Points make prizes has become the defining mantra of motorsport. But over the past month, it has been races that transcend the championships they are part of that have stolen the headlines in the racing world.
Nobody watched in amazement as the LMP1 cars dropped like flies in the Le Mans 24 Hours because there were double World Endurance Championship points available. And the massive interest in Fernando Alonso and the Indianapolis 500, not to mention the vast interest in the race as a whole in the United States in particular, had nothing to do with the 47 points he accrued for qualifying fifth and being classified 24th.
So, it's fair to question the dependency on championships in racing, whereby the haul of points on offer for winning is in some ways more important than the victory itself, when it comes to exciting and engaging the fanbase. It's races like Le Mans, Indy, the Daytona 500 and the Bathurst 1000 that really capture the imagination.