How Predictive is Starting Position at Different Tracks?

Today I just wanted to drop a very brief article here on a question I recently looked at. How useful is starting position in terms of predicting finishing position for different tracks? This is a slightly different question than the three I explored in this article on qualifying position, but if you’re interested in qualifying and its relationship to the race I urge you to check out that post as well.

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How Much Does Starting Position Matter?

In 2018, only three races were won by drivers starting outside of the top ten. Qualifying has always been recognized as a pivotal part of the race weekend as it is what sets drivers up for a good result on Sunday.

Using data from 2008-2018 which includes 187 races, I took a look at three interesting questions related to starting position and how races play out.

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