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198 LAPS led by Billy Arnold in the 1930 Indy 500, a race record. Arnold took the lead on the third lap and held on to it all the way to his first and only Brickyard victory.
0 PIT stops by Dave Evans in the '31 race, the first driver to complete the 500-mile course without a respite. Evans overcame the field's slowest qualifying time (96.871 mph) to finish 13th with an average speed of 86.107 mph.
$2.53 TOTAL fuel cost for Evans to complete that '31 race in a Duesenberg powered by a Cummins diesel engine. Evans's ride got 16 miles per gallon, a significant fuel-efficiency improvement over the sub-10 mpg offered by gasoline-powered motors.
42 DRIVERS in the '33 Indy 500, the most in history despite a smaller, Depression-affected purse. With cars lined up three wide and 14 rows deep at the start, race organizers deemed the field size unmanageable and returned it to 33 the following season. It would exceed that number only twice more, in '79 and '97.
3 DRIVERS killed during the '35 event, despite the new helmet rule. Johnny Hannon and Stubby Stublefield, along with Leo Whitaker, Stublefield's racing mechanic, died on practice runs, while Hannon's replacement, Clay Weatherly, died in a crash during the race itself.
$10,000 COST to create the Borg-Warner Trophy, presented since '36 to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. Each champion's name, winning year and likeness are etched into the trophy's sterling-silver body. A second base was added in '87 to accommodate new victors and a third in 2004. Refurbished in 1992, the trophy is now valued at around $1.5 million.
28 STARTING position of Louis Meyer in the '36 race. Meyer joined Ray Harroun (28th in '11) and Fred Frame (27th in '32) as the only drivers to win after starting as deep in the field as the ninth row.