INDYCAR Pre-Race Media: Top 5 sleepers for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (12 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network)

The NTT IndyCar Series is racing on the Fourth of July for the second time in as many years. Will there be any fireworks for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (12 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course?

Usually there is at the start here, but if so, can anyone steal their way into a victory?

All three Penske drivers have won here in the last six years, but all also have a tendency to struggle at Mid-Ohio too. Ganassi is always good on this track, but they’ve won just once in the last seven tries. Does that open the door for someone else?

We’ve had seven straight different winners, lets see if we can get to eight.

Graham Rahal

The top sleeper here. He has eight straight top 10 finishes including six of them being in the top five. He scored a pair of fourth place results last September on his home track.

Marcus Ericsson

Ganassi has been great in the past at Mid-Ohio including Ericsson finishing fifth the last time out at Mid-Ohio. Ericsson also is coming off of a sixth place run two weeks ago on a like track at Road America. He was eighth in Barber and 10th on the Indy road course too.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

He’s been quietly good here. Hunter-Reay has five straight top eight finishes including three consecutive top five efforts. If you go back to his last nine starts, he has a top 10 finish in eight of them.

Rinus VeeKay

He’s been solid this year and has scored a pair of top 11 results at the track in 2020. Can he get back into the thick of things with a win on Sunday? In USF2000 competition there, he was third and second respectively. He swept the weekend a year later in Indy Pro 2000 while scoring a pair of thirds a year after that in Indy Lights.

Jack Harvey

This could be his day. Harvey has two top 10 finishes in his last three Mid-Ohio starts and hungry for a win. He qualified third in Road America and swept the weekend in Mid-Ohio in Indy Lights competition in 2014 too.

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