Well my fellow IndyCar fans, it’s that time of the year! With the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg starting the season this Sunday, I’m just as excited as the rest of you for another season of IndyCar racing. That also means another season of Fantasy IndyCar!
For those of you who aren’t already signed up, I highly recommend you head over to fantasy.indycar.com and create an account. It’s free! Then search for Open-Wheels.com in the league section and join! We’d love to have you competing against us for bragging rights and the sheer joy of competition.
Throughout the season, make sure to check in on Open-Wheels.com every Thursday before race weekend for my thoughts on who I think is a solid pick for the week, and who I think might be a bust. Disclaimer, I’m not calling myself an expert. I’m just a college kid from Wisconsin who loves IndyCar as much as the next guy. Okay, maybe a little bit more. I’m just offering friendly advice on who I think is wise to spend your one-hundred fantasy dollars on each week. At the end, I’ll even tell you who my four picks are just in case you’d like to copy; no fun!
Let’s get started.
He’s one of the most, if not the most successful open-wheel drivers in North America and you can bet he’s hungry after missing out on most of last season to injury. Seb came from the back to win at St. Pete last year, and at just $23 he’s an absolute steal to have in your lineup.
The Ice Man is back with a brand new sponsor, and you can be sure that he will want to perform. I’m not going to lie, there’s not a track where it wouldn’t be smart to pick Scott Dixon, however, I felt like it was a crime to leave him out of this piece.
Will has struggled at St. Pete, but he still shouldn’t be looked over. With his two teammates winning the championship the last two seasons, there has to be an urge to perform for the Australian. Look for Power to be strong in the season opener.
Graham is confident, and with 2017 Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato joining Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing, you can bet the team will be strong. Graham has won at St. Pete before and is usually strong on street circuits. I think there’s a good chance he could find himself in victory lane again come Sunday.
Marco has struggled, there’s no question about it. He’s back with a new number and genius Bryan Herta on his stand. I don’t think anyone is more excited for the new aero kits than Marco, who has said they will play into his driving style very well. Look for him to start off 2018 with a strong run.
The American kid is back with Ed Carpenter Racing, this time in a full-time seat. Spencer was very strong last year, and you can be sure he’ll want to make a good first-impression as the team’s lone championship contender.
Now with two full seasons under his belt, Rossi is expected to be a championship contender. He’s consistent and drives with his head; very important especially in street course races. He could be a threat come checkered flag time on Sunday.
It’s his first start in IndyCar and the first road course race for Juncos Racing. I would give Rene and the Juncos team a little bit of time to settle in before putting them in your line up.
I’m thrilled to see Gabby back with Harding Racing, this time for the full season. It is, however, the team’s first road course race together. There’s a lot of strong players in their camp, but I want to see them get a race or two in before throwing him in my lineup.
Veach has one IndyCar start on a road course with a 19th place finish for Ed Carpenter Racing at Barber. He’s been working hard in the off-season to prepare for the physical aspect, and I think he’s ready. However, St. Pete is a tough, demanding course. It will be interesting to see how the #26 does on Sunday.
Finally, my picks for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
- Marco Andretti
- Sebastien Bourdais
- Scott Dixon
- Graham Rahal
Good luck, and may the best fan win!