IRL IndyCar Series
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Records and Milestones

Field

----- Most Career "500" Starts: 35 - A.J. Foyt, Jr.(1958-1992, consecutive) Starting Front Row: 11 - Rick Mears Consecutive Front Row: 6 - Rick Mears (1986-87-88-89-90-91) Fewest Starters: 21 - 1916 Most Starters: 42 - 1933 Most Former Rookies of the Year in Field: 8 - 1990 Most Former Winners in Field: 10 - 1992 Most Rookies in the Field: 19 - 1919 Fewest Rookies in the Field: 1 - 1939, 1979

Victories

--------- Most "500" Victories: 4 - A.J.Foyt Jr. (1961-64-67-77) Al Unser (1970-71-78-87) Rick Mears(1979-84-88-91) Most Consecutive Victories: 2 - Wilbur Shaw (1939-40) Mauri Rose (1947-48) Bill Vukovich (1953-54) Al Unser (1970-71) Helio Castroneves (2001-2002) Longest Span Between First and Last Victory: 17 Years - Al Unser (1970-1987)

Qualifications

-------------- Most Poles: 6 - Rick Mears (1979-82-86-88-89-91) Most Consecutive Poles: 2 - Ralph DePalma (1920-21); Rex Mays (1935-36) Eddie Sachs (1960-61); Parnelli Jones (1962-63) Mario Andretti (1966-67); A.J. Foyt (1974-75) Tom Sneva (1977-78); Rick Mears (1988-89) Scott Brayton (1995-96) Most Times Setting One-Lap Track Record: 5 - Mario Andretti (1965-66-67-72-84) Rick Mears (1982-84-86-88-89) Most Times Setting Four-Lap Record: 5 - Rick Mears (1982-84-86-88-89) Highest Qualifying Starting Positions, Rookie: Pole: Walt Faulkner (1950); Teo Fabi (1983); Tony Stewart (1996)

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 - Billy Arnold (1930) Most Laps Led by Winner: 198 - Billy Arnold (1930) Fewest Laps Led by Winner: 2 - Joe Dawson (1912) Driver Leading Most Laps and Not Winning Race: 196 - Ralph DePalma (1912) Most Times Leading Race and Not Winning: 10 - Rodger Ward (1960) Most Races Led: 13 - A.J. Foyt Jr. Most Times Led, single race: 13 - Tommy Milton (1923) Most Times Led, career: 39 - A.J. Foyt Jr. Most Consecutive Races Led: 6 - Rick Mears (1979-80-81-82-83-84) Most Lead Changes, single race: 29 - 1930 Fewest Lead Changes, single race: 1 - 1930 Most Drivers to Lead in a Single Race: 12 - 1993

Miscellaneous

------------- Most Times Running at Finish: 18 - Al Unser Best Finish First Three Races: 1st, 1st, 2nd - Helio Castroneves (2001-03) Best Finish First Four Races: 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd - Bill Holland (1947-50) Best Finish First Five Races: 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 2nd - Harry Hartz (1922-26) Greatest Improvement From Starting Position: 32 - Zeke Meyer (38th to 6th-1932) 31 - Tom Sneva (33rd to 2nd - 1980) Scott Goodyear (33rd to 2nd - 1992) Greatest Improvement From Starting Position, Winner: 28 - Ray Harroun (1911) Louis Meyer (1936)