INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to believe, as it seems like I was just writing this story last year, but here are the five favorites to drink the milk in Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
I have three previous winners on this list.
Also, if you’re a fan of Andretti or Ganassi, you”ll enjoy this too.
I know it sounds cliche to pick the pole winner to win the race, but right now, there’s no one better than Scott Dixon. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver is with the preferred aerokit that led 129 of the 200 laps last year and took 14 of the top 17 starting spots in this year’s race.
Plus, Dixon is hungry. He’s been great in practice and has had a top five in literally every race this season. Only he and Simon Pagenaud can say they hold that feat.
Also, Dixon is a former ‘500 winner and has nine top eight finishes here in his last 11 starts.
Dixon, was third fastest in practice on Monday and fourth today.
With Honda being the top aerokit and Dixon being the top driver in that kit, he’s my pick.
Andretti drivers have won two of the last three Indy 500’s. That makes them the sexy pick for a third in four years. To me, the top driver to beat in that organization is Hunter-Reay.
He won in 2014 and if not for a pit road incident with his teammate last year, he likely would have had a second crown.
This year, he’s got a stellar car and had the fourth best qualifying average despite starting 10th. He was seventh fastest in Monday’s practice and 10th on Friday. He also has the no fear to make the moves necessary to win, and I think he can challenge to do so.
He won last year’s ‘500 without knowing what to expect. Now that he knows what it takes, he doesn’t want to let that feeling ever go away. Mix that with two top eight finishes in his last three starts on the season and having great poise on superspeedways, and it’s clear he’s going to mix in there for the win.
Rossi, was ninth in Monday’s practice and seventh on Carb Day.
Like I stated with Hunter-Reay, Andretti has won two of the last three ‘500. He drives a Honda, the preferred aerokit. He’s starting on the front row and told me his race car in race trim is “damn good.”
Need I say anymore.
If not for bad luck, Kanaan would have been a three-time ‘500 winner by now. Instead, he has one win. But, this could be his year though. Kanaan, has quietly been good all month and start seventh on Sunday.
He finished sixth at Phoenix despite a deficient aero kit. He came home fourth in last year’s ‘500 with a Chevy kit that had a disadvantage.
What do you think he can do with a prominent aerokit now and the speed and handling to win?
This could be a special year for TK.
If not for bad luck, Marco would have no luck at all. He finished a strong seventh in the season opener at St. Pete, the electrical gremlins and a first lap crash not of his doing ruined what could have been a special season.
Now, I think Andretti’s bad luck comes to an end.
Andretti, is always good here. He has five top four finishes in just 11 starts. Furthermore, he has seven top 10’s overall here, and is due.
He hasn’t won since 2011 at Iowa and I think that could come to a popular end on Sunday.
Marco has boasted this is the most confident he’s ever been here. He starts eighth.
This is his turn.