List of Indianapolis 500 lap leaders

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Indianapolis 500-Mile Race all-time lap leaders[edit]

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

Two hundred fourteen drivers have led the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, in ninety-nine 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 United States Al Unser 644 4,356 14.78% 4 1970 1971 1978 1987
2 United StatesRalph DePalma 612 1,594 38.39% 1 1915  
3 United States Mario Andretti 556 3,040 18.29% 1 1969  
4 United States A. J. Foyt 555 4,909 11.31% 4 1961 1964 1967 1977
5 United States Wilbur Shaw 508 2,019 25.16% 3 1937 1939 1940  
6 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 505 1,785 28.29% 2 1989 1993  
7 United States Parnelli Jones 492 1,130 43.54% 1 1963  
8 United States Bill Vukovich 485 676 71.75% 2 1953 1954  
9 United States Bobby Unser 466 2,611 16.85% 3 1968 1975 1981  
10 New Zealand Scott Dixon 434 Active driver 1 2008  
11 United States Michael Andretti 431 2,653 16.25%  
12 United States Rick Mears 429 2,342 18.32% 4 1979 1984 1988 1991
13 United States Billy Arnold 410 821 49.94% 1 1930  
14 United States Gordon Johncock 406 3,158 10.73% 2 1973 1982  
15 United States Louis Meyer 332 1,916 17.33% 3 1928 1933 1936  
16 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 329 1,940 16.96% 3 2007 2010 2012  
17 Brazil Tony Kanaan 309 Active driver 1 2013  
18 United Kingdom Jim Clark 298 682 43.69% 1 1965  
19 United States Bill Holland 297 914 32.49% 1 1949  
20 United States Johnny Rutherford 296 2,770 10.69% 3 1974 1976 1980  
21 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 296 Active driver 3 2001 2002 2009  
22 United States Rex Mays 266 1,385 19.21%  
23 United States Rodger Ward 261 2,160 12.08% 2 1959 1962  
24 United States Mauri Rose 256 2,326 11.01% 3 1941 1947 1948  
25 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 235 1,129 20.73% 2 2005 2011  
26 United States Jimmy Murphy 220 907 24.26% 1 1922  
27 United States Tommy Milton 218 1,204 18.11% 2 1921 1923  
28 United States Jimmy Bryan 216 1,411 15.31% 1 1958  
29 United States Tom Sneva 208 2,180 9.54% 1 1983  
30 United States Frank Lockhart 205 280 73.21% 1 1926  
31 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 192 Active driver 2 2000 2015  
32 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 187 2,957 6.32% 2 1990 1997  
33 United States Jimmy Snyder 181 495 36.57%  
34 United States Lee Wallard 178 591 30.12% 1 1951  
35 United States Danny Sullivan 162 1,523 10.64% 1 1985  
36 United States Howdy Wilcox 155 1,335 11.61% 1 1919  
37 United States Jim Rathmann 153 2,320 6.59% 1 1960  
38 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 153 1,691 9.05%  
39 United States Peter DePaolo 152 738 20.60% 1 1925  
40 United States Marco Andretti 141 Active driver  
41 United KingdomDario Resta 140 407 34.40% 1 1916  
42 United States Sam Hanks 140 1,566 8.94% 1 1957  
43 France Jules Goux 139 773 17.98% 1 1913  
44 United States2 George Robson 138 333 41.44% 1 1946  
45 United States Pat Flaherty 138 812 17.00% 1 1956  
46 United States Gary Bettenhausen 138 2,372 5.82%  
47 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 134 Active driver 1 2014  
48 United States Johnnie Parsons 131 1,504 8.71% 1 1950  
49 United States Lloyd Ruby 126 2,357 5.35%  
50 United States Bobby Rahal 124 2,007 6.18% 1 1986  
51 United States Earl Cooper 123 941 13.07%  
52 United States Tony Stewart 122 700 17.43%  
53 United States Joe Boyer 118 536 22.01% 1 1924  
54 United States Greg Ray 116 920 12.61%  
