ST. PETERSBURG — Scott Dixon has controlled IndyCar’s title race since the start of this disrupted start-and-stop season. Reigning champion Josef Newgarden remained undeterred and slowed Dixon’s runaway rout.
The American has whittled 85 points off of Dixon’s lead and turned Sunday’s season finale into a championship-deciding event.
Newgarden is now 32 points behind Dixon in a bid to win back-to-back titles and IndyCar found 19,872 scoring scenarios that could determine the champion when the checkered flag falls in downtown St. Petersburg.
“It was like 20,000 scenarios -- 1% of the scenarios means we can win the championship,” Newgarden said.