I'm counting down the days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

I'm not a race fan in the fanatic sense. I've only been to the Indy 500 a handful of times. My memories center around listening to the race on the radio in the backyard while filling out the leading laps grid from the Indianapolis Star.

I do love Indianapolis, tradition, and most of all a theme! Each day I will share a memory or tidbit of history.

In honor of only 84 days until the Indianapolis 500 and the last Downton Abbey episode and [spoiler alert/my best guess, as I'm typing this as I'm watching the program and I might be making the next part up]  Lady Mary marrying a race car driver, let's look at British winners of the Indy 500. 


The Indianapolis 500 was originally billed as the Interational Sweepstakes. In the last 99 years, 28 foreign nationals have won the race. 

Of all of the foreign-born winners, the British have spend the most time in the winner's circle. Eight wins, spread among five drivers; Graham Hill, Jim Clark, George Robson, Dan Weldon, and Dario Franchitti.