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Pointing it Out

November 20, 2014
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In Episode 13, we talk about the points systems that different racing series use. Who’s got the better points system? Who awards winning the most? Does NASCAR really want a champion that wins the most?

The FIA, IndyCar, IMSA, and NASCAR points awarded for top 10 positions in a race. The FIA, IndyCar, IMSA, and NASCAR points awarded for top 10 positions in a race.

First of all, I believe this discussion and post was really inspired by the guys over at www.NASPORTSCAR.com , especially the analysis work of Ben Wedge (@TheBenWedge). They’ve done a great job of analyzing the Continental Challenge and Tudor Championship this year with in depth data crunching. Make sure to go check them out. Well, at the very lest, we hope to give you a fans perspective on the issue, so don’t expect the most fair and balanced reporting.

NASCAR, IMSA, IndyCar, and FIA points systems are shown to the left/above and below for the top ten finishing positions. The raw data can be found in the image to the left and a simple visual analysis is shown in the charts below.

A chart of the FIA, Indycar, IMSA, and NASCAR points systems comparing the points awarded for top 10 positions after a single race event. A chart of the FIA, Indycar, IMSA, and NASCAR points systems comparing the points awarded for top 10 positions after a single race event. A chart of the FIA, IndyCar, IMSA, and NASCAR points systems superimposed over each other and scaled to 25 points for a win. A chart of the FIA, IndyCar, IMSA, and NASCAR points systems superimposed over each other and scaled to 25 points for a win.

As you can see, there is much more of a difference in points for each position in the FIA scoring system than any other series in the chart. We think this is why certain teams/drivers will dominate any given season if they are winning multiple events. NASCAR on the other hand has a much more even points distribution. Does this make sense given that they are attempting to award winning more than consistency? Either way, it’s hard to argue with IndyCar’s proven track record for exciting championships. Since 2006, the IndyCar points championship has come down the last race without a reset in points or any other gimmicks.

What’s your opinion? Who’s got the best points scheme. Comment on this post or tweet us @SlipStreamPOD .

1 Comments

  1. As I mentioned on Twitter, the one benefit I see of the NASCAR point system is the "forgiveness" if a driver has a bad race or two. What’s odd about that though, is the fact that they had 36 races in the 2014 season. I don’t think their drivers need that pick me up to help them out. Whereas in IndyCar and F1, if you finish outside of the points or a DNF two to three times in a season, you can almost guarantee you won’t be anywhere near winning the championship.

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