By: Spencer Neff
July 25, 2019 | 12:23 PM
We’re starting to wrap up another season. After this weekend, only four races remain on the NTT IndyCar Series’ 2019 calendar.
Last weekend, my team (16th Street Bullies) finished second in the Open-Wheels.com league to keep my fourth-place spot in the season-long standings.
This weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be the third straight race without an off weekend. Additionally, three of the final five races will be run on natural terrain road courses. So, Sunday’s race could serve as a barometer of things to come in the championship fight.
Now, here are some drivers to consider for your lineup.
Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) $29
Despite turning 39 earlier this week, Dixon’s competitive fire burns as bright as ever. Last weekend, he made a late-race charge up to second at Iowa Speedway.
This weekend, the five-time series champion returns to his best track. In 14 starts, he has won a record five times at the 2.258-mile road course.
In 2014, Dixon started last but worked his way through the field to win yet again. As he looks to stay in the championship battle, a visit to Mid-Ohio could help revive Dixon’s chances at a championship repeat.
Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) $33
Last year, Rossi put on a clinic during the Honda Indy 200. After winning the pole, the Andretti Autosport driver led 66 of 90 laps and won for the first time at Mid-Ohio.
On June 24, Rossi started second and by Turn 3 on Lap 1, had the lead at Road America. As has been the case several times, he never looked back after that, leading 54 of 55 laps to win in the NTT IndyCar Series’ last race at a natural road course.
Following a sixth-place effort at Iowa and losing 25 points to Newgarden in the championship, Rossi will look to recapture his 2018 Mid-Ohio form. If he has any luck in doing so, it could be a long weekend for the rest of the field.
Other Favorites: Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) $34, Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) $28, Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) $25
Jack Harvey (Michael Shank Racing) $20
After a month off, Harvey and the Ohio-based team return to IndyCar action. For Car Owner Michael Shank, Mid-Ohio is his “Home Track”. Last year, Harvey started and finished 20th.
In 2019, the team has shown a noticeable growth in commitment, reflected in results that are headlined by a third-place at the IMS Road Course on May 11.
This weekend, Harvey returns to a track where he swept the Indy Lights races in 2014. For MSR and Harvey, a strong run this weekend would mean the world.
Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) $22
This has been an eventful rookie IndyCar season for Herta. After winning the second race of 2019 at Circuit of The Americas, the second-generation driver has been plagued by issues often not of his own doing. ‘
Despite the frustrations, the speed has never been in doubt. Last month, the Valencia, California-native became the youngest IndyCar pole winner at Road America and finishing eighth, his first Top 10 at COTA.
As far as his past record at Mid-Ohio, he has earned runner-up finishes in three of his four Indy Lights races at the track.
Considering Herta’s success on natural terrain circuits in 2019, he’s worth at least some consideration for lineups at Mid-Ohio.
Other Sleepers: Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing) $23, Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing) $22, Marcus Ericsson (Arrow Schmidt Peterson) $21
Spencer’s Fantasy Picks for Mid-Ohio
- Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing ($29)
- Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ($25)
- Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan ($24)
- Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing ($22)
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