Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet took victory in the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Sunday but it was not enough to stop Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda who finished thord in the race avoiding the chaos on tracl to win his sixth NTT IndyCar Series championship.
Pato O’Ward came home in second place for Arrow McLaren SP to finish his first full season in fourth place in championship.
It was a fantastic race for AJ Foyt Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 Chevrolet as he came home in fourth just ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud.
Marcus Ericsson was seventh for Chip Ganassi Racing just ahead of Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal while Takuma Sato rounded out the top ten.
The race had everything, rain, cautions, the safety running low of fuel and polesitter Will Power retiring from the race.
Colton Herta looked to be in control of the race early on but ran wide and ended up in eleventh place.
Max Chilton came from the back to finish the race in 12th just ahead of Alex Palou and James Hinchcliffe who had a fantastic race challenging for the win until he spin mid way through the race making contact with Jack Harvey meaning he had to pit for a new wing but came home in 14th.
Rinus Veekay who became rookie of the year on Sunday was caught up in an incident with Scott McLaughlin but came back to finish in 15th just ahead of Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew in the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.
Comor Daly was forced to retire from the race but was classified in 17th just ahead of Felix Rosenqvist who competed in possibly his last race with Chip Ganassi Racing before his expected movee to Arrow McLaren SP.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda was classified in 19th while Alexander Rossi retired from the lead of the race with Marco Andretti just ahead of him.
Scott McLaughlin was classified in 22nd in his first IndyCar race just ahead of Santino Ferrucci and Will Power.
In the end Scott Dixon led the championship for the entire season and beat Josef Newgarden to the title by 16 points.