By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2023 INDYCAR season continues weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2023 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 NXT by Firestone Preview: INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Road America(Entry List) – Sunday, June 18, 2023 11:10AM (ET) Peacock – A couple new winners in INDY NXT at Detroit in Reece Gold and Nolan Siegel added to the mystery of what’s been an intriguing season so far. Christian Rasmussen leads teammate Siegel in the championship standings by just two points. Expect another unpredictable weekend at Road America.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America – Sunday, June 18, 2023 1:00PM (ET) USA – It’s one of the most anticipated INDYCAR weekends of the year as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to legendary Road America this weekend. A shakeup at Ed Carpenter Racing will be intriguing to watch as Ryan Hunter-Reay takes over the No. 20 ride from Conor Daly. Previous driver performance at the circuit shows six former winners entered in Scott Dixon (2), Josef Newgarden (2), Will Power (1), Alexander Rossi (1), Felix Rosenqvist (1), and Alex Palou (1). Newgarden and Palou are the two most recent winners at the circuit. Looking at the box scores from the 2022 and 2021 races at Road America, only Colton Herta and Romain Grosjean finished in the Top 5 in both races. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, those two are joined by Marcus Ericsson, Rossi, and Dixon.
My pick to win: Alex Palou – It’s hard to pick against Palou right now. He’s been dominant in authoritative wins on the IMS road course and at Detroit with only a pit lane incident, not of his own fault, to blame for not being in the mix for an Indy 500 win. He’s been great at Road America before and no reason to expect anything but the same this weekend.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Colton Herta $28, Romain Grosjean $27, Kyle Kirkwood $26, & Agustin Canapino $18 – It’s once again hard to build a complete team with one of the high dollar favorites included so I’m going for solid over spectacular here. But there’s plenty of upside. Andretti qualified great at this track last year and their trio of Herta, Grosjean, and Kirkwood should all be in the conversation for at least Top 10’s and likely better. One of Grosjean or Herta has to break through eventually this season. Canapino is probably the most solid of the $18 group but watch practice and qualifying close for the best budget pick of those options.