Stats Since The Merger

Now that we are nine seasons into "The Merger" between the Indy Racing League and the Champ Car World Series in 2008, there's a lot we can tell about the quality of the IndyCar drivers and the series as a whole. Here is a whole host of statistical categories I've assembled from the IndyCar Series from 2008 onwards:


Number of Races: 153 (excluding Surfers Paradise 2008)


Numbers of Laps Run: 21,271


Number of Cautions: 615


Number of Caution Laps: 3,605


Number of Lead Changes: 1,520


Race Distances in Miles: 36,575


Number of Venues Used: 31


Number of Countries Raced In: 5


Number of American States Raced In: 19


Venues Used Every Season:
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Iowa Speedway
- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
- Sonoma Raceway
- Streets of Long Beach
- Streets of St. Petersburg
- Texas Motor Speedway


Number of Teams Who Have Started a Race: 31


Teams Active in All Nine Seasons:
- AJ Foyt Enterprises
- Andretti Autosport
- Chip Ganassi Racing
- Dale Coyne Racing
- Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
- KV Racing
- Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
- Team Penske
- Schmidt Peterson Motorsports


Most Drivers Used by a Team:
1) Dale Coyne Racing - 21
2) Andretti Autosport - 20
3) Dreyer and Reinbold Racing - 18
3) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - 18
5) AJ Foyt Enterprises - 15
5) Conquest Racing - 15
5) KV Racing - 15
8) Chip Ganassi Racing - 12
8) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - 12
10) Panther Racing - 11


Most Teams Raced For by a Driver:
1) Oriol Servia - 8
1) Ryan Briscoe - 8
3) Ed Carpenter - 6
3) Mike Conway - 6
3) Sebastian Saavedra - 6
3) Tomas Scheckter - 6
7) Graham Rahal - 5
7) JR Hildebrand - 5
7) Justin Wilson - 5
7) Paul Tracy - 5
7) Townsend Bell - 5


Championship Winning Teams:
1) Chip Ganassi Racing - 6
2) Team Penske - 2
3) Andretti Autosport - 1


Most Top-Five Championship Finishes by a Team:
1) Team Penske - 21
2) Chip Ganassi Racing - 12
3) Andretti Autosport - 4
4) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - 3
5) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - 2
6) Ed Carpenter Racing - 1
6) KV Racing - 1
6) Newman-Haas Racing - 1


Most Top-Ten Championship Finishes by a Team:
1) Andretti Autosport - 25
2) Team Penske - 24
3) Chip Ganassi Racing - 22
4) KV Racing - 5
5) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - 3
5) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - 3
7) Dale Coyne Racing - 2
7) Newman-Haas Racing - 2
7) Panther Racing - 2
10) CFH Racing - 1
10) Ed Carpenter Racing - 1


Most Wins by a Team:
1) Team Penske - 54
2) Chip Ganassi Racing - 46
3) Andretti Autosport - 23
4) KV Racing - 6
5) Ed Carpenter Racing - 5
5) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - 5
7) Dale Coyne Racing - 4
7) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - 4
9) CFC Racing - 2
9) Newman-Haas Racing - 2


Most Podiums by a Team:
1) Team Penske - 143
2) Chip Ganassi Racing - 123
3) Andretti Autosport - 83
4) KV Racing - 19
5) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - 17
6) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - 16
7) Dale Coyne Racing - 10
7) Ed Carpenter Racing - 10
9) Newman-Haas Racing - 8
10) Panther Racing - 7


Fastest Laps by a Team:
1) Team Penske - 48
2) Chip Ganassi Racing - 36
3) Andretti Autosport - 18
4) Dreyer and Reinbold Racing - 7
4) KV Racing - 7
6) Dale Coyne Racing - 6
6) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - 6
8) Ed Carpenter Racing - 5
9) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing - 4
10) Four teams - 2


