Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon who drives the No.9 PNC Bank Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series know what they have to do next weekend as the 2020 season comes to a close with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and that is finish ahead of Josef Newgarden.
The Iceman who has led the championship since the opening race of the season has endured a difficult second half to the year following challenging races in Mid-Ohio and last time out at the Harvest Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and has seen his championship lead go from over 100 points to just 32 as the drivers head to St Petersburg for next weekend’s championship decider.
Last season. Josef Newgarden took victory in St Pete ahead of Scott Dixon and were that to happen again this year. If Newgarden scores the pole, wins the race, leads a lap and scores a point for most laps led in the race next weekend he would score 53 points, which would mean he would end the season with 523 points.
Newgarden needs Dixon to finish the race in ninth or lower without scoring bonus points in order to win the championship provided the Tennessee native wins the race scoring maximum points.
If the championship comes down to a tie break situation with both drivers finishing on 523 points apiece the championship will be awarded to Dixon based on count back.
Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing have had an incredible 2020 season and winning the championship for them would be a fantastic achievement given all the changes the No.9 crew went through over the 2019 off season with the arrival of Michael Cannon and the departure of Kate Gundlach who moved to Arrow McLaren SP.
Ganassi have done a fantastic job in 2020 winning five races to date, Dixon won the opening three events, the Genesys 300, the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Race 1 of the REV Group Grand Prix double header. Felix Rosenqvist also scored his first NTT IndyCar Series victory in race 2 of the REV Group Grand Prix doubleheader.
Dixon also took victory in the Bommarito Automotive Group Race 1 at Worldwide Technology Raceway. The Iceman came close to winning his second Indianapolis 500 having led a total of 111 laps however was beaten to the victory by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato.
Dixon has led the championship all season long and will be aiming to bring home the Astor Cup next Sunday at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.