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IndyCar championships are always close but 2017 is particularly special

After 11 races in 2017 there were 9 different winners (which is amazing) so the title fight is still wide open between at least half a dozen drivers.

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IndyCar: Visor cam is awesome

One of the cool things to come out of IndyCar recently is the improved version of “visor cam” that features on the live broadcast. Plenty of similar helmet cameras have been used in the past but none have offered this view or level of clarity. Other categories would be mad if they didn’t try to introduce the same thing.

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IndyCar: Sebastien Bourdais went from last to first in Florida

Sebastien Bourdais’ IndyCar victory in Florida was particularly special given he started the race DEAD LAST on the grid. Although it was mostly due to luck with strategy and safety cars (which angered some of his rivals) last-to-first is still a cool achievement in any form of racing.

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Will Power narrowly missed the IndyCar Championship for the 5th time

Will Power was beaten to the 2016 IndyCar title earlier this month. Simon Pagenaud was a deserving winner, but incredibly it was the FIFTH TIME Will Power has fallen short in a season finale where he had a chance at winning the championship.

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IndyCar: Hinchcliffe dominated in Texas but lost by 0.008 seconds

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It’s hard not to feel sorry for James Hinchcliffe who dominated the Firestone 600 in Texas. He held onto first place for over 450km but lost the lead coming out of the last corner and missed the win by just 8 thousandths of a second. Doh!

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There were two cool things about Newgarden’s Iowa IndyCar victory

1. Joseph Newgarden led the race for a massive 282 laps – an all time IndyCar record.
2. He did so whilst recovering from a broken wrist and shoulder he sustained just 4 weeks ago.

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Safety Truck 3 fastest at Indy

Practice for the Indianapolis 500 was cancelled yesterday due to rain which meant ‘Safety Truck 3’ topped the timesheets ahead of some stiff competition.

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2015 is definitely a year for the old guard

• Valentino Rossi is still leading the World Championship 18 years after he won his first.
• Jeff Gordon will enter the final race of his 24 year NASCAR career in championship contention.
• Juan Pablo Montoya almost won the IndyCar title – it would’ve been his first since 1999.
• Mark Webber looks good to win the 2015 World Endurance Championship. At 39 years of age it will be his first title of any kind.
• Jason Plato almost won the BTCC title (his 17th season) and Craig Lowndes can still win the V8 Supercar championship having first won the title back in 1996.

In a sport where youth is the trend, experience still counts for a lot.

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IndyCar: Some of the stats behind Scott Dixon’s championship victory

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Juan Pablo Montoya started the year’s final IndyCar race as raging favourite to win the title but a clumsy collision with his teammate opened the door for Scott Dixon to steal the championship from under his nose. Dixon owes his success to the fact that no driver was able to stamp any authority on the 2015 season. Even Montoya, who led the championship for 15 of the 16 races, only claimed two victories and the below stats illustrate how 2015 was an especially competitive and mixed-up season.

  • Only 1 of the 16 races was won by the driver starting from pole position.
  • There were 9 different winners, and 12 different drivers who set the fastest lap during a race.
  • Scott Dixon led twice as many laps as Juan Pablo Montoya (306 v 145)
  • If double points didn’t apply at any races during the 2015 season, Scott Dixon would still have beaten Juan Pablo Montoya (by 4 points).
  • Scott Dixon’s average finishing position throughout the year was only 7th.
  • Of the 18 drivers who took part in every race during 2015, only 1 of them (Stefano Coletti) failed to lead a lap.
  • In 9 of the 16 races, the driver who led the most laps did not go on to win.
  • There were 256 lead changes in 2015, an average of 16 per race.
  • 425 laps were spent under full-course yellow conditions. That’s 19% of the total racing laps.
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