4 Races Left in IndyCar: Why You Should Watch
With just four races to go, there are four drivers, comprised of three teams, that are counted as contenders for the NTT IndyCar Series Championship. Team Penske's Joseph Newgarden, 2017 champion, leads the championship by 16 points over Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi. 2016 series champion and winner of the Indy 500, Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud, should also be counted as a contender. Defending series champion and five-time champion in total Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing is also in good position and with lots of experience.
The four races ahead are all different: two different styles of oval tracks and two road courses. Here's a look at them and how each of the title contenders should fare.
The "Tricky Triangle" always presents a challenge. With three different corners, a good setup for the track as a whole is hard to find. It's a long track - 2.5 miles. The track has the longest and widest straight on the schedule. Team Penske has won the most at this track, with 10 wins since it was added to the calendar in 1971. Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon have both won here, and Newgarden has finished second.
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
Added to the track in 1997, this is the second of two ovals in the next races. It's smaller and tighter than Pocono, only 1.25 miles long. Newgarden has won here, and Rossi has finished second. Whatever happens, it's always an exciting race here.
Portland International Raceway
The first road course on the list is one of the shortest in the US, at 1.964 miles long. It's set in a park just north of Portland, Oregon. The first IndyCar race here was in 1984. Scott Dixon has had the best finishes here in the past. This course typically promotes fast and contentious racing.
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
The famous Laguna Seca racetrack, now sponsored by WeatherTech, always produces good racing. The track is a 2.258-mile, hilly course featuring the famous Corkscrew corner. It held its first IndyCar race in 1983. However, IndyCar stopped returning to it after 2004. It's back this year to host the final race of the season. Most of the field tested at this track preseason, but only Scott Dixon has ever raced here in an IndyCar, in 2001 and 2002, finishing fourth and sixth.
Great Racing Ahead
These next four races will be exciting to watch! There's a great title battle, as well as other storylines unfolding in the series right now. Will you be watching?