Every F1 driver who’s won an IndyCar race, title or the Indy 500

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

F1 car and Indycar on track together

Formula 1 is the fastest motorsport on earth, and its drivers are the best in the world.

When they’re done with their F1 career many move on to other forms of motorsport, and IndyCar is a popular choice.

Below is a look at all the F1 drivers who’ve had success in IndyCar.

IndyCar before or after F1?

A lot of the drivers you’ll see listed below only raced in IndyCar after they’d finished their stint in F1.

But that’s not the case for all of them. Some, like the legendary American driver Mario Andretti, had success in US open wheel racing before moving to F1 (and then moving back to IndyCar).

And he’s not the only one. The Canadian racer Jacques Villeneuve did the same, as did the Colombian F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

F1 drivers who've won in IndyCar

Below is a list of all F1 drivers (who’ve started at least one Grand Prix) that have also won an IndyCar race (or a USAC / CART race).

The list doesn’t include drivers whose only F1 races were when the Indy 500 was part of the F1 calendar (e.g. AJ Foyt).

F1 data sourced from F1stats.

Driver F1 Starts Best F1 Result IndyCar wins

Mario Andretti

128

1st (12 wins)

52 (inc 3x Indy 500 wins)

Michael Andretti

13

3rd

42

Sebastien Bourdais

27

7th

37

Rodger Ward

12

1st

26 (inc 2x Indy 500 wins)

Bobby Rahal

2

12th

24 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)

Emerson Fittipaldi

144

1st (14 wins)

22 (inc 2x Indy 500 wins)

Danny Sullivan

15

5th

17 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)

Alex Zanardi

41

6th

15

Juan Pablo Montoya

94

7

15 (inc 2x Indy 500 wins)

Alexander Rossi

5

20th

8 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)

Justin Wilson

16

8th

7

Dan Gurney

86

1st (4 wins)

7

Takuma Sato

90

3rd

6 (inc. 2x Indy 500 wins)

Teo Fabi

64

3rd

5

Nigel Mansell

187

1st (31 wins)

5

Eddie Cheever

132

2nd

5 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)

Jacques Villeneuve

163

11

5 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)

Marcus Ericsson

97

8th

4 (inc 1x Indy 500)

Mark Donohue

14

3rd

3 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)

Max Papis

7

7th

3

Mark Blundell

61

3rd

3

Jim Clark

72

1st (25 wins)

2 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)

Robert Doornbos

11

12th

2

Roberto Guerrero

21

8th

2
Graham Hill 175 1st (14 wins) 1 (inc 1x Indy 500 win)
F1 drivers who've won an IndyCar race 2

F1 drivers to win the Indianapolis 500

The Indy 500 is the most prestigious race to win in the IndyCar series, and is the holy grail of US Motorsport.

Only 14 F1 drivers have won the Indy 500:

  • Mario Andretti (3x Indy 500 wins)
  • Rodger Ward (2x Indy 500 wins)
  • Takuma Sato (2x Indy 500 wins)
  • Juan Pablo Montoya (2x Indy 500 wins)
  • Emerson Fittipaldi (2x Indy 500 wins)
  • Danny Sullivan (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Bobby Rahal (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Alexander Rossi (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Eddie Cheever (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Jacques Villeneuve (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Marcus Ericsson (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Mark Donohue (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Jim Clark (1x Indy 500 win)
  • Graham Hill (1x Indy 500 win)

F1 champions to win the Indy 500

Only 5 Formula 1 world champions have also won the Indy 500:

Driver F1 titles F1 title dates Indy 500 wins
Emerson Fittipaldi 2 1972, 1974 2
Jim Clark 2 1963, 1965 1
Graham Hill 2 1962, 1968 1
Jacques Villeneuve 1 1997 1
Mario Andretti 1 1978 3
F1 drivers who've won an IndyCar race 2

Jim Clark and Graham Hill both won the Indy 500 when it featured on the Formula 1 calendar, as a joint race between the two series.

The other three F1 championship all won the Indianapolis 500 when it was it was a standalone event, not part of the F1 series.

F1 champions who were also IndyCar champions

Only 4 drivers have ever won both the Formula 1 World Championship and the IndyCar Championship:

Driver F1 titles F1 title dates Indycar Titles IndyCar title dates
Emerson Fittipaldi 2 1972, 1974 2 1989
Mario Andretti 1 1978 4 1965, 1966
1969, 1984
Nigel Mansell 1 1992 1 1993
Jacques Villeneuve 1 1997 1 1995
F1 and Indycar champions

Mario Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve both won IndyCar titles before their F1 championships.

Nigel Mansell is one of the Formula 1 drivers who adapted best to IndyCar. After his F1 championship win in 1992 he switched straight to IndyCar the following year when he couldn’t agree a contract in Formula One with Williams.

Unbelievably he won his debut race and took four more victories to claim the championship win in his rookie season.

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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