Indianapolis 500 All-Time Starting Grid
Before getting into anything else, I must first try and make amends for the glaring omission of Dan Gurney from my list of the best drivers to have never won the Indianapolis 500. I had compiled a list earlier and he was the second driver on the list. Unfortunately, when I went to the list to put the finishing touches on the post – it was gone. Deleted. I panicked.
Rather than sitting down and calmly re-writing the post, I spent an hour trying to find it. By the time I gave up and realized I had a late night of typing in front of me – I was tired and frazzled. When I started writing, I had this nagging feeling I had forgotten someone. I had. I feel as if I’ve destroyed any credibility I had, by omitting Gurney from the discussion. Please accept my apologies and know that I know that Dan Gurney should be at or near the top of the list.
Like yesterday’s topic – another regular subject that is always worthy of debate is who the best drivers to ever drive in the Indianapolis 500 were. There have been 726 men and women who have competed in the Indianapolis 500 in its ninety-three races; only sixty-six have ever won it. I have taken those 726 drivers and, based strictly on my flawed opinion, created the all-time starting grid – ranking the best thirty-three drivers to ever drive in the Indianapolis 500.
There is really no realistic way to compare the many eras over ninety-three races. It is literally comparing apples to oranges. I looked more at their career at the Speedway, rather than taking their entire racing career into account – which may explain some differences of opinion some may have with this.
Al Unser, Jr.
Please feel free to point out if I failed to list an obvious driver, or if I’ve put them in the wrong spot on the grid. And remember…it’s all in fun.