It’s May in Indianapolis. Of course, that means that the Indy 500 is soon, but first, its the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS Road Course. Let’s take a look at some of the best bets for Saturday’s race.
With a race marred by rain last year, precipitation is on the forecast once more this weekend for the GMR Grand Prix. But despite the unpredictability of racing in the rain, one of these drivers has to take the checkered flag.
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Sure Thing: Will Power, +800
Will Power owns the Indy Road Course, with no questions asked. The two-time series champ has a record five wins at the track, including at 2021’s August race. But what’s even more impressive than that is Power’s consistency over the years at the Road Course. Not only does he qualify well with an average starting position of 3.8, but he follows that up with the same consistency on race day, with an average finish of 6.3 and a Top 10 finish in 10 of his 13 starts. While this circuit always provides some unpredictability, Will Power is a driver to watch this weekend.
Sleeper: Felix Rosenqvist, +4000
The site of his first pole position in IndyCar, Felix Rosenqvist has a somewhat complicated relationship with the Indy Road Course. In eight starts, the Swede has never won. However, he has two pole positions, including one in 2022, and has completed 100% of the laps in those eight starts. That paired with four Top 10s makes Rosenqvist a solid sleeper option for Saturday’s Grand Prix.
Long Shot: Callum Ilott, +10000
Sitting at 11th in the standings, Callum Ilott has done well for himself so far in his sophomore season. Although the young Brit has just two starts at the Indy Road Course, the #77 Juncos team has impressed with Ilott in the car. A Top five finish at St. Petersburg has proven to the IndyCar world that he can make it through the chaos to squeak out a good finish. As you can see by the odds, it is unlikely, but crazier things have happened.