List of Indianapolis 500 fastest laps

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The following is a list of fastest laps for the Indianapolis 500. The fastest lap statistic has been officially kept for the Indianapolis 500 since 1950. The honor is held in somewhat minor prestige, and typically a cash prize is awarded to the driver who accomplishes the feat. However, it is typically considered a peripheral award, and no championship bonus points are currently awarded for fastest lap.

Since records have been kept, the fastest lap has been achieved by the leader on the final lap of the race on one occasion (Bobby Rahal, 1986). It has never been accomplished on the first lap of the race. It is not uncommon to be done by a driver who was not leading the race at the time, due to drafting.

History[edit]

From 1950-1960, the Indianapolis 500 was included as part of the World Championship. During those eleven races, the driver setting the fastest lap received championship points towards the world title.

Fastest lap chart[edit]

Year Lap time Lap Speed
(mph)
Lap No. Driver
1950 1:09.77 128.995 United States Johnnie Parsons*
1951 1:07.26 133.809 23 United States Lee Wallard*
1952 1:06.60 135.135 8 United States Bill Vukovich
1953 1:06.24 135.870 27 United States Bill Vukovich*
1954 1:04.04 140.537 29 United States Jack McGrath
1955 1:03.67 141.354 27 United States Bill Vukovich
1956 1:02.32 141.416 19 United States Paul Russo
1957 1:02.75 143.426 127 United States Jim Rathmann
1958 1:02.37 144.300 55 United States Tony Bettenhausen
1959 1:01.89 145.419 64 United States Johnny Thomson
1960 1:01.59 146.128 4 United States Jim Rathmann*
1961 1:00.98 147.589 91 United States Troy Ruttman
1962 1:00.69 148.295 56 United States Parnelli Jones
1963 59.39 151.541 114 United States Parnelli Jones*
1964 57.09 157.646 15 United States Bobby Marshman
1965 57.14 157.508 2 United States A. J. Foyt
1966 56.54 159.179 18 United Kingdom Jimmy Clark
1967 54.57 164.926 6 United States Parnelli Jones
1968 53.36 168.666 94 United States Lloyd Ruby
1969 54.05 166.512 20 United States Roger McCluskey
1970 53.64 167.785 50 United States Joe Leonard
1971 51.44 174.961 66 United States Mark Donohue
1972 47.99 187.539 150 United States Mark Donohue*
1973 48.15 186.916 55 United States Roger McCluskey
1974 47.02 191.408 2 United States Wally Dallenbach
1975 48.10 187.110 2 United States Gordon Johncock
1976 48.38 186.027 2 United States A. J. Foyt
1977 46.71 192.678 42 United States Danny Ongais
1978 46.41 193.924 75 United States Mario Andretti
1979 46.58 193.216 184 United States Mike Mosley
1980 47.35 190.074 149 United States Johnny Rutherford*
1981 45.70 196.937 159 United States Gordon Johncock
1982 44.88 200.535 122 United States Rick Mears
1983 45.568 197.507 3 Italy Teo Fabi
1984 43.942 204.815 52 United States Gordon Johncock
1985 43.916 204.937 14 United States Rick Mears
1986 43.031 209.152 200 United States Bobby Rahal*
1987 43.900 205.011 57 Colombia Roberto Guerrero
1988 42.956 209.517 166 United States Rick Mears*
1989 40.455 222.469 85 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi*
1990 40.436* 222.574* 91
162
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
1991 40.508 222.178 109 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
1992 39.281 229.118 166 United States Michael Andretti
1993 41.898 214.807 198 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi*
1994 40.783 220.680 121 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
1995 40.177 224.009 179 Canada Scott Goodyear
1996 38.119 236.103 78 United States Eddie Cheever, Jr.
1997 41.739 215.626 105 United States Tony Stewart
1998 41.908 214.746 19 United States Tony Stewart
1999 41.118 218.882 101 United States Greg Ray
2000 41.191 218.494 198 United States Buddy Lazier
2001 40.941 219.830 130 United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
2002 39.735 226.499 20 South Africa Tomas Scheckter
2003 39.2692 229.187 100 Brazil Tony Kanaan
2004 41.2086 218.401 173 Brazil Vitor Meira
2005 39.4560 228.102 167 Brazil Tony Kanaan
2006 40.6778 221.251 41 New Zealand Scott Dixon
2007 40.2829 223.420 18 Brazil Tony Kanaan
2008 40.1720 224.037 161 United States Marco Andretti
2009 40.5325 222.044 187 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
2010 39.9840 225.090 15 Australia Will Power
2011 40.0593 224.667 169 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
2012 40.8771 220.172 59 United States Marco Andretti
2013 39.6580 226.940 185 United Kingdom Justin Wilson

References[edit]

  • Indianapolis Star & news 500 Mile Race Record Book (2002)