Who has the most Indy 500 wins? Helio Castroneves joins elite company with fourth win
Helio Castroneves is now one of the most accomplished pilots in Indy 500 history.
Castroneves not only set a record for the fastest Indy 500 in history, finishing with a time of 2:39:50 in Sunday’s race, but also became the fourth driver to win four Indy 500 races.
“Spider-Man” hadn’t won the Indy 500 since 2009, when he last won for Team Penske.
He joins the elite company with his victory on Sunday. Who did he join?
Who has won the Indy 500 four times?
Castrovenes joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears as the only four-time Indy 500 winners.
Foyt was the first four-time winner, winning his titles in 1961, 64, 67 and 77. Unser Sr. won his races in 1970, 71, 78 and 87. Mears won in 1979, 84, 88 and 91.
Castrovenes won his racing titles in 2001-02, ’09 and ’21. He won his first three races with Team Penske before winning Sunday’s race as a member of Meyer Shank Racing.
Who are the oldest Indy 500 winners?
At 46, Castroneves is one of the oldest drivers to win the Indy 500. However, he is not the oldest.
Unser Sr. won his fourth title at age 47 in 1987; his brother, Bobby Unser, also won at age 47, in 1981. Emerson Fittipaldi won the 1993 race at age 46.
Several other pilots won at the age of 40 or older. Lee Wallard, Eddie Cheever Jr. and Takuma Sato (2017) won at the age of 40. Mauri Rose, Bil Holland, Roger Ward and Bobby Unser all won at 41. Rose, Hanks, Foyt, Rutherford and Fittipaldi all won at 42. Arie Luyendyk and Sato were the only drivers to win at 43. Gordon Johncock was 45 when he won the 1982 Indy 500 crown.