Through the first eight races on the NTT IndyCar Series calendar, it has been open season in Victory Lane.
Seven winners have stood smiling on top of their cars since the campaign started, and it’s no fluke. The competition around the series this year is that good.
Last year, Scott Dixon rolled rather easily to his sixth IndyCar championship. But so far in 2021, the young Pato O’Ward stands strong leading the standings with two wins and 51 points.
Of course, there’s a long way to go. And it’s time to head up to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Road America baby!
Now this is one of IndyCar’s most challenging, but fun environments. Just ask Curt Cavin, who jumped on The Fan Morning Show Friday.
“Road America is great because there’s so many sight lines and elevation changes,” Cavin said. “It’s like going to a national park because fans can sit somewhere along a hill and see cars at different angles. It’s kind of like The Masters because they keep the prices under control, it’s fan friendly, and it’s perfect weather during the middle of the summer.”
At Road America this year, it’s once again anybody’s game.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay will miss his first race of the season due to a bike crash and subsequent surgery on his clavicle. Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP will also not participate after that brutal crash in Detroit last week. Thankfully, Rosenqvist is okay, he was just not cleared to race.
That means it’s an opportunity for a couple of new faces.
Oliver Askew, who impressed in the NTT IndyCar Series last year, will fill in for VeeKay. While newcomer Kevin Magnussen will slide into Felix’s spot. Magnussen is set to make his IndyCar debut, but he zoomed in a handful of races for McLaren’s Formula One grid back in 2014.
So here’s the question of the weekend. Does a guy like Josef Newgarden or Alexander Rossi finally get past their tough luck and win a big one? Or will one of these fresh faces given the opportunity of a lifetime rise to the occasion?
A lot to look forward to up north on Sunday.
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