By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2022 INDYCAR season continues with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. 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.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Preview: Indy Lights at Iowa Speedway (Entry List) – Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:15PM (ET) Peacock – Indy Lights heads to Iowa Speedway for their first oval race weekend of the season. Linus Lundqvist continues to hold a big lead in the championship that seems inevitable at this point. But there has been a lot more parity in recent events and an oval event should exacerbate that situation even more. David Malukas won the only two Lights races of the season last year at WWT Raceway so expect the HMD/GRG teams to be strong as always but Andretti Autosport and Kyle Kirkwood finished second in both races so the Andretti team will be right there too. I genuinely have no idea what to expect this weekend let’s just hope it’s as good of a race as it appears it should be.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend – HyVeeDeals.com 250 presented by DoorDash on Saturday, July 23, 2022 4:00PM (ET) NBC & Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 presented by Google on Sunday, July 24, 2022 3:00PM (ET) NBC – The NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to the Iowa Speedway bullring for after a year off in 2021 for what should be an exciting doubleheader weekend with the excitement of new partners promoting the event and all they’re bringing with them. The pre-race and post-race concerts this weekend feature a lineup any music festival would strive for in Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton. The championship battle remains tight with the top 5 drivers of Marcus Ericsson, Will Power, Alex Palou, Josef Newgarden, and Scott Dixon separated by just 44 points and others not far behind.
Previous driver experience at Iowa shows three former winners in the field in Newgarden (3), Helio Castroneves (1), and Simon Pagenaud (1). Newgarden and Pagenaud won the last two races in 2020. Looking at the box scores from 2020 Race 2 and 2020 Race 1, Newgarden, Pagenaud, and Dixon finished in the Top 5 in both races. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, that duo is joined by Jack Harvey, Alexander Rossi, and Ericsson. The active Top 5 in laps led at the circuit are Newgarden (1,150), Power (131), Dixon (130), Pagenaud (98), and Takuma Sato (59).
My pick to win: Josef Newgarden & Felix Rosenqvist – I mean look at those laps led stats above and how can you not pick Newgarden this weekend? All five race wins by drivers entered in the race this weekend were won with Team Penske. Newgarden is almost certain to win one of these two races. I’m going with a big surprise for the other winner this weekend in Rosenqvist. He’s had some sneaky good results on ovals and has shown a lot more speed in recent events. Oliver Askew and Pato O’Ward had good weekends for Arrow McLaren SP at Iowa a couple years ago so look out for Felix this weekend.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Josef Newgarden $30, Felix Rosenqvist $26, Conor Daly $23, & David Malukas $19 – You know my thoughts on Newgarden and Rosenqvist. Daly has a pole at Iowa with Carlin!!! of all teams in 2020 and will bring that knowledge and experience to ECR this year with a team that will be hungry for some good results. Malukas has been very impressive in recent events and won two oval races in Lights last year.