By Dylan Reynolds, The Open Wheel
The INDYCAR season continues this weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES REV Group Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Open Wheel will be covering the action all weekend so stay tuned to this site and our Twitter page @openwh33l for all of the latest news.
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NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: REV Group Grand Prix – Race 1 Saturday, July 11, 2020 5:00PM (ET) NBCSN & Race 2 Sunday, July 12, 2020 12:30PM (ET) NBC – INDYCAR welcomes fans for the first time this season for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America this weekend. They should be in for quite a show as the season really gets rolling as part of a busy stretch that includes five races in three consecutive weekends. The two main storylines of the weekend will be whether Scott Dixon can continue his impressive two wins from two races start to 2020 and if Alexander Rossi can rebound from two disappointing results due to mechanical issues at a venue he dominated at last year.
Previous driver experience at Road America shows four former winners in the field in Scott Dixon (1), Josef Newgarden (1), Will Power (1), and Alexander Rossi (1). The active Top 5 in laps led are Newgarden (66), Rossi (54), Power (46), Dixon (26), and Graham Rahal (3). Rossi and Newgarden are the last two winners, with Rossi leading all but one lap last year and winning by an incredible margin of over 28 seconds. Looking at the box scores from 2019 and 2018, only Dixon has finished in the Top 5 in each of the last two races, an ominous fact. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, Dixon is joined by Newgarden, Rahal, Pagenaud, and Sato.
My picks to win: Alexander Rossi & Scott Dixon – After two dismal finishes to start the season due to mechanical issues, I expect Rossi to go for broke for race wins for the rest of the season. He needs to in order to have any shot at the title in a shortened season. Lucky for him, he dominated at Road America last year and surely will get some luck to go his way on either Saturday or Sunday this weekend. Beyond that, how can you pick against Dixon and Ganassi after their perfect start? Rossi and Dixon get race wins this weekend.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal, Felix Rosenqvist, & Conor Daly – You know my thoughts on Rossi. Graham Rahal has back to back Top 6 finishes at Road America in the last two years and arguably would have won last week on the Indianapolis road course if it wasn’t for the Askew caution. Rosenqvist is a good value pick at $25 to take advantage of the speed Ganassi has shown so far this year. Daly is great value at $21 after the speed the ECR cars showed last weekend and the race craft he’s had on display over the last year.