“Since it cost a lot to win – and even more to lose, you and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose.”
Those immortal words of Robert Hunter sung by the late spate Jerry Garcia sum up the stakes of IndyCar racing as well as any others. They race and spend all that money to win races. With the double header weekend in Toronto almost upon us, the vastly over-paid staff here at IndyRaceReviewer offer up their inaugural “shot in the dark” predictions for the IndyCar twin bill.
We invite you to play along, too, as it’s kind of fun and costs nothing. Please remember to predict with your head rather than your heart, hard as they both may be. Off the record, we purposely didn’t pick RHR last weekend at Iowa and look where that got us!
Without further adieu, here’s the first of hopefully many installments of Predictions –
Race One Pole – Helio Castro Neves, Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden
Helio’s a threat for pole (and a win) every single weekend in that Penske #3 car, and a likeable enough fellow. Scotty’s not only an ace around Exhibition Place winning both races last year, but he’s also overly due. We here at IndyRaceReviewer really like the young “Newkid” from Tennessee as well as SFH Racing, and note their improving performance in recent weeks.
Race One Winner – Simon Pagenaud, Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan
Pags is a true force on the street courses as is part time driver for Ed Carpenter Racing Kentish Mike Conway, even though both race for lesser-funded teams. We here at IRR love the underdogs and believe it’s good for the sport when they win. TK has been coming lately and as mentioned, Target Ganassi Racing is due.
Race One First Out of the Race – Marco Andretti
Marco’s abysmal luck with the Honda continues again this weekend, but hey – at least his ride is safe!
Race One Biggest Surprise – Mikhail Aleshin
The “mad Russian” has been impressive all year, standing out amongst a strong rookie class. Look for a potential podium for the young transplant. The series needs a new villain, no comrade?
Race Two Pole – Mike Conway, Scott Dixon, Will Power
Power is the only new mention for race two and obviously can be masterful on the street courses. Can he avoid contact and penalties? Those are the questions.
Race Two Winner – Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ryan Briscoe
Hunter-Reay has had an up and down year, although winning the Indy 500 makes it a career year overall. With recent momentum, winning at Iowa and the ESPYs already this week, he’s one to watch. Briscoe, from Ganassi’s second team, could steal a much needed victory north of the border.
Race Two First Out of the Race – Carlos Huertas
Huertas, driving for the underfunded Dale Coyne Racing has shown flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign, winning a race at Houston. But Toronto’s concrete canyons are another matter for the young rookie who’s been involved in numerous scrapes, and Hondas have shown some reliability problems this season.
Race Two Biggest Surprise – Carlos Munoz
Another impressive rookie, the Andretti Autosport driver has looked strong at times on the ovals. This weekend he may put it all together to surprise some folks – though not us here at IRR.
Looks easy/absurd, does it? Well then, let’s see yours – we’ve shown you ours!