A rare betting weekend is upon us. We have not one, but two NTT IndyCar Series races on the same track this week. Normally, it’s just one race. While the other two doubleheader weekend’s have fallen off the Indy Car schedule, Belle Isle remains in place.
Here are the drivers to watch this weekend for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3 p.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
Josef Newgarden (+450)
He has four top four finishes in his last six Belle Isle starts. Yes, he only finished ninth and 15th in the two races last year on the 2.35-mile street circuit, but he has finished first and second respectively on street courses in 2019.
Will Power (+450)
This could be his weekend too. Power, has finished third and seventh this year respectively on street courses. He has four top seven finishes in his last five Belle Isle starts too including a win in 2016. He was seventh and second respectively last year.
Alexander Rossi (+450)
He’s always going to be a favorite. Rossi, threw away a podium in trying to hold off his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay for the win in Race No. 2 last year. He has three top seven finishes in his last four Belle Isle starts to go along with two top five finishes including a dominating win on the streets of Long Beach on street course races in 2019.
Scott Dixon (+500)
He’s been so strong this season with four podiums. Dixon’s last win came on a street course last July in Toronto. He also has five straight top six finishes in Belle Isle including a win last year. On street courses in 2019, he’s finished second and third respectively.
Ryan Hunter-Reay (+1000)
He’s hit or miss but expect more hit this weekend. Hunter-Reay ended a long winless drought at Belle Isle last year in the second race of the weekend and came home second in the first one. Over his last five Belle Isle starts, he has three podiums. On street course events in 2019, he blew an engine in the season opener at St. Pete but finished fifth in Long Beach.
Sebastien Bourdais (+1200)
He’s at his best for whatever reason on street courses. Bourdais, has three top eight finishes, two of which being wins, in his last five Belle Isle starts.
Graham Rahal (+1600)
He has five top five finishes in his last seven Belle Isle starts including a sweep in 2017. He finished fourth on the streets of Long Beach in April too.
Felix Rosenqvist (+2200)
He’s been impressive on road/street course tracks this season. He was fourth and 10th respectively in 2019 and driving a car that Ed Jones piloted to a sixth and third place result in Detroit last year.
Takuma Sato (+4000)
RLL has a really good street course program and Sato has been good on street courses too. He has seven top 11 finishes in his last eight Belle Isle starts including three top eight’s in his last four overall. He’s been so good this year, he’s up to a tie for fourth in the series standings following a third place run last weekend in the ‘500.
Spencer Pigot (+5000)
He’s coming into this weekend after being quick in the Month of May. Plus, Pigot has finished 10th in each of the last two years in race No. 1. If he can put it all together, watch out.
Ed Jones (+6000)
He was quick during last month too. Jones, also has three top 10 finishes in four career Belle Isle starts including being sixth and third respectively last year.
Marco Andretti (+8000)
He ended a long pole drought in Race No. 1 last year. Since 2015, Andretti has five top 10 finishes including being fourth and ninth respectively last year.
Simon Pagenaud (+800)
I hate to put him on here with how well he’s been running, but Pagenaud has struggled at Belle Isle as of late. In his first six starts in Detroit, the Frenchman had four top six finishes including a win. In his last seven starts, he has two. He was 17th and 10th respectively last year and while he’s finished seventh and sixth respectively on street courses in 2019, he’s failed to nab a top five.
Colton Herta (+1800)
I like the kid but he’s struggling lately. He has four straight finishes outside of the top 20. On street courses this year, he’s finished eighth and 23rd respectively.
James Hinchcliffe (+2500)
He has two top 10 finishes on street courses in 2019 but none have come in the top five. He also only has two top five finishes in his last six starts at Belle Isle. His last six finishes in Detroit were 18th, 21st, third, 20th, 11th and 16th respectively.
Zach Veach (+5000)
He’s had a rough start to his sophomore campaign in the series. He did finish 12th and 13th as a rookie at Belle Isle last year but only has finishes of 14th and 17th respectively on street courses in 2019.
Tony Kanaan (+8000)
He’s been honest about their struggles in 2019. He had five top 10 finishes in his first seven starts at Belle Isle but only four since. He hasn’t finished in the top five in Detroit since 2013 and has finishes of 15th and 19th on street courses in 2019.
Matheus Leist (+12500)
He finished 15th and 14th respectively last year in Belle Isle and has finished 22nd and 15th on street courses in 2019.
Max Chilton (+25000)
He’s reeling right now. He’s coming off of missing out of the ‘500 and has never finished in the top 10 before at Belle Isle. He did finish 11th in race No. 2 last year but that’s not enough to go off of for a win this weekend.