Number of Drivers Who Have Started a Race: 100


Most Starts:
1) Marco Andretti - 152
1) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 152
1) Scott Dixon - 152
1) Tony Kanaan - 152
5) Helio Castroneves - 151
6) Graham Rahal - 146
7) Will Power - 140
8) Justin Wilson - 120
9) Takuma Sato - 118
10) Ryan Briscoe - 116


Number of Championships:
1) Dario Franchitti - 3
1) Scott Dixon - 3
3) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 1
3) Simon Pagenaud - 1
3) Will Power - 1


Number of Indianapolis 500 Wins:
1) Dario Franchitti - 2
2) Alexander Rossi - 1
2) Dan Wheldon - 1
2) Helio Castroneves - 1
2) Juan Pablo Montoya - 1
2) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 1
2) Scott Dixon - 1
2) Tony Kanaan - 1


Most Wins:
1) Scott Dixon - 27
1) Will Power - 27
3) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 14
4) Dario Franchitti - 13
5) Helio Castroneves - 11
6) Simon Pagenaud - 9
7) Ryan Briscoe - 7
8) Six drivers - 4


Number of Different Winners: 24


Most Podiums:
1) Scott Dixon - 60
2) Will Power - 49
3) Helio Castroneves - 45
4) Dario Franchitti - 36
5) Tony Kanaan - 34
6) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 32
7) Ryan Briscoe - 26
8) Simon Pagenaud - 20
9) Graham Rahal - 19
10) Marco Andretti - 16


Number of Different Podium Finishers: 40


Most Top-Fives:
1) Scott Dixon - 88
2) Helio Castroneves - 66
2) Will Power - 66
4) Tony Kanaan - 58
5) Dario Franchitti - 51
6) Ryan Hunter-Reay
7) Ryan Briscoe - 37
8) Graham Rahal - 34
9) Marco Andretti - 29
10) Simon Pagenaud - 27


Number of Different Top-Five Finishers: 49


Most Top-Tens:
1) Scott Dixon - 112
2) Helio Castroneves - 102
3) Tony Kanaan - 95
4) Will Power - 92
5) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 77
6) Marco Andretti - 75
7) Dario Franchitti - 64
7) Ryan Briscoe - 64
9) Graham Rahal - 60
10) Justin Wilson - 53


Number of Different Top-Ten Finishers: 67


Most Starts Without a Win:
1) EJ Viso - 100
2) Alex Tagliani - 74
2) Oriol Servia - 74
4) Simona de Silvestro - 69
5) James Jakes - 66
6) Sebastian Saavedra - 61
7) Vitor Meira - 55
8) Hideki Mutoh - 52
9) Mario Moraes - 50
10) Jack Hawksworth - 49


Most Starts Without a Podium:
1) Alex Taglani - 74
2) Sebastian Saavedra - 61
3) Milka Duno - 43
4) Raphael Matos - 38
5) Tristan Vautier - 30
6) Ana Beatriz - 29
7) Alex Lloyd - 27
8) Tomas Scheckter - 26
9) Gabby Chaves - 23
10) Three drivers - 19


Most Poles:
1) Will Power - 38
2) Scott Dixon - 19
3) Helio Castroneves - 17
4) Dario Franchitti - 16
5) Ryan Briscoe - 12
6) Simon Pagenaud - 9
7) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 5
7) Takuma Sato - 5
9) Marco Andretti - 4
9) Tony Kanaan - 4


Number of Different Pole Winners: 22


Most Starts Without a Pole:
1) Charlie Kimball - 100
1) EJ Viso - 100
3) Oriol Servia - 74
4) Simona de Silvestro - 69
5) Danica Patrick - 68
6) James Jakes - 66
7) Vitor Meira - 55
8) Dan Wheldon - 53
9) Hideki Mutoh - 52
10) Mario Moraes - 50


