The Indy Car series is North America’s main open-wheel racing championship. It is sanctioned by IndyCar, an American-based auto racing governing body. The premier event in the racing championship is the famed Indianapolis 500, one of the most watched racing events in the USA.
The competition began as a direct competitor to CART, which was created by Tony George, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thanks to the increasing interest in the Indy Car series every year since the inaugural season, the competition eventually merged with CART in 2008.
Unlike other racing championships, the league mandates the chassis and engines manufacturers must use every season, while also mandating other factors such as maximum engine speed, horsepower level, and aerodynamic configuration. There’s an officially registered race boss who controls all the drivers, maintaining direct radio communication with them during races. The manufacturer’s choices are reviewed every 3 years. At the moment, the chassis specification to the teams is provided by Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara, with Chevrolet and Honda providing the engines.
The Indy Car Series season begins in early March and lasts until mid-September, with the number of races varying in the past (17 for the 2018 season). Since the inaugural season, the competition was held on 41 different race courses in the USA, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Japan. The circuits are oval, permanent (“natural”), temporary or combined road courses.
The 2018 Indy Car Series championship is already well underway, with only 7 races remaining until the end. It’s one of the most exciting competitions in the history of the competition, with many drivers having a shot at the title. Australian Scott Dixon, who has 4 Indy Car trophies during his career, is the current leader of the driver’s standings, with Honda leading the manufacturer standings.
Although Dixon is the current leader in the standings, there’s more than one player fighting for the top spot. Last year’s champion Josef Newgarden is currently on the 4th spot but not so far away from Dixon. With 7 races till the end, it’ll certainly be exciting to see who wins this year’s impressive Indy Car Championship.
Can Dixon Win His Fifth Title?
Dixon is one of the legends of American Championship Cars history. He has already won the Indy Car Championship 4 times (2003, 2008, 2013, and 2015), and is the driver with most wins in American Championship Cars history, trailing Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt. He has a record 42 wins in the Indy Car Series and has also won the 24 Hours of Daytona race.
Dixon has taken the top spot of the driver’s standings this year after winning the Detroit 1 and Texas races, while also finishing on the podium in most of the other races. Understandably, he’s the leading favourite for the title, although Newgarden, Hunter-Reay, Rossi, and Power will certainly try to spoil his chances.
Dixon is being given 11/5 odds at EnergyBet and LV BET, and 41/20 at SportPesa, Fun88, and BetEast. He’s clearly a heavy favourite for the title and we must say that the odds are quite enticing. Placing a reasonable bet on Dixon’s odds will triple your investment and he looks like a lock for this year’s title, so if you’re planning on betting on the Indy Car Championship, you should really consider the Australian. He certainly has the experience and quality to finish the season first and win a record 5 title.
Rossi, Power, and Newgarden – A Powerful Trio of Challengers
Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, and Will Power are a trio of challengers who have a great chance of overtaking Dixon’s top spot. All three of them certainly boast the quality to do so – Newgarden won last year’s championship, Rossi won the Indy 500 in 2016 in his debut season, while Will Power won the Indy 500 this year and the 2014 Indy Car Championship as well.
As proven winners, Rossi, Power, and Newgarden can easily ruin Dixon’s chances of a fifth title. Rossi is currently tied on the second place with Ryan Hunter-Reay, while Newgarden and Power sit on the 4th and 5th spot. When it comes to odds, Newgarden is being given the best chances of winning the championship. The American stands at 22/9 at EnergyBet and LV BET, and 49/20 at SportPesa, Fun88, and BetEast.
Bookies can’t separate Rossi and Will Power – they are both given odds of 22/5 at LV BET and EnergyBet and 33/10 at Fun88, SportPesa, and BetEast. The odds for the other drivers besides Dixon are just as close as the current driver’s standings. It’s obvious that everyone has a shot at the title, so before placing your bets, we suggest reviewing your options carefully.
Still, with Dixon’s enticing odds of 11/5 (41/20), he’s quite hard to overlook.
The Curious Case of Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay is a former Indy Car champion (2012) and Indy 500 winner (2014). The American is an accomplished driver who has competed in various racing events during his career. This year, Hunter-Reay has surprised everyone by winning the Detroit 2 race and finishing on the podium more than once, which led to the number 2 spot in the current driver’s standings, trailing Dixon by only 45 points and sharing the spot with Alexander Rossi.
Together with former champion Will Power, Alexander Rossi, and last year’s champion Josef Newgarden, Hunter-Reay forms a group of 5 drivers who have the biggest chances of raining on Dixon’s parade. Ryan Hunter-Reay has been given odds of 22/5 at LV BET and EnergyBet, and 17/4 at Fun 88, SportPesa, and BetEast. He may be behind Power, Rossi, and Newgarden when it comes to bookies, but let’s not forget that he’s currently second in the standings and in pole position for overtaking Dixon should he win most of the upcoming races.
What About the Rookies?
When it comes to the rookies, we can safely say that only Canadian Robert Wickens has exceeded expectations. Wickens surprised everyone finishing second in Phoenix and third in the Indianapolis GP. He’s not a favourite for the title of course, but he’s currently sitting on the 7th spot in the driver’s standings, right in front of 2016 Indy Car Championship winner Simon Pagenaud.
Wickens is certainly not among the favourites for this season’s Indy Car Championship. He’s 71/1 at LV BET and EnergyBet and 79/1 at Fun88, SportPesa, and BetEast. Being a rookie, those odds are not that bad, but you won’t see him victorious at the end of the season.
Still, the Canadian has already shown much promise. With experience on his side and a bit of luck in the coming seasons, we’re sure that bookies will change their opinion on Wickens soon.