Ferrucci Leads Rosenqvist By Just 2 Points With 2 Races Left In Season For Rookie Of The Year Honors
The championship race is going to obviously take a majority of the headlines for this weekend’s race in Portland, but as we head down to the final two races of the season, another big storyline to watch is the Rookie of the Year battle.
Heading into this weekend, Santino Ferrucci holds a slim two point lead over Felix Rosenqvist. Colton Herta is 44 points arrears while Marcus Ericsson is -74 points out himself.
This should be a fun battle to watch at Portland as well as Laguna Seca as the rookie drivers are honestly shining again.
Ferrucci, enters this week on the heels of two straight fourth place finishes and four top 10’s over his last eight starts.
Rosenqvist, has three top six finishes over his last six starts in his No. 10 Honda.
Felix Rosenqvist celebrates his runner-up finish last month at Mid-Ohio
Furthermore, since the race at Toronto in July, Ferrucci has actually in a tie for the fourth most points scored among all drivers in the last five events run. He, as a rookie, has scored as many points as Alexander Rossi and Will Power (122). The next best though is Rosenqvist who’s scored 115 points in that same time frame himself.
While Ferrucci has been very impressive, I have a feeling that Rosenqvist may have an advantage down the stretch. See, all three of Ferrucci’s top 10 finishes since Texas in June have come on ovals. All three of Rosenqvist’s top 10’s in his recent six race stretch have been on road or street courses.
The final two races are on road courses.
On natural road courses this season, Ferrucci has finishes of 20th, 15th, 10th, 19th and 12th respectively. On the same tracks, Rosenqvist has finished 23rd, 10th, eighth, sixth and second respectively.
The advantage is with Rosenqvist as Ferrucci just looks to close the season on a high note.