Top 5 Sleepers to Win This Year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Everybody loves a good longshot to win a sporting event right? It’s fun to root for the underdog. Well, here are five “sleepers” that could win Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). 

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Tons of Star Power Coming From Midback for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, starting position mattered for the Indianapolis 500. But, since the DW12 was introduced for the 2012 race, starting position has no merit on success for the ‘500. Take this stat for what it’s worth, the last five winners of the Indy 500, all since 2012, have come from a starting spot outside the top 10. Dario Franchitti won from the 16th starting position in 2012. Tony Kanaan started 12th in 2013. Ryan Hunter-Reay started 19th in 2014. Juan Pablo Montoya started 15th in 2015, but…

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Are Points for the Indy 500 Worth the Risk? Drivers Give Some Good Answers

INDIANAPOLIS – The last few years, the Verizon IndyCar Series has awarded points for qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. This year for example, the pole nets you 42 points. Compare that to a second place finish on a normal IndyCar race that gives you 40 points. Basically, you get a race win for the pole here. But, is that fair? Graham Rahal told me on Friday that he lost 89 points to Alexander Rossi during the Month of May last year due to qualifying points and double points in the race.…

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Teammate Important to Graham Rahal, Qualifying Even More So for Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Graham Rahal has said the last few years that being a small team has hurt him in the essence that they’re having to double their work load without a teammate in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Rahal, has had to do all the race setups, qualifying setups, race runs, tests, etc. The only information they get is from him. Other teams, well they can split those duties up. They can have different teammates do different setups, then debrief to see what works the best. That hasn’t been an option unfortunately…

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Marco Andretti Fastest in Opening Day of Indianapolis 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight year, Marco Andretti was the fastest guy in Indianapolis on the opening day of Indianapolis 500 practice. Last year, Andretti turned the fastest lap of the day with a speed of 228.978 mph. Today, Andretti led the way again, this time a bit slower with a top speed of 226.338 mph in his No. 27 Honda. Andretti, is looking for some luck and maybe today he found some. He’s had the pace all season long, but mechanical misfortunes or first lap incidents not of his…

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Lack of Speed on the Straights Cost Rahal a Win in the IndyCar Grand Prix on Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – One of these years, Graham Rahal is going to be the one dominating the IndyCar Grand Prix. In 2015, race winner Will Power said that if Rahal was in a Chevrolet powered car he would have easily won. In 2016, race winner Simon Pagenaud said if Rahal started up front (he was supposed to start third if not for his car failing tech) he would have easily won again. This year, Rahal started 20th out of 22 cars and he still finished sixth, his best result of the 2017…

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Top 5 Favorites to Win Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS – Its hard to believe, but we’re already to the fourth running of the IndyCar Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). The previous three years have seen the winner come from the top five starting spots, including the pole winner winning the last two years. Also, there’s been two different winners – Simon Pagenaud (twice) and Will Power, both are with Team Penske. 

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