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List of Indianapolis 500 lap leaders

Indianapolis 500-Mile Race all-time lap leadersEdit

 
The Leaders Circle Award Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Two hundred twenty-nine drivers have led the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, in 103 races.
Career lap leader percentage rounded to hundredths of a percent.
Green indicates drivers active as of most recent race.

Rank Driver Laps
Led
Career
Laps Run
Career
Lap Leader
Percentage
Race
Wins
Years Won
1   Al Unser 644 4,356 14.78% 4 1970 1971 1978 1987
2  Ralph DePalma 612 1,594 38.39% 1 1915  
3  Mario Andretti 556 3,040 18.29% 1 1969  
4   A. J. Foyt 555 4,909 11.31% 4 1961 1964 1967 1977
5   Wilbur Shaw 508 2,019 25.16% 3 1937 1939 1940  
6   Emerson Fittipaldi 505 1,785 28.29% 2 1989 1993  
7   Parnelli Jones 492 1,130 43.54% 1 1963  
8   Bill Vukovich 485 676 71.75% 2 1953 1954  
9   Scott Dixon 452 Active driver 1 2008  
10   Bobby Unser 440 2,611 16.85% 3 1968 1975 1981  
11   Michael Andretti 431 2,653 16.25%  
12   Rick Mears 429 2,342 18.32% 4 1979 1984 1988 1991
13   Billy Arnold 410 821 49.94% 1 1930  
14   Tony Kanaan 346 Active driver 1 2013  
15   Gordon Johncock 339 3,158 10.73% 2 1973 1982  
16   Louis Meyer 332 1,916 17.33% 3 1928 1933 1936  
17   Dario Franchitti 329 1,940 16.96% 3 2007 2010 2012  
18   Hélio Castroneves 305 Active driver 3 2001 2002 2009  
19   Jim Clark 298 682 43.69% 1 1965  
20   Bill Holland 297 914 32.49% 1 1949  
21   Johnny Rutherford 296 2,792 10.60% 3 1974 1976 1980  
22   Rex Mays 266 1,385 19.21%  
23   Rodger Ward 261 2,160 12.08% 2 1959 1962  
24   Mauri Rose 256 2,326 11.01% 3 1941 1947 1948  
25   Dan Wheldon 235 1,729 13.59% 2 2005 2011  
26   Jimmy Murphy 220 907 24.26% 1 1922  
27   Tommy Milton 218 1,204 18.11% 2 1921 1923  
28   Jimmy Bryan 216 1,411 15.31% 1 1958  
29   Tom Sneva 208 2,180 9.54% 1 1983  
30   Frank Lockhart 205 280 73.21% 1 1926  
31   Juan Pablo Montoya 193 863 22.36% 2 2000 2015  
32   Arie Luyendyk 186 2,957 6.29% 2 1990 1997  
33   Jimmy Snyder 181 495 36.57%  
34   Lee Wallard 178 591 30.12% 1 1951  
35   Ryan Hunter-Reay 163 Active driver 1 2014  
36   Danny Sullivan 162 1,523 10.64% 1 1985  
37   Howdy Wilcox 155 1,335 11.61% 1 1919  
38   Tomas Scheckter 153 1,691 9.05%  
39   Simon Pagenaud 152 Active driver 1 2019  
