It’s championship day at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series comes to end today after 20 weeks on the road. The championship got underway in early June with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with championship leader Scott Dixon taking victory.
The Iceman has endured a tough few races in recent weeks however goes into the 100 lap race today with a 32 point lead in the championship over defending series champion Josef Newgarden.
Dixon who starts the race from eleventh place just needs to finish the event in ninth place regardless of what Josef Newgarden does however speaking to Paddock Eye about if he will approach the race differently following Saturday’s qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Scott Dixon commented saying:
Not really. I think for us, ultimately we’re at St. Pete, if you guess the strategy right, you can win from any spot. The likeliness of that, we just got to stay clean and obviously try to move up a little bit just on pace and hopefully good pit stops and things like that, eliminate any kind of issues there. If we catch a lucky break, so be it.
We’re not starting on the first couple rows so we have to understand where we’re starting. We’re mid pack. Traffic and starts are going to be pretty interesting as well. We definitely need to focus on just trying to keep it clean, pick up cars when we can.
It’s unfortunate because I think the car, race pace over a long run, is going to be really good. Again, all year actually all of us have been struggling to get the pace out of the car. It’s been really frustrating.
Josef Newgarden has closed the gap from 117 points earlier this season he is now just 32 points behind Dixon and starts today’s race from eighth place and needs to win the race and score all of the bonus points which is now 53 points after failing to claim pole for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Speaking to Paddock Eye following qualifying, Newgarden commented about his approach for the race saying:
Yeah, we need to look at everything. I’m not sure yet what our plan will be. I think it will be a pretty aggressive race for most people as far as running pretty hard on fuel. I don’t think you’ll see a ton of fuel save. But there’s options there, big options. We’ll see what everyone decides to do at the end of the day.
Race day warm up is at 2.4PM time UK time.