By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2023 INDYCAR season continues weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2023 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. 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 OUTFRONT Showdown (Entry List) – Saturday, August 26th, 2023 3:25PM (ET) Peacock – The INDY NXT by Firestone championship battle remains tight as Christian Rasmussen leads Hunter McElrea by 33 points. Nolan Siegel (-55) and Jacob Abel (-57) aren’t all that far behind if results go well for them this weekend and I expect Jacob Abel to contend for the win after his strong oval performance last month at Iowa. Matthew Brabham won this event last year with Andretti Autosport and returns this weekend with Juncos Hollinger Racing.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 – Sunday, August 27th, 2023 3:30PM (ET) NBC – Alex Palou has all but sealed the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship as he heads into the weekend holding a 101 point lead over Scott Dixon and 105 over Josef Newgarden with just three races remaining. Last year’s Indy Lights champion Linus Lundqvist will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval debut this weekend in the Meyer Shank Racing No. 60 this weekend substituting for the still-not-cleared Simon Pagenaud. Conor Daly replaces Jack Harvey in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing No. 30 by team decision. Previous driver performance at the circuit shows five winners in the field in Newgarden (5), Dixon (1), Takuma Sato (1), Will Power (1), and Helio Castroneves (1). Newgarden has won the lats three races at the venue and is looking to finish off a streak of winning every oval race this season. Looking at the box scores from the 2022 and 2021 at World Wide Technology Raceway, Newgarden, Scott McLaughlin, and Pato O’Ward finished in the Top 5 in both races. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, that trio is joined by Sato, Power, and Marcus Ericsson. The entered Top 5 in laps led at the circuit are Newgarden (484), Power (329), Castroneves (271), Dixon (251), and Sato (167).
My pick to win: Josef Newgarden – It’s Josef Newgarden on an oval…don’t overthink it until given reason to otherwise.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Pato O’Ward $28, Takuma Sato $27, David Malukas $23, & Devlin DeFrancesco $22 – It’s difficult to add Newgarden or any of the Penske cars to your team as expensive as they are regardless of their likely dominance. O’Ward should be a big factor for a podium and don’t be surprised if Sato and Malukas contend for Top 5’s as well with their history at the circuit. Devlin was solid here last year and coming off the best weekend of his career at IMS.