The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series championship will be decided with the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg this weekend with championship leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing needing to score just 22 points in Sunday’s race to claim his sixth NTT IndyCar Series crown.
The Iceman has had an incredible season, winning three races in a row straight away however at the mid season point, the tables started to turn in favor defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske which has seen the Tennessee native carve a sizable chunk out of Dixon’s lead.
Scott Dixon has never won here in St Pete before, (one of only a handful of circuits he hasn’t won at) whereas. Josef Newgarden took victory here last year.
Here at Paddock Eye we are big fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for anyone who hasn’t seen Avengers Infinity War, in one scene towards the end of the film, Dr Strange one of the characters, goes forward in time and sees 14,600,005 futures and in only one of those futures doe the Avengers defeat Thanos.
Well that analogy is pretty apt due to the fact that going into this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, there are an incredible 19,872 points scoring scenario’s for both Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden with only 1% of those scenarios resulting in Newgarden winning the championship.
As mentioned above, Dixon needs just 22 points this weekend regardless of what Newgarden does to win the championship meaning that the Iceman only has to finish the race in ninth place or above if Josef claims pole, and scores all of the bonus points.
This year will be the 15th consecutive season that the NTT IndyCar Series championship has been decided in the final race of the season.
Newgarden took victory here last season and will be hoping he can do the same this year and while Scott Dixon has never won here he has four second place finishes and is aiming to one better on Sunday.
Dixon and Newgarden have been pretty evenly matched over the course of the season. The Iceman has won four races, to Newgarden’s three, they have eight top five finishes a piece, Dixon has 12 top tens this year compared to Newgarden’s eleven.
Newgarden has led a total of 434 laps compared to Dixon’s 340. The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series championship decider is one you are not going to want to miss. The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg is live on Sunday on NBC and NBC Sports Gold from 2.30PM ET and on Sky Sports F1HD in Ireland and the UK from 8.30PM.