IndyCar 2023 mid-season reflections: A.J Foyt Racing – Arrow McLaren

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - JULY 02: #5: Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday July 02, 2023 in Troy Township, United States of America. (Photo by Jake Galstad / LAT Images)

It’s strange to have gotten through the first half of the season without a Scott Dixon victory. It’s stranger still to put nine of 17 NTT IndyCar Series races in the books without a pole or win from reigning champion Will Power.

And who would have predicted the expanded and strengthened Arrow McLaren team would get to July without at least one victory from Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi, or Felix Rosenqvist, as the squad approaches the July 24 anniversary of its last win? Or that Kyle Kirkwood would be the first and only Andretti Autosport driver to reach victory lane?

Even better, who imagined star-crossed Alex Palou — all but invisible on track in 2022 — would turn the championship upside down and emerge victorious at 44 percent of the races held so far in 2023?

To that end, an IndyCar win pays 50 points. There are a few bonus points that can be earned to take it up to a maximum of 54 points, but for the sake of simplicity, there’s eight races to go

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