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IndyCar: 9 details to know about the Indianapolis 500

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The 98th running of the prestigious 500 Miles of Indianapolis will be run this weekend on the 2.5-mile Brickyard. Here are 9 fascinating things and fun statistics to know about this race.

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Most victories by a driver: 4 by A.J. Foyt (1961, 64, 67, 77), Al Unser (1970-71, 78, 87), Rick Mears (1979, 84, 88, 91)

IndyCar Al Unser Indy 500
Al Unser. (Photo: IMS)

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Longest span between first and last victory: 17 years for Al Unser (1970 to 1987)

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Youngest winner was Troy Ruttman (1952) at 22 years, 80 days old
The oldest winner was Al Unser (1987) at 47 years, 360 days old

IndyCar Troy Ruttman Indy 500
Troy Ruttman. (Photo: IMS)

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Largest margin of victory was 13 minutes, 8.40 seconds – Jules Goux over Spencer Wishart in 1913. The closest margin of victory was 0.043 of a second – Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear in 1992.

Al Unser beats Scott Goodyear by just 0.043 second.
Al Unser beats Scott Goodyear by just 0.043 second. (Photo: IMS)

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Most Indy laps led in career: 644 by Al Unser

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Most laps led without winning in his career: 431 by Michael Andretti

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Most lead changes, single race: 68 in 2013; fewest lead changes, single race: 1 in 1930

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Most consecutive laps/miles in career: Scott Dixon, 1,366 laps or 3,415 miles

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Largest family at Indy: the Andrettis with 5 members
Mario Andretti (1965-78, 80-94) Father
Michael Andretti (1984-92, 94-95, 01-03, 06-07) Son of Mario
Marco Andretti (2006-13) Son of Michael
Jeff Andretti (1991-93) Son of Mario
John Andretti (1988-94, 2007-11) Nephew of Mario