By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2023 INDYCAR season continues weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2023 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. 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 at Mid-Ohio (Entry List) – Sunday, July 2, 2023 11:30AM (ET) Peacock – Nolan Siegel has surged to a 40 point lead over Christian Rasmussen in the championship after backing up his first series win at Detroit with another victory at Road America. Hunter McElrea is the defending race winner at Mid-Ohio and it’s certainly time for him to make a charge as he’s 56 points behind heading into the weekend. But it’s been more unpredictable than ever in the series this season so who knows what to expect beyond excitement this weekend.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Sunday, July 2nd, 2023 1:30PM (ET) USA – After a surprisingly quiet week off the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back this weekend at a fan favorite Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. As of Thursday of race week there’s plenty of rain and potential for storms in the forecast which could create a lot of surprises. Previous driver performance at the circuit shows nine former winners entered in Scott Dixon (6), Helio Castroneves (2), Josef Newgarden (2), Graham Rahal (1), Simon Pagenaud (1), Alexander Rossi (1), Will Power (1), Colton Herta (1), and Scott McLaughlin (1). McLaughlin and Newgarden are the two most recent winners at the circuit. Looking at the box scores from the 2022 and 2021 races at Mid-Ohio, only Alex Palou and Dixon finished in the Top 5 in both races. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, those two are joined by Marcus Ericsson and Newgarden.
My pick to win: Alex Palou – How can you pick against Palou right now? Outside of being torpedoed by Rinus VeeKay in pitlane in Indianapolis he’s been unstoppable with authoritative victories in three of the last four races and a massive 74 point lead in the championship.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Alex Palou $32, Marcus Armstrong $24, Kyle Kirkwood $26, & Benjamin Pedersen $18 – Palou has to be picked. Almost regardless of qualifying at this point. Armstrong is due for a great result and this has been an excellent Ganassi track. Kirkwood has shown plenty of speed on road and street courses. Pedersen will be my pick for best of the $18 options heading into the weekend.