2020 IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Preview

This weekend IndyCar is set to conclude its 2020 season where it was supposed to start it, with the Firestone Grand Prix.

Scott Dixon has a 32 point advantage over Josef Newgarden as the two will battle to become the 2020 champion. Newgarden has finished ahead of Dixon in the last five races, winning twice in that run. Dixon meanwhile has finished no higher than eighth in the last four races having last finished ahead of Newgarden at the first race in Gatway, which the New Zealander won.

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Third in the championship is Colton Herta who is 69 points behind Newgarden. Herta has a 13 point advantage over fourth placed Will Power and a 25 point gap over Pato O’Ward who goes into the season finale fifth in the championship. The Mexican is 22 points clear of sixth placed Graham Rahal. Rahal has been classified inside the top ten in the last four races compared to O’Ward finishing twice inside the top ten across the same period.

Rahal’s teammate Takuma Sato lies seventh in the championship having failed to finish inside the top ten in the last four races. It leaves the Japanese driver 26 points behind Rahal and 17 ahead of Simon Pagenaud, who is directly behind Sato in the championship.

Alexander Rossi enters the season finale ninth in the championship having finished inside the top three in the four races prior to this weekend. The American is six points behind Pagenaud and 23 behind Sato. Rossi has an 11 point advantage over tenth placed Felix Rosenqvist.

Alexander Rossi (#27), 2019 IndyCar Grand Prix Warmup” by Roger Gerbig is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Rosenqvist is the start of six drivers separated by 29 points with the Swede having a nine point advantage over Ryan Hunter-Reay. Two points behind Hunter-Reay is Santino Ferrucci. There is a six point gap between Ferrucci and Jack Harvey who in turn has a three point advantage over Rinus VeeKay. The Dutchman claiming his first pole position and podium in IndyCar last time out at the Harvest Grand Prix. Nine points behind VeeKay is Marcus Ericsson.

VeeKay is the highest ranked rookie with Alex Palou down in seventeenth and Oliver Askew in nineteenth. Palou finished inside the top ten at the second Harvest Grand Prix race, the first time since the second Road America race.

The 2019 edition of the Firestone Grand Prix saw Newgarden win with Scott Dixon finishing second and Will Power completing the top three.

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