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Get ready for some fast paced, action packed oval track racin’ Sunday, Pilgrim. IndyCar visits the birthplace of Marion Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne this weekend, so expect a satisfying shootout of a race and one helluva good show.
We’re burnin’ daylight, so let’s get straight to it. Our special prediction is that the good guys at Iowa Speedway will be winners after another stellar show at the tiny track. We think local boy Wayne would have approved of the passing and high speed action mere miles from his former home.
Born in nearby Winterset, Iowa, the Duke’s former stompin’ grounds overlap with Andretti Autosport‘s, a team that’s won 70% of the races held there. Ryan Hunter-Reay’s won three times – hell every Andretti driver has, even Marco – although this weekend’s script will be different.
Our pick for pole sitter is young gunslinger Josef Newgarden. It’ll be just his second ever pole after he started second at Iowa and won last year. A southerner and Team Penske member, Newkid’s definitely an outsider on the high plains and the field will be targeting his back all afternoon.
First out’s gotta be Tony “time to call it quits” Kanaan. We nailed it by picking him last race after he demolished half the field at Texas. The Duke wouldn’t have been pleased with that performance and probably would have retired TK himself, had he been on scene.
The weekend’s biggest surprise will be the disparate performances of Dollar Dale Coyne‘s pair of greenhorns. While Brit Ed Jones has performed admirably for most of his inaugural campaign, it’ll be Esteban Gutierrez’s first ever oval race. The steep learning curve will prove too much for the twenty five year old from Monterrey, Mexico, despite recent testing at the track. Adios, amigo!
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In a plot twist, the winner won’t be a hyphenated American who’s won three times already, but rather Californian Charlie Kimball. It’ll be only the Camarillo native’s second career win and one that would have made Marion Morrison – who did after all move to California – proud.