Every lap matters, no matter what points system you throw at IndyCar

The IRL looked at the scoring systems of other race series to come up with its unique formula for the IndyCar Series. Crunch the numbers from some of those other forms of racing, such as F1 and NASCAR, and you get some interesting results, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: October 21, 2008, 3:17 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

By luck or by design, the IndyCar Series has staged three remarkably close and competitive championships in a row.

Since 2006, the IndyCar Series title has literally been in question until the last corner of the last lap of the season. In 2006, two drivers ended the season equal on points and the championship was decided on a tiebreaker, and in 2007, the championship crown transferred from one driver to another within a couple hundred yards of the checkered flag.

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