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Top 16 Indy 500 facts to get newbies hooked!

  • 1

    Pit crews can jack-up the car, change all four tires, and fill the gas tank in about 8 seconds!

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  • 2

    The fastest single lap (as of Jan 2021) was completed in 38.119 seconds reaching average speed of 236.103 miles per hour completed in 1996 by Eddie Cheever Jr.

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  • 3

    Driver Alexander Rossi won Indy 500 in 2016, he ran out of gas on his last lap in the middle of turn 4 and coasted to victory!

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  • 4

    Turns 2 and 4 the tires are typically "hotter" as the tires did not have the benefit of cooling from the straight-away just before turns 1 and 3.

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  • 5

    The "grid formation" is 11 rows of 3 cars

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  • 6

    The longest Indy 500 race happened in 2004. Rain delays stopped the race three times causing the longest broadcast with a record-breaking time of 8 hours and 22 minutes.

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  • 7

    "Indy" came from Indianapolis where the race has taken place annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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  • 8

    To win the race, be the first car over the finish line on the 200th lap and 500 miles

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  • 9

    The first lap is typically for the fans, drivers wave and salute to the fans.

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  • 10

    The track is circular with four turns

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  • 11

    The first Indy 500 took place in 1911

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  • 12

    Drivers have to be precise on turns to ensure tires to not heat-up / melt, become slick and fail to grip the track

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  • 13

    The fastest total completion time of Indy 500 race (as of Jan 2021) was 2 hours 41 minutes and 18.404 seconds by Arie Luyendyk on May 27, 1990

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  • 14

    One lap around the track is 2.5 miles

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  • 15

    The youngest winner of the Indy 500 was Troy Ruttman, age 22 in 1952. The oldest winner was 47 year-old Al Unser in 1987.

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  • 16

    Drivers will have between 5 to 10 total pit stops during the race.

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