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Pos Driver Pts
1 Dixon, Scott 244
2 Pagenaud, Simon 195
3 Newgarden, Josef 191
4 O'Ward, Pato 162
5 Power, Will 142
6 Rahal, Graham 142
7 Herta, Colton 140
8 Ericsson, Marcus 137
9 Rosenqvist, Felix 120
10 Rossi, Alexander 118
11 Ferrucci, Santino 116
12 Askew, Oliver (R) 115
13 Palou, Alex (R) 114
14 Daly, Conor 111
15 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 104
16 Harvey, Jack 101
17 Sato, Takuma 99
18 Kimball, Charlie 97
19 Veach, Zach 95
20 VeeKay, Rinus (R) 95
21 Andretti, Marco 71
22 Carpenter, Ed 52
23 Kanaan, Tony 51
24 Chilton, Max 42
25 Hinchcliffe, James 31
26 Kellett, Dalton (R) 29
27 Karam, Sage 7
28 Pigot, Spencer 7

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1 Askew, Oliver (R) 115
2 Palou, Alex (R) 114
3 VeeKay, Rinus (R) 95
4 Kellett, Dalton (R) 29

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Honda 495
Chevy 457

Preview of IndyCar Genesys 300 at Texas

First IndyCar race of 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Josef Newgarden takes the win at Texas last year
Josef Newgarden takes the win at Texas last year

It's a few months delayed, but the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is ready to drop the green flag on the 2020 season.

Saturday's Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway will be the first of 15 races scheduled from June to October, when the season will conclude where it originally planned to start - the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The season was suddenly halted March 13, hours before the first practice session at St. Petersburg, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly three months later, the 24 drivers who will compete in the 200-lap race Saturday night are eager to be unleashed on the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval.

"I'm anxious, but I think I'm most excited," said Marco Andretti about the race, which will air live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. "It was a long offseason to begin with and then obviously when COVID-19 hit, everybody was just kind of on hold. Really, really excited to get going. I think the world needs more sports, not just us, so it's a good thing to get going."

Six former winners - who account for the last six wins at the track - and three rookies slated to make their series debut are among the drivers who are expected to compete at Texas.

The race will also mark the official race debut of the Aeroscreen, a safety innovation for enhanced driver cockpit protection. The safety feature is a ballistic, canopy-like windscreen anchored by titanium framework encompassing the cockpit. INDYCAR has mandated its use by all teams at all track disciplines (ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits).

"Well, the positive is that we spent a good amount of time, the series itself, Jay Frye leading the charge, making sure that this screen was vetted as it could be, making sure that it is fully prepared to run through a rigorous INDYCAR event," said two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Josef Newgarden. "Is the Aeroscreen ready for primetime? Absolutely. It's been tested, been run through its paces at many different types of tracks, short ovals, speedways, road and street courses. It is absolutely ready to go." 

But most importantly, the Genesys 300 is a chance for the drivers to get back on track and get their 2020 back to a sense of normalcy.

"I think it's a testament to the effort that's been put in by everyone at INDYCAR and Texas Motor Speedway and the state of Texas to allow us to go racing," 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi said. "It's really cool, really exciting. I think the world needs sports, needs entertainment, needs positivity, so, yeah, I'm excited to get there and not only put on a show for people but also get our season started and pick up where we left off at the end of last year."

'5 Things To Look For ...' heading into Genesys 300

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES makes its season debut at Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. (ET) on NBC, the first INDYCAR race broadcast on network television in prime time since 2013.

The season was halted March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic just before the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season was set to begin in St. Petersburg, Florida. After nearly three months, the wait is over, and open-wheel racing is getting underway in North America.

The 24 drivers entered in Saturday night's event will compete with a condensed schedule. The one-day show will feature a one-hour, 50-minute practice session, with 30 minutes set aside specifically for rookies. That will be followed by a qualifying session where each driver gets one lap to set their time and a race of 200 laps, trimmed from the scheduled 248 laps.

The condensed schedule will force the NTT INDYCAR SERIES stars to adapt to their race cars and the hot racetrack conditions quickly, allowing little room for error, exciting on-track action and many storylines heading into the first of a 14-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule in 2020.

Here are "5 Things To Look For..." heading into Saturday's Genesys 300:

New Look, Same Car

This weekend, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will debut the much-anticipated Aeroscreen, a ballistic, canopy-like safety innovation on the cockpit of Indy cars that will enhance driver cockpit protection.

The Aeroscreen was tested extensively in the offseason by NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers at a variety of racetracks, including Barber Motorsports Park, Circuit of the Americas, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Richmond Raceway. INDYCAR has mandated its use by all teams at all track disciplines (ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits).

INDYCAR partnered with Red Bull Advanced Technologies on the Aeroscreen, with the frame produced by Pankl and the ballistic screen produced by PPG. The innovation comes with several different features, including a heating element on the screen to prevent fogging and airflow inlets to cool the driver, among others.

Rookie Year, Veteran Talent

This weekend marks the NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut for two budding open-wheel stars: Oliver Askew of Arrow McLaren SP and Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing.

