Inside the numbers: Power holds interesting record

Over the last five years, no driver has won more Indy car races than Will Power.

Inside the numbers: Power holds interesting record
Will Power, Penske Racing Chevrolet
Will Power, Penske Racing Chevrolet
Will Power, Penske Racing Chevrolet
Roger Penske and Will Power
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda and Will Power, Penske Racing Chevrolet
Will Power celebrates the championship
Will Power, Penske Racing Chevrolet
Will Power, Penske Racing Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Race winner Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Race winner Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet

Twenty of the Australian's 24 career Indy car wins have come since he joined Team Penske as a full-time Verizon IndyCar Series driver in 2010.

Power's five-year rise from race winner to title contender, and finally, the Verizon IndyCar Series champion, is impressive and so is his winning percentage over that time - 23.256 percent.

Power's winning percentage stacks up favorably against the greats of the sport.

A.J. Foyt, who holds the all-time record for victories in Indy car history with 67, won at an 18 percent clip. Power, for his part, has won 24 out of the 139 times he's strapped into an Indy car - 17.26 percent of the races he's started.

Power's winning percentage isn't unparalleled among his contemporaries, though.

Sebastien Bourdais' domination of the Champ Car World Series from 2004-2007 resulted in 31 wins over 69 starts (nearly 45 percent), and even with one win since his full-time return to Indy car racing, the Frenchman's winning percentage remains close to 25 percent -- which is on par with the PGA winning percentage of Tiger Woods.

Indy car driver winning percentages: (Min 100 starts)

     

Winning

Driver

Wins

Starts

Percentage

Sebastien Bourdais

32

131

24.427%

A.J. Foyt

67

369

18.157%

Will Power

24

139

17.266%

Sam Hornish Jr.

19

116

16.379%

Scott Dixon

35

238

14.706%

Rick Mears

29

202

14.356%

Michael Andretti

43

317

13.565%

Bobby Unser

35

259

13.514%

Mario Andretti

52

407

12.776%

Dan Wheldon

16

128

12.500%

Others to note:

Dario Franchitti

31

265

11.698%

Helio Castroneves

29

295

9.831%

Ryan Hunter-Reay

14

169

8.284%

Other Series

 

Formula 1

 

All-time winning percentage

 

Juan Manuel Fangio    24        51        47.06%

 

Current driver

 

Sebastian Vettel          39        136      28.676%

 

NASCAR Cup        

 

All-time winning percentage

 

Herb Thomas               48        228      21.053%

 

Current driver

 

Jimmie Johnson           69        466      14.807%

 

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