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IndyCar 2023 season review: Major events, storylines and more

The latest IndyCar season was unlike anything I've witnessed. To start, a ridiculous number of passes, 7,753 in total, was recorded across 17 races. The front row for the Indianapolis 500 produced the fastest trio in the sport's history, with an average speed of 234.180 mph; and the top two qualifiers were the closest in 107 editions of the race, with just 0.0040 seconds separating the 10-mile run between the pole winner and second place.

Television ratings and attendance figures were up, and the series had more full-season cars on the grid -- at least 27 -- than at any other point in its history, which spoke to IndyCar's growth.