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Our expectations are rolling high for the first race on Saturday afternoon as it’s forecast to be wet. With heavy thunderstorms expected, there’s the feeling that it could be one of those Houston 2014 double header weekends with all sorts of surprises. Considering it’s in Detroit, rain’s as good as it gets on the coma inducing street course giving the gamblers a better shot at beating the house.
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It could be the magical kind of weekend where a group like Carlos Huertas and Dale Coyne beat Penske and Ganassi to win defying all the odds. Luckily for race fans, IndyCar in its infinite wisdom has doubled down on Detroit at a time when nearly everyone else has fled. All this, right there on an international border that’s now one giant casino.
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The special prediction for the weekend is lots of losers – wet fans, most every gambler and once again the Honda teams. Andretti Autosport’s gone bust so far this year, losing every way imaginable. Single car effort RLL’s consistently shown them up as Graham Rahal routinely places as top Honda ahead of the mega team. Tired of losing, Michael Andretti‘s team will start to turn their luck around this weekend in Detroit, though it may not be the favorite who does it.
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The pole winner for Saturday could be interesting as it may be wet for qualifications, as well. In a long shot we predict Jakes is wild and that SPM’s James Jakes will take the pole. The Englishman qualifies well at Detroit historically and has shown speed this year on the streets, plus the team’s due some decent luck. Sunday’s pole winner will like the second race be more of a sure thing. Will Power or Juan Montoya are safe bets for the second day’s pole winner. Remember, the house always wins in the end.
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First out of the race will be Takuma Sato – both days. After his performance at Indianapolis it’s a wonder the guy still has a job as we’ve been saying since last season. Other than the shock winner, the biggest surprise of Saturday will be Stefano “faster than Andretti” Coletti, who’ll impress with both his quickness and new found ability to not crash out of a race. As for Sunday, an Andretti car will emerge from the pack, possibly one driven by Carlos Munoz if not AA’s main man Ryan Hunter-Reay. An AA car near the front certainly would be an unexpected windfall for the team in 2015.
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We’re going with a surprise winner on Saturday breaking up the Penske string of monotonous winning from Indianapolis. James Jakes, SeBass and even Indy 500 start crasher Takuma Sato are all pilots to watch in the rain. Having witnessed the Indy 500 however, we’re happy to avoid picking Sato. Therefore we’re going with KV’s irascible Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais to claim the prize. After all before the Americans, British or Canucks took Detroit, the settlement was originally French. Sunday’s forecast to be dry, so unfortunately it’ll be a Penske dominated parade won by Montoya who’s winning ways continue. The Colombian’s as hot as they come. In a Detroit double down situation, one good day at the track is all one can realistically expect.