Fantasy Preview: INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis

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Alexander Rossi

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Happy May, IndyCar fans! “May” your month be filled with flowers, fast cars, and success in Fantasy IndyCar for the next two rounds, taking place at the greatest race course in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It all kicks off this weekend on the road course with the IndyCar Grand Prix. Congrats to Philip M. on his win at Barber. Let’s see who has the right mindset for this weekend.

Strong Choices

Will Power
It’s no secret that he’s had his struggles this year, but he’s been running up front and is always fast at Indianapolis. He’s the defending race winner, look for Power to get his season back on track this weekend.

Graham Rahal
Graham continues to turn poor qualifying results into solid finishes on race day. The Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan team is behind him more than ever this year, and I’d say the addition of a teammate (Takuma Sato) has certainly helped as well.

Alexander Rossi
He had his first finish off of the podium at Barber, but I’m not hopping off the Rossi bandwagon. He has established himself as a championship contender this year, and I feel that as the season progresses he will only continue to get stronger.

Scott Dixon
Ganassi and Dixon have had a less than stellar start to the season, but he continues to deliver decent results with the cards he is dealt. Once things go right, you can expect Dixon to capitalize. That could be this weekend.

Maybes

Simon Pagenaud
Another Penske driver who has had a not so fulfilling start to the season, but always seems to be fast at Indy, especially on the road course. Helio Castroneves is back in the mix this weekend. Will that addition help Pagenaud? We shall see.

Marco Andretti
Like Graham Rahal, Marco needs some better qualifying results to really contend for podiums and race wins. He has shown over and over again that he has the pace to be competitive, and if he starts towards the top end of the field, a podium is definitely within his grasp.

Spencer Pigot
He finished in the top ten here last year, and you certainly would expect him to continue to progress this season as he works into his place as ECR’s number one guy.

Helio Castroneves
He’s back! The Captain has brought Castroneves back to the paddock to chase down his fourth Indy 500, but not before having a little fun on the road course to get back in the swing of things. He won in his new IMSA ride last week at Mid-Ohio, expect him to show he truly still belongs in IndyCar with a solid performance this weekend.

Pass

Carlin
The team continues to struggle with accidents and mechanical woes. Kimball and Chilton have both shown pace here before, but I’d consider steering clear of them until the team can show a solid result.

Rene Binder
Juncos, like Carlin, continues to struggle adapting to the series. Binder has yet to impress me, therefore he will not be in my lineup for this week.

My picks for the IndyCar Grand Prix:

  • Scott Dixon
  • Will Power
  • Graham Rahal
  • Spencer Pigot

Good luck, and as always, may the best fan win!  You can join the Open-Wheels Fantasy IndyCar league by visiting the official fantasy site here and searching “Open-Wheels.”

Emerson Lehmann

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