Everyone loves a good sleeper and Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (3 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network) should have the opportunity to provide one.
On the surface, Team Penske should be the ones to beat this weekend in having won in 6 of the 10 years of this race. But, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud have also had some recent struggles on this track though too. Power, has no top 10’s in his last three Barber starts with his last podium coming in his 2012 win. Pagenaud, was ninth in his last two Barber starts with his last podium coming in 2017.
That opens the door for others. Scott Dixon is 0-for-10 at Barber but does have 8 podiums. 6 of those 8 have been runner-ups. He won the season opener at Texas last year. Can he go back-to-back in season opening victories?
In turn, this has an unlikely winner written all over it. Takuma Sato won in 2019. Can someone new join him?
He’s the last winner on this track and has three straight top 10’s.
A former winner of this race. Hunter-Reay has won twice at Barber (2013, 2014) and has five top eight results in his last seven tries including a runner-up in 2018.
The mayor has six straight top seven finishes at Barber including a podium run in 2018.
These tracks suit him well and he finished seventh as a rookie in 2019.
He was third in this race in 2019 and fifth in 2018. He has four top eight results in his last five Barber starts. Why not?