Friday, May 13, 2016

500 facts: Multiple runs and miles driven

Fifteen drivers have run both Indy and the Brickyard (NASCAR, that is)

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Later this month, NUVO will present 500 facts about the Indy 500. Between now and then, we'll be sharing five facts per day from our upcoming story. Since IndyCars will run on the road course tomorrow, let's take a look at the drivers who've run more than the 500 at Indy — and the miles they've run. These factoids are from the chapter of our story "All Time Records:"

103: Only two have run the “triple.” Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve have run in in the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and United States Grand Prix at Indy. Take it away, IMS website:

Montoya won the 2000 [and 2015] Indianapolis 500 ... drove in the United States Grand Prix from 2001-06 and raced in the Brickyard 400 in 2007-12. Villeneuve raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 1994-95, winning in 1995, drove in the United States Grand Prix from 2000-03 and 2006, and raced in the Brickyard 400 in 2010.

104: Fifteen drivers have run both Indy and the Brickyard (NASCAR, that is). They are: John Andretti, Geoff Brabham, A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt, Robby Gordon, Sam Hornish Jr., Jason Leffler, Juan Pablo Montoya, Max Papis, Danica Patrick, Scott Pruett, Tony Stewart, Danny Sullivan, Jacques Villeneuve and J.J. Yeley.

105: Four men have run the 500 and F1 at Indy. Thomas Enge, Justin Wilson, Takuma Sato and Jean Alesi all ran the US Grand Prix at Indy in addition to the 500.

106: One million miles have been run. Adding the mileage from the first 99 Indy 500s gives a total of 1,060,930 — that’s enough to circle the planet 42 times.

107: Drivers from 31 countries have competed. That’s part of the reason the 500 has global appeal.

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