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Five lessons and questions from IndyCar's GP of Indianapolis

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Five lessons and questions from IndyCar's GP of Indianapolis
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Jul 8, 2020, 6:09 PM

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series’ second round, the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course, generated several talking points. David Malsher-Lopez discusses the five principal topics.

 

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If the Texas Motor Speedway season-opener showed that the Ganassi cars were on a different level than the opposition, last Saturday’s GP of Indy suggested that the team’s five-time champion Scott Dixon was the differentiator. Yes, the timing of the caution period knocked polesitter Will Power out of contention and he had plenty of pace in reserve, which we didn’t get to see because initially he was going for a two-stop strategy. And it’s very interesting to consider what Graham Rahal might have achieved had he done the same as Power and switched to a three-stop strategy. After all, when the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team gets things right setup-wise, it tends to get them very right – see Barber Motorsports Park in 2019 or Detroit in 2017.

But Dixon’s form was so imperious in the second half of this latest race that public claims by any of his rivals that the #9 CGR-Honda was beatable would be greeted with skepticism.

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