He was pretty good. Tony Kanaan might be as good at the Speedway.
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"I thought they booed [Danica] because she was being a complete jerk, but then they applauded for A.J. Foyt. Now I'm just confused."
TK is the Michael of his generation (aka the "Hard Luck Guy")...all, of course, in the tradition of the late, great Lloyd Ruby!
1. Michael Andretti (There's Really No Argument)
2. Rex Mays - not as consistent a finisher as Horn, but led far more laps
3. Ted Horn
4. Tony Kanaan - You could argue TK at 3, but his results arent as good as Horn's
5. Lloyd Ruby - Some great runs, but some pretty bad runs too
(6) Jimmy Snyder - R.I.P. otherwise would have likely been a multiple winner
It has to be Michael. The guy has 42 wins, and got them at all sorts of tracks. There may be harder-luck stories of more beloved drivers, but if we're talking best, Michael has to be it.
I still have go with Michael. Dominated races at Indy, led more career laps than many winners, won so many races in so many places, won two 500 mile races that I went to at MIS, maybe more post split.
I think the measure is how great were drivers overall not just at Indy and not winning. I think Dan Gurney certainly had a stellar career even not winning Indy, can you really put Scott Goodyear in that category? I would say both Jackie Stewart or Tony Stewart rate higher than Goodyear outside of the 500.
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Pancho Carter and Roberto Guerrero both had good results early in their careers. They've also spent a fair bit of time as Coaches for other drivers at Indy. That says something to me.
I wouls say Michael is the best during my years of watching but Danny Ongais was also pretty damn good and had a couple year span where he was as fast as anyone. His talent is not recognized as much because his carreer was short, never fully recovering from his crash at Indy in 81. He was in position to win that race but lost it going into 3 in a Smiley like fashion.
Gary Bettenhausen was the most badazz driver not to win....
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