55 France René Thomas 114 744 15.32% 1 1914  
56 United States Al Unser Jr. 110 3,173 3.47% 2 1992 1994  
57 United States Kelly Petillo 108 1,283 8.42% 1 1935  
58 United States Wally Dallenbach Sr. 108 1,448 7.46%  
59 United States Sam Hornish Jr. 107 1,346 7.95% 1 2006  
60 United States Babe Stapp 106 960 11.04%  
61 United States Fred Frame 106 1,281 8.27% 1 1932  
62 United States Buddy Rice 99 1 2004  
63 United States Ted Horn 94 1,944 4.84%  
64 United States Dave Lewis 93 384 24.22%  
65 United States Bill Cummings 93 1,229 7.57% 1 1934  
66 United States Floyd Roberts 92 883 10.42% 1 1938  
67 Sweden Kenny Bräck 89 885 10.06% 1 1999  
68 United States Eddie Cheever, Jr. 89 2,122 4.19% 1 1998  
69 United States Ray Harroun 88 200 44.00% 1 1911  
70 United States Bob Sweikert 86 825 10.42% 1 1955  
71 United States David L. Bruce-Brown 81 224 36.16%  
72 United States Danny Ongais 79 1,527 5.17%  
73 Belgium Arthur Duray 77 200 38.50%  
74 Australia Will Power 74      
75 Brazil3 Gil de Ferran 71 601 11.81% 1 2003  
76 United States Jack McGrath 70 1,094 6.40%  
77 United States Mark Donohue 70 748 9.36% 1 1972  
78 United States Buddy Lazier 70 Active driver 1 1996  
79 United States Frank Brisko 69 1,330 5.19%  
80 United States Troy Ruttman 69 1,472 4.69% 1 1952  
81 United States Ed Carpenter 69      
82 United States Leon Duray 68 693 9.81%  
83 United States Ralph Hepburn 68 1,864 3.65%  
84 United States George Souders 67 400 16.75% 1 1927  
85 United States Eddie Sachs 66 1,069 6.17%  
86 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 59 396 14.90%  
87 United States Harry Hartz 57 996 5.72%  
88 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 56 1,735 3.23%  
89 United States Johnny Thomson 55 1,044 5.27%  
90 Canada James Hinchcliffe 53      
91 United States Joe Leonard 52 1,072 4.85%  
92 United States Jeff Ward 52      
93 United States Robby Gordon 52      
94 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 52      
95 Canada Scott Goodyear 50      
96 United States Deacon Litz 49      
97 United States Ray Keech 46     1 1929  
98 United States Pat O'Connor 46      
99 United States Davy Jones 46      
100 United States Jimmy Gleason 43      
101 Norway Gil Anderson 41      
102 United States Bob Burman 41      
103 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 40      
104 United States Louis Schneider 39      
105 United States John Paul, Jr. 39      
106 Canada Alex Tagliani 39      
107 Italy Teo Fabi 37      
108 United States Bob Carey 36      
109 United States Jim Hurtubise 36      
110 United States Cliff Bergere 35      
111 United States Paul Russo 35      
112 France Simon Pagenaud 35      
113 United States Bob Swanson 34      
114 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 34      
115 United States Bobby Marshman 33      
116 United States Tony Gulotta 33      
117 United States Art Cross 32      
118 United States Duke Nalon 32      
119 Japan Takuma Sato 31      
120 Australia Ryan Briscoe 30      
121 United States Phil Shafer 29      
122 United States Mark Dismore 29      
123 United States Danica Patrick 29      
124 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 26     1 1995  
125 United States Jimmy Vasser 26      
126 United States Jimmy Davies 25      
127 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 25      
128 United States Tony Bettenhausen 24      
129 United States Lou Moore 23      
130 United States A. J. Allmendinger 23      
131 Brazil Raul Boesel 21      
132 Italy Alessandro Zampedri 20      
133 United States George Amick 18      
