After tying the mark last season, the chances of again tying or breaking the Verizon IndyCar Series record for wins by the most different number of drivers in a single season (11) are quickly evaporating.
Ten races have already been contested, with Saturday’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., marking the 11th race of the 16-race season.
So far, there have been seven different winners in 2015.
In the first 10 IndyCar races, there have been three drivers who have won twice: Juan Pablo Montoya (St. Petersburg, Indianapolis 500), Scott Dixon (Long Beach, Texas) and Josef Newgarden (Birmingham, Toronto).
Four other drivers have single race wins between them: James Hinchcliffe (New Orleans), Will Power (Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Carlos Munoz (Belle Isle-1) and Sebastien Bourdais (Belle Isle-2).
In 2014, there were a record-tying 11 different race winners.
With six races remaining on the 16-race IndyCar schedule, it’s going to be tough to see four additional drivers that have been winless thus far this season to step forward and tie that mark.
And given that this is only the third oval race this season – with three more still to go – Dixon and Montoya appear to be the early favorites for Saturday afternoon’s event in SoCal.