May 25, 2014
Historical notes for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500:
* The second-closest margin of victory at .0600 of a second. The closest margin of victory in race history was .043 of a second when Al Unser Jr. edged Scott Goodyear in 1992.
* This is the third Indianapolis 500 victory for car owner Michael Andretti, who also won in 2005 (Dan Wheldon) and 2007 (Dario Franchitti).
* This is the first time 28 was the winning car number.
* Ryan Hunter-Reay won the race starting from the 19th position. The only other driver to win from the same starting position was Bill Vukovich in 1954.
* Hunter-Reay is the 69th different driver to win (including co-winners in 1924 and 1941).
* Hunter-Reay led a field-high 56 laps after starting 19th. The last time a driver led the most laps of the race from a lower starting position was in 1975, when Wally Dallenbach led a race-high 96 laps after starting from the 21st position.
* The winning average speed (186.563 mph) is the second-fastest in race history. The record was set by Tony Kanaan when he won the 2013 race at 187.433 mph.
* A record 6,105 laps were completed by the 33-drivers in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 field. The previous record was 5,863 laps completed by the 33-car field in 2013.
* A record 20 drivers finished on the lead lap. The previous high was 19 drivers in the 33-car fields of 2009 and 2013.
* Second-place finisher Helio Castroneves completed the full 500-mile distance for a record-extending 10th time.
* Scott Dixon completed 167 laps before an incident in Turn 4 knocked the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner out of the race. This ended a record string of 1,733 consecutive laps completed in Indianapolis 500 competition.
* There were 21 caution laps, which matches the record for the fewest yellow flag laps since 1976 when yellow flag laps were first recorded. The 2013 race also had 21 caution laps as did the 1976 race which was stopped after 255 miles because of rain.
* Tony Kanaan led one lap, marking the 10th time in his career he has led the Indianapolis 500. He tied Bobby Unser for fourth all time in races led.
* Castroneves has completed 6,625 miles in 14 starts, passing Bobby Unser for 10th on the all-time mileage list. Unser completed 6,527.5 miles in 19 starts.
* The youngest driver running at the finish in Indianapolis 500 history was Marco Andretti (19 years, 76 days) in 2006. Sage Karam (19 years, 81 days) finished ninth on the lead lap.
* Marco Andretti has led 141, laps which is the most among active drivers to not win the Indianapolis 500. Michael Andretti led 431 laps in his Indianapolis 500 career, which is the most ever for a non-winner.
* Sage Karam was the position advancement leader, improving 22 positions to finish ninth.
* Buddy Lazier completed 87 laps, moving up to seventh on the all-time mileage list with 6,992.5 miles, passing Johnny Rutherford.
* The 11 different lap leaders is the third most. The 1993 race had 12 and the 2013 race had 14 different lap leaders.