This weekend sees the final race of the IndyCar season, with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix the one that will decide who will be the champion. The reality is that the championship has already all but been decided, with Scott Dixon coming into the final race with a better than 99% chance of winning it all again. Josef Newgarden, who is second in the standings and the current defending champion, still has a mathematical shot at taking the title, but it is about as slim to none as it gets. Still, this race has to be run so that we can officially close the books on this season and look ahead to 2021, with the schedule for next season already released. Let’s take a closer look at the current top 4 and how they might do this weekend so you can place your bets against their IndyCar odds.
2020 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg | IndyCar Betting Analysis
Dixon last won the championship in 2018 before finishing what he would see as a disappointing 4th last season. He made it very clear that he was all about getting his title back this season, as he came out and won the opening 3 races of the year. He has only added one more win and a pair of podiums since then, but he has consistently picked up enough points to stay at the top. His best finish in St. Petersburg came last season when Dixon finished 2nd. A repeat performance would be more than enough to see him win it all.
As mentioned earlier, Newgarden, the defending champion, does have a mathematical shot at winning the championship, but even he admitted that it would take a miracle for that to happen. This would have been his 3rd title, and while he will be disappointed not to have retained his championship, Newgarden can certainly feel good about his performance in what was a strange season. He has 3 wins on the year and has not finished worse than 8th in his last 5 races.
In just his 3rd year as a driver in IndyCar, Colton Herta has made it clear that he is one to watch for the future. His 7th place finish last season was a huge leap forward, but finishing in the top 3 would be a sure sign that this driver is ready to hang with the big boys. Herta has been incredibly consistent throughout the season and has landed outside of the top 10 just twice in 13 races. He has just 1 win on the season, as he did last year, which is a number he needs to improve on if he wants to win a championship.
If you want to talk about consistency in IndyCar, you need to talk about Will Power. He has but one title to his name, but has been in the top 5 in the driver standings every year since 2010, which includes finishing 2nd on no less than 4 occasions. Power has a pair of wins on the season, including a win in last week’s doubleheader event. He will almost certainly land in the top 5 again this season, which is another fantastic achievement.
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