The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, or better known as the Indy 500, is a racing event held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. It takes place over the Memorial Day weekend at the end of May and is considered by many as the most prominent race in American motorsport, given its $15 million prize purse. The inaugural race was held in 1911 and won by American Ray Harroun.
The Indy 500, billed as ‘the Greatest Spectacle in Racing’, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport. Alongside the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Indy is one of the most prestigious races in the world. To this day, only one man has won the coveted Triple Crown (Graham Hill). The qualifying races are held two weeks prior to the big race, with the fastest 33 drivers moving through to the final.
The famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway is two-and-a-half miles long, or a little over four kilometres, and only consists of four turns, meaning participants essentially drive around in a circle. Given the length of the track, drivers have 200 laps to make it to the finish line and lift that coveted trophy.
Some records are broken, other stand the test of time. Zeke Meyer still holds the record for greatest improvement, finishing sixth in 1932 after starting 32nd. Hall of Famers A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977), Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991) share the record for most victories. Finally, Brazilian Tony Kanaan holds the record for the fasted time, finishing the race in 2:40:03.42 in 2013.
|2015||JUAN PABLO MONTOYA||WILL POWER||TEAM PENSKE|
|2014||RYAN HUNTER-REAY||HELIO CASTRONEVES||ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT|
|2013||TONY KANAAN||CARLOS MUNOZ||KV RACING TECHNOLOGY|
|2012||DARIO FRANCHITTI||SCOTT DIXON||CHIP GANASSI RACING|
|2011||DAN WHELDON||J.R. HILDEBRAND||BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT|
|2010||DARIO FRANCHITTI||DAN WHELDON||CHIP GANASSI RACING|
|2009||HELIO CASTRONEVES||DAN WHELDON||MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE|
|2008||SCOTT DIXON||VITOR MEIRA||CHIP GANASSI RACING|
|2007||DARIO FRANCHITTI||SCOTT DIXON||ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT|
|2006||SAM HORNISH, JR.||MARCO ANDRETTI||MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE|