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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-seven drivers have led the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, in 102 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   Bobby Unser 440 2,611 16.85% 3 1968 1975 1981  
10   Scott Dixon 439 Active driver 1 2008  
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 2,770 10.69% 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 1,129 20.73% 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 Active driver 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   Jim Rathmann 150 2,320 6.47% 1 1960  
40   Peter DePaolo 148 738 20.05% 1 1925  
41   Marco Andretti 141 Active driver  
42  Dario Resta 140 407 34.40% 1 1916  
43   Sam Hanks 140 1,566 8.94% 1 1957  
44   Jules Goux 139 773 17.98% 1 1913  
45   Ed Carpenter 139 Active driver  
46  2 George Robson 138 333 41.44% 1 1946  
47   Pat Flaherty 138 812 17.00% 1 1956  
48   Gary Bettenhausen 138 2,372 5.82%  
49   Will Power 135 Active driver 1 2018  
50   Johnnie Parsons 131 1,504 8.71% 1 1950  
51   Lloyd Ruby 126 2,357 5.35%  
52   Bobby Rahal 126 2,007 6.28% 1 1986  
53   Earl Cooper 123 941 13.07%  
54   Tony Stewart 122 700 17.43%  
55   Joe Boyer 119 536 22.20% 1 1924  
56   Greg Ray 116 920 12.61%  
57   René Thomas 114 744 15.32% 1 1914  
58   Al Unser Jr. 110 3,173 3.47% 2 1992 1994  
59   Kelly Petillo 108 1,283 8.42% 1 1935  
60   Wally Dallenbach Sr. 108 1,448 7.46%  
61   Sam Hornish Jr. 107 1,346 7.95% 1 2006  
62   Babe Stapp 106 960 11.04%  
63   Fred Frame 106 1,281 8.27% 1 1932  
64   Buddy Rice 99 1,047 9.46% 1 2004  
65   Ted Horn 94 1,944 4.84%  
66   Dave Lewis 93 384 24.22%  
67   Bill Cummings 93 1,229 7.57% 1 1934  
68   Floyd Roberts 92 883 10.42% 1 1938  
69   Kenny Bräck 89 885 10.06% 1 1999  
70   Eddie Cheever, Jr. 89 2,122 4.19% 1 1998  
71   Ray Harroun 88 200 44.00% 1 1911  
72   Bob Sweikert 86 825 10.42% 1 1955  
73   David L. Bruce-Brown 81 224 36.16%  
74   Danny Ongais 79 1,527 5.17%  
75   Arthur Duray 77 200 38.50%  
76   Troy Ruttman 72 1,472 4.89% 1 1952  
77  3 Gil de Ferran 71 601 11.81% 1 2003  
78   Jack McGrath 70 1,094 6.40%  
79   Mark Donohue 70 748 9.36% 1 1972  
80   Buddy Lazier 70 Active driver 1 1996  
81   Frank Brisko 69 1,330 5.19%  
82   Leon Duray 68 693 9.81%  
83   Ralph Hepburn 68 1,864 3.65%  
84   George Souders 67 400 16.75% 1 1927  
85   Eddie Sachs 66 1,069 6.17%  
86   Maurício Gugelmin 59 396 14.90%  
87   Harry Hartz 57 996 5.72%  
88   Roberto Guerrero 56 1,735 3.23%  
89   Johnny Thomson 55 1,044 5.27%  
90   Robby Gordon 53 1,564 3.39%  
91   James Hinchcliffe 53 Active driver  
92   Joe Leonard 52 1,072 4.85%  
93   Jeff Ward 52 1,254 4.15%  
94   Bruno Junqueira 52 734 7.08%  
95   Max Chilton 50 Active driver  
96   Deacon Litz 49 1,560 3.14%  
97   Scott Goodyear 49 1,460 3.35%  
98   Takuma Sato 48 Active driver 1 2017  
99   Ray Keech 46 400 11.5% 1 1929  
100   Pat O'Connor 46 768 5.98%  
101   Davy Jones 46 784 5.86%  
102   Gil Anderson 44 784 5.61%  
103   Jimmy Gleason 43 613 7.01%  
104   Bob Burman 41 718 5.71%  
105   Jackie Stewart 40 358 11.17%  
106   Louis Schneider 39 863 4.51% 1 1931  
107   John Paul, Jr. 39 207 18.84%  
108   Alex Tagliani 39 1,543 2.52%  
109   Alexander Rossi 38 Active driver 1 2016  
110   Teo Fabi 37 963 3.84%  
111   Bob Carey 36 200 18%  
112   Jim Hurtubise 36      
113   Simon Pagenaud 36 Active driver  
114   Cliff Bergere 35      
115   Paul Russo 35      
116   Bob Swanson 34      
117   Nigel Mansell 34      
118   Oriol Servià 34 Active driver  
119   Bobby Marshman 33      
120   Tony Gulotta 33      
121   Art Cross 32      
122   Duke Nalon 32      
123   Ryan Briscoe 31      
124   Phil Shafer 29      
125   Mark Dismore 29      
126   Danica Patrick 29      
127   Carlos Muñoz 29      
128   Fernando Alonso 27      
129   Jimmy Vasser 26      
130   Jimmy Davies 25      
131   Tony Bettenhausen 24      
132   Lou Moore 23      
133   A. J. Allmendinger 23      
134   Jacques Villeneuve 22     1 1995  
135   Raul Boesel 21      
136   Alessandro Zampedri 20      
137   Graham Rahal 20      
138   George Amick 18      
139   Johnny Boyd 18      
140   Charlie Kimball 18      
141   Kevin Cogan 17      
142   Josef Newgarden 17      
143   Johnny Aitken 16      
144   Jerry Grant 16      
145   Robbie Buhl 16      
146   Vitor Meira 15      
147   Mike Conway 15      
148  3 Gaston Chevrolet 14     1 1920  
149   Ernie Triplett 14      
150   Russ Snowberger 13      
151   Josele Garza 13      
152   Billy Boat 13      
153   Justin Wilson 13      
154   Townsend Bell 13      
155   J. R. Hildebrand 13      
156   Swede Savage 12      
157   Felipe Giaffone 12      
158   Bertrand Baguette 11      
159   Ralph Mulford 10      
160   Graham Hill 10     1 1966  
161   Alex Barron 10      
162   Eddie Rickenbacker 9      
163   Albert Guyot 9      
164   Josef Christiaens 9      
165  4 Louis Chevrolet 9      
166   Dutch Bauman 9      
167   Len Sutton 9      
168   Jimmy Daywalt 8      
169   Pancho Carter 8      
170   Jim Crawford 8      
171   Scott Pruett 8      
172   Don Freeland 7      
173   Roger McCluskey 7      
174   Zachary Claman DeMelo 7      
175   Ira Hall 6      
176   Cecil Green 5      
177   Jimmy Jackson 5      
178   Spencer Wishart 5      
179   Steve Krisiloff 5      
180   E. J. Viso 5      
181   James Jakes 5      
182   Fred Belcher 4      
183   Cliff Durant 4      
184   Mike Mosley 4      
185   Buzz Calkins 4      
186   Sam Schmidt 4      
187   Sebastien Bourdais 4      
188   George Snider 3      
189   Davey Hamilton 3      
190   Scott Sharp 3      
191   Bryan Herta 3      
192   Adrian Fernández 3      
193   Mario Moraes 3      
194   Bryan Clauson 3      
195   Spencer Pigot 3      
196   Stefan Wilson 3      
197   Caleb Bragg 2      
198   Teddy Tetzlaff 2      
199   Joe Dawson 2     1 1912  
200   Robert Evans 2      
201   Paul Bost 2      
202   Herb Ardinger 2      
203   Dan Gurney 2      
204   Roger Rager 2      
205   Don Whittington 2      
206   John Andretti 2      
207   Robby McGehee 2      
208   Tora Takagi 2      
209   Jaques Lazier 2      
210   Rubens Barrichello 2      
211   Sage Karam 2      
212   James Davison 2      
213   Robert Wickens 2      
214   Jean Chassagne 1      
215   Art Klein 1      
216   Roscoe Sarles 1      
217   Howdy Wilcox II 1      
218   Fred Agabashian 1      
219   Jack Brabham 1      
220   Bobby Allison 1      
221   Bill Vukovich II 1      
222   Tim Richmond 1      
223   Gordon Smiley 1      
224   Scott Brayton 1      
225   Stephan Gregoire 1      
226   Jeff Simmons 1      
227   Mikhail Aleshin 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-six of one hundred two Indianapolis 500-Mile Races have been won by the driver leading the most laps, 54.90%.

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

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
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