Newgarden Clings to Optimism Entering St. Pete after Long Climb into Title Contention

He knows there are 19,872 possible championship finish scenarios between him and Scott Dixon this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, with only 1 percent favoring Newgarden. “You’re saying there’s a chance, and that’s all we need,” Newgarden said. Dixon started the 2020 season with an epic sledgehammer blow to his competitors, winning the first three races. When his streak reached three wins July 11 at Road America, Dixon already led the series standings by 62 points – more than a race worth of padding. Even when Dixon’s hot streak ended, Newgarden was losing ground in the points. That trimmed the gap to Dixon to 96 points, as Dixon finished fifth. Those results trimmed the gap between Dixon and Newgarden to just 32 points and ensured the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship would be decided at the final race of the season for the 15th consecutive year.

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