The top of the NTT IndyCar Series points standings looks like this – Penske (Josef Newgarden) vs. Penske (Simon Pagenaud). Newgarden, leads his teammate by 38 points heading into the final two races of the season. While it appears like this battle may come down to these two in hoisting the Astor Cup in Laguna Seca, don’t count out Honda’s from making this interesting.
The next two races are on similar circuits – natural road courses.
Honda drivers have won four of the five races on natural road courses in 2019 including two straight. They in fact have won seven of the last eight on these types of tracks overall if you go back to the end of last season too. In the last race at Mid-Ohio, they went 1-2-3. Last year in Portland, they went 1-2-3 as well including putting four cars in the top five and six in the top nine.
That’s good news for Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti Autosport, Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing, Harding Steinbrenner Racing, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Meyer Shank Racing and Dale Coyne Racing this weekend.
While Chevy has won seven of the last 11 races overall, five of those seven were contested on ovals. It’s Honda’s turn to flip the script but do their championship eligible drivers have enough time to close the gap in the drivers standings?