How are IndyCar Series Championship Points Figured?

One thing I've never understood about IndyCar Championship Racing are the points. Points are figured based on where you finish in the 17 races for the season.

Here's basically how it works. If you win a race, you get 50 points, 40 for 2nd place, 35 for 3rd, and so on. You get 2 bonus points for most laps led, and 1 bonus point for the pole position.

So if you sat on the pole, led the most laps and you win, you'll get 53 points for the race. And because finishes will vary wildly from race to race, it's (statistically) possible to win the Championship without winning a race.

Here are the points breakdown:

Race Finish Points
1...................50
2...................40
3...................35
4...................32
5...................30
6...................28
7...................26
8...................24
9...................22
10..................20
11..................19
12..................18
13..................17
14..................16
15..................15
16..................14
17..................13
18 - 24.............12
25 - 33.............10




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