allison234
1969Mark Donohue47
1968Bill Vukovich Jr.237
1967Denis Hulme244
1966Jackie Stewart116
1965Mario Andretti43
1964Johnny White214
1963Jimmy Clark52
1962Jim McElreath76
1961Bobby Marshman
Parnelli Jones
33
5
7
12
1960Jim Hurtubise2318
1959Bobby Grim526
1958George Amick252
1957Don Edmunds2719
1956Bob Veith237
1955Al Herman167
1954Larry Crockett259
1953Jimmy Daywalt216
1952Art Cross205