IndyCar is set to abandon its double points format for the season finale this year amid a calendar reshuffle.
According to Racer.com, due to the shortening of the 2020 NTT IndyCar season the series has opted to drop its recent practice of doubling the available points on offer at the last race of the year from WeatherTec Raceway Laguna Seca.
The revised plans will see only the season finale revert to delivering standard points, with the Indy 500 still set to continue to offer double points.
The introduction of a double points season finale in 2015 has divided teams and drivers.
Scott Dixon has been the most significant beneficiary of the system when he entered the 2015 race third in the standings, 47 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya.
Dixon’s victory in the race saw him catapult ahead of Graham Rahal in second and finish the year tied with Montoya for the championship lead. The kiwi’s four wins throughout the season over Montoya’s two awarded Dixon his fourth IndyCar championship on a tie break.
“Dixon had a **** season all year and had one good race, and we paid the penalty,” Montoya said post the 2015 race, vividly frustrated with how the double points format had stolen his opportunity for the championship.
While the move away from double points for the 2020 season finale has been decided due to the shortened calendar, it remains unclear whether the race will return to double points for 2021.