INDIANAPOLIS – The Verizon IndyCar Series’ championship race is heating up as four races remain in the 2018 season. With that being said, the series has two weeks off before returning to action at Pocono on Aug. 19. Now that we enter the down time, here’s who’s hot and who’s not before we get to Pocono.
Who’s Hot –
He may not have won a race yet, but no one is as hot as the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver. Wickens, has four straight top five finishes in his No. 6 Honda and nine top 10’s over his last 10 starts on the year. If trends hold true, a win may be coming at Pocono. He finished third in Toronto, second at Mid-Ohio…first at Pocono?
Mikhail Aleshin had some good runs in that car at the Tricky Triangle in the past, now it’s Wickens’ turn.
He’s coming off of a domination on the field at Mid-Ohio. He led 66 laps from the pole en route to his second win of the season. Now, Rossi heads into the break with three straight top 10 finishes and four of the last five.
The “Iceman” has nine top six finishes over his last 10 starts on the season. He finished fifth last weekend in Mid-Ohio but won the race prior to that in Toronto. He’s the current points leader and going to be a tough driver to catch and pass for the title. He’s came away with 11 top six finishes in 13 races this season.
He hasn’t won in a month (Road America) but his car has been stellar. Newgarden, has four straight top 10 finishes, three of which resulting in a top four. He led 59 laps at Texas, 53 in his Road America win, 229 at Iowa and 25 more at Toronto.
He’s really starting to find his groove. Veach, finished seventh two races ago at Toronto and backed that up with a 10th place run last weekend in Mid-Ohio. He enters the break with two straight top 10 finishes and looking like he could be a star someday.
He may have had a disappointing qualifying effort at Mid-Ohio but that didn’t stop the Frenchman from charging through the field anyways. He came away with his sixth straight top 10 finish on the season with an eighth place run. Since the second race at Belle Isle, Pagenaud has brought his No. 22 Chevrolet home 10th, second, seventh, eighth, second and eighth respectively.
Who’s Not –
He’s been hovering around the 10th place spot, but he can’t seem to get qualifying down to where he’s challenging for a top six starting spot. That’s hurt his finishing position as he’s had finishes of 14th, 11th, 16th, 10th and 11th respectively over the last five races.
After coming off of a season best qualifying position of sixth at Mid-Ohio, he was penalized in the opening laps for avoidable contact. He went from a potential season changing weekend to a last place finish. He’s now finished last in each of the last two races and has finishes of 12th, 17th, 15th, 23rd and 24th respectively over the last five races.
After starting June off with results of sixth, third, ninth and ninth respectively, Jones now has finishes of 13th, 12th and 15th respectively since.