Jul 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
We took a look last week into the points at the end of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ marathon six race in four weekend stretch.
But there was another intriguing observation that’s come out of the last six races: winning a race has been something of a curse for the following rounds.
Since Carlos Huertas took a surprise win in Houston race one, the race winner has only recorded one top-five finish in the subsequent races since (Simon Pagenaud’s fourth place in Toronto race one).
Take a look at the last six winners, and their results since those wins:
- Carlos Huertas: Won Houston Race 1, then 23rd, 20th, 20th, 14th, 15th
- Simon Pagenaud: Won Houston Race 2, then 6th, 11th, 4th, 22nd
- Juan Pablo Montoya: Won Pocono, then 16th, 18th, 19th
- Ryan Hunter-Reay: Won Iowa, then 21st, 14th
- Sebastien Bourdais, Won Toronto Race 1, then 9th
- Mike Conway: Won Toronto Race 2 … ?
Those six have followed the three other winners this season, in Ed Carpenter (Texas), Helio Castroneves and Will Power (the two Detroit races).
So we’ve had the nine winners this season win each of the last nine races. But winning itself has, coincidentally, been one of the worst things for drivers in subsequent races.
It’s largely been due to mechanical issues, incidents or circumstances outside the drivers’ control.
It’s a weird and bizarre run of results, but something to note heading into the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.
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