There comes in a time in every sport when those who dominated for an extended period of time are forced out of the top spot. In recent years in IndyCar, it has been Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden who have been winning all the titles, but that changed in 2021, when Alex Palou came out of nowhere to win it all. The question now is whether we are seeing a power shift or whether his win was a one-off that is not about to be repeated. It is too early in the season to really have an opinion either way, as we are only 2 races deep at this point. This weekend, the drivers will be in Long Beach for what is always an exciting race. There are some definite favorites to win this one, so let’s take a closer look at their IndyCar Odds.
2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach | IndyCar Betting Analysis
Colton Herta (+500)
Herta was very much in the mx for a championship win for large portions of last season, but he was unable to get the job done in the end. He did, though, deliver a great finish to the 2021 season, winning the final 2 races of the year to take his win total to 3. The feeling was that the momentum from those wins might carry over into this season, but that has not been the case, as he has yet to register a podium finish through the first 2 races. That aside, Herta is still worth a look here given that he won in Long Beach in the final race of last season.
Scott McLaughlin (+600)
With only one full season in IndyCar under his belt and an underwhelming 14th overall finish, there were not a lot of people looking at McLaughlin as a potential champion this season. His win in the opening race of the year could easily have been written of as a bit of a fluke, but when he ran 2nd in the next race, race fans began to adopt the idea that perhaps he might be a serious challenger after all. McLaughlin finished 11th at Long Beach last season and failed to pick up a win for the entirety of 2021, but we might be ready to write all of that off given his current form.
Josef Newgarden (+700)
Over the past 5 seasons, Newgarden has won a pair of world championships and has finished 2nd overall in 2 more. That is a level of consistency that is impossible to argue against, which is why we will find him among the favorites in every single race this season. He did not get off the best start in 2022, finishing 16th in the opening race of the season, but he returned to business as usual with a win in Texas in the 2nd race of the year. He has finished 2nd in his last 2 runs at Long Beach, so plenty of reason to believe he might be among the leaders again.
Scott Dixon (+800)
With 6 World Championship wins under his belt, Dixon has to be considered the best of the current active drivers in IndyCar, but is his time at the top coming to an end? He finished 4th overall last season and only managed a single win on the year. We are still only 2 races into the season, but he has yet to finish better than 5th. He needs a win, or at least a podium finish, and given that he was 3rd in Long Beach last year, this might be the weekend he gets it.