What has killed a crucial IndyCar talent pool?

What has killed a crucial IndyCar talent pool?

Excluding the United States, more IndyCar race winners have come from Brazil than any other nation. So why is there nobody waiting in the wings to succeed two fortysomethings?

Remember when it seemed every second or third driver in American single-seater racing was Brazilian? Remember, too, how many of them were good, potential race winners?

Look at the annals of Indycar racing stretching back to 1905 - covering all its form from USAC to CART/Champ Car and what is now known as IndyCar. Inevitably, American drivers take far and away the lion's share of wins - 1143 victories spread among 227 drivers. Second, though, is Brazil, with 109 wins from 11 drivers - comfortably ahead of Great Britain (80/10) and Canada (60/10).

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