By Dylan Reynolds, The Open Wheel
The INDYCAR season continues this weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Open Wheel will be covering the action all weekend so stay tuned to this site and our Twitter page @openwh33l for all of the latest news.
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NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Race 1 Saturday, September 12, 2020 4:30PM (ET) NBCSN & Race 2 Sunday, September 13, 2020 1:00PM (ET) NBC – The NTT INDYCAR SERIES enters another doubleheader weekend with fans in attendance at the beautiful Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Just five events remain on the (current) NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule so if anyone is going to catch championship leader Scott Dixon the time is now, at what just happens to be Dixon’s best circuit…
Previous driver experience at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course shows six former winners in the field in Scott Dixon (6), Charlie Kimball (1), Josef Newgarden (1), Simon Pagenaud (1), Graham Rahal (1), and Alexander Rossi (1). The active Top 5 in laps led at the venue are Dixon (261), Will Power (139), Newgarden (89), Power (99), Rossi (66), and Pagenaud (37). The two most recent winners are Dixon and Rossi. Looking at the box scores from 2019 and 2018, only Dixon, Power, and Rossi have finished in the Top 5 in each of the last two races. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, that trio is joined by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud, and Rahal.
My picks to win: Will Power & Alexander Rossi – It just seems to easy and obvious to go with Dixon and Newgarden this week, as likely as it probably is. I’m calling for a redemption storyline and for Power and Rossi to grab their first wins of the season after just rotten luck all year. Power especially has been fast all year but has experienced bad luck numerous times from winning positions. Rossi’s luck has been worse in that he’s barely been able to start races at times. That changes this weekend.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Felix Rosenqvist, Alexander Rossi, Colton Herta, & Alex Palou – Rosenqvist nearly won this race last year in a dramatic final lap duel with teammate Dixon and has continued to show speed on road courses all year long. Rossi, and Andretti as a whole, have been strong at Mid-Ohio and are due for a good race. This is a place where Rossi and the team can get a win. Based on that, I want the most consistent Andretti driver, Herta, in my lineup this week. Palou tested here last year and has had this race circled all year. Based on his impressive speed at said test, and what he’s show on road courses this year, this pick has tremendous value at just $20 this week.