IndyCar 2023 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Betting Odds and Analysis

IndyCar 2023 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Betting Odds and Analysis

Winning a championship in any sport means maintaining a high level of consistency from start to finish. Some sports that have longer seasons, such as baseball and basketball, allow for little slumps in the season, but for the most part, those who excel tend to keep those poor streaks to the bare minimum. In motor sports, there is no such forgiveness, as a poor run of 2 or 3 races can mean sliding down the driver standings in a hurry. The IndyCar season is coming down the stretch now, with just 5 races to go, and while the current leader has a nice edge over the rest of the drivers, it is a lead that is starting to get whittled down. This weekend, the drivers will be in Nashville for the next race on the schedule, but will we see that lead narrowed even further?


IndyCar Betting Analysis and Prediction for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix | IndyCar Lines by MyBookie

When: Sunday, August 6 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
TV / Streaming: NBC, Peacock


Alex Palou

Palou is out in front of the pack with 477 points this season, which has him 80 points ahead of the nearest challenger. This is his championship to lose, and while he has won 4 races this season, including a stretch that saw him win 3 in a row, he has failed to win in the last 3 races, although he did end up on the podium twice in those outings. He could probably take the championship without winning another race this season, but you can bet that he would like to get things sewn up with room to spare. Palou finished 3rd in Nashville last season, a result that he would probably take again this time around. Top 5 is a solid bet here.

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Josef Newgarden

Newgarden knows exactly what it takes to win a championship, and he is not going down this season without a fight. He looked to be well out of it heading into the doubleheader in Iowa last weekend, but he shook things up in a big way by taking both races to get to 397 points this season. It was a great weekend for the former champion, but he is going to need more of those if he is to overcome the gap at the top and win his 3rd title. This race was not kind to him last season, but I think he is a very good bet this weekend.

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Scott Dixon

Throughout his time in IndyCar, Dixon had made a habit of winning championships, or at least staying in the hunt all the way to the end. We are seeing more of the same this season, with Dixon currently sitting 3rd overall. The chances of him winning it all this season are currently slim to none, especially when you consider that he hasn’t won a single race this season. He has only won 2 races in the last 3 seasons, and as good as he is, it doesn’t seem likely that he will suddenly get hot.

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Marcus Ericsson

During his time with IndyCar, Ericsson has had some big moments, with none bigger than his win at the Indianapolis 500. The problem here is that those moments are few and far between, just like his wins. He opened this season with a win, but he has yet to add a second victory to his resume in 2023. He is always a very decent top 5 finisher bet, but I’m not sure I’d be playing him to win this weekend.

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Driver Standings
1 Alex Palou 477 points Chip Ganassi Racing
2 Josef Newgarden 397 points Team Penske
3 Scott Dixon 357 points Chip Ganassi Racing
4 Marcus Ericsson 330 points Chip Ganassi Racing
5 Scott McLaughlin 329 points Team Penske
Manufacturer Standings
1 Honda 978 points
2 Chevrolet 943 points

2023 IndyCar Schedule

Month Day Race IndyCar Betting
August 6 Big Machine Music City GP Bet On IndyCar
August 12 Gallagher GP Bet On IndyCar
August 27 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Bet On IndyCar
September 3 GP of Portland Bet On IndyCar
September 10 Firestone GP of Monterey Bet On IndyCar

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