40   Jim Rathmann 150 2,320 6.47% 1 1960  
41   Peter DePaolo 148 738 20.05% 1 1925  
42   Ed Carpenter 146 Active driver  
43   Will Power 142 Active driver 1 2018  
44   Marco Andretti 141 Active driver  
45  Dario Resta 140 408 34.31% 1 1916  
46   Sam Hanks 140 1,566 8.94% 1 1957  
47   Jules Goux 139 773 17.98% 1 1913  
48  2 George Robson 138 333 41.44% 1 1946  
49   Pat Flaherty 138 812 17.00% 1 1956  
50   Gary Bettenhausen 138 2,372 5.82%  
51   Johnnie Parsons 131 1,504 8.71% 1 1950  
52   Lloyd Ruby 126 2,357 5.35%  
53   Bobby Rahal 126 2,007 6.28% 1 1986  
54   Earl Cooper 123 939 13.10%  
55   Tony Stewart 122 700 17.43%  
56   Joe Boyer 119 555 21.44% 1 1924  
57   Greg Ray 116 920 12.61%  
58   René Thomas 114 744 15.32% 1 1914  
59   Al Unser Jr. 110 3,173 3.47% 2 1992 1994  
60   Kelly Petillo 108 1,283 8.42% 1 1935  
61   Wally Dallenbach Sr. 108 1,448 7.46%  
62   Sam Hornish Jr. 107 1,346 7.95% 1 2006  
63   Babe Stapp 106 960 11.04%  
64   Fred Frame 106 1,281 8.27% 1 1932  
65   Buddy Rice 99 1,047 9.46% 1 2004  
66   Ted Horn 94 1,944 4.84%  
67   Dave Lewis 93 383 24.28%  
68   Bill Cummings 93 1,229 7.57% 1 1934  
69   Floyd Roberts 92 883 10.42% 1 1938  
70   Kenny Bräck 89 885 10.06% 1 1999  
71   Eddie Cheever, Jr. 89 2,122 4.19% 1 1998  
72   Ray Harroun 88 200 44.00% 1 1911  
73   Bob Sweikert 86 825 10.42% 1 1955  
74   David L. Bruce-Brown 81 225 36.00%  
75   Danny Ongais 79 1,527 5.17%  
76   Arthur Duray 77 200 38.50%  
77   Troy Ruttman 72 1,472 4.89% 1 1952  
78  3 Gil de Ferran 71 601 11.81% 1 2003  
79   Jack McGrath 70 1,094 6.40%  
80   Mark Donohue 70 748 9.36% 1 1972  
81   Buddy Lazier 70 3,015 2.32% 1 1996  
82   Frank Brisko 69 1,330 5.19%  
83   Leon Duray 68 693 9.81%  ;
84   Ralph Hepburn 68 1,864 3.65%  
85   George Souders 67 400 16.75% 1 1927  
86   Eddie Sachs 66 1,069 6.17%  
87   Alexander Rossi 60 Active driver 1 2016  
88   Maurício Gugelmin 59 396 14.90%  
89   Harry Hartz 57 996 5.72%  
90   Roberto Guerrero 56 1,735 3.23%  
91   Johnny Thomson 55 1,044 5.27%  
92   Robby Gordon 53 1,564 3.39%  
93   James Hinchcliffe 53 Active driver  
94   Joe Leonard 52 1,265 4.11%  
95   Jeff Ward 52 1,254 4.15%  ;
96   Bruno Junqueira 52 734 7.08%  
97   Takuma Sato 51 Active driver 1 2017  
98   Max Chilton 50 Active driver  
99   Deacon Litz 49 1,560 3.14%  
100   Scott Goodyear 49 1,460 3.35%  
101   Ray Keech 46 400 11.50% 1 1929  
