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List of Indianapolis 500 lap leaders


Indianapolis 500-Mile Race all-time lap leaders

Two hundred and three drivers have led the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, in ninety-five 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 23x15px Al Unser 644 4,356 14.78% 4 1970 1971 1978 1987
2 23x15pxRalph DePalma 612 1,594 38.39% 1 1915  
3 23x15px Mario Andretti 556 3,040 18.29% 1 1969  
4 23x15px A. J. Foyt 555 4,909 11.31% 4 1961 1964 1967 1977
5 23x15px Wilbur Shaw 508 2,019 25.16% 3 1937 1939 1940  
6 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 505 1,785 28.29% 2 1989 1993  
7 23x15px Parnelli Jones 492 1,130 43.54% 1 1963  
8 23x15px Bill Vukovich 485 676 71.75% 2 1953 1954  
9 23x15px Bobby Unser 440 2,611 16.85% 3 1968 1975 1981  
10 23x15px Scott Dixon 434 Active driver 1 2008  
11 23x15px Michael Andretti 431 2,653 16.25%  
12 23x15px Rick Mears 429 2,342 18.32% 4 1979 1984 1988 1991
13 23x15px Billy Arnold 410 821 49.94% 1 1930  
14 23x15px Gordon Johncock 339 3,158 10.73% 2 1973 1982  
15 23x15px Louis Meyer 332 1,916 17.33% 3 1928 1933 1936  
16 23x15px Dario Franchitti 329 1,940 16.96% 3 2007 2010 2012  
17 23x15px Jim Clark 298 682 43.69% 1 1965  
18 23x15px Bill Holland 297 914 32.49% 1 1949  
19 23x15px Johnny Rutherford 296 2,770 10.69% 3 1974 1976 1980  
20 23x15px Tony Kanaan 290 Active driver 1 2013  
21 23x15px Hélio Castroneves 272 Active driver 3 2001 2002 2009  
22 23x15px Rex Mays 266 1,385 19.21%  
23 23x15px Rodger Ward 261 2,160 12.08% 2 1959 1962  
24 23x15px Mauri Rose 256 2,326 11.01% 3 1941 1947 1948  
25 23x15px Dan Wheldon 235 1,129 20.73% 2 2005 2011  
26 23x15px Jimmy Murphy 220 907 24.26% 1 1922  
27 23x15px Tommy Milton 218 1,204 18.11% 2 1921 1923  
28 23x15px Jimmy Bryan 216 1,411 15.31% 1 1958  
29 23x15px Tom Sneva 208 2,180 9.54% 1 1983  
30 23x15px Frank Lockhart 205 280 73.21% 1 1926  
31 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 192 Active driver 2 2000 2015  
32 23x15px Arie Luyendyk 187 2,957 6.32% 2 1990 1997  
33 23x15px Jimmy Snyder 181 495 36.57%  
34 23x15px Lee Wallard 178 591 30.12% 1 1951  
35 23x15px Danny Sullivan 162 1,523 10.64% 1 1985  
36 23x15px Howdy Wilcox 155 1,335 11.61% 1 1919  
37 23x15px Jim Rathmann 153 2,320 6.59% 1 1960  
38 23x15px Tomas Scheckter 153 1,691 9.05%  
39 23x15px Peter DePaolo 152 738 20.60% 1 1925  
40 23x15px Marco Andretti 141 Active driver  
41 23x15pxDario Resta 140 407 34.40% 1 1916  
42 23x15px Sam Hanks 140 1,566 8.94% 1 1957  
43 23x15px Jules Goux 139 773 17.98% 1 1913  
44 23x15px2 George Robson 138 333 41.44% 1 1946  
45 23x15px Pat Flaherty 138 812 17.00% 1 1956  
46 23x15px Gary Bettenhausen 138 2,372 5.82%  
47 23x15px Johnnie Parsons 131 1,504 8.71% 1 1950  
48 23x15px Lloyd Ruby 126 2,357 5.35%  
49 23x15px Bobby Rahal 124 2,007 6.18% 1 1986  
50 23x15px Earl Cooper 123 941 13.07%  
51 23x15px Tony Stewart 122 700 17.43%  
52 23x15px Joe Boyer 118 536 22.01% 1 1924  
53 23x15px Greg Ray 116 920 12.61%  