Most Firestone Fast Six Appearances: 
1) Will Power - 61
2) Scott Dixon - 55
3) Helio Castroneves - 45
4) Dario Franchittti - 33
5) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 31
6) Ryan Briscoe - 30
7) Simon Pagenayd - 23
8) Justin Wilson - 21
9) Tony Kanaan - 19
10) James Hinchcliffe - 17


Number of Different Firestone Fast Six Driver Appearances: 33


Most Fastest Laps (in race):
1) Scott Dixon - 21
2) Will Power - 19
3) Helio Castroneves - 15
4) Ryan Briscoe - 12
5) Tony Kanaan - 11
6) Josef Newgarden - 8
7) Dario Franchitti - 7
7) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 7
9) Justin Wilson - 6
10) Ed Carpenter - 5


Number of Different Fastest Lap drivers: 34


Most Points Since 2008:
1) Scott Dixon - 4,969
2) Helio Castroneves - 4,455
3) Will Power - 4,357
4) Tony Kanaan - 3,904
5) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 3,814
6) Marco Andretti - 3,466
7) Graham Rahal - 3,442
8) Ryan Briscoe - 3,033
9) Dario Franchitti - 2,572
10) Simon Pagenaud - 2,559


Highest Average Starting Position (min. 15 starts):
1) Will Power - 5.8
2) Scott Dixon - 6.5
3) Dario Franchitti - 6.6
4) Helio Castroneves - 7.1
5) Ryan Briscoe - 8.6
6) Simon Pagenaud - 8.7
7) Juan Pablo Montoya - 9.0
8) James Hinchcliffe - 9.6
9) Tony Kanaan - 10.4
10) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 11.0


Lowest Average Starting Position (min. 15 starts):
1) Pippa Mann - 23.4
2) Milka Duno - 22.3
3) Ana Beatriz - 21.0
4) Stefano Coletti - 19.6
5) Gabby Chaves - 19.4
6) Enrique Bernoldi - 18.9
7) Conor Daly - 18.8
8) Carlos Huertas - 18.8
9) Sebastian Saavedra - 18.7
10) Sarah Fisher - 18.7


Highest Average Finishing Position (min. 15 starts):
1) Dario Franchitti - 7.1
2) Scott Dixon - 7.2
3) Helio Castroneves - 8.3
4) Simon Pagenaud - 8.6
5) Will Power - 9.0
6) Juan Pablo Montoya - 9.2
7) Dan Wheldon - 9.8
8) Tony Kanaan - 9.9
9) Ryan Briscoe - 9.9
10) Danica Patrick - 11.0


Lowest Average Finishing Position (min. 15 starts):
1) Milka Duno - 21.0
2) Pippa Mann - 20.9
3) Ana Beatriz - 19.2
4) Sarah Fisher - 18.7
5) Stefano Coletti - 18.6
6) Enrqiue Bernoldi - 18.3
7) Sebastian Saavedra - 18.1
8) Simona de Silvestro - 17.6
9) Tomas Scheckter - 17.5
10) Bruno Junqueira - 17.5


Highest Change in Position:
1) Danica Patrick - +187
2) Charlie Kimball - +167
3) Oriol Servia - +164
4) Ed Carpenter - +140
5) Vitor Meira - +112
6) Dan Wheldon - +111
7) Gabby Chaves - +104
8) Conor Daly - +73
9) Marco Andretti - +72
10) Tony Kanaan - +67


Lowest Change in Position:
1) Will Power - -436
2) Takuma Sato - -252
3) James Hinchcliffe - -211
4) Helio Castroneves - 181
5) Ryan Briscoe - -153
6) Mike Conway - -103
7) Scott Dixon - -100
8) Josef Newgarden - -90
9) EJ Viso - -76
10) Sebastien Bourdais - -71


Most Laps Led:
1) Scott Dixon - 3,546
2) Will Power - 2,900
3) Helio Castroneves - 2,153
4) Dario Franchitti - 2,107
5) Tony Kanaan - 1,458
6) Ryan Briscoe - 1,381
7) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 985
8) Marco Andretti - 874
9) Simon Pagenaud - 699
10) Josef Newgarden - 679


