IndyCar will travel to Iowa Speedway this Friday, July 17, for the next race weekend, featuring the high-powered NTT INDYCAR Series cars competing in the first 250-mile race, followed by the ARCA Menards Series Shore Lunch 150 and second Iowa IndyCar 250s race on a Sunday evening. Let’s find out and preview some of the favorites to win this race so you can set down your bets against their IndyCar odds.
IndyCar Iowa IndyCar 250s Betting Prediction
The fifth race of the season is set to take place on Iowa Speedway’s 0.875-mile (1.4 km) oval, which never fails to produce exciting and close races. Last year we saw Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden win IndyCar’s only Iowa race on his way to the 2019 championship title, however, it’s Andretti Autosports who hold the series-leading seven victories at the track, which includes three wins by Ryan Hunter-Reay from 2012, 2014 and 2015.
On the other end of the spectrum are Chip Ganassi Racing, who have not won at Iowa in 10 years, when Tony Kanaan claimed the checkered flag in 2010. It’s worth noting, however, that last year Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixton found himself running 16th, but managed to turn things around to claim a bitter-sweet second place by 2.8527 seconds.
Newgarden will enter this race looking to claim his third win at Iowa (after 2019 and 2016) and while the reigning IndyCar Series champions is not someone to ignore, all the spotlight will be on the 39-year-old Australian, who has three wins under his belt only four races into the season.
Dixon already won at Texas Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and Road America No. 1, but had to settle for 12th last Sunday at Road America. There, we also saw Felix Rosenqvist score his first IndyCar victory, which pushed Ganassi further ahead of other teams with four consecutive wins to open the 2020 season.
Doubleheader races, such as the next one, have both good and bad elements to them. On one side, it may seem like most of the drivers produce a boring first race in order to preserve their equipment for the second, albeit there are a few exceptions to that rule, namely Santino Ferrucci, who finished sixth in both races last week and perhaps should have finished higher in Race 1 had he not poorly executed his pit stop.
Another thing to take away from the opening races is how well and quickly the young drivers adapt to the track despite having far less experience compared to IndyCar veterans. Patricio O’Ward, Colton Herta and Alex Palou all had an excellent performance at the Road To America, finishing 8th-2nd, 5th-5th, and 3rd-7th respectively and will likely push for higher marks this weekend.
Out of the four, however, we will keep an eye on Santino Ferrucci, who already finished 12th in Iowa last season and showed a lot of quality at Road to America. Even though Ferucci hasn’t done anything spectacular so far this season (21st in Texas, ninth in Indiana and sixth in both races at Road to America), he is a very solid ovals driver, which is why we have him as our longshot bet for this one.
As for our main prediction, we have to side with Newgarden. He has finished third in Texas, seventh in Indiana, 14th in the first race in Wisconsin and ninth in the second. Despite his shaky performances in recent races, Newgarden won in Iowa in 2019 and finished fourth a year before.
It’s fair to say he knows his way around this track and since this will be a must-win race for him if he wishes to catch up to Dixton, we expect a better performance from him this time around.
- Prediction: Josef Newgarded to win
- Prediction: Santino Ferrucci to finish Top5
- Longshot prediction: Santino Ferrucci to win