102   Pat O'Connor 46 768 5.98%  
103   Davy Jones 46 784 5.86%  
104   Gil Anderson 44 784 5.61%  
105   Jimmy Gleason 43 617 6.97%  
106   Bob Burman 41 718 5.71%  
107   Jackie Stewart 40 358 11.17%  
108   Louis Schneider 39 863 4.51% 1 1931  
109   John Paul, Jr. 39 883 4.42%  
110   Alex Tagliani 39 1,543 2.52%  
111   Josef Newgarden 38 Active driver  
112   Teo Fabi 37 963 3.84%  
113   Bob Carey 36 200 18%  
114   Jim Hurtubise 36 894 4.03%  
115   Cliff Bergere 35 2,425 1.44%  
116   Paul Russo 35 1,482 2.36%  
117   Bob Swanson 34 267 12.73%  
118   Nigel Mansell 34 292 11.64%  
119   Oriol Servià 34 Active driver  
120   Bobby Marshman 33 635 5.20%  
121   Tony Gulotta 33 1,989 1.66%  
122   Art Cross 32 768 4.17%  
123   Duke Nalon 32 1,284 2.49%  
124   Ryan Briscoe 31 1,840 1.68%  
125   Phil Shafer 29 1,223 2.37%  
126   Mark Dismore 29 820 3.54%  
127   Danica Patrick 29 1,404 2.07%  
128   Carlos Muñoz 29 Active driver  
129   Fernando Alonso 27 Active driver  
130   Jimmy Vasser 26 1,249 2.08%  
131   Jimmy Davies 25 631 3.96%  
132   Tony Bettenhausen 24 1,975 1.22%  
133   Lou Moore 23 1,304 1.76%  
134   A. J. Allmendinger 23 200 11.50%  
135   Jacques Villeneuve 22 600 3.67% 1 1995  
136   Raul Boesel 21 2,213 0.95%  
137   Alessandro Zampedri 20 199 10.05%  
138   Graham Rahal 20 Active driver  
139   George Amick 18 200 9.00%  
140   Johnny Boyd 18 1,427 1.26%  
141   Charlie Kimball 18 Active driver  
142   Kevin Cogan 17 1,556 1.09%  
143   Johnny Aitken 16 194 8.25%  
144   Jerry Grant 16 1,275 1.25%  
145   Robbie Buhl 16 1,279 1.25%  
146   Vitor Meira 15 1,622 0.92%  
147   Mike Conway 15 476 3.15%  
148  3 Gaston Chevrolet 14 400 3.50% 1 1920  
149   Ernie Triplett 14 559 2.50%  
150   Russ Snowberger 13 1,633 0.80%  
151   Josele Garza 13 707 1.84%  
152   Billy Boat 13 1,112 1.17%  
153   Justin Wilson 13 1,488 0.87%  
154   Townsend Bell 13 1,898 0.68%  
155   J. R. Hildebrand 13 Active driver  
156   Swede Savage 12 62 19.35%  
157   Felipe Giaffone 12 955 1.26%  
158   Bertrand Baguette 11 383 2.87%  
159   Ralph Mulford 10 1,619 0.62%  
160   Graham Hill 10 333 3.00% 1 1966  
161   Alex Barron 10 942 1.06%  
162   Eddie Rickenbacker 9 355 2.53%  
163   Albert Guyot 9 808 1.11%  
164   Josef Christiaens 9 320 2.81%  
165  4 Louis Chevrolet 9 452 1.99%  
166   Dutch Bauman 9 90 10.00%  
167   Len Sutton 9 708 1.27%  