Number of Drivers to Lead a Lap: 61


Number of Laps Completed:
1) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 23,224
2) Scott Dixon - 20,518
3) Helio Castroneves - 20,299
4) Tony Kanaan - 19,672
5) Marco Andretti - 19,363
6) Graham Rahal - 18,151
7) Will Power - 17,252
8) Ryan Briscoe - 15,813
9) Justin Wilson - 15,171
10) Ed Carpenter - 15,071


Total Laps Completed by All 100 Drivers: 469,880


Most Running At Finishes (RAFS):
1) Helio Castroneves - 139
2) Scott Dixon - 135
3) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 131
4) Graham Rahal - 128
5) Tony Kanaan - 127
5) Marco Andretti - 127
7) Will Power - 121
8) Ryan Briscoe - 99
9) Justin Wilson - 96
10) Charlie Kimball - 81


Highest Completion Percentage (RAF's / Starts x 100) (min. 15 starts):
1) Gabby Chaves - 95.7%
2) Danica Patrick - 95.6%
3) Alexander Rossi - 93.8%
4) Helio Castroneves - 92.1%
5) Simon Pagenaud - 92.0%
6) Juan Pablo Montoya - 90.0%
7) Dario Franchitti - 89.3%
8) Scott Dixon - 88.8%
9) Oriol Servia - 87.8%
10) Graham Rahal - 87.7%


Lowest Completion Percentage (RAF's / Starts x 100) (min. 15 starts):
1) Enrique Bernoldi - 46.7%
2) Mika Duno - 51.2%
3) Tomas Scheckter - 57.7%
4) Takuma Sato - 62.7%
5) AJ Foyt IV - 63.2%
6) Mike Conway - 63.9%
7) Sebastian Saavedra - 65.6%
8) Mario Moraes - 66.0%
9) Pippa Mann - 66.7%
10) Simona de Silvestro - 68.1%


Number of Nations Represented: 23


Nations Represented With The Most Drivers:
1) United States of America - 29
2) United Kingdom - 16
3) Brazil - 12
4) France - 7
5) Canada - 5
5) Colombia - 5
7) Australia - 3
7) Italy - 3
7) Japan - 3
7) Venezuela - 3


Most Indy Lights Starts Among the 100 IndyCar Drivers:
1) Wade Cinningham - 64
2) Jeff Simmons - 60
3) Marty Roth - 53
4) Jaime Camara - 42
5) Mario Dominguez - 39
6) Sebastian Saavedra - 38
7) JR Hildebrand - 33
8) Stefan Wilson - 32
9) James Davison - 31
10) Ana Beatriz - 29


Number of Drivers Who Raced in Indy Lights: 44


Most Formula 1 Starts Among the 100 IndyCar Drivers:
1) Rubens Barrichello - 326
2) Jean Alesi - 201
3) Jacques Villeneuve - 163
4) Juan Pablo Montoya - 95
5) Takuma Sato - 92
6) Max Chilton - 35
7) Enrique Bernoldi - 27
7) Sebastien Bourdais - 27
9) Justin Wilson - 16
10) Giorgio Pantano - 14


Number of Drivers Who Race in Formula 1: 13


All Drivers Who Raced in NASCAR from the 100 IndyCar Drivers (as of 10-5-2016) and their number of starts:
1) Kurt Busch - 569
2) John Andretti - 393
3) AJ Allmendinger - 292
4) Juan Pablo Montoya - 255
5) Danica Patrick - 147
6) Stanton Barrett - 22
7) Dario Franchitti - 10
8) Jacques Villeneuve - 4
9) Scott Sharp - 1



A lot of stats to share! Thanks for reading! If there's anything you want to know (within reason), I can probably do some quick research and get the results you want.

-Matthew Hickey