For the past three years, the race at the Kansas Speedway has preceded the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. I started to notice a trend, and thought I’d explore it further. Yes, I hear you statisticians out there, three data points does not make a statistically significant sample. Well, I’m running with it anyway. I thought I’d look back at the races since 2001 and see if there was a relationship between the speeds we see at Kansas and the speeds we see at Indianapolis. Sure enough, after deftly applying various data analysis tools to the meager nine-element data set, I came up with a function that gave a decent-to-the-eye fit to the data. Ok, the term “deftly apply” is used much in the same way the Mafia would used the term “gently persuaded”. It got a bit ugly. The important part is the result, though. The official Openpaddock.net line for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race pole-setting speed is 226.871 mph! So what do you say? Are you taking overs or unders?
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