134 United States Johnny Boyd 18      
135 Spain Oriol Servià 18      
136 United States Kevin Cogan 17      
137 United States Johnny Aitken 16      
138 United States Jerry Grant 16      
139 United States Robbie Buhl 16      
140 Brazil Vitor Meira 15      
141 United Kingdom Mike Conway 15      
142 United States3 Gaston Chevrolet 14     1 1920  
143 United States Ernie Triplett 14      
144 United States Alexander Rossi 14     1 2016  
145 United States Josef Newgarden 14      
146 United States Russ Snowberger 13      
147 Mexico Josele Garza 13      
148 United States Billy Boat 13      
149 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 13      
150 United States Charlie Kimball 13      
151 United States Townsend Bell 13      
152 United States Swede Savage 12      
153 Brazil Felipe Giaffone 12      
154 Belgium Bertrand Baguette 11      
155 United States J. R. Hildebrand 11      
156 United States Ralph Mulford 10      
157 United States Alex Barron 10      
158 United States Eddie Rickenbacker 9      
159 France Albert Guyot 9      
160 Belgium Josef Christiaens 9      
161 United States4 Louis Chevrolet 9      
162 United States Dutch Bauman 9      
163 United Kingdom Graham Hill 9     1 1966  
164 United States Len Sutton 9      
165 United States Jimmy Daywalt 8      
166 United States Pancho Carter 8      
167 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 8      
168 United States Scott Pruett 8      
169 United States Don Freeland 7      
170 United States Roger McCluskey 7      
171 United States Ira Hall 6      
172 United States Graham Rahal 6      
173 United States Cecil Green 5      
174 United States Jimmy Jackson 5      
175 United States Spencer Wishart 5      
176 Venezuela E. J. Viso 5      
177 United Kingdom James Jakes 5      
178 United States Fred Belcher 4      
179 United States Cliff Durant 4      
180 United States Mike Mosley 4      
181 United States Buzz Calkins 4      
182 United States Sam Schmidt 4      
183 United States George Snider 3      
184 United States Davey Hamilton 3      
185 United States Scott Sharp 3      
186 United States Bryan Herta 3      
187 Mexico Adrian Fernández 3      
188 Brazil Mario Moraes 3      
189 United States Bryan Clauson 3      
190 United States Caleb Bragg 2      
191 United States Teddy Tetzlaff 2      
192 United States Joe Dawson 2     1 1912  
193 United States Robert Evans 2      
194 United States Paul Bost 2      
195 United States Herb Ardinger 2      
196 United States Dan Gurney 2      
197 United States Roger Rager 2      
198 United States Don Whittington 2      
199 United States John Andretti 2      
200 United States Robby McGehee 2      
201 Japan Tora Takagi 2      
202 United States Jaques Lazier 2      
203 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2      
204 United States Sage Karam 2      
205 France Jean Chassagne 1      
206 United States Art Klein 1      
207 United States Roscoe Sarles 1      
208 United States Howdy Wilcox II 1      
209 United States Fred Agabashian 1      
210 Australia Jack Brabham 1      
211 United States Bobby Allison 1      
212 United States Bill Vukovich II 1      
213 United States Tim Richmond 1      
214 United States Gordon Smiley 1      
215 United States Scott Brayton 1      
216 France Stephan Gregoire 1      
217 United States Jeff Simmons 1      
218 Russia Mikhail Aleshin 1      
Note United States Lora L. Corum* 0   1 1924  
United States Floyd Davis* 0   1 1941  
* United States Lora L. Corum and United States 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 Races[edit]

