According to race results the winner of the first Indy 500 averaged 74.60 mph. The average speed of the slowest car to actually finish the race was 67.73. Of the 12 cars that finished the average speed was 70.74 mph.
Top speed during Indy 500 Pole day was 230mph (5/9/09). Indy is the fastest track they currently race. The 4 lap average that won the pole was just shy of 225mph. The record speed for an Indy (type) car was an average speed of 241mph set by a Honda powered Reynard in what was the CART series at California Speedway in late 2000.
It changes year to year based on heat, humidity and number of caution laps during the race. Last years speed average was 143.567 mph. The fastest speed average was in 1990 when Arie Luyendyk won the race with a 185.981 average.
Danica Patrick was the first woman to win an Indy car race in Japan.
Car race is the Indy 500. Horse race is the Kentucky Derby.
Race distance / Race time = average speed i.e.: 300 km / 2 hours = 150 kph average.
On April 20, 2008, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race. She won the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi, Japan.
The winner of the Indy 500 car race, in 2012, was Dario Franchitti. This gave him the distinction of being a three time winner of the Indy 500. He was a member of the Chip Ganassi Racing Team.
A gnome on a race car