2020 IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix Preview

This weekend the IndyCar series will once again be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for its final double header of the season.

Scott Dixon leads the championship from Josef Newgarden with the gap between the two at 72 points. Newgarden managed to cut into Dixon’s lead over the Mid-Ohio weekend last time out as the Penske driver finished second and then eighth while Dixon finished both races at Mid-Ohio in tenth.

Third in the championship is Pato O’Ward who is 46 points behind Newgarden and is 118 points behind Dixon. The Mexican has an eleven point advantage over fourth placed Colton Herta who won from pole position at the second Mid-Ohio race.

Scott Dixon (#9), 2019 IndyCar Grand Prix Warmup” by Roger Gerbig is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The other race winner from Mid-Ohio was Will Power who is fifth in the championship leaving the Australian 21 points behind Herta and five ahead of sixth placed Graham Rahal.

Power and Herta’s victories last time out meant that there have now been seven different race winners in the 2020 season. Power finished twentieth, having started in pole position, while Herta was fourth the last time the series competed on the Indianapolis road course earlier in the season. Dixon won the race ahead of Rahal and Pagenaud while Newgarden finished seventh and O’Ward finished eighth.

James Hinchcliffe and Helio Castroneves are due to drive in place of Zach Veach and Oliver Askew respectively this weekend. Veach has left the Andretti Autosport fold with Hinchcliffe expected to take the vacated seat for at least the remainder of the 2020 season. In the case of Castroneves, Askew has been declared unfit to race for the weekend’s double header with Castroneves filling in for the 2020 rookie.

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