By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2022 INDYCAR season continues with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in Speedway, Indiana. OpenWheel.com will be covering the action all weekend so stay tuned to this site and our Twitter page @openwh33l for all of the latest news.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Gallagher Grand Prix – Saturday, July 30, 2022 12:00PM (ET) NBC – The NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for its third race at the venue this season as part of a shared weekend with NASCAR. The championship battle remains tight as just 44 points separate the Top 6 in the championship. Those six are Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon, Pato O’Ward, and Alex Palou.
Previous driver experience on the IMS road course shows six former winners in the field in Power (5), Simon Pagenaud (3), Dixon (1), Newgarden (1), Rinus VeeKay (1), and Colton Herta (1). Herta, Power, and VeeKay have won each of the last three races. Looking at the box scores from the 2022 GMR GP, 2021 BMSC GP, and 2021 GMR GP, no one finished in the Top 5 of all three races. A Team Penske car started on the front row of all three races. Only Ericsson finished in the Top 10 in all three races.
My pick to win: Will Power – Power won this race last year and earned the pole for the race in May. Chaos reigned supreme in the May race once rain and storms hit so he didn’t get the win there but you know he’ll be fast. Team Penske always has a strong say in the result of these races and I expect Power to be their lead driver this weekend.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Will Power $30, Scott Dixon $30, Christian Lundgaard $20, & Callum Ilott $19 – You know my thoughts on Power. Dixon had been a consistent Top 10 finisher nearly every time at this venue until the last couple races, but has started his late season push to get himself back into the championship conversation and figures to be a strong factor this weekend. Lundgaard has P4 and P8 qualifying efforts in his two races at the circuit and was lightning fast here in this event last year in his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. Ilott continues to impress and was P7 in qualifying and P8 in the race in May.