2021 NTT IndyCar Series preview: Texas 2

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series will finish the first of its two doubleheaders this season as Sunday evening, IndyCar will return to Texas Motor Speedway for the XPEL 375.

On Saturday, Scott Dixon dominated the race, winning his fifth race at the track in his career and his 51st career win in the series. He led 206 of the 212 laps and took the lead by 18 points in the championship standings. Since IndyCar determined Sunday’s starting grid by order of the current point standings among the drivers, Dixon will start on the pole on Sunday.

Scott McLaughlin, who ran his first-career race on an oval track on Saturday, finished second after starting 14th. This is his first-career podium in IndyCar after making the transition from Australian Supercars. The podium on Saturday vaults him to seventh in the driver standings as a rookie.

Patricio O’Ward has strung together two top-five finishes and a pole at Alabama to start 2021. He finished third in Saturday’s race and will start fourth on Sunday.

Josef Newgarden, who finished sixth on Saturday, was involved in another incident as he crashed into Sebastien Bourdais, ending his day on lap 57. After his lap 1 crash in the season-opening race at Alabama, the two-time IndyCar champion has worked his way up to sixth in the standings.

Colton Herta has had a chaotic start to 2021. He crashed out of the season-opening race at Alabama after Newgarden’s wreck took out multiple drivers including Herta. On Saturday, Herta suffered another DNF after break failures forced him to retire late in the race. With his win at St. Petersburg sandwiched in-between those two DNFs, Herta sits in 10th place in the driver standings.

Coverage for the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway will begin at 5:00 p.m. EST. You can catch the race on NBCSN.

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