We’re to our second superspeedway race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. This time though, it’s under the lights at the Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network).
So, who are the ones to beat?
Alexander Rossi (+450)
You have to have him on here. He’s at his best it seems on superspeedway. From his daring moves at Indy the last two years to how good he was at Texas last year, this could be Rossi’s weekend. He finished runner-up in the Indy 500 on May 26 and was third at Texas last year.
Scott Dixon (+500)
Dixon has three career Texas wins (2008, 2015, 2018) including last year’s race to go along with four runner-ups (2003, 2006, 2011, 2011 -Duels) and three top five finishes in his last five Texas starts overall.
Will Power (+500)
Power won this race in 2017 and has seven top eight finishes in his last nine Texas starts overall. He’s arguably one of the top superspeedway racers in the game today too.
Simon Pagenaud (+900)
On the only superspeedway race of the 2019 season, Pagenaud dominated. He started on the pole and led a race high 116 of 200 laps in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. Then, if you go back to Texas last year, he was the only Chevrolet driver to finish in the top nine with a runner-up result to Scott Dixon.
That was Pagenaud’s third straight top five finish at Texas as he enters with results of fourth, third and second respectively in each of the last three years on the 1.5-mile track.
4, 3, 2….1?
I mean, why not? The Frenchman has made seven career starts at Texas and he’s finished in the top six in five of them.
Sebastien Bourdais (+1400)
Bourdais had a top five car for most of the day at Indy and has two straight top 10 finishes at Texas as well.
Graham Rahal (+1600)
Rahal has three straight top six finishes including a win in that 2016 race. In Indy, he was strong before crashing late in the race.
Takuma Sato (+2500)
Sato finished third in Indy and has two straight top 10 finishes at Texas himself. He’s a charger and has the guts to make moves where no one else minus Rossi dares. That is what you need to be successful in Texas.
James Hinchcliffe (+2500)
Hinchcliffe has two top four finishes in his last three Texas starts including a runner-up after leading 188 laps in 2016. In Indy, Hinch nearly scored a top 10 result after coming from the Last Row.
Spencer Pigot (+5000)
He was strong all month at Indy but faded to a finish outside of the top 10. He finished 11th last year at Texas and should have a good car again this weekend.
Tony Kanaan (+6600)
In 19 career starts on the 1.5-mile track, Kanaan has scored 15 top 10 finishes. In just his last six starts, he’s finished in the top six in five of them. Out of those five top sixes, four of them are either second or third.
With Kanaan not winning a race since the 2014 season finale at Fonana and AJ Foyt Racing not having won since Long Beach in 2013, what a perfect spot for Kanaan and the home state team to end those droughts?
He finished ninth two weeks ago in Indy.
Marco Andretti (+8000)
He’s slumping lately and wasn’t a factor in Indy but his trends say he’s due for a top six finish on Saturday night in Texas. He’s went from 6th to 17th, to 5th to 22nd, to 5th to 12th, to 6th to 14th to…a top six?
Josef Newgarden (+450)
For his odds, I question using him this weekend. Newgarden, has never finished in the top five before at Texas including five straight finishes of 11th or worse. Also, he’s had three DNF’s in his last four Texas races.
Ryan Hunter-Reay (+700)
He didn’t have a good car at all in Indy. He said he stole an eighth place finish that day. I don’t think he’ll magically find it this weekend. Hunter-Reay has two top five finishes in his career at Texas and four overall top 10’s. Over the last seven years, Hunter-Reay has finished outside the top 10 in five of them.
Felix Rosenqvist (+1800)
He wasn’t comfortable at Indy and that track isn’t as intense as Texas is. I don’t like his chances this weekend.
Ed Carpenter (+2500)
He’s been good at Indy lately but not very much elsewhere. Since his win at Texas in 2014, he’s finished 22nd, 18th, 11th and 20th respectively. He’s also had nine DNF’s in his last 17 Texas starts including four straight.
Zach Veach (+4000)
Its been a rough go of it in 2019 for Veach. He crashed out at Indy while battling inside of the top 15. He also finished 16th last year in Texas. I don’t think he’s a race winner on Saturday.