The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series Championship final will take place this Sunday, October 25 in Saint Petersburg, Florida. There are two men vying for the title this year, yet another decisive final.
Like the Indy 500, the most anticipated race of the year in the IndyCar Series, the final also allows us to register double the points scale in the championship … except this year!
Some figures for the IndyCar Series final
With a 2020 season deeply modified because of the Covid-19, the series decided to cancel its last two trips to California, so the Portland race and the Laguna Seca race could not take place. The latter was scheduled as the final of the championship like last year. This season, it is therefore St. Petersburg which will close the exercise while usually it is the opening round.
Two men are in the fight for the title and hope to lift the Astor Cup: New Zealander Scott Dixon and American Josef Newgarden. The first is already five times crowned (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2018), the second has two coronations in the discipline (2017 and 2019).
Scott Dixon has the 32-point advantage over Josef Newgarden. As all the drivers register points, there are 19,872 possible scenarios to award the drivers title, but only 1% of them give the Astor Cup to Josef Newgarden …
For Scott Dixon, we count: 4 wins in 2020, 8 Top 5, 12 Top 10, 340 laps led in the lead, and a second place as best result in St. Pete, his average result is around from 8th place.
At Josef Newgarden there are 3 wins in 2020, 8 Top 5, 11 Top 10, 434 laps led in the lead of a race, and a victory in St. Pete in 2019, his average result is around 13th square. It will also be the 15th consecutive season where the title will be decided at the last race, one of the formidable characteristics of the IndyCar Series.