CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi Leads in Winning Percentage

(July 15, 1998) -- As he heads resolutely toward his second consecutive PPG Cup, it might be time to put Alex Zanardi's extraordinary FedEx Championship Series success in historical perspective. Sunday's victory at the Medic Drug Grand Prix of...

(July 15, 1998) -- As he heads resolutely toward his second consecutive PPG Cup, it might be time to put Alex Zanardi's extraordinary FedEx Championship Series success in historical perspective.

Sunday's victory at the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Star Bank was the 13th for Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) in his three-year CART career. He needed only 42 starts to gather those 13 victories, meaning that 31 percent of his career starts have ended in Victory Circle.

Among the 12 drivers in CART history with 10 or more career victories, only Bobby Unser (27 percent) comes close to Zanardi's victory ratio. None of the others approaches even 20 percent.

The following table lists the dozen drivers with 10 or more CART victories, their total career starts and their winning percentage:

Driver           Wins  Starts  Winning Percentage
Alex Zanardi       13    42    .3095
Bobby Unser        10    37    .2702
Michael Andretti   37    221   .1674
Rick Mears         26    180   .1444
Al Unser, Jr.      31    247   .1255
Paul Tracy         13    104   .1250
Emerson Fittipaldi 22    195   .1128
Danny Sullivan     17    167   .1017
Bobby Rahal        24    255   .0941
Johnny Rutherford  10    108   .0925
Mario Andretti     19    209   .0909
Tom Sneva          10    129   .0775

If Zanardi starts, but does not win any of the remaining nine FedEx Championship Series events this season, he would still finish the year with a career winning percentage of .2549 (13 victories in 51 starts), better than anyone on the above list except Bobby Unser.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Bobby Unser , Tom Sneva , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Johnny Rutherford , Al Unser