While Askew, 23, and VeeKay, 19, are newcomers to the top level of open-wheel racing in North America, they are certainly no strangers to success on oval tracks. Both drivers have racked up impressive statistics on various ovals while racing in the Road to Indy ladder series.

Askew has competed in five oval races in his open-wheel career and tallied three wins, one in USF2000 at Iowa Speedway and two in Indy Lights with the Freedom 100 at IMS and at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

VeeKay heads into Texas with less Road to Indy oval wins than Askew, but his consistency is just as impressive. In five oval starts, VeeKay has one win in Indy Pro 2000 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. However, he has four podium finishes in his five oval starts, and he has never finished worse than fourth on an oval in open-wheel competition.

The Streak Continues

When 2004 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Tony Kanaan announced his "TK Last Lap" farewell tour in January, which consisted of the five oval races on the circuit in 2020, it also meant Kanaan's INDYCAR record for most consecutive series starts would stop at 317 starts, which dates back to June 2001 at Portland.

However, due to the delayed start of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kanaan will extend his consecutive race streak to 318 starts since Texas Motor Speedway is an oval.

"Also, a great surprise was with the unfortunate situation, I'm going to get to extend my consecutive starts by one more," Kanaan said. "Hopefully, I'm going to get to start the race first. We can't say that before I get there. It's a pretty cool thing. It was one other thing I was actually ready to retire once they took the green flag in St. Pete."

Following Kanaan on the all-time INDYCAR consecutive starts list are two current NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers, Scott Dixon in second (258 consecutive starts) and Marco Andretti in third (234 consecutive starts).

A Helmet for Front-Line Heroes

This weekend, when Graham Rahal hops into his No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Honda, he will strap on a special helmet honoring the healthcare heroes working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, Rahal held a contest that encouraged race fans to submit helmet designs for him to use this year. Rahal chose the top eight designs, and then a fan vote was held to decide the winner. The winning design was created by Cindy Romano, a graphic designer for Fleet Cost & Care, the sponsor of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

The message on the helmet reads "Everyday Heroes" and is a tribute to Romano's daughter, who is an intensive care unit nurse at the Mayo Clinic. The timeliness of the tribute motivated Rahal to have the helmet designed as quickly as possible to have it at this weekend's race.

#LiveLikeChris

When Conor Daly straps into his No. 59 Carlin Chevrolet Saturday night, he also will feature a tribute on his helmet.

#LiveLikeChris will be on Daly's helmet this weekend honoring Daly's friend Chris Beaty, who was killed in a shooting late Saturday night, May 30 in Indianapolis. Beaty was an Indianapolis native and a graduate of Cathedral High School. He was also an offensive lineman at Indiana University from 2000-04.

The #LiveLikeChris message on Daly's helmet encourages race fans to "live like Chris - to love others boldly, to stand up for what's right, to live every day to the fullest."

GENESYS 300 FAST FACTS

Race date: Saturday, June 6

Track: Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval

Media links: Entry List (PDF) | Trackside Media Guide (Interactive PDF)

Race distance: 200 laps / 300 miles

Who will shoot the guns in 2020?
Who will shoot the guns in 2020?

Firestone tire allotment: Nine sets primary to be used during practice, qualifying and the race. Rookies and first-time Texas participants will get an extra set.

Twitter: @TXMotorSpeedway @INDYCAR, #Genesys300, #INDYCAR #ADifferentBreed

Event website: TexasMotorSpeedway.com

INDYCAR website: indycar.com

2019 race winner: Josef Newgarden, 1:55:08.8666, 186.084 mph (248 laps/372 miles)

2019 NTT P1 Award winner: Takuma Sato, 47.0738 seconds, 220.250 mph (two laps)

Qualifying records (based on track distance of 1.44 miles)

One lap: Charlie Kimball, 23.2730, 222.747 mph, June 9, 2017

Two laps: Charlie Kimball, 46.5861 seconds, 222.556 mph, June 9, 2017

NBC Sports telecasts: Qualifying, 5 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (live); Race, 8 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC (live). Pre-race show begins at 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN. Leigh Diffey is the announcer alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will report from the pits.

Pennzoil INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query is the turn announcer with Nick Yeoman reporting from the pits. The Genesys 300 race airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices and qualifying are available on indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app, with qualifying also airing on Sirius 211 and XM 205.

NBC Sports Gold live streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports' direct-to-consumer live streaming product.

