With only five races in the season, the IndyCar Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio should separate the contenders from the pretenders
It may seem like a foregone conclusion that Scott Dixon will get crowned as the 2020 champion, and maybe that is the way it will all turn out. But with five races to go, there is still a lot that can happen between now and the final checkered flag in St. Petersburg. It all begins this weekend in the IndyCar Honda Indy 200 doubleheader at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.
Dixon has what some might say is an insurmountable lead with a 96-point advantage over Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden and 119 over Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward. The New Zealand native has already banked four victories this season and has been in the top-ten finishes in all but one event this year, a P12 at Road America.
With such a dominant season so far, Dixon should have an easy road to his seventh title. His new teammate for 2021, Jimmie Johnson, also has seven, all in NASCAR. Should the 40-year old leave Lexington with 141 points or more, all he has to do is start and park the final races. That won’t happen because that is not how Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing goes about their business.
Sixon also knows his way around the Mid-Ohio course. He is the defending champion, and since his first race there, he has found the winner’s circle six times. In 13 previous starts, he has a dozen top-tens, and only a broken suspension in 2016 kept him from another. With Newgarden and O’Ward still in the hunt, the race for the Astor Challenge Cup is still up for grabs.
RACE NUMBER: No. 10 and 11 of 14
WHAT: Honda Indy 200 Doubleheader
WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio
WHEN: Sat., Sept. 12 @ 4:30 p.m. / Sun. Sept. 13 @ 1:00 p.m. ET
TV/RADIO: NBCSN (Race 1), NBC (Race 2) / Sirius 211, XM 205, IndyCar.com
TRACK SIZE: 13-turn, a 2.258-mile road course.
RACE LENGTH: 75 laps / 169.35 miles (Each race)
Saturday: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. High 81F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 77F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
FIRST RACE: 1962
OWNER: Kim Green, Green Savoree Racing Promotions
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