Pierre Gasly moved back into the lead of the GP2 drivers’ standings by taking a dominant victory in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, setting up a title showdown with Prema Racing teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.
Giovinazzi entered the weekend leading the championship by seven points, only to see his lead whittled down to three after Gasly picked up pole at Yas Marina on Saturday.
Gasly made a clean getaway from pole before perfecting his strategy to romp to his fourth victory of the season, finishing over five seconds clear of Nobuharu Matsushita in second place.
Giovinazzi struggled in the early part of the race, suffering with severe tire wear as cars on the medium compound streamed past, but ultimately crossed the line fifth following a penalty for Norman Nato.
Artem Markelov finished third ahead of Sergey Sirotkin, with Nato eventually being classified sixth behind Giovinazzi. Johnny Cecotto Jr. was seventh ahead of Alex Lynn and Nicholas Latifi, while Raffaele Marciello rounded out the top 10.
Lynn will start Sunday’s feature race from reverse grid pole, with Giovinazzi third and Gasly eighth. Gasly enters the final race holding a 12-point advantage, with just 17 on offer.
This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.
Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.
“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”
“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.