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.
Today's the first day of practice for the 100th running. The following facts — regarding driver origins — seem fitting, since Indiana and France are well represented. The 500 is a Hoosier tradition, and Frenchman Simon Pagenaud won Saturday's Grand Prix.
78. Indiana has produced the most winning drivers.
Seven Hoosier natives have won the 500, including: Joe Dawson (1912), Howdy Wilcox (1919), L.L. Corum (1924 co-winner), George Souders (1927), Louis Schneider (1931), Bill Cummings (1934) and Wilbur Shaw (1937, 1939, 1940)
79. Two of those were from Indy.
Schneider and Cummings were both from the Circle City.
80. California’s second for producing winning drivers — six.
Ohio and PA have given us five winners each, too.
81. Internationally, Indy’s seen 28 victories among 20 drivers.
Those winners are from ten different countries.
82. France has produced the most number of foreign-born drivers with four.
Brazil, England and Italy have given use three each.