As a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 – “The greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is proud to celebrate the Legends
We are pleased to welcome Donald Davidson, the official historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as emcee for this special presentation.
THE UNSER’S – INDY’S FIRST FAMILY
As the most victorious family in the history of the Indianapolis 500, we are proud to honor the Unser family as the first family of Indy. Over the course of four generations, the Unser’s have dominated every aspect of Indy racing. With Al’s record-tying 4 victories, Bobby’s 3 and Al Jr’s 2, the Unser family – with 9 total wins, holds an Indy record that may never be broken. In all, an impressive six members of the Unser family have competed at Indy including Bobby and Al’s older brother Jerry, his son Johnny and Bobby’s son Robby.
A.J. FOYT, AL UNSER AND RICK MEARS – INDY’S ONLY FOUR-TIME WINNERS
In the 100 years of the Indianapolis 500, only three drivers have earned the right to be called “Four Time Winners”.
As the first to win four coveted Borg-Warner Trophies, A.J. Foyt, one of the most honored champions in racing history, has competed in 52 straight Indianapolis 500’s – 35 as a driver which is a record unlikely to ever be broken. Foyt is also the only driver to win what some call professional racing’s “Triple Crown” – the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As the second four-time winner, Al Unser holds the record for the most laps led during the Indianapolis 500 with 644. He also owns the distinction as the most successful racer in Indy history. During his three-decade career, Unser had four 1st place finishes, three 2nd place finishes, four 3rd place finishes, one 4th place finish, one 5th place finishes and two additional top 10 finishes – totaling an unprecedented
15 top 10 finishes.
“Rocket Rick”, as he was known by his fans, was the third driver to win four Indy 500 victories. But neither A.J. Foyt or Al Unser Sr. achieved their success in as short of a period of time. Mears won his four races before turning 40 and holds the record with six starts from the pole. He is also the only driver to ever win at Indy from the pole in three different decades.
ROGER PENSKE – INDY’S MOST SUCCESSFUL TEAM OWNE
With an unprecedented 15 victories at the Brickyard, Roger Penske’s dominance has earned him the reputation as the most respected team owner in Indy history. Team Penske’s dominance began in 1972 with their first Indy 500 win and the team has been comprised of some of the best drivers in racing history, including fellow Legend of Indy Award recipients Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Rick Mears and Hélio Castroneves. And fitting of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, Penske is also an avid car collector and owns many rare American and European automobiles.
HELIO CASTRONEVES – SOUTH FLORIDA’S OWN INDY LEGEND
As one of only a handful of drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 three times, Hélio Castoneves is a member of an exclusive club. However, it is perhaps “Spiderman’s” victory celebration of climbing the safety net to thank his fans that sets him apart from the rest. Castroneves’ competitive spirit and Brazilian flare have made him a fan favorite – both on and off the track.
FIRESTONE – 100 YEARS AT INDY
For over a century, Firestone and the Indianapolis 500 have built one of the strongest partnerships in motor sports history. Since the very first 500 in 1911, Firestone has maintained a dominant presence at Indy, leading up to 2000 when Firestone was selected as the sole tire supplier to the Indy Racing League. Firestone’s streak of consecutive wins from 1920 through 1966 is unparalleled. And, with more Indy 500 wins than all other tire manufacturers combined, Firestone stands alone in
the annuals of Indy history.
HONDA – COMMITTED TO INDY SUCCESS
Honda has become the most successful engine manufacturer in the history of the Indianapolis 500. The selection of Honda as the sole engine supplier to the Indy Racing League for the last five years has lead to an impressive, record-extending fifth consecutive year without a single engine failure. Few companies in Indy history have shown such an unwavering commitment to winning.
On its 100th Anniversary, we’re proud to honor those who have helped make the Indianapolis 500 the most respected name in auto racing. By showcasing the best of the best, we hope to introduce new generations of automotive enthusiasts to this grand tradition that started as the Brickyard and has become the largest single day sporting event in the world.