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The Indycar season is about to start this afternoon at St. Petersburgh, let’s look at some of the biggest storylines entering this season.
Dixon’s quest for six. Scott Dixon is undoubtedly one of the greatest drivers in history, his five championships rank him 2nd all-time. Dixon has finished in the top three 11 of the last 12 seasons and continues to be a force. What makes him so dangerous? Consistency. Dixon no longer wins the most races, but he NEVER crashes out. Last year he never crashed out, finished top 10 in 15 out of 17 races, and top 5 in 13 out of 17 races. Even on Dixon’s worse days with penalties and car issues, he would end up with a quality sixth place. That kind of consistency is what led to another Championship. This year Dixon will not only be racing against the rest of the field but against history. Winning another title (especially if he can add an Indy 500 to it) would give him a strong argument to be called the best of all-time.
Alexander Rossi and Will Power will contend. Last year Rossi took a big step forward after being a promising young driver for years, and now he says he learned a lot racing against Dixon. Will Power was perhaps the best driver last year but had some terrible luck. In races he finished, however, he had the highest average finishing position, and of course, Power will still set poles every race. These two will be the biggest roadblocks on the way to Dixon’s 6th title.
The rookies will be strong this year. We have seen rookies win a title before including Scott Dixon back in 2003. Felix Rosenqvist and Colton Herta both looked strong in the season’s early qualifications and are racing for some of the best teams in the business. Don’t be surprised if one of these two is racing for a Championship in the last 3 races.
Projected Top 5
1.) Alexander Rossi – It is tough to say Dixon is not the favorite, but Rossi looked incredible last year and now returns hungrier than ever with more experience on how to chase a title.
2.) Scott Dixon – Dixon is last years champion, and if he did not crash out of the Indianapolis 500 he in 2017 (Thanks Jay Howard) he would have won back to back titles only needing to finish in the top 14 in Indianapolis. Dixon is the most consistent driver the series has ever seen.
3.) Will Power – If you start first in 30% of your races and are BY FAR the best qualifier the sport has ever seen, your going to compete.
4.) Felix Rosenqvist – An experienced driver, joining a top two team, and has Scott Dixon working with him. He will be dangerous and watch for him to be in the conversation late in the year.
5.) Joseph Newgarden – Newgarden has shown he can be great, but also that he can be inconsistent. Can he put together the late 2017 magic? Maybe.