Who has passed the most cars on the first lap of the Indy 500? Does someone have the factual, statistical answer to this question? I don't.
I have a candidate but I don't claim that it is the correct answer to the question.
In 1964 Bill Cheesebourg started 33nd. On the front straight at the green flag, films show him passing 8 cars on the straight.
Turn 2, 13 cars had been passed.
Turn 3 lap two it looks like he is in 18th position which would mean, 15 cars passed.
Guess he wasn't asleep at the wheel.