The four Penske drivers along with Chip Ganassi driver Scott Dixon are the top contenders to win on Saturday. Newgarden is leading the standings but Power is coming off a win at Pocono. Penske drivers have won four straight and five of the last six. Newgarden leads with 494 points, while Dixon is 18 points back. Helio Castroneves is 22 points behind, Simon Pagenaud is 26 points back and Power is 42 points back.
Newgarden said to Fansided that he doesn’t mind the pressure of being in the lead. “I don’t know why you ever wouldn’t want to be the leader,” Newgarden said, “If you can be in a position where you’re leading the championship, I always think it’s better than having a deficit because to me, I don’t really approach a race weekend different if I’m leading or if I’m trying to catch up.”
Newgarden said that he knows it will be tough to hang onto the lead. “I think for us it’ll be hard to hold on to it because everyone is so close. You have one little mistake or one little mess-up in the next race and it’s very easy to slip back. So we’ve just got to try and stay out front if we can, and the more that we can build a points gap, that only helps … We need to just stay at least in touch with the lead as much as possible and make sure that we have a shot at winning the championship on our own terms when we go to [the season finale at] Sonoma.”
This race takes place at Gateway Motorsports Park, which is a 1.25 mile oval. The event was first held as a CART race and then was held as an Indy Racing League event but the race has not been held in over a decade.
IndyCar Standings (Top 10)
Josef Newgarden 494 points
Scott Dixon 476 points
Helio Castroneves 472 points
Simon Pagenaud 468 points
Will Power 452 points
Graham Rahal 418 points
Takuma Sato 399 points
Alexander Rossi 394 points
Tony Kanaan 351 points
James Hinchcliffe 327 points
This is a key race for Pagenaud and Power as they look to gain ground in the title race. We should get enough value at the best sportsbooks if one of the two wins, so I will take both drivers in this race.
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