- Byrd Brothers, with partner team KV Racing Technology, have announced a return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 with Bryan Clauson.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Inside The Grid

48 - Age of the oldest driver (Davey Hamilton)
22 - Age of the youngest driver (Graham Rahal)
5 - Indianapolis 500 winners (Castroneves Dixon, Franchitti, Rice, Wheldon)
5 - Rookie of the Year candidates (Hildebrand, Hinchcliffe, Howard, Kimball, Mann)
2.5399 - Seconds separating fastest (Tag) Slowest (Beatriz). Closest in history.
87 - Times a driver took to the track attempting to qualify
73 - Number of laps Pole winner Alex Tagliani turned all month in practice. Fewest everybody.
50 - Number of laps Simona De Silvestro turned all month in the car she'll be racing.
6 - Of the 7 drivers not to make the race on time, Jakes, Conway, Saavedra, Matos, Hunter-Reay, & Tung, all ran quicker laps in practice than Simona De Silvestro's best practice lap. Simona qualified P24, in her backup, with second degree burns on her hands.
8,087 - Total laps turned in practice.
11 - different teams qualified before the first Andretti Autosport car
11th - The highest starting Brazilian (Meira). The lowest since 2000.
9 - Different teams qualified in the top 11 spots.
.0128 - Seconds of seperation between Meira, Hildebrand, and Hinchcliffe's qualifying runs.
839 - Total laps the 3 Team Penske drivers turned during the month and averaged an 16th place qualifying position while Tagliani, De Silvestro, Rice, Wheldon, Hilderbrand, Kimball and Howard ran less laps combined and averaged an 11.4 starting spot.

15 different teams represented:

Ganassi - 4
DRR - 4
Penske - 3
KVRT - 4
Andretti - 3
SSM - 2
Newman/Haas - 2
Panther - 2
Foyt - 2
Rahal - 2
Herta - 1
Fisher - 1
HVM - 1
Coyne - 1
Conquest - 1

13 countries represented:

11 - United States (Bell, Rice, Carpenter, Hildebrand, Hamilton, Andretti, Patrick, Andretti, Kimball, Rahal, Hunter-Reay)
5 - England (Wheldon, Wilson, Howard, Lloyd, Mann)
4 - Brazil (Meira, Castroneves, Kanaan, Beatriz)
3 - Canada (Tagliani, Hinchcliffe, Tracy)
2 - Australia (Power, Briscoe)
1 - New Zealand (Dixon)
1 - Spain (Servia)
1 - Scotland (Franchitti)
1 - Japan (Sato)
1 - Belguim (Baguette)
1 - Venezuela (Viso)
1 - South Africa (Scheckter)
1 - Switzerland (De Silvestro)

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