INDIANAPOLIS – We’re almost through the month of May. We have just one thing left – Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network). So, who’s going to win?
Here’s who I think.
20 Carpenter – He’s been my pick all month and I’m not varying. The last time a French driver prior to Simon Pagenaud won the pole at Indy? 1919. The driver who won that year? An Indiana native who started second. Carpenter, starts second on Sunday. Carpenter started on the pole and led a race high 65 laps last year in a runner-up effort. The Indianapolis native goes all out for this race and consistently has a car capable of winning. We’ve had eight straight different winners in the ‘500, why not a ninth?
14 Kanaan – He wasn’t happy with his car on Monday. Now, he is. Kanaan, was fastest on Carb Day and said his car feels like it did last year, a race he should have finished in the top three in and thinks this is his best shot of a win since 2013. The Brazilian has two top five finishes in his last three Indy 500 starts.
3 Castroneves – He’s due. He’s started outside of the top 10 in four times prior to Sunday. He finished in the top two in three of them. Helio, looks strong.
27 Rossi – He’s been chasing his car on warm day but I never count Rossi out. He’s at his best in Indy. He was the favorite last year despite starting in the last row. Rossi, won the race as a rookie in 2016 and has finished seventh and fourth respectively since. He also has three top fives in his last five starts on the season to go along with winning the last superspeedway race at Pocono last August. He’s having a good month and rolls off ninth on Sunday. He was fifth and seventh respectively in race practice this week and says that they’ve found something on carb Day.
22 Pagenaud – He’s there in the end. Unfortunately, a pole winner hasn’t won here since 2009. Pagenaud, was quickest in practice on Monday but 22nd on Carb Day. He enters this weekend hot and will get another top five on Sunday.