IndyCar Betting 2024 Favorites to Win at The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge

IndyCar Betting 2024 Favorites to Win at The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge


The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge: In sports, we all love a big spectacle, which is exactly what we are getting this weekend in IndyCar.

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The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge is a unique race on the Indy calendar, as it will not have any bearing on the driver standings given that there are no points up for grabs. There is, though, $1.7 million in prize money waiting to be picked up by the drivers taking part. The weekend is split into an open test, group qualifying sessions, a pair of heat races, and a 12-car all-star style race. Given the prize money, which is second only behind the Indianapolis 500, you can bet that every driver taking part will be bringing their A game as they look to make it a big pay day. Let’s look at a few drivers who might well be in the hunt for the top prize.


Josef Newgarden

While this race is of the non-championship variety, you can bet that Newgarden will be looking to build on his great start to the 2024 IndyCar season. He won the opening race of the new season in St. Petersburg after a disappointing 2023 season where he finished 5th overall, which was his worst showing since 2018. This is a driver that has won 19 races over the last 5 seasons, so he is very familiar with the checkered flag, making him a serious threat this weekend.

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Alex Palou

Palou comes into this season as the defending champion and has now won the World Championship twice in the last 3 seasons. He will be looking to bounce back after a poor start to the year, at least by his standards. Palou finished 6th overall in St. Petersburg, but the fact of the matter is that he had an even worse start to the season the year prior and still went on to win it all. Still, he will certainly want to at least get back on the podium, and with the pressure somewhat off this weekend, he might just find his way there.

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Scott McLaughlin

While he may not get a ton of attention when compared to other drivers in Indy, McLaughlin has been consistently goof over the past 2 seasons, finishing in the top 4 overall in each of those years. He is off to another good start with a podium finish in St. Petersburg, so he needs to be considered a possibility this weekend. The main drawback with McLaughlin is that he does not win a lot, with just 3 total wins in his time with IndyCar. Still, he would be worth a look as a top 3 finisher here.

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Pato O’Ward

This is another driver who doesn’t win very often but who always seems to be there or thereabouts in the majority of races. He did not win a single race in 2023, but he was on the podium 7 times, so it’s fair to assume that he might well be in the big money this weekend. His season got off to a very decent start with a 2nd place finish in St. Petersburg, and while I’m not sure he wins this weekend, a top 3 finish does not seem like a particularly bad bet.

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IndyCar The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge

When: Sunday, March 24 at 3:00pm ET
Where: The Thermal Club
TV / Streaming: NBC, Peacock
Radio: SiriusXM
Open Test Session 1: Friday, March 22, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Open Test Session 2: Friday, March 22, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET
Open Test Session 3: Saturday, March 23, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Open Test Session 4: Saturday, March 23, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
Qualifications: Saturday, March 23, 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm ET
Race: Sunday, March 24, 12:30 pm ET


2024 IndyCar Full Schedule

3 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California April 21
4 Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama April 28
5 Sonsio Grand Prix Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana May 11
6 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 26
7 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Streets of Detroit Detroit, Michigan June 2
8 Grand Prix of Road America Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin June 9
9 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California June 23
10 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio July 7
11 Hy-Vee IndyCar Race Weekend Race 1 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa July 13
12 Hy-Vee Indycar Race Weekend Race 2 July 14
13 Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario July 21
14 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 World Wide Technology Raceway Madison, Illinois August 17
15 Grand Prix of Portland Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon August 25
16 Milwaukee Mile Race 1 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin August 31
17 Milwaukee Mile Race 2 September 1
18 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Nashville Street Circuit Nashville, Tennessee September 15

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