The NTT IndyCar Series is known for thrilling side-by-side last lap finishes. 35 finishes have been scored at a margin of victory of 0.0 seconds. You have to go into a second column to get a further number. In fact, eight races have seen finishes of 0.00 seconds.
While we’ve seen some blowout victories in 2019 (Long Beach, Road America) we’ve also seen some close finishes too. What if I told you that five races this season have seen the margin between first and second be less than a second. In fact, two of the last three races have been side-by-side photo finishes.
In Mid-Ohio, it looked like Scott Dixon would run away with the Honda Indy 200. But, his teammate Felix Rosenqvist erased a near 10 second deficit to Dixon and narrowly lost to him at the finish line.
Last weekend, Ed Carpenter erased a gap to Takuma Sato and finished next to him in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. That’s finishes of 0.0934-seconds and 0.0399-seconds in two of the last three races.
Now, will we see another in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland (3 p.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network)?
Mid-Ohio’s finish was the third closest in road course history. The top two? Well, those reside at Portland in fact.
In 1997, Mark Blundell beat Gil de Ferran by just 0.027-seconds in June of that year. 11 years prior, Mario Andretti beat his son Michael by only 0.070-seconds in June 1986. Will Portland get a third in Sunday’s race?
11 of the 15 races have seen a finish of 2.8 seconds or less. There were only six of that margin last year in 17 races.