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How Fast Does an Indy Car Go?

We bet every time you go to the race; you’re not looking to see the first car that touches the finish line at a leisurely pace. You want to see 33 speeding cars as well as hear the engine’s roars and the tires screeching.

If the Indy 500 was a low pace event, then where would the energy come from when cheering in between the race. Nowhere, and that’s why Indy 500 features the fastest cars in the sporting history.

Fastest Indy 500 episode in the history

Arie Luyendyk, a 2-time Indy 500 winner, set the records for one lap as 237.498 mph, and the four-lap at 236.986.

 The record has been in place since 1996 when Luyendyk set it. And it looks like no one will come close to breaking it.

What did Luyendyk say about setting a record and pace for the other upcoming Indy 500 racers, and if he or anyone else can break it?

“No way in hell I’d go that fast anymore. I wasn’t even that young then, but I was young at heart and driving with the same vigor and aggressiveness as a young guy.”

“I think it would be great for IndyCar, for the sport, if they would break it. It would create a lot of buzz, a lot of excitement.”

The numbers on how fast an Indy car can go

The average speed for an Indy car is between 215-230 mph, and the race has 200 laps with 500 miles. Simon Pagenaud, 2019 Indy 500 winner, posted an average speed of 229.992 mph. Who will break Luyendyk’s record and post the highest speed for an Indy car?


Get your tickets early, and let’s meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to witness “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Also, you can watch Indy 500 live online at the comfort of your home or on the go. There are many ways available online for streaming the race, but the official broadcaster is the NBC Sports Network.

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