Indy 500 Field of the Century: Row 8
Only one driver ever won the 500 while it was CART-dominated and again when it was IRL-dominated, so that earns him the inside of our eighth row. An ice-nerved Englishman's Englishman sits in the middle, with the great-great granddaddy of all Indy drivers on the outside.
22. Arie LuyendykIndy 500 starts: 17
Best finish (years): First (1990, 1997)
Laps led: 188
The dour Dutchman, who could crack up an audience with his deadpan one-liners, is the only driver to win this race both pre- and post-split. Three other times, his car fell out of the race while he was leading.
In 1990, running smartly while Emerson Fittipaldi was blistering the track -- and in the process blistering his tires -- Luyendyk led only 37 laps but won easily at the end for CART car owner Doug Shierson.
In '97, the second year of IRL dominion over Indy, he won despite a monumental mess-up by race officials. Caution lights came on with just more than a lap to go, but the pace car didn't come out, and next time by the start-finish line, Luyendyk and teammate Scott Goodyear were caught completely by surprise by the display of both white and green flags, signaling a one-lap dash to the finish.
"What the f--- are they doing?" Luyendyk yelled to his crew via radio, but his right foot never questioned the situation, holding the accelerator pedal to the floor until he took the checkered flag.
23. Graham HillIndy 500 starts: Three
Best finish (years): First (1966)
Laps led: 10
Say he won but once, and that one by attrition, but quickly add this about the Englishman's Englishman. He typified the spirit of Indy in multiple facets: the international spirit of the race's heyday as the Olympus of world motor racing, the spirit of adaptability and the spirit of technical evolution.
Formula One drivers to this day consider racing on a high-speed oval with concrete walls, especially Indy, simply madness. Arriving as a rookie in 1966 with an F1 world championship already under his belt, Hill adapted quickly.
After a fellow Briton, the "Wee Scot" Jackie Stewart, fell out of the race, Hill was in position to take the win for the ongoing "British invasion" of Indy.
That was the second straight Indy victory by a rear-mounted Ford engine, this one in a Lola chassis, coming on the heels of the '65 win by Scotsman Jim Clark in a Lotus. That one-two punch forever ended the domination of the grand old race by front-engine roadsters. Since Hill's win, only rear-engine cars have won.
And no one ever placed an Indy 500 win as a jewel in a more elaborate crown. Hill remains the only driver to win the 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Grand Prix of Monaco and an F1 world championship.
24. Ray HarrounIndy 500 starts: One
Best finish (years): First (1911)
Laps led: 88
He was one-and-done, but there's much to be said for pioneering. In May 1911, nobody really knew what it would take to go 500 miles.
Engineer Ray Harroun knew what it wouldn't take: a riding mechanic, as many drivers used at the time. Rather than have someone aboard who mainly watched the rear, Harroun fitted his single-seater Marmon Wasp with a newfangled gadget he'd seen on the streets of Chicago, called a rearview mirror.
He was already a veteran racer by the inaugural 500. Indeed, as an employee of the Indianapolis-based Marmon Co., Harroun already had won seven shorter races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909 and 1910, while track owner Carl Fisher was still conceiving the world's first 500-mile race.
Harroun's racing career can be traced back to 1903, the year the Wright Brothers first flew an airplane. He participated in record-setting overland endurance runs from Chicago to New York in '03 and '04 and was participating in AAA-sanctioned races by '05. He also dabbled at measured-mile runs on Daytona Beach long before he got to Indy.
Ed Hinton is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
95TH INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE
It's time for the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500, but it's the number 100 that counts in 2011. This is the 100th anniversary of the running of the first 500, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Centennial Era celebration is in high gear.
Indianapolis 500 Home
Race Day, May 29• Blount: The thrill and agony
• Hinton: Oh yeah, Indy is back!
• Oreovicz: Bad day for power teams
• McGee: What a capper to 100 years
• espnW: A roller-coaster ride for Indy women
• Gallery: 100th anniversary of the 500
• Recap: Wheldon wins a stunner
• Watch: Full highlights
• Watch: Full booth analysis
• Watch: Wheldon so thankful
• Watch: Hildebrand crestfallen
Saturday, May 28• Blount: Hang on to your hats!
