2020 IndyCar Iowa Preview

After the double header at Road America IndyCar is once again in action this weekend with another double header, this time in Iowa. The first race is due to take place on Friday with the second being contested on the Saturday.

Scott Dixon heads into the weekend leading the drivers’ championship having won the opening three races of the season before finishing twelfth in the second race at Road America. To add to his hat-trick of race victories to start 2020 is that he finished the 2019 race in Iowa in second.

Colton Herta is Dixon’s closest rival heading into Iowa after the American finished fifth in both races at Road America to go with the seventh he achieved in Texas and the fourth he claimed at Indianapolis. He is however only nine points ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Patricio O’Ward.

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After finishing on the podium in the opening two races, Pagenaud finished twelfth and then thirteenth last weekend. O’Ward meanwhile goes into the weekend off a strong performance at Road America where he finished eighth in the first race before going on to claim pole position and then finish second in the second race. It will be interesting to see what O’Ward achieves during the Iowa weekend as the Mexican has gone from being classified twelfth in the opening race to two eighth place finishes before then finishing second.

Three other drivers it will be interesting to follow during the weekend are Josef Newgarden, Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist.

Newgarden goes into the weekend four points behind Pagenaud and O’Ward. Newgarden’s best result of the season to date was achieved at another oval, Texas, where he finished third. He hasn’t been able to finish inside the top five since but it is worth pointing out that on his way to the 2019 title one of his four victories during the season came at Iowa.

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The reasons for following Rosenqvist is that he came close to winning at Texas and goes into the weekend having finally managed to claim his maiden victory in IndyCar after winning the second race at Road America. The Swede heads to Iowa in eighth in the championship, level on points with Graham Rahal and four behind Will Power who is in seventh.

Lastly there is Marcus Ericsson who has finished inside the top ten in the three races prior to this weekend. He also enters the Iowa double header immediately coming off the back of finishing fourth with the Swede currently sixth in the Drivers’ championship one point ahead of Will Power and 13 points behind Newgarden.

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