List of Indianapolis 500 Lap Leaders

Two hundred and three drivers have led the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, in ninety-five races.
Career lap leader percentage rounded to hundredths of a percent.
Green indicates drivers active as of most recent race.

Rank Driver Laps
Led
Career
Laps Run
Career
Lap Leader
Percentage
Race
Wins
Years Won
1 Al Unser 644 4,356 14.78% 4 1970 1971 1978 1987
2 † Ralph DePalma 612 1,594 38.39% 1 1915
3 Mario Andretti 556 3,040 18.29% 1 1969
4 A. J. Foyt 555 4,909 11.31% 4 1961 1964 1967 1977
5 Wilbur Shaw 508 2,019 25.16% 3 1937 1939 1940
6 Emerson Fittipaldi 505 1,785 28.29% 2 1989 1993
7 Parnelli Jones 492 1,130 43.54% 1 1963
8 Bill Vukovich 485 676 71.75% 2 1953 1954
9 Bobby Unser 440 2,611 16.85% 3 1968 1975 1981
10 Michael Andretti 431 2,653 16.25%
11 Rick Mears 429 2,342 18.32% 4 1979 1984 1988 1991
12 Billy Arnold 410 821 49.94% 1 1930
13 Scott Dixon 346 Active driver 1 2008
14 Gordon Johncock 339 3,158 10.73% 2 1973 1982
15 Louis Meyer 332 1,916 17.33% 3 1928 1933 1936
16 Dario Franchitti 329 Active driver 3 2007 2010 2012
17 Jim Clark 298 682 43.69% 1 1965
18 Bill Holland 297 914 32.49% 1 1949
19 Johnny Rutherford 296 2,770 10.69% 3 1974 1976 1980
20 Rex Mays 266 1,385 19.21%
21 Rodger Ward 261 2,160 12.08% 2 1959 1962
22 Mauri Rose 256 2,326 11.01% 3 1941 1947 1948
23 Dan Wheldon 235 1,129 20.73% 2 2005 2011
24 Hélio Castroneves 231 Active driver 3 2001 2002 2009
25 Tony Kanaan 225 Active driver
26 Jimmy Murphy 220 907 24.26% 1 1922
27 Tommy Milton 218 1,204 18.11% 2 1921 1923
28 Jimmy Bryan 216 1,411 15.31% 1 1958
29 Tom Sneva 208 2,180 9.54% 1 1983
30 Frank Lockhart 205 280 73.21% 1 1926
31 Arie Luyendyk 187 2,957 6.32% 2 1990 1997
32 Jimmy Snyder 181 495 36.57%
33 Lee Wallard 178 591 30.12% 1 1951
34 Juan Pablo Montoya 167 200 83.50% 1 2000
35 Danny Sullivan 162 1,523 10.64% 1 1985
36 Howdy Wilcox 155 1,335 11.61% 1 1919
37 Jim Rathmann 153 2,320 6.59% 1 1960
38 Tomas Scheckter 153 Active driver
39 Peter DePaolo 152 738 20.60% 1 1925
40 † Dario Resta 140 407 34.40% 1 1916
41 Sam Hanks 140 1,566 8.94% 1 1957
42 Jules Goux 139 773 17.98% 1 1913
43 2 George Robson 138 333 41.44% 1 1946
44 Pat Flaherty 138 812 17.00% 1 1956
45 Gary Bettenhausen 138 2,372 5.82%
46 Johnnie Parsons 131 1,504 8.71% 1 1950
47 Lloyd Ruby 126 2,357 5.35%
48 Bobby Rahal 124 2,007 6.18% 1 1986
49 Earl Cooper 123 941 13.07%
50 Tony Stewart 122 700 17.43%
51 Joe Boyer 118 536 22.01% 1 1924
52 Greg Ray 116 920 12.61%
53 René Thomas 114 744 15.32% 1 1914
54 Al Unser, Jr. 110 3,173 3.47% 2 1992 1994
55 Kelly Petillo 108 1,283 8.42% 1 1935
56 Wally Dallenbach Sr. 108 1,448 7.46%
57 Sam Hornish, Jr. 107 1,346 7.95% 1 2006
58 Babe Stapp 106 960 11.04%
59 Fred Frame 106 1,281 8.27% 1 1932
60 Buddy Rice 99 Active driver 1 2004
61 Ted Horn 94 1,944 4.84%
62 Dave Lewis 93 384 24.22%
63 Bill Cummings 93 1,229 7.57% 1 1934
64 Floyd Roberts 92 883 10.42% 1 1938
65 Marco Andretti 90 Active driver
66 Kenny Bräck 89 885 10.06% 1 1999
67 Eddie Cheever, Jr. 89 2,122 4.19% 1 1998
68 Ray Harroun 88 200 44.00% 1 1911
69 Bob Sweikert 86 825 10.42% 1 1955
70 David L. Bruce-Brown 81 224 36.16%
71 Danny Ongais 79 1,527 5.17%
72 Arthur Duray 77
