TRACK: Streets of Belle Isle (2.35-mile, 14-turn street course), DISTANCE: 70 Laps (164.5 Miles)
Coverage: 3:30 p.m. ET
Command: 3:38 p.m. ET
Green Flag: 3:45 p.m. ET
Radio: INDYCAR Radio Network (Sirius 160, local affiliates here)
Phone: INDYCAR App
Track: Streets of Belle Isle
Distance: 70 Laps/164.5 Miles
Weather: mid 70s, cloudy
Oddly enough, the door is open for anyone. Usually in an NTT INDYCAR Series race starting position matters more than ever. For some reason, street courses aren’t. Last year and this one, Colton Herta and Scott McLaughlin won the pole respectively on the streets of St. Pete. However, both winners here last year came from Row 8 (15th, 16th respectively). Marcus Ericsson won from 18th on the streets of Nashville while Herta won from 14th in Long Beach. Josef Newgarden won from 2nd at Long Beach this year while Herta won from 14th in Indy last month.
3 of the last 5 Belle Isle winners started 10th on back. In fact, just 4 of the last 12 winners had a starting spot in the top 5 even.
That means street courses like this one especially, open the way for strategy. So, anyone is eligible. Well, almost anyone.
Only 1 pole winner (Rahal 2017) has won the race outright in the last 16 tries. That’s not great news for Josef Newgarden he’s already 0-for-2 as a Belle Isle pole winner and has just 4 wins from the pole in 15 prior tries.
In saying all of this, we’ve also had 8 different drivers win the last 14 street course races in general but they all hail from either Penske, Ganassi, Andretti or Arrow McLaren SP.
So, whom among this grouping can win?
Penske has just 1 Belle Isle win in the last 8 races and only 2 in the last 12 overall. They’re also 2-for-2 on street course races this season though too. Last year, Andretti and Ganassi each won 2 street course races with AMSP the other.
Scott Dixon is riding a 19 race winless streak and has just 1 win in his last 28 starts in general. Dixon has just 6 podiums in that span.
Alexander Rossi hasn’t won in any of his last 43 starts and has just 1 podium in his last 23 tries.
Graham Rahal is winless in 79 races with his last win coming here in 2017.