The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 got underway yesterday with the 500 mile race happening next weekend, but our editorial team at apexnews.co.nz have made their predictions on who they think will win the race this year.
As a Team Penske fan since 2010, I’m trying to look at this race as unbias as I can but I do see the race coming down to Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and the sole kiwi Scott Dixon from the Ganassi gang with the Frenchman coming out on top at the end of the 500 miles event.
Unfortunately, I don’t see Team Penske being a strong contender as the Chevrolet package doesn’t seem strong on the wide-open ovals according to the IndyCar experts. An outsider pick would have to be the sixth Andretti Honda entry of Fernando Alonso, who races for McLaren-Honda in Formula 1, and has huge pressure from his Spanish and F1 fans to perform well on his debut.
Bourdais has the speed and a supposedly superior car. Pagenaud has been quick all season, but that Chev package isn’t good enough apparently. But surely it’s time Dixon got a win? These are the three things running through my mind as I write this. We saw last year the winner could come out of nowhere, so maybe that opens up an opportunity for Alonso? Only time will tell, so don’t be surprised if any of these guys step atop of the podium after 500-miles. Although I am required to pick one driver and as a Kiwi, I’m going with Dixon.
My pick for this year’s Indy 500 has got to be, Scott Dixon, the kiwi sits second in the standings with five consecutive top 5 finishes. Dixon is also a former winner of the 500-mile classic and will make his 15th visit. You can never rule out Dixon or his Powerhouse team- Chip Ganassi Racing making him a favorite heading into this year’s race.
I think Ryan Hunter-Reay will get it done in his DHL Andretti Honda. As Hunter-Reay is a former Indy 500 winner back in 2014 when he won the IndyCars Series title the same year, it is also known to the American experts that the Honda aero kit will suit the fast speeds of Indianapolis. It will also be the third time in four years that an Andretti Autosports entry won the event with the exception of Montoya’s victory in 2015 with Team Penske.
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