A follow on from this thread. Why do so few IndyCar racers have so little success in F1. F1 is the pinnacle of motorsports. However all F1 drivers come from lower series, such F3, A1 etc. The same should be the case with IndyCar. Good IndyCar winners should go on to big things
Yet IndyCar and CART guys have had a torrid time there. Andertti the lesser crashed out after 1 season and 1 podium with McLaren. Zanardi won exactly one point in his time there. Montoya won a few races, but he struggled to beat Ralf Schumacher, never mind Michael who he never threatened. Jacques Villeneuve did win a title, but he was driving the Williams Renault probably in relative terms the best car ever, a which made champions out of lesser drivers (Damon Hill I am looking at you). ANd he never won another race after 1997, his championship year.
In general terms what makes this more surprising is that driving skill is a lot more important in IndyCar and before it CART, than in F1. Yet I cannot see Dixon or Dario in F1.