MADISON, Ill – The elder statesmen of the sport are still winning. Through nine races, six of them have been won by drivers 35 or older. In fact, five of the nine were won by drivers in their 40’s including a 1-2 finish for Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato on Saturday and in reverse order last Sunday for the Indy 500.
But, I sense a changing of the guard is coming soon.
Four of the top six finishers on Saturday were 29 years of age or younger including three of them 21 or younger. Six of the top 10 drivers on Saturday were 28 or younger too.
On Sunday, 29 year old Josef Newgarden won. Three of the top four finishers were 29, 21 and 19 years old. Four of the top six were 29 or younger with three of them 21 or younger.
With Felix Rosenqvist and Josef Newgarden both winning this year already too and both being 28 and 29 respectively, the future is bright.
You have 21 year old Pato O’Ward leading 130 laps over the two days and finishing third and second respectively.
20 year old Colton Herta finished fourth and sixth respectively in Gateway.
19 year old Rinus VeeKay was sixth and fourth respectively himself.
Santino Ferrucci is showing he’s going to be a future Indy 500 champion. He’s only 22. Alex Palou, his teammate is fast and is only 23.
With Rosenqvist and Newgarden still running on top of their games and 28 year old Alexander Rossi still very much at the start of his prime, you get a bright future for the series which was on stage in Gateway.