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10 Guinness World Records for the Indy 500

 
 
 
 
 
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The 96th running of the The Indianapolis 500 will be happening this weekend in Indianapolis, IN, USA.

In honor, here's a list of 10 great Guinness World Records for the Indy 500:

10. Ray Harroun (USA), driving the Marmon Wasp, won the inaugural Indy 500 race, initially named the "International Sweepstakes," at an average speed of 120.06 km/h (74.602 mph), on 30 May 1911.

9. The most Indy 500 pole positions by an individual driver is six, held by Rick Mears (USA). Rick won in 1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1991.

8. Troy Ruttman (USA) was just 22 years and 80 days old when he won in 1952, making him the youngest winner of the Indianapolis 500.

7. On the other end of the spectrum, Al Unser (USA) is the oldest winner, at 47 years and 360 days old in 1987's race.

6. The fastest time to complete the Indianapolis 500 race  is 2hr 41min 18.404sec (299.307km/h 185.981mph) by Arie Luyendyk (Netherlands) driving a Lola-Chevrolet on May 27, 1990.

5. The first driver and team to earn $1 million in a winner's share was Emerson Fittipaldi (Brazil) and Patrick Racing.  Fittipaldi and his team shared the $1,001,604 (then £610,978) winnings.

4. Danica Patrick (USA) made history by becoming the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500, leading three times for 19 laps, in May 2005. Patrick, the fourth woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500, started the race fourth and finished fourth - the highest start and finish of any woman in the history of the event.

3. The most brothers to qualify for an Indianapolis 500 was three by Don, Bill, and Dale Whittington (all USA) at the 66th Indianapolis 500 on 30 May 1982.

2. The fastest opening lap ever recorded by an individual driver during the Indianapolis 500 race was 41.335 seconds at an average speed of 217.728 mph (350.39 km/h) by Tony Kanaan (Brazil) on 27 May 2007.

1. Mario Andretti (USA) is the only racer to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967), and a Formula 1 world title (1978).  During his career, Andretti was Indy car driving champion four times.

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