168   Jimmy Daywalt 8 999 0.80%  
169   Pancho Carter 8 2,141 0.37%  
170   Jim Crawford 8 1,043 0.77%  
171   Scott Pruett 8 592 1.35%  
172   Don Freeland 7 1,311 0.53%  
173   Roger McCluskey 7 2,155 0.32%  
174   Zachary Claman DeMelo 7 Active driver  
175   Spencer Pigot 7 Active driver  
176   Ira Hall 6 485 1.24%  
177   Felix Rosenqvist 6 Active driver  
178   Cecil Green 5 217 2.30%  
179   Jimmy Jackson 5 845 0.59%  
180   Spencer Wishart 5 604 0.83%  
181   Steve Krisiloff 5 1,387 0.36%  
182   E. J. Viso 5 843 0.59%  
183   James Jakes 5 599 0.83%  
184   Fred Belcher 4 200 2.00%  
185   Cliff Durant 4 888 0.45%  
186   Mike Mosley 4 1,615 0.25%  
187   Buzz Calkins 4 1,056 0.38%  
188   Sam Schmidt 4 110 3.64%  
189   Sebastien Bourdais 4 Active driver  
190   George Snider 3 1,832 0.16%  
191   Davey Hamilton 3 1,783 0.17%  
192   Scott Sharp 3 2,180 0.14%  
193   Bryan Herta 3 965 0.31%  
194   Adrian Fernández 3 583 0.51%  
195   Mario Moraes 3 211 1.42%  
196   Bryan Clauson 3 305 0.98%  
197   Stefan Wilson 3 Active driver  
198   Caleb Bragg 2      
199   Teddy Tetzlaff 2      
200   Joe Dawson 2     1 1912  
201   Robert Evans 2      
202   Paul Bost 2      
203   Herb Ardinger 2      
204   Dan Gurney 2      
205   Roger Rager 2      
206   Don Whittington 2      
207   John Andretti 2      
208   Robby McGehee 2      
209   Tora Takagi 2      
210   Jaques Lazier 2      
211   Rubens Barrichello 2      
212   Sage Karam 2      
213   James Davison 2      
214   Robert Wickens 2      
215   Jean Chassagne 1      
216   Art Klein 1      
217   Roscoe Sarles 1      
218   Howdy Wilcox II 1      
219   Fred Agabashian 1      
220   Jack Brabham 1      
221   Bobby Allison 1      
222   Bill Vukovich II 1      
223   Tim Richmond 1      
224   Gordon Smiley 1      
225   Scott Brayton 1      
226   Stephan Gregoire 1      
227   Jeff Simmons 1      
228   Mikhail Aleshin 1      
229   Santino Ferrucci 1      
Note   Lora L. Corum* 0   1 1924  
  Floyd Davis* 0   1 1941  
*   Lora L. Corum and   Floyd Davis are credited as being co-winners of the Indianapolis 500 in 1924 and 1941, respectively. However, as the winning entries in either race led only after their secondary drivers drove (and to the conclusion), Corum and Davis are not credited with leading any of those laps, nor did they lead throughout the remainder of their careers.

