ZT. St. Petersburg, Florida. — Scott Dixon had his destiny under control and needed a quiet ride on Sunday to win the sixth IndyCar championship.
He was a tactician when he followed Joseph Newgarden through the streets of downtown St. Nugarden, as he watched Nugarden, Dixon tore the American’s crown and added another milestone to his outstanding career.
Nyugarden won the final of the season with an impressive one-two in the lead, making a brave attempt to win the second consecutive title. The victory wasn’t enough to deny Dixon the coronation.
Dixon quietly took third place and moved on to another title without any problems.
They just watched us all day. It was a clever game, said Nugarden, who admitted that his whim was so subtle that it ruined his weekend mood.
Dixon was already looking forward to his next target: A.J. Voight’s track record includes seven titles.
Six is a good thing. Seven’s better, Dixon. Of course, that would be the goal. But it’s hard, as you can see from the competition, even if you’ve ruined it a bit.
The race went smoothly and that’s what we did. Ready for Joseph. He ran a hell of a race there and put us under pressure.
The 40-year-old New Zealander won all six Chip Ganassi titles. Dixon has won two of the last three championships, the race was interrupted last year when Nyugarden won his second title.
Negarden was able to lead Dixon to his fourth victory in the series, but Negarden was stuck in a hole too big to catch an opponent. Although Dixon had already led the tournament table with 117 points, the last gap with Nyugarden was only 16 points.
Dixon expanded his leadership role by achieving three straight victories to open a reduced and disturbed pandemic calendar.
Newgarden, the winner of two straights in St. Pete, go congratulate his opponent.
I really don’t know what I would do differently this year and I don’t know what I would ask my boys to do differently. They were impeccable, Newgarden said. We just couldn’t do it, but we’re going to start over and hit them even harder next year. I promise you, we’ll fight.
The season was supposed to start seven months ago in the same streets, but it was suddenly cancelled 48 hours before the green flag. It ended in front of the 20,000 spectators, the biggest IndyCar crowd of the season.
Despite the fact that the IndyCar lost the games in seven cities and only had one street field, the IndyCar became 14th in Sunday’s final. The IndyCar was the first major motorsport series to reach the chequered flag, relatively unaffected and as stable as possible during the pandemic.
Roger Penscke, the leader of the first series, crossed the finish line at IndyCar, and Penscke spent his awful first season in a full circle with Sunday’s final. The last lap of the season was a dramatic end, marked by faults, with three drivers, Andretti Autosport, ruining the victories and Nyugarden falling off the swing.
Fault! The filename is not specified. race winner Joseph Nugarden (right) congratulates IndySeries champion Scott Dixon on Sunday in St. Petersburg with third place Dixon secured his sixth championship. AP Photo/Mike Carlson
In the race Alexander Rossi spent the first 37 laps, after which Will Power hit a pole as a precaution. The power that was in a difficult race for third place in the general classification threw his gloves in his anger and admitted the fault of the rider.
I just lost him. There was a moment, he says. I was really angry back there, I made a mistake and I hit the wall. It’s all my fault. It got us out of the race, and that’s a bad situation.
The fall in power caused a series of three warnings over the next 10 laps and a third on a restart on lap 47 when Scott McLaughlin went crazy on his IndyCar debut. A week ago the New Zealander won his third Australian supercar championship in a row and then moved to the United States to start his career at Team Penske.
On the wreckage McLaughlin was also accompanied by Rinus VK, who was new in the year on the day he joined Ed Carpenter Reissing for the second season.
McLaughlin finished 22nd, just two places ahead of Power in the past, but he was very happy with his experience after 47 laps.
That’s amazing. Far away. The happiest day of my life, apart from the wedding, said the 27-year-old bride.
Rossi started a turnaround for Andretti’s organization by making 70 laps around the circle in the race for the ball. Rossi was determined to expand the series with at least one win in the season, which dates back to 2006 when he was the youngest Skip Barber champion at the age of 14.
His long and disappointing season ended in 21st place. I just lost him. It sucks, Rossi said. It’s the first time I’ve fallen on the tour.
It got even worse after about five minutes, when Marco Andretti was spun for last place in Takuma Sato’s IndyCar bonus programme during the race. Andretti, the winner of the Indianapolis 500-pool race, did not announce the program for 2021 and was visibly angry when he got out of the car after an incident that could have cost the race team a million dollars in bonuses to spend on next year’s budget.
We were in the money, so to speak. I think I’ve just been noticed, he said. I’ve never seen such a season of misery. Part of it is happiness and part of it is not. Preparations for 2021 begin now.
James Hinchcliff, in another record, Andretti, who was in the top three for most of the race and then turned cautiously.
I’ve never been careful in 16 years of racing. It’s all my fault, Hinchcliffe said, noting that he worsened the spider when he met Jack Harvey, Andretti’s equal rider, on his way back to the track.
There’s an even bigger bruise under his eye, he says.
The car, which at that time was used for an exceptionally fast race and six times in 26 laps, reported low fuel consumption, and then the Colton Herta – in another Andretti car – ran after the race and won most of the day with Rossi and Hinchcliff.
He managed to finish third in the IndyCar final, but found it annoying not being able to win the race.
I think we had a good chance to win and I just blew it, Gerta said.
Newgarden was in charge, but soon Pato O’Ward was around the corner, looking for a lead. O’Ward was unable to execute, so Nuegarden made way for the challenger and extended his 10-second lead at the end for almost a full second.
The departing champion was cruising, but all previous losses allowed Dixon to slip through the peloton and reach third place. Negarden couldn’t do anything, even on the day he did everything he could to rob Dixon of his sixth championship.
Dixon, who is considered the best of his generation, is the third best IndyCar rider of all time after Voith and Mario Andretti. His first title came in 2003, his first season with Ganassi, and his last championship came when the team received seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson.
Next year in Ganassi, two of the most productive drivers of the series in question will ride in the same team.
Ganassi now has 13 championships, and Dixon said the team owner seemed to be worried about the race because many of his points lead was eaten up by Nugards.
He said that before I got in the car, he just said: Don’t worry, just do what you do. Dixon said about his boss. That’s exactly what we did. We covered the bases we needed.
In his first full season of IndyCar racing, O’Ward finished third in a tense battle between Gerta, O’Ward and Powers, scoring five points from third overall. Marco Andretti finished the 20. season, the lowest of all the regular races.