INDYCAR: Friday Pre-Race Preview (Indianapolis)

Carb Day....why don't they just get it over with and rename it "Alcohol Day"


Predicting Indy seems easy.  All you have to do anymore is pick either a Penske, Ganassi, or an Andretti team car and you're set.  For the most part history will tell you that if you pick either a Penske car or another powerhouse team or driver of the time you will look smart on race day.

However, every so often a random result occurs.  The old Brickyard doesn't produce many "upsets" but they do happen.

The Galmer chassis was slow on ovals in 1992 and the program was scrapped as soon as it was built.  However, Al Unser, Jr. still found his way up front and won with it in the 1992 Indy 500.  Arie Luyendyk had never won an Indycar race prior to the 1990 Indy 500, yet he won the race and had the fastest 500-mile average speed in history.  In 1994 Team Penske dominated the entire month of May with their Mercedes-powered IndyCars, but in 1995 no Penske team car qualified for the race.

Will the favorites continue to dominate?  If not and we are due for an upset and who could it be?

 

THE FAVORITE (BEST PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER):  SCOTT DIXON

Considering his front row start and him being the fastest on Carb Day it only seems appropriate that he would rain on the upset parade taking place this month.  The Planking Karma is strong with him....

 

THE BEST OF THE REST (BEST NON-PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER):  ED CARPENTER

I kept thinking that his speed this month was too good to be true, and then Sarah Fisher's merry little band gives Fast Eddie a car quick enough for the Fast 9 Pole Shootout.  Alex Tagliani may have the pole but on race day Eddie usually backs it up.  He can take any decent car on an oval and can run with some of the finest.  Now, if only he can get that first win out of the way....maybe here?

 

THE MILKA DUNO BACKMARKER AWARD:  ??????

Even with that ride-buying fiasco this week, this is the deepest 33 in years.  You really can't quite say anyone is a backmarker, so I won't insult anyone this week.

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