FORT WORTH, TX – We’ve said it for a while now, even this offseason that this was a big season for the NTT IndyCar Series. We knew the future was coming. There were so many good young drivers in the series today, but it was only a matter of time before they staked their claim at the top.
Well, we’re four races into the 2021 season and we’ve had four different winners. Half of them are first time winners and one of the other two is just 21 years old.
The future is now.
“I think it’s definitely a good wave,” Josef Newgarden said. “We seem to get it, I don’t know, I don’t know what’s cycle is, every four, five years. But there’s definitely a good wave at the moment.
“I think everybody has been pretty high on Colton and Pato. I’ve been definitely very high on Pato. Not surprised to see him get a win. Both him and McLaren are very strong contenders.
“Yeah, you have a little of everything. Guys in the middle, like me, middle of the road. You have some veterans and some really good young blood. It’s a good time. There’s a lot of talent.”
24 year old Alex Palou earned his first career win in the season opener at the Barber Motorsports Park. 21 year old Colton Herta won last Sunday on the streets of St. Pete. Now, 21 year old Pato O’Ward wins on the Texas Motor Speedway oval.
The only other winner this season was 40 year old Scott Dixon. That came Saturday night as he’s now won at least one race in 19 straight seasons, an Indy Car record. He’s a championship favorite each year for good reason. He’s now got younger competition.
30 year old Josef Newgarden finished runner-up to O’Ward on Sunday and if you go back to count the season finale last year when he was 29, that’s four of the last five winners being in their 20’s.
Graham Rahal still has plenty of good years left in him and he’s only 32. He finished third. Herta (21) was fifth on Sunday. You also had Palou (24) finishing seventh, rookie Scott McLaughlin in eighth and 20 year old Rinus VeeKay finishing ninth on Sunday.
For VeeKay, he’s not showing any signs of a sophomore slump. He’s scored three top 10’s in four races run this season.