Driver Records & Milestones

Victories
  • Most victories: 4 – A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970-1971, 1978, 1987), Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991)
  • Most consecutive victories: 2 – Wilbur Shaw (1939-1940), Mauri Rose (1947-48), Bill Vukovich (1953-1954), Al Unser (1970-71), Helio Castroneves (2001-2002)
  • 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, 1988, 1991)
  • Lowest starting position, winner: 28th – Ray Harroun (1911), Louis Meyer (1936)
  • First two-time winner: Tommy Milton (1921, 1923)
  • First three-time winner: Louis Meyer (1928, 1933, 1936)
  • First four-time winner: A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977)
  • Largest margin of victory: 13 minutes, 8.40 seconds – 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: 187.433 mph – Tony Kanaan (2013)
  • Slowest average winning speed: 74.602 mph – Ray Harroun (1911)
Field
  • Most career starts: 35 – A.J. Foyt (1958-1992, 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
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: 431 – Michael Andretti
  • Most times leading without winning, single race: 15 - Ryan Hunter-Reay (2016)

  • Most races led: 13 – A.J. Foyt
  • Most races led without winning, career: 9 – Rex Mays
  • Most times led, single race: 15 – Tony Kanaan (2013); Marco Andretti (2013)
  • Most times led, career: 52 – Tony Kanaan
  • Most consecutive races led: 7 – Tony Kanaan (2002-2008)

  • Most lead changes, single race: 68 – 2013
  • Fewest lead changes, single race: 1 – 1930
  • Most lap leaders, single race: 14 – 2013
  • 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: 1,366 laps / 3,415 miles – Scott Dixon
  • Most laps completed, entire field: 5,863 – 2013
  • 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, 2013
  • Fewest cars running at finish: 7 – 1966
  • Most times running at finish: 18 – Al Unser
  • Best finish, first two races: Helio Castroneves – 1st, 1st (2001-2002), Louis Meyer – 1st, 2nd (1928-1929), Dario Resta – 2nd, 1st (1915-1916), Johnnie Parsons – 2nd, 1st (1949-1950), Jacques Villeneuve – 2nd, 1st (1994-1995)
  • Best finish, first three races: Helio Castroneves – 1st, 1st, 2nd (2001-2003)
  • Best finish, first four races: Bill Holland – 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd (1947-1950)
  • Best finish first five races: Harry Hartz – 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 2nd (1922-1926)
  • Best finish, woman: 4th – Danica Patrick (2005)
  • Greatest improvement from starting position: 32 spots – Zeke Meyer (38th to 6th – 1932)
  • Most races served as chief steward: 22 – Tom Binford (1974-1995)
  • Most races served as chief starter: 18 – Pat Vidan (1962-1979)
  • 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)