I’m of two minds here…on the one hand, I agree with Mr. Estrada’s idea that comparing Jeff Gordon’s five Brickyard wins isn’t quite in the same league as Messrs. Foyt, Mears & Unser’s four Indy 500 wins. On the other hand, Messrs. Foyt, Mears and Unser no longer hold the record for most wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway…that record – rightfully – belongs to Michael Schumacher and Jeff Gordon, who both have five wins at the Brickyard.
Comparing apples to oranges to bananas is always going to come off as a bit pear-shaped.
Jeff Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to win five times at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
That in itself in an awesome feat, and it’s rather fitting that Gordon made it happen on the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard 400 triumph all the way back in 1994.
But it simply cannot be compared, favorably or unfavorably, to the four Indianapolis 500 wins apiece from A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, and Al Unser Sr.
Or for that matter, the five Formula One wins that Michael Schumacher racked up when the United States Grand Prix (now at the Circuit of the Americas) was run on the original IMS road course.
To say that Schumacher and now Gordon are superior to Foyt, Mears, and Unser simply because five wins trump four is a…
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