By: Tanner Watkins
August 30, 2019 | 8:30 PM
In the second-to-last race of the 2019 season, the NTT IndyCar Series visits the historic Portland International Raceway. While Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon fight for the 2019 series title, we still have Fantasy IndyCar to play!
Last year, Takuma Sato won in IndyCar’s return to the Pacific Northwest, and the Japanese driver is coming off of a revitalizing victory at Gateway last weekend. For the 2019 race, it seems as if there are a handful of potential winners – with many more challengers on the outside looking in.
Let’s take a look at who could compete for some TV time and a strong run this weekend at Portland as the IndyCar season flips the calendar to September.
Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing ($24)
Easily, the best value of the week comes from Sebastien Bourdais – considering his past performances at Portland and his cheap $24 salary value on Fantrax.
In six career open-wheel starts at Portland, Seb has two wins, five podium finishes, and an impressive 4.0 average finish. No other driver can boast gaudy numbers like that – especially at that dollar value. You would be foolish not to pick Bourdais this weekend.
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing ($31)
Dixon and his No. 9 Chip Ganassi team will be going all-out for the win this weekend at Portland to keep any remnants of a championship chase alive. Perhaps this is where he launches himself into true striking distance with double points on the line next race.
In three Portland starts, Dixon doesn’t have a win or a podium. But he does have one top-five run and three top-10 finishes. The New Zealander has finished every race he has started at Portland, and sports a respectable 6.33 finishing average.
He won’t be cheap, but Dixie is an option for Sunday’s race.
Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing ($20)
Harvey and his Michael Shank-led team has been impressive in part-time action during 2019. This is a track that the team is returning to after racing at Portland in 2018, and that should bode well for them.
Last year, Harvey started 13th and finished 16th in the PNW, but at a value of $20, I think he could be a fine pickup at the bottom of your lineup as a roll-the-dice option. That is pretty similar to our next pick.
Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing ($21)
Another week, another Colton Herta fantasy pick. I have really been all-in on taking the Herta flyer this year considering his price. He is high-risk when you take a look at all of the DNFs in 2019, but the price point is hard to beat for the potential high reward he can deliver.
At $21, Herta can make you look good with a top-10 run this weekend – which should boost your stars in the $25-and-up range… as long as he keeps the car on the track.
And with that being said, take a look at my Portland picks for 2019:
- Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport ($32)
- Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing ($24)
- Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing ($21)
- Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing ($20)
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