TRACK: Road America (4.014-mile, 14-turn road course), DISTANCE: 55 Laps (221 Miles)
Coverage: 12:30 p.m. ET
Command: 12:48 p.m. ET
Green Flag: 12:55 p.m. ET
Radio: INDYCAR Radio Network (Sirius 160, local affiliates here)
Phone: INDYCAR App
Track: Road America
Distance: 55 Laps/221 Miles
Track position is everything here. Other than 2020, the previous four races and last year’s here were won by a top five starter including three of which from the front row. 95% of the last 41 series races on natural race courses were won by a top 10 starter including every race with the exception of the wet one in Indy since the 2018 season finale.
That’s great odds for Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson, Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward, Romain Grosjean, Felix Rosenqvist, Scott McLaughlin and Scott Dixon.
If you break it down, 78% of the same races were won by a driver in the Fast 6 including 16 of the last 18 coming from 7th or better.
6 of the 7 races at Road America (86%) since 2016 were won by a top 7 starter.
Also, Team Penske and Ganassi have won six of the last seven races here with Andretti taking the other. They all three combined to go 1-2-3-4 last year.
That makes it even better for Rossi, Newgarden, Palou, Ericsson and Herta.
- 27 Rossi – He’s on a hot streak and I think his winless streak snaps as a result
- 2 Newgarden – They don’t allow the field to cover them this time around
- 10 Palou – Bland I know to pick the top 3 starters to finish there, but they’re the best 3 drivers so far this weekend and have won most of the races here since 2018.
- 26 Herta – He’s aggressive enough to nearly get a podium.
- 8 Ericsson – He plays it safe and leaves with the points lead again.