73 3 Gil de Ferran 71 1 2003
74 Jack McGrath 70
75 Mark Donohue 70 1 1972
76 Buddy Lazier 70 1 1996
77 Frank Brisko 69
78 Troy Ruttman 69 1 1952
79 Leon Duray 68
80 Ralph Hepburn 68
81 George Souders 67 1 1927
82 Eddie Sachs 66
83 Maurício Gugelmin 59
84 Harry Hartz 57
85 Roberto Guerrero 56
86 Johnny Thomson 55
87 Joe Leonard 52
88 Jeff Ward 52
89 Robby Gordon 52
90 Bruno Junqueira 52
91 Scott Goodyear 50
92 Deacon Litz 49
93 Ray Keech 46 1 1929
94 Pat O'Connor 46
95 Davy Jones 46
96 Jimmy Gleason 43
97 Gil Anderson 41
98 Bob Burman 41
99 Jackie Stewart 40
100 Louis Schneider 39
101 John Paul, Jr. 39
102 Teo Fabi 37
103 Bob Carey 36
104 Jim Hurtubise 36
105 Cliff Bergere 35
106 Paul Russo 35
107 Bob Swanson 34
108 Nigel Mansell 34
109 Bobby Marshman 33
110 Tony Gulotta 33
111 Art Cross 32
112 Duke Nalon 32
113 Takuma Sato 31
114 Ryan Briscoe 30
115 Phil Shafer 29
116 Mark Dismore 29
117 Danica Patrick 29
118 Jacques Villeneuve 26 1 1995
119 Jimmy Vasser 26
120 Jimmy Davies 25
121 Tony Bettenhausen 24
122 Lou Moore 23
123 Alex Tagliani 22
124 Raul Boesel 21
125 Alessandro Zampedri 20
126 George Amick 18
127 Johnny Boyd 18
128 Oriol Servià 18
129 Kevin Cogan 17
130 Johnny Aitken 16
131 Jerry Grant 16
132 Robbie Buhl 16
133 Vitor Meira 15
134 Mike Conway 15
135 3 Gaston Chevrolet 14 1 1920
136 Ernie Triplett 14
137 Russ Snowberger 13
138 Josele Garza 13
139 Billy Boat 13
140 Swede Savage 12
141 Felipe Giaffone 12
142 Justin Wilson 11
143 Bertrand Baguette 11
144 Ralph Mulford 10
145 Alex Barron 10
146 Eddie Rickenbacker 9
147 Albert Guyot 9
148 Josef Christiaens 9
149 4 Louis Chevrolet 9
150 Dutch Bauman 9
151 Graham Hill 9 1 1966
152 Len Sutton 9
153 Jimmy Daywalt 8
154 Pancho Carter 8
155 Jim Crawford 8
156 Scott Pruett 8
157 Don Freeland 7
158 Roger McCluskey 7
159 J. R. Hildebrand 7
160 Ira Hall 6
161 Ed Carpenter 6
162 Graham Rahal 6
163 Cecil Green 5
164 Jimmy Jackson 5
165 Spencer Wishart 5
166 Will Power 5
167 James Hinchcliffe 5
168 Fred Belcher 4
169 Cliff Durant 4
170 Mike Mosley 4
171 Buzz Calkins 4
172 Sam Schmidt 4
173 George Snider 3
174 Davey Hamilton 3
175 Scott Sharp 3
176 Bryan Herta 3
177 Adrian Fernández 3
178 Mario Moraes 3
179 Charlie Kimball 3
180 Caleb Bragg 2
181 Teddy Tetzlaff 2
182 Joe Dawson 2 1 1912
183 Robert Evans 2
184 Paul Bost 2
185 Herb Ardinger 2
186 Dan Gurney 2
187 Roger Rager 2
188 Don Whittington 2
189 John Andretti 2
190 Robby McGehee 2
191 Tora Takagi 2
192 Jaques Lazier 2
193 Rubens Barrichello 2
194 Jean Chassagne 1
195 Art Klein 1
196 Roscoe Sarles 1
197 Howdy Wilcox II 1
198 Fred Agabashian 1
199 Jack Brabham 1
200 Bobby Allison 1
201 Bill Vukovich II 1
202 Tim Richmond 1
203 Gordon Smiley 1
204 Scott Brayton 1
205 Stephan Gregoire 1
206 Jeff Simmons 1
Note Lora L. Corum* 0 1 1924
Floyd Davis* 0 1 1941
* Lora L. Corum and Floyd Davis are credited as being co-winners of the Indianapolis 500 in 1924 and 1941, respectively. However, as the winning entries in either race led only after their secondary drivers drove (and to the conclusion), Corum and Davis are not credited with leading any of those laps, nor did they lead throughout the remainder of their careers.

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