May 14, 2014
Numbers to note from the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course May 10 and heading into qualifications May 17-18 for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 25:
77 -- Simon Pagenaud’s car was the first with a number between 70 and 79 to visit Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
4 -- Different winners (Will Power, Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud) in as many races. There also have been four different Verizon P1 Award winners (Takuma Sato, Hunter-Reay, Power and Sebastian Saavedra). ... Pagenaud is the only driver to finish in the top five in each race.
6 -- Consecutive top-10 finishes for Power, who leads the Verizon IndyCar Series championship driver standings.
7 -- First-year Indianapolis 500 competitors entered in the race.
8 -- Teams represented in the top 10 of the Verizon IndyCar Series standings.
10 -- Different drivers with at least one top-five finish.
12 -- Season-high lead changes.
15 -- Indianapolis 500 victories for team owner Roger Penske, a record for the event.
18 -- Positions advanced relative to his starting spot for Charlie Kimball, who finished a season-high fifth.
20 -- The Indianapolis 500 pole winner has won the race 20 times. Forty-three times the winner has come from the front row -- the last in 2010 with Dario Franchitti.
35 -- Consecutive races that Helio Castroneves has been running at the finish.
1,100 -- Kurt Busch will attempt to become the fourth driver to complete the Memorial Day "double" by racing in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race. John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon are the only drivers to compete in both races. Stewart is the only one to complete all 1,100 miles.
$100,000 -- Will be awarded to the Verizon P1 Award winner May 18 following the Fast Nine Shootout.
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