Most Laps Led[edit]

Fifty-six of ninety-eight Indianapolis 500-Mile Races have been won by the driver leading the most laps, 57.14%.

Year Leader, Most Laps Laps
Led
Percentage
Race Led
Won
Race
1911 United States Ray Harroun 88 44.0% Yes
1912 United States1 Ralph DePalma 196 98.0% No
1913 France Jules Goux 138 69.0% Yes
1914 France René Thomas 102 51.0% Yes
1915 United States1 Ralph DePalma 132 66.0% Yes
1916 United Kingdom1 Dario Resta 103 51.5% Yes
1919 United States Howdy Wilcox 98 49.0% Yes
1920 United States Joe Boyer 93 46.5% No
1921 United States1 Ralph DePalma 108 54.0% No
1922 United States Jimmy Murphy 153 76.5% Yes
1923 United States Tommy Milton 128 64.0% Yes
1924 United States Earl Cooper 119 59.5% No
1925 United States Peter DePaolo 115 57.5% Yes
1926 United States Frank Lockhart 95 59.4% Yes
1927 110 55.0% No
1928 United States Leon Duray 64 32.0% No
1929 United States Louis Meyer 65 32.5% No
1930 United States Billy Arnold 198 99.0% Yes
1931 155 77.5% No
1932 United States Fred Frame 58 29.0% Yes
1933 United States Louis Meyer 71 35.5% Yes
1934 United States Frank Brisko 69 29.5% No
1935 United States Kelly Petillo 102 51.0% Yes
1936 United States Louis Meyer 96 48.0% Yes
1937 United States Wilbur Shaw 131 65.5% Yes
1938 United States Floyd Roberts 92 46.0% Yes
United States Jimmy Snyder No
1939 United States Louis Meyer 79 39.5% No
1940 United States Wilbur Shaw 136 68.0% Yes
1941 107 53.5% No
1946 United States2 George Robson 138 69.0% Yes
1947 United States Bill Holland 143 71.5% No
1948 United States Mauri Rose 81 40.5% Yes
1949 United States Bill Holland 146 83.0% Yes
1950 United States Johnnie Parsons 177 88.5% Yes
1951 United States Lee Wallard 159 79.5% Yes
1952 United States Bill Vukovich 150 75.0% No
1953 195 97.5% Yes
1954 90 45.0% Yes
1955 United States Bob Sweikert 86 43.0% Yes
1956 United States Pat Flaherty 127 63.5% Yes
1957 United States Sam Hanks 136 68.0% Yes
1958 United States Jimmy Bryan 139 69.5% Yes
1959 United States Rodger Ward 130 65.0% Yes
1960 United States Jim Rathmann 100 50.0% Yes
1961 United States A.J. Foyt 71 35.5% Yes
1962 United States Parnelli Jones 120 60.0% No
1963 167 83.5% Yes
1964 United States A.J. Foyt 146 73.0% Yes
1965 United Kingdom Jim Clark 190 95.0% Yes
1966 United States Lloyd Ruby 68 34.0% No
1967 United States Parnelli Jones 171 85.5% No
1968 United States Bobby Unser 127 63.5% Yes
1969 United States1 Mario Andretti 116 58.0% Yes
1970 United States Al Unser 190 95.0% Yes
1971 103 51.5% Yes
1972 United States Gary Bettenhausen 138 69.0% No
1973 United States Gordon Johncock 64 48.1% Yes
1974 United States Johnny Rutherford 122 47.0% Yes
1975 United States Wally Dallenbach 96 48.0% No
1976 United States Johnny Rutherford 48 73.0% Yes
1977 United States Gordon Johncock 129 64.5% No
1978 United States Al Unser 121 60.5% Yes
1979 United States Bobby Unser 89 44.5% No
1980 United States Johnny Rutherford 118 59.0% Yes
1981 United States Bobby Unser 89 44.5% Yes
1982 United States Rick Mears 77 38.5% No
1983 United States Tom Sneva 98 49.0% Yes
1984 United States Rick Mears 119 59.5% Yes
1985 United States1 Mario Andretti 107 53.5% No
1986 United States Rick Mears 76 38.0% No
1987 United States1 Mario Andretti 170 85.0% No
1988 United States Danny Sullivan 91 45.5% No
1989 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 158 79.0% Yes
1990 128 64.0% No
1991 United States Michael Andretti 97 48.5% No
1992 160 80.0% No
1993 United States1 Mario Andretti 72 36.0% No
1994 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 145 72.5% No
1995 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 59 29.5% No
1996 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 47 23.5% No
1997 United States Tony Stewart 64 32.0% No
1998 United States Eddie Cheever 76 38.0% Yes
1999 Sweden Kenny Bräck 66 33.0% Yes
2000 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 167 83.5% Yes
2001 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 52 26.0% Yes
2002 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 85 42.5% No
2003 63 31.5% No
2004 United States Buddy Rice 91 50.5% Yes
2005 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 77 38.5% No
2006 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 148 74.0% No
2007 Brazil Tony Kanaan 83 41.5% No
2008 New Zealand Scott Dixon 115 57.5% Yes
2009 73 36.5% No
2010 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 155 77.5% Yes
2011 New Zealand Scott Dixon 73 36.5% No
2012 United States Marco Andretti 59 29.5% No
2013 United States Ed Carpenter 37 18.5% No
2014 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 56 28.0% Yes
2015 New Zealand Scott Dixon 84 42.0% No
2016 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 52 26.0% No

50%+ Race Laps Led, non-winning entries[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

1 Italy Italian-born
2 United Kingdom British-born
3 France French-born
4 Switzerland Swiss-born

Lap Leader records[edit]

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 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 2 1
143 71.5% 1947 United States Bill Holland 8 2
138 69.0% 1913 France Jules Goux 7 1
102 51.0% 1914 France René Thomas 15 1
95 59.4% 1926 United States Frank Lockhart 20 1
85 42.5% 2002 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 10 26
77 38.5% 1914 Belgium Arthur Duray 10 2
52 26.0% 2001 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 11 1
51 25.5% 1927 United States 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 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Marco Andretti
2011 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States J. R. Hildebrand
199 1912 United States Joe Dawson Italy* Ralph DePalma
1989 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Al Unser, Jr.
1999 Sweden Kenny Bräck United States Robby Gordon
2012 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon
198 1961 United States A.J. Foyt United States Eddie Sachs
1986 United States Bobby Rahal United States Kevin Cogan
2013 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
197 1960 United States Jim Rathmann United States Rodger Ward
1967 United States A.J. Foyt United States Parnelli Jones
2014 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Brazil Helio Castroneves
2015 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Australia Will Power
196 1995 Canada Jacques Villeneuve** Canada Scott Goodyear**
* 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 Club[edit]

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.

References[edit]