By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2023 INDYCAR season continues weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2023 GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. 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 (Entry List) – Saturday, May 13, 2023 1:00PM (ET) Peacock – HMD Motorsports won both races in INDY NXT on the IMS road course last year so expect them to be strong as always. However, Andretti Autosport cars did finish second in both races. I’d expect one of the championship-leading trio of Rasmussen, Siegel, and Frost from HMD to be the likely winner but be aware of McElrea and Foster from Andretti this weekend.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: GMR Grand Prix – Saturday, May 13, 2023 3:30PM (ET) NBC – The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES kicks off the Month of May this weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Wet weather is in the forecast again so it should be an exciting GMR Grand Prix weekend once again after a thriller in the rain last year in May. Previous driver performance at the circuit shows seven former winners entered in Will Power (5), Simon Pagenaud (3), Scott Dixon (1), Josef Newgarden (1), Rinus VeeKay (1), Colton Herta (1), and Alexander Rossi (1). Herta and Rossi were the two winners last year for Andretti Autosport. Looking at the box scores from the 2022 GMR Grand Prix and Gallagher Grand Prix on the IMS road course, only Power finished in the Top 5 in both races. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, Power is joined by Felix Rosenqvist, Christian Lundgaard, and Dixon.
My pick to win: Colton Herta – It’s hard to pick against Herta after his two dominant drivers here last year despite P14 and P9 qualifying efforts. He should have won both races but suffered a mechanical issue in the Gallagher GP. Andretti has shown tremendous speed so far this season and that should bode well for Herta qualifying further up front.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Colton Herta $28, Romain Grosjean $27, Alexander Rossi $27, & Agustin Canapino $17 – You know my thoughts on Herta. Grosjean has been a rocket everywhere this year and has a pole position here before. Rossi is the latest winner at the circuit and should enjoy his Arrow McLaren machinery as this is a track where the team has qualified well. Canapino is probably the most reliably of the budget options at just $17.