23 May 2015

2015 Indianapolis 500 Predictions

Tomorrow marks the 99th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500. The run-up to the race has been surrounded with a handful of bad crashes as Helio Castroneves, Josef NewgardenEd Carpenter and James Hinchcliffe all flipped last week. All but Hinchcliffe will be in the race tomorrow.

Last year's race saw a thrilling finish in which Ryan Hunter-Reay held off Helio Castroneves in the second-closest finish in the 500 ever. Can Hunter-Reay become the first driver to repeat since Castroneves back in 2002? Here are my predictions for the 2015 Indianapolis 500.

The favorite for the 500 may just have to be Scott Dixon, the polesitter. Dixon has looked strong in practice these past two weeks and finished second on Carb Day yesterday. Of course, the previous time that Dixon won the pole for at IMS, he won the race.

Defending IndyCar champion Will Power was the fastest driver on Carb Day and he has looked strong and he is also one of the favorites tomorrow. Of course, Power has never been able to do better than fifth in the Indy 500 back in 2009. He will start in the middle of Row 1, meaning this could be his best chance yet to finally get a win.

Nobody has won more at the Brickyard in this field than Castroneves who came the closest he has been a year ago to winning his fourth Indianapolis 500. Of course, he has not won the race since 2009 but he has been in the mix, not finishing outside the top ten since 2011.

I am not picking Castroneves to win the 500 but I am picking a fellow former champion to win tomorrow: Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya comes to the Brickyard as the points leader and he has been running really well all season long with only one non-top five coming in Alabama. He also finished fifth in last year's race. He will start 15th, meaning he will be on the outside of Row 5 which is not exactly a prime starting position, but I think he will have the speed on race day to get to the front. Not to mention that Team Penske cars always know their way around the Brickyard.

Look for ol' Montoya to be drinking the milk tomorrow afternoon.

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