Driver Records & Milestones

  • Most pole positions: 6 – Rick Mears (1979, 1982, 1986, 1988-1989, 1991)
  • Most consecutive pole positions: 2 (10 times) – Ralph DePalma (1920-1921), Rex Mays (1935-1936), Eddie Sachs (1960-1961), Parnelli Jones (1962-1963), Mario Andretti (1966-1967), A.J. Foyt (1974-1975), Tom Sneva (1977-1978), Rick Mears (1988-1989), Scott Brayton (1995-1996), Helio Castroneves (2009-2010, Ed Carpenter (2013-14)
  • Most times starting on front row: 11 – Rick Mears (1978-1979, 1982-1984, 1986-1991)
  • Most consecutive times starting on front row: 6 – Rick Mears (1986-1991)
  • Highest starting position, rookie: Pole – Lewis Strang (1911, first entered), Jean Chassagne (1914, drew pole), Walt Faulkner (1950), Teo Fabi (1983), Tony Stewart (1996*)
  • Highest starting position, woman: 4th – Danica Patrick (2005)
  • Worst finish from pole: 33rd – Cliff Woodbury (1929), Pancho Carter (1985), Roberto Guerrero (1992), Greg Ray (2000), Scott Sharp (2001)
  • Most consistent qualifying laps: .0049 of a second difference – Scott Dixon (2008) - set in qualifying attempt that was later withdrawn.
  • Smallest time difference between the two fastest qualifiers: .01 of a second – Al Unser over Johnny Rutherford (1970)
  • Largest time difference between the two fastest qualifiers: 13.13 seconds – Tommy Milton over Jimmy Murphy (1923)
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Rex Mays, 22 years, 81 days (1935)
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Cliff Bergere, 49 years, 175 days (1946)