• Hinton: Back again in Indiana
• ESPN.com staff: Our podium predictions
• Racing Live! Indy 500, Sunday, noon ET
Carb Day, May 27• Blount: The weekend's best race is ...
• Hinton: Foyt legend still strong in 2011
• Gallery: A.J. Foyt, A Racing Life
• Hinton from 1991: The last ride of A.J. Foyt
• Hinton on the Field of the Century front row
• Hinton's Indy 500 Field of the Century: Row 1
• Oreovicz blog: Ganassi team leads Carb Day
• espnW: Patrick's mom, Bev, enjoying ride
• Blount blog: The way Mario Andretti sees it
• Ed Hinton chat wrap
• John Oreovicz chat wrap
• Podcast: Brent Musburger previews the race
• Podcast: Helio Castroneves is ready to roll
• SportsNation: Indy 500 predictions
Features• Oreovicz: Breaking down the field of 33
• Blount: Bumping Junqueira saved jobs
• James: Women find a niche in IndyCar
• SportsNation quiz: All-time lap leaders
• Indy 500 preview photo gallery
• James: No stopping Simona
• Blount: Indy shows NASCAR how it's done
• James: Women drivers carving a niche
• Oreovicz: Danica dodges Bump Day disaster
• James: A stormy day at the track for Danica
• Oreovicz: Wild and wacky Pole Day
• Oreovicz: Month of May primer
Practice And Qualifying• Danica makes 500 field
• Carpentier crashes in Sunday practice
• Tagliani wins Indy 500 pole
• Briscoe crashes in Saturday practice
• Di Silvestro cleared to race
• Castroneves tops speed charts
• Tagliani leads Friday at over 228 mph
• De Silvestro waiting for medical clearance
• Power leads Thursday practice
• De Silvestro burns hands in crash
• Rain scrubs practice again Wednesday
• Weather limits practice Tuesday
• Tagliani turns month's fastest lap Monday
• Opening Sunday washed out
• Opening day starts fast
Indy 500 Field Of The Century• Hinton: The method in our list
• Row 1: Foyt, Lockhart, Vukovich
• Row 2: Ma. Andretti, Mears, A. Unser
• Row 3: Shaw, Jones, DePalma
• Row 4: Meyer, B. Unser, Rutherford
• Row 5: Ward, Johncock, Fittipaldi
• Row 6: Rose, Unser Jr., Milton
• Row 7: Clark, Mi. Andretti, Villenueve
• Row 8: Luyendyk, Hill, Harroun
• Row 9: Castroneves, Franchitti, Montoya
• Row 10: Ruby, Donohue, Sullivan
• Row 11: Flaherty, Kanaan, Hurtubise
• The Social Pioneers
Indy At 100• Indy at 100: 2000 and beyond
• Indy at 100: Tony George reigns in the '90s
• Indy at 100: 1980s had stars, foreign cars
• Indy at 100: Speed and safety in the '70s
• Indy at 100: A time of change
• Indy at 100: The '50s golden era
• Indy at 100: WWII puts racing on hold
• Indy at 100: 1930-39 a dangerous era
• Indy at 100: 1920-29 a roaring time
• Indy at 100: 1911-1919 was pivotal
• Indianapolis Motor Speedway timeline
More• Indy 500 front row chat wrap
• John Oreovicz chat wrap
• Danica not tipping hand on future
• Foyt, Mears, Unser top "greatest" fan poll
• Scott Speed joins Dragon Racing
• A.J. Foyt will drive Indy 500 pace car
• China's Ho-Pin Tung eyes Indy 500
• Indy 500 to honor Tom Carnegie
• Buddy Rice heading back to Indy 500
Indy 500 Rewind• 2010 Flashback: Dario's all the way back
• 2009 Flashback: Castroneves wins again
• 2008 Flashback: Quiet Dixon makes noise • 2007 Flashback: Franchitti comes up big
• 2006 Flashback: Hornish gets his "Holy Grail"