Lap Leaders, Individual RacesEdit

Most Laps LedEdit

Fifty-seven of one hundred three Indianapolis 500-Mile Races have been won by the driver leading the most laps, 55.34%.

Year Leader, Most Laps Laps
Led
Percentage
Race Led
Won
Race
1911   Ray Harroun 88 44.0% Yes
1912  1 Ralph DePalma 196 98.0% No
1913   Jules Goux 138 69.0% Yes
1914   René Thomas 102 51.0% Yes
1915  1 Ralph DePalma 132 66.0% Yes
1916  1 Dario Resta 103 85.8% Yes
1919   Howdy Wilcox 98 49.0% Yes
1920   Joe Boyer 93 46.5% No
1921  1 Ralph DePalma 108 54.0% No
1922   Jimmy Murphy 153 76.5% Yes
1923   Tommy Milton 128 64.0% Yes
1924   Earl Cooper 119 59.5% No
1925   Peter DePaolo 115 57.5% Yes
1926   Frank Lockhart 95 59.4% Yes
1927 110 55.0% No
1928   Leon Duray 64 32.0% No
1929   Louis Meyer 65 32.5% No
1930   Billy Arnold 198 99.0% Yes
1931 155 77.5% No
1932   Fred Frame 58 29.0% Yes
1933   Louis Meyer 71 35.5% Yes
1934   Frank Brisko 69 29.5% No
1935   Kelly Petillo 102 51.0% Yes
1936   Louis Meyer 96 48.0% Yes
1937   Wilbur Shaw 131 65.5% Yes
1938   Floyd Roberts 92 46.0% Yes
  Jimmy Snyder No
1939   Louis Meyer 79 39.5% No
1940   Wilbur Shaw 136 68.0% Yes
1941 107 53.5% No
1946  2 George Robson 138 69.0% Yes
1947   Bill Holland 143 71.5% No
1948   Mauri Rose 81 40.5% Yes
1949   Bill Holland 146 83.0% Yes
1950   Johnnie Parsons 115 83.3% Yes
1951   Lee Wallard 159 79.5% Yes
1952   Bill Vukovich 150 75.0% No
1953 195 97.5% Yes
1954 90 45.0% Yes
1955   Bob Sweikert 86 43.0% Yes
1956   Pat Flaherty 127 63.5% Yes
1957   Sam Hanks 136 68.0% Yes
1958   Jimmy Bryan 139 69.5% Yes
1959   Rodger Ward 130 65.0% Yes
1960   Jim Rathmann 100 50.0% Yes
1961   A.J. Foyt 71 35.5% Yes
1962   Parnelli Jones 120 60.0% No
1963 167 83.5% Yes
1964   A.J. Foyt 146 73.0% Yes
1965   Jim Clark 190 95.0% Yes
1966   Lloyd Ruby 68 34.0% No
1967   Parnelli Jones 171 85.5% No
1968   Bobby Unser 127 63.5% Yes
1969  1 Mario Andretti 116 58.0% Yes
1970   Al Unser 190 95.0% Yes
1971 103 51.5% Yes
1972   Gary Bettenhausen 138 69.0% No
1973   Gordon Johncock 64 48.1% Yes
1974   Johnny Rutherford 122 47.0% Yes
1975   Wally Dallenbach 96 55.2% No
1976   Johnny Rutherford 48 47.1% Yes
1977   Gordon Johncock 129 64.5% No
1978   Al Unser 121 60.5% Yes
1979   Bobby Unser 89 44.5% No
1980   Johnny Rutherford 118 59.0% Yes
1981   Bobby Unser 89 44.5% Yes
1982   Rick Mears 77 38.5% No
1983   Tom Sneva 98 49.0% Yes
1984   Rick Mears 119 59.5% Yes
1985  1 Mario Andretti 107 53.5% No
1986   Rick Mears 76 38.0% No
1987  1 Mario Andretti 170 85.0% No
1988   Danny Sullivan 91 45.5% No
1989   Emerson Fittipaldi 158 79.0% Yes
1990 128 64.0% No
1991   Michael Andretti 97 48.5% No
1992 160 80.0% No
1993  1 Mario Andretti 72 36.0% No
1994   Emerson Fittipaldi 145 72.5% No
1995   Maurício Gugelmin 59 29.5% No
1996   Roberto Guerrero 47 23.5% No
1997   Tony Stewart 64 32.0% No
1998   Eddie Cheever 76 38.0% Yes
1999   Kenny Bräck 66 33.0% Yes
2000   Juan Pablo Montoya 167 83.5% Yes
2001   Hélio Castroneves 52 26.0% Yes
2002   Tomas Scheckter 85 42.5% No
2003 63 31.5% No
2004   Buddy Rice 91 50.5% Yes
2005   Sam Hornish, Jr. 77 38.5% No
2006   Dan Wheldon 148 74.0% No
2007   Tony Kanaan 83 50.0% No
2008   Scott Dixon 115 57.5% Yes
2009 73 36.5% No
2010   Dario Franchitti 155 77.5% Yes
2011   Scott Dixon 73 36.5% No
2012   Marco Andretti 59 29.5% No
2013   Ed Carpenter 37 18.5% No
2014   Ryan Hunter-Reay 56 28.0% Yes
2015   Scott Dixon 84 42.0% No
2016   Ryan Hunter-Reay 52 26.0% No
2017   Max Chilton 50 25.0% No
2018   Ed Carpenter 65 32.5% No
2019   Simon Pagenaud 116 58.0% Yes

[1]50%+ Race Laps Led, non-winning entriesEdit

Nineteen separate entries in equal years, driven by fifteen drivers, have failed to win despite leading over half a given race's completed laps.

