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    Indy 500 Driver Ages Stats

    I have no idea if this is of any use to anybody, but it might solve a few arguments. Corrections welcome, of course. I've been spending almost half a year on this on & off & wish I'd never started, but some of the results are quite interesting...

    (it includes non-qualifiers of course)

    Longest Lived Drivers
    Dutton Reeves 1887-1988 (1919) 101 yrs, 150 days
    Gerard Louis 1899-2000 (1946) 101 yrs, 25 days
    Marr Buddy 1896-1996 (1927-1928) 99 yrs, 251 days
    Snell Overton 1907-2004 (1933-1936) 97 yrs, 102 days
    Oakes Danny 1911-2007 (1953-1954) 95 yrs, 186 days
    Connor George 1906-2001 (1934-1953) 94 yrs, 225 days

    Shortest Lived Drivers:
    Spence Bill 1907-1929 (1928-1929) 22 yrs, 355 days
    Mackey Bill 1928-1951 (1951) 23 yrs, 227 days
    McElreath James 1954-1977 (1977) 23 yrs, 265 days
    Knight Harry 1890-1913 (1911-1912) 23 yrs, 332 days
    Jones Herbert 1903-1926 (1925) 23 yrs ?? days


    Oldest Debutants:
    Ensley Jack b. 1906 51 yrs of age (1958)
    Farina Giuseppe b. 1906 49 yrs, 7 months (1956)
    Fairman Jack b. 1913 49yrs, 2 months (1962)
    (Starters of a race
    Hewitt Jack b. 1951 46 years, 10 months (1998)
    Lautenschlager Christian b. 1877 46 years, 1 month (1923)

    (clearly being called Jack helps in this particular category) :lol:


    Youngest Debutants/Racers:

    Foyt (IV) AJ b. 1984 (2003) 19 yrs, 0 months
    Garza Josele b. 1962 (1981) 19 yrs, 2 months, 9 days
    Andretti Marco b. 1987 (2006) 19 yrs, 2 months, 16 days
    Ruttman Troy b. 1930 (1949) 19 yrs, 2 months, 18 days
    Fisher Sarah b. 1980 (2000) 19 yrs, 7 months
    Jourdain(jr)Michel b. 1976 (1996) 19 yrs, 8 months

    Oldest Racers:
    Unser Al b. 1939 (1994) 55yrs old
    Johncock Gordon b. 1936 (1992) 55yrs, 9 months old
    Ongais Danny b. 1942 (1998) 55yrs, 11 months old
    Foyt AJ b. 1935 (1993) 58 yrs, 4 months old

    Born Longest Time Ago:
    (1873)
    Bigelow Charles (1911), Devigne, Jules (1916), Bablot, Paul (1919)
    Born Most Recently
    Patrick Danica b. 1982
    Foyt (IV) AJ b. 1984
    Andretti Marco b. 1987
    Worst year for Death
    1966 (16 deaths) (average age 54.2)

    Best year for Death
    1917 - 0 1 - in order of average age 1950 (64), 1912 (27), 1914 (24)

    2 deaths - 1911, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1937, 1945, 2007**
    3 deaths - 1913, 1918, 1926, 1929, 1938, 1943, 1947, 1987, 1991
    4 deaths - 1919, 1930, 1936, 1941, 1944, 1957, 1978
    5 deaths - 1915, 1916, 1942, 1948. 1953, 1990, 2004, 2005
    6 deaths - 1969, 1983, 1988, 1989, 2001
    7 deaths - 1924, 1928, 1931, 1933, 1964, 1979, 1980, 1997, 2002
    8 deaths - 1934, 1939, 1951, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1975, 1976, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1999, 2006
    9 deaths - 1932, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1954, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1982, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003
    10 deaths - 1952
    11 deaths - 1946, 1955, 1960, 1992, 1995
    12 deaths - 1963, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1981, 1984
    13 deaths - 1958, 1967
    14 deaths - 1962
    15 deaths - 1970, 1974, 2000

    Most born in Year
    1890 - 21 drivers

    First born in New Century
    1923 - 3 drivers - F H Wells b. 1900, Martin de Alzaga b. 1901, Harlan Fenger b. 1903
    Last Born in Old Century
    Louis Gerard in 1946, b. 1899

    Most Participants
    1982 - 68
    1953 - 67
    1967 - 65

    Least Participants
    1916 - 26
    1921- 30
    1924 & 2006 - 33

    (I don't think 1916's total can be any surprise, considering the political situation at the time)

    Youngest Average Age
    1913 - 23.17
    1912 - 25.31
    1911-26.91

    Oldest Average Age
    1931 - 42.39
    1964 - 39.78
    1990 - 39.14

    Youngest Average Age of Death
    (apart from 0) :

    2003 - 26,
    2005 - 32
    1988 & 1989 - 40.50

    (of a full/virtually full field)
    1949 - 49.78
    1914 - 55.47

    Oldest Average Age of Death
    1921 68.54
    1948 66.24
    1946 66.06
    1919 65.47

    Total Av Participants Each Year
    48

    Total Average Age
    33.57

    Total Average Death
    49.85
    (sadly, rather low )

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    Wow!
    We must put an end to superfulous redundancy.

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    Another Donald Davidson??


    Cool!! Thanks.
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    It'll be interesting, about 15 years from now, to see who the first Indy 500 starter born in the 21st century is. How many currently existing sporting events can say that they've had participants born in three different centuries? Right off hand, I can't think of any. The World Series will, if MLB survives long enough.

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    Great information! Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornutt
    How many currently existing sporting events can say that they've had participants born in three different centuries? Right off hand, I can't think of any. The World Series will, if MLB survives long enough.
    Kentucky Derby?

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