INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Dixon won for the 20th different season with his triumph two weeks ago in Toronto. The win though ties him with Mario Andretti for 2nd most (52) ever. Andretti also has his eyes on Will Power who has 3 poles this year, including both in Iowa, to pull within 1 of tying Andretti for most poles all-time (67).
That’s not the only 2 stats set to fall.
Power’s next win will tie him with Michael Andretti for 4th all-time too. He has 24 runner-up finishes which is 1 shy of Gordon Johncock for 11th ever. Dixon is 2nd all-time trailing Andretti 56-49.
Dixon has 129 of them. Andretti has the most at 144. Power now has 91 which is 1 shy of tying Dario Franchitti for 7th all-time.
Dixon has 190 and trails Andretti (193) by 3 for most ever. Power has 120 passing Franchitti and Bobby Rahal for 9th most.
Power is also rising in the laps led count. He has 4,683 which passed Franchitti for 9th ever too. Dixon has the 4th most.
These 2 are generational drivers.
But so could Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward someday. Newgarden has 24 wins now and only 7 victories away from being in the top 10. He’s only 31 years old. 21 of his 24 wins have come with Penske which ranks 4th all-time for their INDYCAR program.
Pato O’Ward has 4 wins in 2 years and just 23 years of age. Another 23 year old in Colton Herta has 7 wins himself. 25 year old Alex Palou already has a title (2021) and more podium finishes in the last 2 years than Dixon.
We keep talking about this being the golden era of INDYCAR racing but this truly may be the case. Power and Dixon will go down as 2 of the best to ever do it. They’re a modern day Foyt and Andretti.
O’Ward, Herta and Palou are quickly becoming the next 3 up while Newgarden quietly leads the middle group and showing no signs of slowing down.