By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2023 INDYCAR season continues weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2023 Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. 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 NXT by Firestone Preview: INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix of Alabama (Entry List) – Sunday, April 30, 2023 1:00PM (ET) Peacock – It feels like a lifetime ago that the INDY NXT season kicked off on the Streets of St. Petersburg and the series is finally back this weekend. HMD Motorsports’ Danial Frost won the ultra-exciting opening round in a drama-filled race. He stands to be a favorite this weekend as the HMD cars finished 1-2 at Barber last year.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix– Sunday, April 30, 2023 3:00PM (ET) NBC – An exciting 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season returns this weekend two weeks after Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood’s dominant performance on the Streets of Long Beach. Previous driver performance at Barber Motorsports Park shows six former winners entered in Josef Newgarden (3), Will Power (2), Pato O’Ward (1), Alex Palou (1), Simon Pagenaud (1), and Helio Castroneves (1). O’Ward (2022) and Palou (2021) are the two most recent winners. Looking at the box scores from 2022 and 2021, four drivers have finished in the Top 5 of both races in O’Ward, Palou, Power, and Scott Dixon. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, those four are joined by Rinus VeeKay, Graham Rahal, Romain Grosjean, and Alexander Rossi.
My pick to win: Scott Dixon – Dixon has done everything except earn a P1 at Barber. He’s never finished outside of the Top 10 and has only started outside of the Top 10 once. He’s finished second an astonishing six times with nine podiums. There’s a great chance this could finally be his year!
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Scott Dixon $30, Rinus VeeKay $24, David Malukas $24, & Marcus Armstrong $22 – You know my thoughts on Dixon. VeeKay should have won here last year if not for a mistake forgetting to use push-to-pass on an out lap and finished P6 the year before. Malukas looks like a contender every week and could be a solid choice for his price. Armstrong has been fast and his Ganassi car will be a rocket this weekend as this is one of the better circuits for Ganassi and that’s saying something.