US-born drivers have great track record in Indy 500
When the 33 drivers in Sunday's 92nd Indianapolis 500 cross the starting line, polesitter Scott Dixon of New Zealand will lead the way, joined on the front row by Dan Wheldon of Britain and Ryan Briscoe from Australia. The only American among the top six qualifiers is Danica Patrick, who starts from the fifth spot. Foreign drivers have won a dozen times over the past two decades, but historically home-grown racers have more often taken the checkered flag, including all eight of the winningest drivers. The drivers with three or more wins, their hometowns, and their best showings, by year and fastest average speed during the race:
- A.J. Foyt Houston 1977: 259.637 m.p.h.
- Al Unser Albuquerque, N.M. 1987: 260.995 m.p.h.
- Rick Mears Bakersfield, Calif. 1991: 283.980 m.p.h.
- Three-time winners
- Louis Meyer New York 1936:175.530 m.p.h.
- Wilbur Shaw Shelbyville, Ind. 1939: 185.131 m.p.h.
- Mauri Rose Columbus, Ohio 1948: 192.822 m.p.h.
- Johnny Rutherford Coffeyville, Kan. 1974: 255.224 m.p.h.
- Bobby Unser Colorado Springs, Colo. 1968: 246.040 m.p.h.