Good morning from IMS. Some things to note heading into this afternoon’s race:
ABC 3:30 EDT Green flag at 3:50
Bonus Point Watch- through Barber
Josef Newgarden 6
Alexander Rossi 6
Sebastien Bourdais 5
Robert Wickens 5
Will Power 4
Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
Graham Rahal, Simon Pagenaud, James Hinchcliffe, Jordan King tied at 1
It’s not surprising that the top three in points have the most bonus points. Power earned another point yesterday with his pole for today’s race.
Another charge to the front for Rahal and Dixon?
Rahal and Dixon have had to come back through the field in every race this year either due to poor qualifying, penalties, or track incidents. From their ninth row starting spots, they may have a tough time today. A different pit strategy might help them. This has not been a race with a lot of yellow flags the last three years.
The Schmidt-Peterson Factor
Keep an eye on Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe. This team started the season strong and has become a cohesive unit. Their top six starting spots bode well for good results today. A first win for Wickens is not out of the question.
Has Andretti Lost Their Momentum?
Andretti Autosport had a difficult day in qualifying. Perhaps most disappointing was Rossi not making the Fast Six. Is this a temporary hiccup in their season? I expect them to be very strong when 500 practice starts Tuesday.