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Indy 500 in the Rearview: By the Numbers
The Indianapolis 500 has come and gone—and what a race it was—and the figures are in. Here’s a rundown of important numbers from this latest installment in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”:
10 Drivers who have accomplished that feat
16 Franchitti’s starting position—and the only previous 500 winner to start 16th was his friend Dan Wheldon in 2005
$13.28 Million, the total purse divided among the 500′s 33 starting drivers
91 Degrees, in Fahrenheit, the high temperature in Indy on Race Day, tying the 1919 and 1953 numbers as second-hottest ever
220,000 Attendance, estimated, as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway does not release an official number
34 Lead changes among 10 drivers in this 96th running of the race, a record
200 Laps in the race, around the 2.5-mile IMS oval
59 Laps that Marco Andretti led, the most of any driver. He had led just 31 laps in the 500 in his six previous starts.
7 Consecutive Top 6 finishes for Scott Dixon, Franchitti’s teammate who won the 2008 Indy 500
1,366 Consecutive Indy 500 laps that Dixon has completed, another record (besting Wilbur Shaw‘s 1,351 laps, 1935-41)
23 Spots that Oriol Servia jumped from his starting position of 27th, the most of any driver on May 27. His check: $443,430.
Photos by Tony Valainis of Scott Dixon and his family, and of Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd
Photo by Kim Hannel of the Borg-Warner Trophy