Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ted Horn, surpassed many winners at Indy, yet never won

Ted Horn's record will never will be matched.

After starting as a rookie in 1935, and placing 16th, Horn never finished worse than fourth. In his next nine races from 1936-48, Horn was runner-up once, finished third four times and fourth four other times.

Including his 1935 rookie race, when a steering problem knocked him out after 145 laps, Horn finished 4,860 of a possible 5,000 miles, a 97.2 percent career average for his 10 races at Indy.

By comparison, the completion rates for current drivers who have driven at least 10 times at Indy are 84.8 percent for Al Unser Jr., 81.7 percent for Michael Andretti and Buddy Lazier, 74 percent for Scott Sharp and 70.2 percent for Eddie Cheever.

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