Strong Opening Tracks Could Propel Newgarden’s Title Chase

Only a couple of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers scored more points in the final six races of the 2020 season than Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who made a dramatic but unsuccessful late bid to overtake Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon for the series championship. But the past two series champions – Dixon and Newgarden, respectively – have kicked off the season with race victories. The second race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, is set for Sunday, April 25, and past performances suggest Newgarden will be strong there, too. “Obviously, I was hoping we were going to win our third (season) championship last year,” he said, alluding to winning three of the final six races to slice 101 points from Dixon’s seemingly insurmountable series lead. Newgarden’s title bid could benefit from more points scored in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

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