At-track schedule (All times local/Central Time): 

Saturday

Noon - 2:30 p.m. - NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice, NBC Sports Gold

4 p.m. - Genesys 300 Qualifying (Single-car, cumulative time of two laps), NBC Sports Gold (live) and NBCSN (live)

6:30 p.m. -  NBCSN pre-race show begins

7 p.m. -  Command to start engines

7:05 p.m. - Genesys 300 green flag (200 laps/300 miles), NBC (live)

Race Notes:

  • This will mark the first time that Texas Motor Speedway has served as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening venue. The Genesys 300 will be the 32nd INDYCAR race at TMS overall, dating to Arie Luyendyk winning the inaugural in 1997.
  • The Texas INDYCAR race has been run every June since 1997. No driver has competed in every Texas race, but Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan have started 20 races. Both are entered in the Genesys 300.
  • Due to the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kanaan seeks to start his 318th consecutive race this weekend, which would extend his Indy car record streak that began in June 2001 at Portland. Dixon has made 258 consecutive starts heading into the weekend, which is the second-longest streak. Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian's Marco Andretti has made 234 consecutive starts, which is the third-longest streak of all time.
  • The Aeroscreen is a safety innovation for enhanced driver cockpit protection that will make its NTT INDYCAR SERIES race debut at the Genesys 300 on Saturday, June 6. The safety feature is a ballistic, canopy-like windscreen anchored by titanium framework encompassing the cockpit. INDYCAR has mandated its use by all teams at all track disciplines (ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits).
  • Helio Castroneves won four times at Texas Motor Speedway (2004 Race 2, 2006, 2009 and 2013), the most wins by an Indy car driver at the track. Six past TMS winners are entered in this year's race: Kanaan (2004 Race 1), Dixon (2008, 2015 and 2018), Will Power (2011 Race 2 and 2017), Ed Carpenter (2014), Graham Rahal (2016) and Josef Newgarden (2019).
  • Power has won the pole for three of the past seven Texas Motor Speedway races (2013, 2014 and 2015). Other past pole winners entered this year are Dixon (2008), Charlie Kimball (2017), Newgarden (2018) and Takuma Sato (2019). Kanaan won a draw to start first for the second of the 2011 doubleheader races but has never won the pole at Texas.
  • Six drivers have won the Texas race from the pole: Sam Hornish Jr. (2001 Race 2), Gil de Ferran (2003 Race 2), Castroneves (2004 Race 2), Tomas Scheckter (2005), Dixon (2008) and Ryan Briscoe (2010).
  • Drivers who have won at Texas have gone on to win the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship eight times: Hornish (2001 Race 2 and 2002 Race 2), Kanaan (2004 Race 1), Dixon (2008, 2015 and 2018), Dario Franchitti (2011 Race 1) and Newgarden (2019).
  • Twenty-one drivers entered this weekend have competed in past NTT INDYCAR SERIES events at Texas Motor Speedway. Fourteen drivers have led laps at the track: Dixon 517, Power 432, Kanaan 372, James Hinchcliffe 196, Carpenter 92, Simon Pagenaud 85, Marco Andretti 84, Newgarden 121, Sato 60, Ryan Hunter-Reay 136, Rahal 36, Kimball 27, Alexander Rossi 10 and Marcus Ericsson 2.
  • Three rookies - Oliver Askew, Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay - are entered and will make their first NTT INDYCAR SERIES start this weekend at Texas. It will be Palou's first race on a oval.

Since 2012, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES has averaged nine different race winners per season, including a record-tying 11 winners in 2014. There were seven different winners in the 17 races of 2019.

Entry List

No.DriverHometownSponsorTeamEngine
1Josef NewgardenNashville, TennXPEL Team PenskeTeam PenskeChevy
4Charlie KimballCamarillo, CATRESIBA / AJ FOYT RACINGA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevy
5Pato O'WardMonterey, MexicoArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevy
7Oliver Askew (R)Jupiter, FloridaArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevy
8Marcus EricssonKumla, SwedenHuski Chocolate Chip GanassiChip Ganassi RacingHonda
9Scott DixonAuckland, NZPNC Bank Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi RacingHonda
10Felix RosenqvistVärnamo, SwedenNTT DATA Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi RacingHonda
12Will PowerToowoomba, AUVerizon Team PenskeTeam PenskeChevy
14Tony KanaanSalvador, Brazil7-ELEVEN / AJ FOYT RACINGA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevy
15Graham RahalNew Albany, OhioFleet Cost & CareRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
18Santino FerrucciWoodbury, CNSealMasterDale Coyne Racing w/Vasser SullHonda
20Ed CarpenterIndianapolis, INEd Carpenter RacingEd Carpenter RacingChevy
21Rinus VeeKay (R)Hoofddorp, NLDSonaxEd Carpenter RacingChevy
22Simon PagenaudMontmorillon, FrDXC Technology Team PenskeTeam PenskeChevy
26Zach VeachStockdale, OhioGainbridgeAndretti AutosportHonda
27Alexander RossiNevada City, CANAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNationAndretti AutosportHonda
28Ryan Hunter-ReayFort Lauderdale, FlDHLAndretti AutosportHonda
29James HinchcliffeToronto, CanadaGenesysAndretti AutosportHonda
30Takuma SatoTokyo, JapanABeam ConsultingRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
55Alex Palou (R)Barcelona, SpainDale Coyne Racing w/Team GohDale Coyne Racing w/Team GohHonda
59Conor DalyNoblesville, IndianaGallagher CarlinCarlinChevy
60Jack HarveyLincoln, EnglandAutoNation/Sirius XMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
88Colton HertaBelleair, FloridaCapstone TurbineAndretti Harding SteinbrennerHonda
98Marco AndrettiNazareth, PAU.S. Concrete / CurbAndretti Herta w/Marco & Curb-AHonda

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