Each track has its own characteristics. What can we expect this weekend for the Cup Race at Indy?
More Damage Than We’ve Seen
The thing that stood out to me on the first pass through the cumulative data for Indianapolis is the amount of time spent under the yellow flag. This is especially notable recently.
The average since 2000 is 19.6% of the race run under yellow. In the last five races, that’s 25.9%.
Because There Are a Lot of Cautions?
Especially in the last five races. The average number of cautions since 2000 is 7.5 for a typical 160-lap race. But for the last five years, it’s 10.
But It’s Not Just Cautions
At some races, we’ve got competition cautions and stage-end cautions that take up a lot of the race. At Indy, expect crashes.
Again, plotted per 160 laps, as that’s the typical race, we’ve had between 5 and 10 accidents in each of the last five races.
Those Crashes Catch Up a Lot of Cars
The number of cars involved is also high. Not a lot of single-car accidents at Indy lately.
Sure, the data are a little skewed by the 2017 race, but even with Kevin Harvick having dominated last year (leading 74% of all the laps), there were still 14 cars involved in accidents.
A Few Statistics
- Only 57.8% of the cars finish on the lead lap at Indy on average
- 84.3% of the cars have finished all the laps of the race (on average, again)
- Indy has an average of 14.3 green-flag passes per lap (since 2005, when that data started being reported
- One driver often dominates, but not always. Last year, we had Harvick lead 73.8% of all laps, which is a high. The year before, the lap-leadingest driver only led 23.1% of all laps, which is a low.
- The average margin of victory is 1.4 second.