54 23x15px René Thomas 114 744 15.32% 1 1914  
55 23x15px Al Unser Jr. 110 3,173 3.47% 2 1992 1994  
56 23x15px Kelly Petillo 108 1,283 8.42% 1 1935  
57 23x15px Wally Dallenbach Sr. 108 1,448 7.46%  
58 23x15px Sam Hornish Jr. 107 1,346 7.95% 1 2006  
59 23x15px Babe Stapp 106 960 11.04%  
60 23x15px Fred Frame 106 1,281 8.27% 1 1932  
61 23x15px Buddy Rice 99 Active driver 1 2004  
62 23x15px Ted Horn 94 1,944 4.84%  
63 23x15px Dave Lewis 93 384 24.22%  
64 23x15px Bill Cummings 93 1,229 7.57% 1 1934  
65 23x15px Floyd Roberts 92 883 10.42% 1 1938  
66 23x15px Kenny Bräck 89 885 10.06% 1 1999  
67 23x15px Eddie Cheever, Jr. 89 2,122 4.19% 1 1998  
68 23x15px Ray Harroun 88 200 44.00% 1 1911  
69 23x15px Bob Sweikert 86 825 10.42% 1 1955  
70 23x15px Ryan Hunter-Reay 82 Active driver 1 2014  
71 23x15px David L. Bruce-Brown 81 224 36.16%  
72 23x15px Danny Ongais 79 1,527 5.17%  
73 23x15px Arthur Duray 77 200 38.50%  
74 23x15px3 Gil de Ferran 71 601 11.81% 1 2003  
75 23x15px Jack McGrath 70      
76 23x15px Mark Donohue 70     1 1972  
77 23x15px Buddy Lazier 70     1 1996  
78 23x15px Frank Brisko 69      
79 23x15px Troy Ruttman 69     1 1952  
80 23x15px Ed Carpenter 69      
81 23x15px Leon Duray 68      
82 23x15px Ralph Hepburn 68      
83 23x15px George Souders 67     1 1927  
84 23x15px Eddie Sachs 66      
85 23x15px Will Power 66      
86 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin 59      
87 23x15px Harry Hartz 57      
88 23x15px Roberto Guerrero 56      
89 23x15px Johnny Thomson 55      
90 23x15px Joe Leonard 52      
91 23x15px Jeff Ward 52      
92 23x15px Robby Gordon 52      
93 23x15px Bruno Junqueira 52      
94 23x15px Scott Goodyear 50      
95 23x15px Deacon Litz 49      
96 23x15px Ray Keech 46     1 1929  
97 23x15px Pat O'Connor 46      
98 23x15px Davy Jones 46      
99 23x15px Jimmy Gleason 43      
100 23x15px Gil Anderson 41      
101 23x15px Bob Burman 41      
102 23x15px Jackie Stewart 40      
103 23x15px Louis Schneider 39      
104 23x15px John Paul, Jr. 39      
105 23x15px Teo Fabi 37      
106 23x15px Bob Carey 36      
107 23x15px Jim Hurtubise 36      
108 23x15px Cliff Bergere 35      
109 23x15px Paul Russo 35      
110 23x15px Simon Pagenaud 35      
111 23x15px Bob Swanson 34      
112 23x15px Nigel Mansell 34      
113 23x15px Bobby Marshman 33      
114 23x15px Tony Gulotta 33      
115 23x15px Art Cross 32      
116 23x15px Duke Nalon 32      
117 Template:Country data JPN Takuma Sato 31      
118 23x15px Ryan Briscoe 30      
119 23x15px Phil Shafer 29      
120 23x15px Mark Dismore 29      
121 23x15px Danica Patrick 29      
122 23x15px Alex Tagliani 28      
123 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 26     1 1995  
124 23x15px Jimmy Vasser 26      
125 23x15px James Hinchcliffe 26      
126 23x15px Jimmy Davies 25      
127 23x15px Tony Bettenhausen 24      
128 23x15px Lou Moore 23      
129 23x15px A. J. Allmendinger 23      
130 23x15px Raul Boesel 21      
131 23x15px Alessandro Zampedri 20      
