2020 IndyCar preview: Indianapolis (road course)

After nearly a month removed from the season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series continues at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, otherwise known as the “Brickyard”. However, the race will not be taking place on the 2.5-mile oval, but on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course, which cuts through the infield.

In the season opener, it was five-time champion Scott Dixon dominating at the 1.5-mile oval of Texas to nab the first win of 2020 and an early points lead. He has not won on the road course, but he has ran well in all six previous races. He has three top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and an average finish of 6.3. Dixon will start sixth Saturday afternoon.

There have only been two winners in the six-race history of the grand prix, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. Each man has three wins on the course with Pagenaud winning the most recent race. Power won the event in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and won the pole for Saturday in qualifying on Friday. Pagenaud will have his hands full as he rolls of 20th.

An underdog driver to watch on Saturday is Jack Harvey. The Englishman finished third in his lone start in the grand prix last season. While he was only 13th fastest in practice, he earned a second-place starting position in qualifying.

Making their season debuts on Saturday are Max Chilton for Carlin, Sage Karam for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, rookie Dalton Kellett for A.J. Foyt Enterprises, and Spencer Pigot for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Chilton has one top-10 finish in four starts on the course. This is Karam and Kellett’s first start in the grand prix, and Pigot has two top-10 finishes in four starts.

Tony Kanaan, in his final season, sees his record streak of 318 consecutive starts come to an end. It began in 2001 at Portland. Dixon will assume the lead of all active drivers at 260 on Saturday.

200 seconds of total time will be allowed for the push-to-pass, which is a button on the wheel that gives the car more power to make passing easier.

Firestone will provide seven sets of primary tires (eight for rookies) and four sets of alternates.

Saturday’s race is 80 laps long and has finished in under two hours in four of the six races.

TV coverage will begin at 12:00 p.m. EST on NBC.

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