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FANTASY: Locks, Drops & Sleepers for Long Beach

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Zach, Kyle, Chris and Kristin
| Apr 11, 2011


 

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BEFORE EACH WEEK RACE WEEKEND, INDYCAR NATION WRITERS WILL SHARE THEIR BRILLIANT ADVICE ON WHO TO PICK AND WHO TO DITCH...
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LOCK: TONY KANAAN
Bet you thought I'd say Will Power, right? Wrong. Guess who's the only other current IndyCar driver besides Power to have Top 5 finishes in the last two events here at Long Beach? If you said TK, you're 100% correct. TK's absolutely on fire this year, and the scary thing he still doesn't have his car completely dialed in. Barring carnage, he'll charge hard and grab a good finish for you.

DROP: JR HILDEBRAND
Two mid-pack finishes might have you seeing Hildebrand as a decent team-stretcher or substitute this week. But he's been in a couple of rough spots, and the safe bet is to shy away from Panther until we get to a less twisty portion of the schedule. I'd be happy to be proven wrong, though.

SLEEPER: JUSTIN WILSON
It seems silly to call Wilson a sleeper given his history of the road and street courses, but last week's DNF and his injured wrist have him somewhat off the radar. He finished 2nd here last year, and has plenty of experience here from before the open wheel merger. Wrist, wreck, and all, he can do it.

ZACH HOUGHTON- IndyCarAdvocate.com Blogger/suburb dweller/underdog supporter/@indycaradvocate
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Okay, time for me to get my picks on track on here. It's a tough go the first two races. I think I'll go a little more conservative for Long Beach.

LOCK: Will Power
Even though I've already picked for a lock this season, I must go back to him after my struggles over the first races. Plus, last year, Power missed out on a Long Beach victory when a mysterious mechanical gremlin kept him on low gear out of the final hairpin. That allowed Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson though and Power settled for third. If not for that, though, Power may have well on it. Look for him to continue that form next weekend.

DROP: E.J. Viso
Viso is continuing the form that helped give KV Racing Technology about 40 total crashes in 2010. The Venezuelan driver has already accrued five crashes on his own so far: two during races, three during practice and qualifying. It has been ugly start for Viso, and and indications are it may continue. As fast as he is at times, Viso has always had problems avoiding trouble.

SLEEPER: Marco Andretti
Rebounding from his St. Pete flip, Andretti finished fourth at Barber. And, his St. Pete weekend was shaping up well until the first corner. The reunited combination of he and Eddie Jones, with Michael Andretti the race strategist, seems to successful in the early going. Andretti is currently the highest placed of the Andretti Autosport drivers. Don't be surprised if Andretti continues that run in Long Beach.

KYLE LAVIGNE- East Coast Contributor/Motorsports Guru/Writer Extraordinaire
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Hey guys! Wish I could have seen the race in Barber, but yours truly had a baseball game to attend to. Guess I'll catch the highlights package on YouTube. Anyways…here are my picks for Long Beach...

LOCK: Ryan Hunter-Reay
I'm sticking with the American at Long Beach. RHR's victory last season was an emotional one for him and this track just seems to fit him like a glove. I think he can put up a spirited defense of his title -- even if Will Power doesn't make a mistake this time.

DROP: Sebastien Bourdais

I never thought I'd tell people to drop a three-time Long Beach winner (2005-2007) in their fantasy teams, but here we are. No doubt Bourdais knows this course well, but he's in very different circumstances than he was in his Champ Car glory days.

SLEEPER: Justin Wilson

It'll be important for him to come off the truck fast, but Wilson can certainly get the job done on a street course. I expect him to be in the hunt, and what a way it would be to break DRR's win drought should Wilson get the checkered flag at one of racing's most venerable tracks.

CHRIS ESTRADA- FoxSports.com Guy/IndyRacingRevolution.com Blogger/employee of baseball/@estradawrites

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Well, Helio let me down this week. But I'm bouncing back at Long Beach! Here are my picks :)

LOCK: Scott Dixon

Alright, we’re two races in and I haven’t picked my man Dixie yet, it’s time. He couldn’t find the speed to catch Power at Barber and the side by side restarts got the best of him at St. Pete but third time’s a charm! I think he’s got the kinks figured out and is ready to go flat out at Long Beach. Plus his win there will be a great sign of things to come in the Month of May ;)

DROP: EJ Viso

Everyone knows that Viso has been known to be more of a nuisance than a competitor on the track. The side by side racing is not working in his favor. He’s too hot headed and impulsive to be able to control himself and his car on the Streets of Long Beach.

SLEEPER: Oriol Servia

Have you seen his finishes in the first two races? Ninth and fifth. He’s been doing some impressive driving and hanging with the best in the Top 10. Newman/Haas Racing may have struck gold with Servia this year. I’m not sure I see him in Victory Lane but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him on the podium at least once this season.

KRISTIN SLEVIN- BSU Student/USAC Insider/INDYCAR Nation Juggernaut of Joy/@kristinmarie935

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  4. 4 Ken 12 Apr
    I think it should be pointed out that KV Racing has a second car up there in the top 10 for points... Takuma Sato has been doing quite well.  So Tony Kanaan with KV is a good choice, so is Oriol Servia.  I think it's great top see teams other than Penske and Target running up near the top.  I think if Danica would have changed tires on that last pit stop she might have been in the top 5 as well.  As far as EJ Viso is concerned, nothing would make me happier than to see a one-two-three KV Racing Podium at Long Beach.  Hmmm... To bad EJ's name isn't Ryan Hunter-Reay (who punted Briscoe right out of the Barber race)... or anyone else involved in a racing incident who's name isn't EJ.  Yes, EJ is off to a rough start... but so are several others, including Briscoe, Rahal and Conway.  You can't blame EJ for their placement in the standings, but I'm sure some of you will try.
  5. 5 Ken 12 Apr
    I think it should be pointed out that KV Racing has a second car up there in the top 10 for points... Takuma Sato has been doing quite well.  So Tony Kanaan with KV is a good choice, so is Oriol Servia.  I think it's great top see teams other than Penske and Target running up near the top.  I think if Danica would have changed tires on that last pit stop she might have been in the top 5 as well.  As far as EJ Viso is concerned, nothing would make me happier than to see a one-two-three KV Racing Podium at Long Beach.  Hmmm... To bad EJ's name isn't Ryan Hunter-Reay (who punted Briscoe right out of the Barber race)... or anyone else involved in a racing incident who's name isn't EJ.  Yes, EJ is off to a rough start... but so are several others, including Briscoe, Rahal and Conway.  You can't blame EJ for their placement in the standings, but I'm sure some of you will try.
  6. 6 Kyle Crass 12 Apr
    I hate to say that I think all the road and street course winners are going to come down to Power and Franchitti. Those two just have all the mind power to beat eachother this year and with that they always dominate between the two of them. Kanaan I think is the only driver from a different team that can be a threat to them, and I'd love to see him take the win away from them especially early in the season. Lastly, I love seeing Simona do well like at St. Pete. But, I think St. Pete will be her best performance of the season this year. She's still a young driver with alot to learn yet. But I really hope she can prove me wrong on that, just like she's proven she's a better female driver than Danica. Simona is exactly the kind of female driver we need in the series.
  7. 7 fred muschko 12 Apr
    dannica may be a good driver but her constant bellyacheing  and crying is sickning. i am not a bumping car fan but i hope they teach her about bumping cars and to keep her mouth shut ., it is every body's fault but hers. go bumping car drivers.

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