Rank Year Driver Laps
Led
Race
Percentage
Final
Pos
1 1912   Ralph DePalma 196 98.0% 11
2 1967   Parnelli Jones 171 85.5% 6
3 1987   Mario Andretti 170 85.0% 9
4 1992   Michael Andretti 160 80.0% 13
5 1931   Billy Arnold 155 77.5% 19
6 1952   Bill Vukovich 150 75.0% 17
7 2006   Dan Wheldon 148 74.0% 4
8 1994   Emerson Fittipaldi 145 72.5% 17
9 1947   Bill Holland 143 71.5% 2
10 1972   Gary Bettenhausen 138 69.0% 14
11 1977   Gordon Johncock 129 64.5% 11
12 1990   Emerson Fittipaldi 128 64.0% 3
13 1962   Parnelli Jones 120 60.0% 7
14 1924   Earl Cooper 119 59.5% 2
15 1927   Frank Lockhart 110 55.0% 10
16 1921   Ralph DePalma 108 54.0% 12
17 1941   Wilbur Shaw 107 53.5% 18
1985   Mario Andretti 2
19 1975   Wally Dallenbach 96 55.2% 9

NotesEdit

1   Italian-born
2   British-born
3   French-born
4   Swiss-born

Lap Leader recordsEdit

Most laps led by rookie
Nine drivers have led one quarter (50 laps / 125 miles)
or further race distance in their first year of competition.
Laps Percent
Race Led
Year Driver Start
Pos
Final
Pos
167 83.5% 2000   Juan Pablo Montoya 2 1
143 71.5% 1947   Bill Holland 8 2
138 69.0% 1913   Jules Goux 7 1
102 51.0% 1914   René Thomas 15 1
95 59.4% 1926   Frank Lockhart 20 1
85 42.5% 2002   Tomas Scheckter 10 26
77 38.5% 1914   Arthur Duray 10 2
52 26.0% 2001   Hélio Castroneves 11 1
51 25.5% 1927   George Souders 22 1
Latest lead change
Races with final lead change taking
place at or within five laps of finish
Lap Year Winner Passed
200 2006   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Marco Andretti
2011   Dan Wheldon   J. R. Hildebrand
199 1912   Joe Dawson  * Ralph DePalma
1989   Emerson Fittipaldi   Al Unser, Jr.
1999   Kenny Bräck   Robby Gordon
2012   Dario Franchitti   Scott Dixon
2019   Simon Pagenaud   Alexander Rossi
198 1961   A. J. Foyt   Eddie Sachs
1986   Bobby Rahal   Kevin Cogan
2013   Tony Kanaan   Ryan Hunter-Reay
197 1960   Jim Rathmann   Rodger Ward
1967   A.J. Foyt   Parnelli Jones
2014   Ryan Hunter-Reay   Hélio Castroneves
2015   Juan Pablo Montoya   Will Power
2016   Alexander Rossi   Carlos Munoz
196 1995   Jacques Villeneuve**   Scott Goodyear**
2018   Will Power   Stefan Wilson
* DePalma became a U.S. citizen in 1920.
** Scoring for lead position changed, without
on-track overtake occurring, due to official
disqualification of Goodyear after lap 195.

Autolite Pacemakers ClubEdit

In 1964, Autolite created the "Pacemakers Club," which recognized drivers who had led at least one lap during the Indianapolis 500. It quickly rose in stature and popularity, and became a highly sought-after honor associated with the Indianapolis 500. After changes in sponsorship, the organization was renamed the Leaders Circle Club.

The qualifications were simple, and driver who had led at least one lap during race, whether living or already deceased, were recognized as members. At its inception, 102 drivers were listed as members. A total of 56 were deceased at the time, and 46 were living.

Honorees receive a jacket, and are honored at a banquet in their honor. The number of new members inducted at the banquet varies annually, as it is solely based on the previous year's first-time lap leaders. Some years can have as few as one or zero new members inducted, while other years have had as many as 4-5. The "club" is still active as of 2012.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zucker, Joseph. "Indy 500 Results 2019: Simon Pagenaud Earns 1st Career Win at Iconic Race". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2019-05-26.