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IndyCar Pick 'Em: GMR Grand Prix

by Dan Beaver
Updated On: May 12, 2022, 9:47 pm ET

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There have been three different winners in three road course races this year, so it's not hard to imagine a fourth. Alex Palou and Will Power are waiting in the wings while Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal simply need one good break to jump from the high side of the top 10 into Victory Lane.

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Team With Most Top-10 Finishers

Andretti Autosport closed the gap on the competition last week while their owner was in Miami matriculating on what it takes to be an F1 owner. But it's still Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske who are dominating this stat. Ganassi's two top-10s were also top-fives, while Penske had a fourth and sixth.

Advantage: Chip Ganassi, but by a narrow margin.

2022 Top-10s

Owner

2022
Top-10s

Barber

Chip Ganassi

11

2

Roger Penske

9

2

Andretti Autosport

7

3

Bobby Rahal

4

1

Ed Carpenter

3

1

Michael Shank

2

 

Arrow McLaren

2

1

Dale Coyne

1

 

A J Foyt

1

 


Starting Position of Winning Driver

There have been 11 IndyCar races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and all but three of them were won from the front row. This seems like an easy Pick 'Em, but you should know that Rinus VeeKay's 2021 win in this race came from seventh.

Advantage: 1st-4th.

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Drivers Leading Laps

Will Power led the 2020 Indy Harvest GP flag-to-flag in that 75-lap affair, but road courses tend to have a wide range of strategies, which allows for drivers deep in the field to have a moment in the sun as pit stops cycle. Four of the last five races have had five or more leaders, including eight in the 2020 edition of this race.

Advantage: 6


Time Lapse 1st – 5th (in seconds)

The margin of victory in two of the three races on this track in 2020 was more than 14 seconds, which make for a substantial gap to fifth. In recent years that gap has shrunk, however, so you should aim a little lower in case there is a late-race caution.

Advantage: 6.5001 – 8 seconds


Lead Lap Finishers

This number tends to be high at Indy with 14 as the fewest lead lap finishers in the last five races and as many as 24. The number hovers around 20, which means you should aim high. Last week at Barber Motorsports Park, 21 drivers went the full distance.

Advantage: 18-19


Best Rookie

The question this week will come down to strength or consistency – and we tend to lean toward predictable results. Kyle Kirkwood is the only rookie contender with a top-10, but Christian Lundgaard is more consistent with an average of 15.75 to Kirkwood's 18.75. Moreover, he was the highest finishing freshman at Barber with a 15th.

Advantage: Christian Lundgaard


Best Finish, Former Winner

We think Will Power is seriously underrated this week. He is ranked only sixth on PointsBet Sportsbook with a line of +850. That is not enough respect for the driver who won on this track last August and has five of the 11 trophies.

Advantage: Will Power


Race Winner

Power makes a solid pick to win outright because he's swept the top five on road courses and only Alex Palou can say as much. Palou has been on the podium for every twisty track race, however, and that suggests he is on the edge of greatness.

Advantage: Alex Palou

2022 Round 4: Grand Prix of Alabama [Barber]
Round 3: Grand Prix of Long Beach [Long Beach]
Round 1: St Petersburg [St. Petersburg]

Dan Beaver

Dan Beaver has been covering fantasy NASCAR for more than 20 years with a little help from his >650,000 record database. He can be found on Twitter @FantasyRace.