In the world of IndyCar, it is not that unusual to see a doubleheader take place on the same track over the course of a weekend. That’s exactly what we saw in Iowa last week, and while the Gallagher Grand Prix is not a doubleheader, it is the 2nd of 2 races that are run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the 1st race coming back in May. Every race is important, but especially so when you have a championship race that is as tight as what we are seeing now. There is just 44 points separating 1st from 6th at the moment, and any one of those 6 drivers could end the year as the champion. Colton Herta, who won the first race at the IMS earlier this season, is not in that pack, but he should not be counted out here. Let’s take a look at some other drivers who might make an impact on Saturday afternoon so you can get ready to bet against their IndyCar Odds.
IndyCar Betting Analysis and Prediction for the Gallagher Grand Prix Race
Josef Newgarden +550
Over the past 3 seasons, Newgarden has 1 world championship and a pair of 2nd place finishes, so it’s fair to suggest that he is one of the more consistent drivers in IndyCar racing. He finds himself in familiar territory again this season, as he is currently sitting 3rd overall and is just 34 points out of the top spot. After close calls in each of the past 2 years, he will want to finish strong and nab another title. This might be a good place for him to start that stretch run, as he did win on this track a couple of years ago. I might be more than a little tempted to take him to win on Saturday.
Will Power +400
As much as I think Josef Newgarden might be a solid pick this weekend, I am actually leaning more towards Will Power taking the checkered flag at IMS. Over the past couple of seasons, Power has faltered somewhat, finishing 5th and 9th, respectively in the overall driver standings. He is back in the championship hunt in a big way this season and could further improve on his current standing with a win at a track where he has been very good. He has 2 wins and a 3rd in the last 2 years at the IMS, so plenty of reason to believe that this could be his weekend.
Pato O’Ward +450
As mentioned earlier, we had a doubleheader weekend in Iowa last week, with a pair of different winners picking up big points. It was Newgarden who won one of those races, with O’Ward taking the other. He is down in 5th right now, but just 36 points off the pace being set by Marcus Ericsson, which again gives you an idea of just how tight things are at the top. He has had a couple of top 5 finishes on this track and is worth a look.
Scott Dixon +800
Has Scott Dixon seen his time at the top come to an end? There comes a point in every career where the wins stop coming and championships become tougher to achieve. Dixon has just 2 wins under his belt over the last 2 years, yet he continues to pick up points and stay in the hunt. Right now, he is 4th overall in the driver standings and within 34 points of the outright lead. This has not been a great track for him in the past, but with his pedigree, he is tough to ignore.
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