132 23x15px George Amick 18      
133 23x15px Johnny Boyd 18      
134 23x15px Oriol Servià 18      
135 23x15px Kevin Cogan 17      
136 23x15px Johnny Aitken 16      
137 23x15px Jerry Grant 16      
138 23x15px Robbie Buhl 16      
139 23x15px Vitor Meira 15      
140 23x15px Mike Conway 15      
141 23x15px Carlos Muñoz 15      
142 23x15px3 Gaston Chevrolet 14     1 1920  
143 23x15px Ernie Triplett 14      
144 23x15px Russ Snowberger 13      
145 23x15px Josele Garza 13      
146 23x15px Billy Boat 13      
147 23x15px Justin Wilson 13      
148 23x15px Charlie Kimball 13      
149 23x15px Swede Savage 12      
150 23x15px Felipe Giaffone 12      
151 23x15px Bertrand Baguette 11      
152 23x15px Ralph Mulford 10      
153 23x15px Alex Barron 10      
154 23x15px Eddie Rickenbacker 9      
155 23x15px Albert Guyot 9      
156 23x15px Josef Christiaens 9      
157 23x15px4 Louis Chevrolet 9      
158 23x15px Dutch Bauman 9      
159 23x15px Graham Hill 9     1 1966  
160 23x15px Len Sutton 9      
161 23x15px Jimmy Daywalt 8      
162 23x15px Pancho Carter 8      
163 23x15px Jim Crawford 8      
164 23x15px Scott Pruett 8      
165 23x15px Don Freeland 7      
166 23x15px Roger McCluskey 7      
167 23x15px J. R. Hildebrand 7      
168 23x15px Ira Hall 6      
169 23x15px Graham Rahal 6      
170 23x15px Cecil Green 5      
171 23x15px Jimmy Jackson 5      
172 23x15px Spencer Wishart 5      
173 23x15px E. J. Viso 5      
174 23x15px James Jakes 5      
175 23x15px Fred Belcher 4      
176 23x15px Cliff Durant 4      
177 23x15px Mike Mosley 4      
178 23x15px Buzz Calkins 4      
179 23x15px Sam Schmidt 4      
180 23x15px George Snider 3      
181 23x15px Davey Hamilton 3      
182 23x15px Scott Sharp 3      
183 23x15px Bryan Herta 3      
184 23x15px Adrian Fernández 3      
185 23x15px Mario Moraes 3      
186 23x15px Caleb Bragg 2      
187 23x15px Teddy Tetzlaff 2      
188 23x15px Joe Dawson 2     1 1912  
189 23x15px Robert Evans 2      
190 23x15px Paul Bost 2      
191 23x15px Herb Ardinger 2      
192 23x15px Dan Gurney 2      
193 23x15px Roger Rager 2      
194 23x15px Don Whittington 2      
195 23x15px John Andretti 2      
196 23x15px Robby McGehee 2      
197 Template:Country data JPN Tora Takagi 2      
198 23x15px Jaques Lazier 2      
199 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 2      
200 23x15px Jean Chassagne 1      
201 23x15px Art Klein 1      
202 23x15px Roscoe Sarles 1      
203 23x15px Howdy Wilcox II 1      
204 23x15px Fred Agabashian 1      
205 23x15px Jack Brabham 1      
206 23x15px Bobby Allison 1      
207 23x15px Bill Vukovich II 1      
208 23x15px Tim Richmond 1      
209 23x15px Gordon Smiley 1      
210 23x15px Scott Brayton 1      
211 23x15px Stephan Gregoire 1      
212 23x15px Jeff Simmons 1      
213 23x15px Townsend Bell 1      
214 23x15px Mikhail Aleshin 1      
Note 23x15px Lora L. Corum* 0   1 1924  
23x15px Floyd Davis* 0   1 1941  
* 23x15px Lora L. Corum and 23x15px 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

