By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2022 INDYCAR season continues with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 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.
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Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Preview: Indy Lights Grand Prix at Road America (Entry List) – Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:35AM (ET) Peacock – Linus Lundqvist has established a massive lead in the championship after a perfect weekend at the doubleheader in Detroit and will be one of the favorites again this weekend as the series sophomore returns to a track where one of his former teammates David Malukas last year. The other race was won by Andretti Autosport so expect another Andretti/HMD/GRG battle this weekend. My prediction is a win for each Linus Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America – Sunday, June 12, 2022 12:30PM (ET) NBC – Road America is one of the highlights of the year for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the stage is set for a great weekend at the historic circuit. A tight championship race and incredibly deep field should make for a classic race on Sunday.
Previous driver experience at Road America shows six former winners in the field in Scott Dixon (2), Josef Newgarden (1), Alex Palou (1), Will Power (1), Felix Rosenqvist (1), and Alexander Rossi. Palou, Rosenqvist, and Dixon are the last three winners at the circuit, all with Chip Ganassi Racing. Looking at the box scores from 2021, 2020 Race 2 and 2020 Race 1, a few interesting observations can be found. Colton Herta finished in the Top 5 in all three races. Power, Palou, and Dixon each finished in the Top 5 in two of the three races. Herta, Pato O’Ward, Palou, Marcus Ericsson, and Takuma Sato each finished in the Top 10 of all three races. The active Top 5 in laps led at the circuit are Newgarden (123), Power (60), Rossi (54), Pato O’Ward (43), and Dixon (43).
My pick to win: Alexander Rossi – Rossi was excellent last weekend leading two practice sessions and recovering from unfortunate circumstances in qualifying to nearly with at Detroit. Fresh off his announcement of heading to Arrow McLaren SP next season and recent strong results at Indy and Detroit, Rossi has a lot of momentum on his side heading to a track he’s had plenty of success at. His Road America win in 2019 was as dominant as we’ve seen in recent years in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and he might just earn the top step of the podium again this weekend.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Alexander Rossi $26, Scott Dixon $29, Scott McLaughlin $26, & David Malukas $19 – You know my thoughts on Rossi. Ganassi has owned this circuit in recent years so Dixon is a must have for me. McLaughlin didn’t qualify well here last year but his teammates did and he’s been much improved in Year 2. Malukas could be a good value choice this weekend as Palou and Grosjean have delivered good finishes in the last three Road America races for Dale Coyne Racing.