2020 IndyCar preview: Gateway 1

Doubleheader weekends have been the name of the game for motorsports in 2020, and the trend continues as the NTT IndyCar Series heads to World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois. Both Saturday and Sunday’s races will be 200 laps around the flat 1.25-mile oval.

Coming off his second Indianapolis 500 win last Sunday, Takuma Sato earned a top-five starting spot for Saturday’s race and the pole for Sunday’s race during the qualifying session early Saturday morning. He is the defending winner at Gateway and will look to ride the momentum from his Indy 500 win into this weekend.

2020 has not been kind to Will Power, but he will look to have a strong second half of the season as he earned the pole for Saturday’s race. It has been a tepid season for the Penske product as he only has two top-10 finishes in seven races. While he is on the pole, Gateway has not been a good track for him as he has crashed out in two of the three races IndyCar has ran there.

A surprise driver this season has been rookie Pato O’Ward. He has scored five top-10 finishes in the seven races run so far and will start second in Saturday’s race. Not only did he earn a front row starting spot, but he was fastest in the lone practice session on Friday, making him a favorite to win Saturday’s race. Can the rookie find victory lane?

Points leader Scott Dixon is running away with the 2020 championship as he holds an 84-point gap over defending champion Josef Newgarden. Dixon will start third on Saturday and finished inside the top-10 during practice.

Coverage for Saturday’s race begins at 3:30 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network.

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