IRL Rookie Stats

How Danica Patrick compares to other IndyCar Series drivers in their first year of competition.

Driver

Year

Age

Starts

Best Start

Best Finish

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Laps Led

First Win

Comments

Danica Patrick

2005

23

8

1st

4th

0

2

4

51

--

Bombardier Rookie of the Year

Kosuke Matsuura

2004

25

16

4th

4th

0

1

4

11

--

Dan Wheldon

2003

25

14

4th

3rd

0

5

9

33

Motegi, 19th start

Laurent Redon

2002

29

15

4th

3rd

0

1

3

39

--

Felipe Giaffone

2001

26

13

4th

2nd

0

3

10

51

Kentucky, 25th start

Airton Dare

2000

22

9

10th

2nd

0

1

2

13

Kansas, 31st start

Scott Harrington

1999

35

8

4th

5th

0

1

4

1

--

Robby Unser

1998

30

8

13th

2nd

0

2

3

22

--

Jim Guthrie

1996-97

36

9

2nd

1st

1

2

3

89

Phoenix, 6th start

Other Notable Rookies

Tomas Scheckter

2002

21

12

1st

1st

1

2

3

443

Michigan, 11th start

Buddy Rice

2002

26

5

2nd

2nd

0

2

4

37

Indianapolis, 29th start

Sam Hornish Jr.

2000

21

8

13th

3rd

0

1

2

38

Phoenix, 9th start

Sarah Fisher

2000

20

8

4th

3rd

0

1

1

9

--

Won pole in 34th start

Kenny Brack

1997

31

7

3rd

5th

0

2

2

39

Charlotte, 14th start

Tony Stewart

1996

25

3

1st

2nd

0

1

1

92

Pikes Peak, 10th start

Buzz Calkins

1996

25

3

5th

1st

1

1

2

130

Disney World, 1st start

After eight starts

Driver

Best Start

Best Finish

Wins

Top 5s

Top 10s

Laps Led

Notable

Tony Kanaan

1st

1st

1

6

6

212

Veteran of Indy-style racing who won third IndyCar Series start at Phoenix

Scott Dixon

1st

1st

3

3

5

524

 




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