2021 IndyCar Nashville Preview

IndyCar resumes this weekend as it heads to Nashville for the latest round of the 2021 season.

Alex Palou leads the championship from nearest rival Pato O’Ward with 39 points separating the two. Palou has finished inside the top five in seven of the 10 races contested so far this season, that compares with O’Ward’s six finishes inside the top five across the same period.

Completing the top three in the driver standings is reigning champion Scott Dixon who is 17 points behind O’Ward and 13 points ahead of fourth placed Josef Newgarden. Dixon has finished inside the top three only twice so far this season but has been classified in the top five on six occasions.

Newgarden meanwhile heads to Nashville having finally managed to claim his first race victory of the 2021 season, at Mid-Ohio, having come agonisingly close on a few occasions earlier this season. The Penske driver having finished second on three occasions prior to the victory at Mid-Ohio.

Honda 200 winner at Mid-Ohio” by Steve Grant is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

With Nashville being a street course, it means that IndyCar is set to see all the 2021 rookies in action.

Scott McLaughlin resumes the IndyCar season thirteenth in the championship, three points behind Alexander Rossi who is directly ahead of the New Zealander in the standings. Meanwhile Jack Harvey is directly behind McLaughlin, 28 points separating the two.

McLaughlin’s best result so far this season came in the first race at Texas Motor Speedway where he finished second. He has however been classified in the top ten on only two further occasions this season.

The next rookie in the championship is Romain Grosjean who is sixteenth, four points behind countryman Sebastien Bourdais who is fifteenth. Six points behind Grosjean is Ryan Hunter-Reay who is seventeenth. Grosjean has finished inside the top ten in four of the seven races he has contested so far this season. He is also due to make his oval debut later this year at Gateway.

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Lastly there is Jimmie Johnson who is twenty eighth in the standings. He is 21 points behind Max Chilton, despite Johnson having not competed in the double points scoring Indianapolis 500. The NASCAR legend’s best result so far in 2021 was achieved in the season opener at Barber Motorsports Park where he was classified nineteenth.

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