2021 IndyCar Road America Preview

Following on from the double header in Detroit the NTT IndyCar Series is in action once again this weekend.

Pato O’Ward goes to Road America as the championship leader after finishing third, and then claiming victory across the two races in Detroit. It is the same set of results he achieved in the other double header of the 2021 season at Texas Motor Speedway.

Patricio O’Ward” by Steve Grant is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Mexican only has a one point advantage over second placed Alex Palou who finished fifteenth and then third last weekend. The latter result was the Spaniard’s fourth podium finish of the season.

Completing the top three in the championship is reigning champion Scott Dixon who is 35 points behind Palou and therefore 36 behind O’Ward. Dixon finished inside the top ten at both races around the Belle Isle Street Circuit.

The other race winner last weekend was Chip Ganassi’s Marcus Ericsson. It was the first win for the Swede in IndyCar, which he followed up with a ninth place finish in the second race. It therefore means Ericsson goes to Road America seventh in the championship. He is two points ahead of eighth placed Graham Rahal and is 32 behind Rinus VeeKay and Simon Pagenaud who are tied for fifth in the champonship.

With the victories for Ericsson and O’Ward last weekend the 2021 IndyCar season has seen seven different drivers win across the eight races contested so far.

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With Road America being a road course it means that Scott McLaughlin will once again be joined by fellow 2021 rookies Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson. McLaughlin was classified nineteenth and twentieth in Detroit and sits twelfth in the standings, five points behind Will Power in eleventh and 18 ahead of thirteenth placed Jack Harvey.

Grosjean meanwhile failed to finish either race in Detroit but was classified twenty third and twenty fourth across the two races. The Frenchman enters the latest race weekend of the season twenty third in the championship, eight points behind James Hinchcliffe who is tied twentieth in the standings with Helio Castroneves. Grosjean has a 14 point advantage over Dalton Kellett who is twenty fifth.

Lastly Jimmie Johnson endured a difficult race weekend in Detroit. The seven time NASCAR champion failed to finish the first race, but was classified twenty fourth, before going on to finish the second race twenty first. It means Johnson enters this weekend thirtieth in the championship and is four points behind Max Chilton who is directly ahead of him in the standings.

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