INDIANAPOLIS – Forget that the entire Andretti Autosport group was by far the most dominating team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the entire two weeks of Indianapolis 500 action around the 2.5-mile oval in May. Also forget that Andretti had the team to beat in the rain cancelled event at Texas last month as well. None of that is why I’m picking one of the four Andretti drivers to go to victory lane this weekend at the Iowa Speedway.
Yes, those stats back up my point I’m going to make, as the recent success on the last two ovals of the season should translate over nicely this weekend, but the overall success at the 7/8-mile Iowa bullring is why I’m picking them on Sunday afternoon.
Take this stat for all you need to know, Andretti Autosport has won the last six Iowa Corn 300’s and seven of the nine trips the Verizon IndyCar Series has been making to the Newton, Iowa track since 2007.
That’s why they’re the favorites this weekend.
That stat alone.
In fact, it doesn’t matter if the race is going to be run in the day like this weekend, or at night like the recent years, Andretti has had the cars to win every year there.
The favorite has to be Ryan Hunter-Reay as he’s won the last two years there and three of the last four. The win goes through him this weekend in my mind.
But, Marco Andretti who won in 2011 and Carlos Munoz who’s been strong on all the ovals this year figure to put up a good fight against him. Then there’s the Indy 500 champion and Rookie of the Year candidate Alexander Rossi sitting there as well.
With how strong Andretti has been on the ovals lately mixed with six straight wins and seven in nine years at Iowa, would you pick against them?