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Setting the Pace

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Up to Speed: On Watching a Son’s First Indy 500

“It’s very nerve-wracking for me when Graham is racing,” says Bobby Rahal, “especially on ovals because of the speed.”

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Up to Speed: On Flying an IndyCar

“It was like, I don’t know, when you do a flip into a swimming pool,” says Castroneves. “I closed my eyes, because I didn’t want to see what was coming. ”

Paul Newman
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Up to Speed: On Driving for a Superstar Boss

“He was just a humble guy, super friendly, easy to talk to,” Bourdais recalls. “Then we walked into the lobby of the Hilton, and three or four ladies absolutely lost it.”

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The Grid: 33 Greatest Indy 500 Drivers of All Time—Ranked

We factored in the relative strength of competition, as well as personality, impact, and contribution to the sport. And, of course, we prized an appreciation for the institution and its hallowed traditions.