Most Laps Led

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 23x15px Ray Harroun 88 44.0% Yes
1912 23x15px1 Ralph DePalma 196 98.0% No
1913 23x15px Jules Goux 138 69.0% Yes
1914 23x15px René Thomas 102 51.0% Yes
1915 23x15px1 Ralph DePalma 132 66.0% Yes
1916 23x15px1 Dario Resta 103 51.5% Yes
1919 23x15px Howdy Wilcox 98 49.0% Yes
1920 23x15px Joe Boyer 93 46.5% No
1921 23x15px1 Ralph DePalma 108 54.0% No
1922 23x15px Jimmy Murphy 153 76.5% Yes
1923 23x15px Tommy Milton 128 64.0% Yes
1924 23x15px Earl Cooper 119 59.5% No
1925 23x15px Peter DePaolo 115 57.5% Yes
1926 23x15px Frank Lockhart 95 59.4% Yes
1927 110 55.0% No
1928 23x15px Leon Duray 64 32.0% No
1929 23x15px Louis Meyer 65 32.5% No
1930 23x15px Billy Arnold 198 99.0% Yes
1931 155 77.5% No
1932 23x15px Fred Frame 58 29.0% Yes
1933 23x15px Louis Meyer 71 35.5% Yes
1934 23x15px Frank Brisko 69 29.5% No
1935 23x15px Kelly Petillo 102 51.0% Yes
1936 23x15px Louis Meyer 96 48.0% Yes
1937 23x15px Wilbur Shaw 131 65.5% Yes
1938 23x15px Floyd Roberts 92 46.0% Yes
23x15px Jimmy Snyder No
1939 23x15px Louis Meyer 79 39.5% No
1940 23x15px Wilbur Shaw 136 68.0% Yes
1941 107 53.5% No
1946 23x15px2 George Robson 138 69.0% Yes
1947 23x15px Bill Holland 143 71.5% No
1948 23x15px Mauri Rose 81 40.5% Yes
1949 23x15px Bill Holland 146 83.0% Yes
1950 23x15px Johnnie Parsons 115 83.3% Yes
1951 23x15px Lee Wallard 159 79.5% Yes
1952 23x15px Bill Vukovich 150 75.0% No
1953 195 97.5% Yes
1954 90 45.0% Yes
1955 23x15px Bob Sweikert 86 43.0% Yes
1956 23x15px Pat Flaherty 127 63.5% Yes
1957 23x15px Sam Hanks 136 68.0% Yes
1958 23x15px Jimmy Bryan 139 69.5% Yes
1959 23x15px Rodger Ward 130 65.0% Yes
1960 23x15px Jim Rathmann 100 50.0% Yes
1961 23x15px A.J. Foyt 71 35.5% Yes
1962 23x15px Parnelli Jones 120 60.0% No
1963 167 83.5% Yes
1964 23x15px A.J. Foyt 146 73.0% Yes
1965 23x15px Jim Clark 190 95.0% Yes
1966 23x15px Lloyd Ruby 68 34.0% No
1967 23x15px Parnelli Jones 171 85.5% No
1968 23x15px Bobby Unser 127 63.5% Yes
1969 23x15px1 Mario Andretti 116 58.0% Yes
1970 23x15px Al Unser 190 95.0% Yes
1971 103 51.5% Yes
1972 23x15px Gary Bettenhausen 138 69.0% No
1973 23x15px Gordon Johncock 64 48.1% Yes
1974 23x15px Johnny Rutherford 122 61.0% Yes
1975 23x15px Wally Dallenbach 96 55.2% No
1976 23x15px Johnny Rutherford 48 47.1% Yes
1977 23x15px Gordon Johncock 129 64.5% No
1978 23x15px Al Unser 121 60.5% Yes
1979 23x15px Bobby Unser 89 44.5% No
1980 23x15px Johnny Rutherford 118 59.0% Yes
1981 23x15px Bobby Unser 89 44.5% Yes
1982 23x15px Rick Mears 77 38.5% No
1983 23x15px Tom Sneva 98 49.0% Yes
1984 23x15px Rick Mears 119 59.5% Yes
1985 23x15px1 Mario Andretti 107 53.5% No
1986 23x15px Rick Mears 76 38.0% No
1987 23x15px1 Mario Andretti 170 85.0% No
1988 23x15px Danny Sullivan 91 45.5% No
1989 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 158 79.0% Yes
1990 128 64.0% No
1991 23x15px Michael Andretti 97 48.5% No
1992 160 80.0% No
1993 23x15px1 Mario Andretti 72 36.0% No
1994 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 145 72.5% No
1995 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin 59 29.5% No
1996 23x15px Roberto Guerrero 47 23.5% No
1997 23x15px Tony Stewart 64 32.0% No
1998 23x15px Eddie Cheever 76 38.0% Yes
1999 23x15px Kenny Bräck 66 33.0% Yes
2000 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 167 83.5% Yes
2001 23x15px Hélio Castroneves 52 26.0% Yes
2002 23x15px Tomas Scheckter 85 42.5% No
2003 63 31.5% No
2004 23x15px Buddy Rice 91 50.5% Yes
2005 23x15px Sam Hornish, Jr. 77 38.5% No
2006 23x15px Dan Wheldon 148 74.0% No
2007 23x15px Tony Kanaan 83 50.0% No
2008 23x15px Scott Dixon 115 57.5% Yes
2009 73 36.5% No
2010 23x15px Dario Franchitti 155 77.5% Yes
2011 23x15px Scott Dixon 73 36.5% No
2012 23x15px Marco Andretti 59 29.5% No
2013 23x15px Ed Carpenter 37 18.5% No
2014 23x15px Ryan Hunter-Reay 56 28.0% Yes
2015 23x15px Scott Dixon 84 42.0% No

