The race for the championship in the IndyCar Series is about as tight as it gets, which is great news for fans who want to see the championship race go all the way down to the wire. There are 7 races left on the season, but this weekend might be the most important of them all, as we are getting ready to watch a massive doubleheader in Iowa. The standings as they are now could well look very different come Monday when both of these races are in the books, and every driver will be aware of just how big an impact this doubleheader may well have on the big picture. While there are 2 races to choose from, we are going to focus on Race #1, the Hy-Vee Deals 250, which goes on Saturday afternoon at 4 PM EST. Let’s take a look at the current favorites along with their IndyCar Odds.
IndyCar Betting Analysis and Prediction for the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 Race
Josef Newgarden (+400)
Newgarden comes into this weekend sitting in 4th in the driver standings, albeit just 44 points out of the top spot. He will, though, be a little disappointed in his last 3 races, where he finished 7th and 10th, respectively. While not disastrous showings by any stretch of the imagination, he will still look as both races as missed opportunities to close the gap at the top. The IndyCar Series did not touch down in Iowa last year, but Newgarden will certainly be glad to see it on the schedule again, as he won in the previous 2 races on this track. That makes it obvious why he is the favorite on Saturday.
Pato O’Ward (+650)
I’ll admit to being a little surprised to see O’Ward in at these odds, simply because he has not been in the best of form for a while now. He has now gone 6 raced without a win and has failed to crack the top 10 in each of the last 3. Unlike Newgarden, who has a good history in Iowa, O’Ward only has a couple of runs on that track. 4th was his best finish in those 2 races, which does little to inspire any real confidence in him winning this one on Saturday afternoon. I suppose you could argue that he is overdue for a win.
Scott Dixon (+650)
Speaking of being overdue for a win, that is the very conversation we were having about Dixon heading into the previous Indy race in Toronto. Heading into that race, Dixon was on a run of 22 straight races without taking a checkered flag. When you consider that this is a driver that many to consider the best ever to race in IndyCar, that length of winless streak is more than a little surprising. He snapped that with a win in Toronto and is still very much in the championship hunt. He has landed in the top 5 in each of his last 3 Iowa runs.
Colton Herta (+700)
It has been, in the grand scheme of things, a rather disappointing season for Herta, who currently finds himself down in 8th in the driver standings. That is certainly a backward step from the top 5 finishes that he has achieved in the last 2 seasons. He did show some signs of life with a 2nd place finish in Toronto in the last race, but he has never had a ton of success in Iowa. Definitely a longshot here.