Finally, the 500’s fast approaching, folks! So in the spirit of the world’s most prestigious race, let’s speedily – though in a manner that’s thoroughly under control – get to our ever popular picks.
The special prediction for the race is how much fun it’ll be to watch this year. With so many enjoyable storylines, NBC’s telecast, slick, speedy cars, an actual oval race after an egregious nine month drought and – most wonderfully for IRR – watching the glorious 500 for the first time with our gorgeous, stunning and brilliant new wife. How awesome is that?! We at IRR only hope you’ll be having half the time we are.
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Projected as first out of the 500 – other than Alonso and McLaren of course, he he – will be Kyle Kaiser. The young American who dramatically bumped the F1 star from the field
will, unlike Fernando, at least start the race although he won’t get far. On the bright side, at least he’ll collect the hundred plus grand for simply making the show. Must be nice.
The greatest spectacle in racing’s biggest surprise will be if the race occurs on Sunday at all. The weather looks miserable and it’s already been an extremely wet spring across the midwest. But don’t reach for that remote too quickly, as a new sealant on the historic oval allows for much quicker drying, as demonstrated during Sunday’s qualifications. At long last, something out of 16th & Georgetown we heartily approve of.
As a bonus since we didn’t get to predict pole (publicly, at least – we had Carpenter again), we’re including a super star Colton “Joaquin” Herta related prediction just for fun. We considered picking the 19 year old to win, but just couldn’t go with a rookie driving a Honda this year, no matter how talented he is. However, we can pick him for the obvious rookie of the year and a comfortable top ten finish for Harding Steinbrenner Racing.
As for the winner of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, we’ve been on record with this American ace for months now. It’ll be Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden taking his first sip of the traditional victor’s milk, giving Roger Penske his eighteenth 500 triumph. Hey, nobody ever said all emotions are enjoyable.