Master of the Webs
Lock: Pagenaud, Power, Pagenaud, Power … notice a little trend here? Those are the four winners in sequential order for the four INDYCAR Grand Prix races since 2014. Team Penske has won the past three races here. I’m calling my shot here … Team Penske wins again, and we keep the same sequence going. Simon Pagenaud at $27? That’s easy money right there.
Drop: OK, when I did research here, I found something surprising … this driver has driven in four INDYCAR Grand Prix races, and yet has not finished in the top-10 in any of those races. Yet, he’s started 15th, 12th, 10th, and 3rd, so he qualifies OK, but that finish position … meh. Here’s the rub … he’s Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden. Something tells me I could be wrong here, since he’s on a roll right now and atop the points, but until he proves it to me, I’m going lean elsewhere in my picks.
Sleeper: Here’s a trivia question for you … also in my research, in the four previous INDYCAR Grand Prix races, only one driver has finished in the top-10 in all four races. That driver … Helio Castroneves. Yes, he’s been out of the car for 8 months, but track he’s driving on. Works for me!
My four picks:
- Helio Castroneves: $27
- James Hinchcliffe: $27
- Simon Pagenaud: $27
- Takuma Sato: $19
Go ahead and lock in Will Power. He’s as close to a safe bet this weekend as you’re going to get. The defending INDYCAR GP champion captured his third career Indy GP pole Friday, and if history is any indicator of what to expect, plan to see Will Power smiling in victory circle on Saturday with a 1st place Firestone hat on his head. In four years of racing on the IMS road course, the pole sitter has won all but the inaugural race, and both times Power has started from the pole – 2015 and 2017 – he’s gone on to win. At just $27, Power is not only safe pick, but one that won’t break your fantasy bank while trying to pick the winner. I’m flying with Will this week.
No, I didn’t fall out of my nest and hit my head, but I can understand why you might think I’m crazy when I say this: drop Scott Dixon. Dixon tends to finish towards the top of the pack, but he had a tough time with qualifying Friday and will start 18th Saturday. I think Dixon will work his way up through the field to finish inside the top-10, but at $27 and with 17 drivers in front of him, I’m saving my money this week and skipping on The Iceman.
I don’t know if you still count as a sleeper when you qualify second out of 24 drivers, but Robert Wickens is my sleeper this week. The INDYCAR rookie continues to look like anything but, and may be due for his first career win in the Verizon IndyCar® Series. He came close in St. Petersburg, but fell short due to a late crash following a restart. I think the rookie may have his day.
With Power ($27) and Wickens ($24) in my lineup, I’m going to splurge on defending champion Josef Newgarden ($32), then take a bit of a gamble and round out my lineup with Spencer Pigot ($15), who qualified ninth. If you don’t like these picks, you could always just wing it.
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