50%+ Race Laps Led, non-winning entries

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 23x15px Ralph DePalma 196 98.0% 11
2 1967 23x15px Parnelli Jones 171 85.5% 6
3 1987 23x15px Mario Andretti 170 85.0% 9
4 1992 23x15px Michael Andretti 160 80.0% 13
5 1931 23x15px Billy Arnold 155 77.5% 19
6 1952 23x15px Bill Vukovich 150 75.0% 17
7 2006 23x15px Dan Wheldon 148 74.0% 4
8 1994 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 145 72.5% 17
9 1947 23x15px Bill Holland 143 71.5% 2
10 1972 23x15px Gary Bettenhausen 138 69.0% 14
11 1977 23x15px Gordon Johncock 129 64.5% 11
12 1990 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 128 64.0% 3
13 1962 23x15px Parnelli Jones 120 60.0% 7
14 1924 23x15px Earl Cooper 119 59.5% 2
15 1927 23x15px Frank Lockhart 110 55.0% 10
16 1921 23x15px Ralph DePalma 108 54.0% 12
17 1941 23x15px Wilbur Shaw 107 53.5% 18
1985 23x15px Mario Andretti 2
19 1975 23x15px Wally Dallenbach 96 55.2% 9

Notes

1 23x15px Italian-born
2 23x15px British-born
3 23x15px French-born
4 23x16px Swiss-born

Lap Leader records

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 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 2 1
143 71.5% 1947 23x15px Bill Holland 8 2
138 69.0% 1913 23x15px Jules Goux 7 1
102 51.0% 1914 23x15px René Thomas 15 1
95 59.4% 1926 23x15px Frank Lockhart 20 1
85 42.5% 2002 23x15px Tomas Scheckter 10 26
77 38.5% 1914 23x15px Arthur Duray 10 2
52 26.0% 2001 23x15px Hélio Castroneves 11 1
51 25.5% 1927 23x15px 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 23x15px Sam Hornish, Jr. 23x15px Marco Andretti
2011 23x15px Dan Wheldon 23x15px J. R. Hildebrand
199 1912 23x15px Joe Dawson 23x15px* Ralph DePalma
1989 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Al Unser, Jr.
1999 23x15px Kenny Bräck 23x15px Robby Gordon
2012 23x15px Dario Franchitti 23x15px Scott Dixon
198 1961 23x15px A.J. Foyt 23x15px Eddie Sachs
1986 23x15px Bobby Rahal 23x15px Kevin Cogan
2013 23x15px Tony Kanaan 23x15px Ryan Hunter-Reay
197 1960 23x15px Jim Rathmann 23x15px Rodger Ward
1967 23x15px A.J. Foyt 23x15px Parnelli Jones
2014 23x15px Ryan Hunter-Reay 23x15px Helio Castroneves
2015 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 23x15px Will Power
196 1995 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve** 23x15px 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

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