IndyCar is in my home state of Wisconsin this weekend for their annual trip to America’s National Park of Speed, Road America. The championship battle is beginning to take shape and with that, so is the battle for Fantasy IndyCar bragging rights.
Let’s see who some good picks may be for this weekend to help keep your championship hopes alive!
The IceMan has been on a tear as of late. He is the defending race winner at Road America and seems to be in a solid rhythm. In four IndyCar starts in Elkhart Lake, Dixon has an incredible average starting position of 3.8.
With that win and another top-five under his belt, look for Dixon to be up front come Sunday.
He had his first official IndyCar session here last year, filling in for Mikhail Aleshin when he couldn’t make Friday practice in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports machine. The flowing, high-speed style of circuit that Road America has to offer may play to Wickens advantage as he’s used to these types of track from his time in Europe.
That first win is still looming. Sunday might be the day.
Whenever I think of Newgarden and Road America, I think of his gutsy drive two years ago while recovering from an infamous Texas injury. The Champ knows how to get around this circuit, and the Penske cars will undoubtedly be fast. Can he get it done? I think it’s a good possibility.
Graham grew up racing this track along with Hinchcliffe and others. In three career starts at Road America, Rahal has a fine track record that continues the tradition his dad had here.
The Ohio native has an average starting position of 5.3, with each of his three starts coming inside the top-10. Additionally, Rahal has an extraordinary finishing average of 4.7. He has finished each race inside the top-10 and thus far has two podium finishes.
He’s been fast here in previous races but has yet to find the top step. I think Graham is a solid contender come Sunday.
Zach Claman De Melo
Claman De Melo continues to impress every time he gets in the car. The kid has shown he has no fear, which can be helpful at a high-speed track like Road America. Oh yeah, this is also the place where he captured his first IndyLights win, so look for ZCD to be a bargain pick come Sunday.
He has asserted himself as a championship contender, now he just needs to find some speed on natural terrain road courses. I’m confident the Andretti Autosport bunch will have it figured out, and have Rossi near the front Sunday afternoon.
My Picks for the KOHLER Grand Prix:
- Scott Dixon
- Graham Rahal
- Robert Wickens
- Zack Claman DeMelo
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