First Grid of Non-Winners: A Statistical Approach; Some Indycar News

First, a few Indycar tidbits:

Spencer Pigot’s  car has a new sponsor for Long Beach. Loki the Wolf Dog, an Instagram star, will be on the 20 car this weekend. I am not familiar with this character, so will not comment.

NTT Data, sponsor of Tony Kanaan’s car for Chip Ganassi Racing, will also be the sponsor for Scott Dixon at Long Beach.  Is there an issue getting a full season sponsor for Dixon? I though Ganassi had someone close to a deal.

Off track- The IMS Museum opens an exhibit of cars driven by A. J Foyt April 14. 36 cars, including his 4 500 winners and other memorabilia, will be on display until the fall.

Greatest 33 Non- Winners- One Way to Rank

Lincoln Turner, a friend of mine from high school, used a statistical approach to create his grid. He assigned values to each category, and separated top 5s and top 10s. He also divided laps lead by races and used the average led per race.  He also ranked all 50 drivers.  Changing the values changes the standings slightly.  Michael Andretti is clearly on the pole.  You might want to use his method, or switch values to see if a driver’s position improves.  Some of you, like me, will probably rank a few drivers with your heart. This your ideal grid.  Rank them however you’re comfortable.

Here is Lincoln’ grid and the results of ranking:

Lincolns ranking

If possible, please send in your grids by April 30. The next two days I’m traveling back to Indy and I want to post results on the Tuesday after qualifying.

Back Thursday with my Long Beach Preview


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