Indy 500 race day predictions

Christopher DeHarde reveals his predictions for the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500 race day predictions

Highest finisher from the front row: I’m going to say Will Power. Ed Carpenter did well last year, but bad strategy hurt him in the end. I think Hinchcliffe did well in qualifying, but given his injury, four laps is not going to tax the mental reflexes as long as 200 laps will.

Biggest gainer in the field: I’m going to say Buddy Lazier. He had the 14th fastest car on Carb Day and starting last, he could surprise some people. Now, he has to run hard after it, because in 2008, he ran near the back of the lead lap and ended up finishing five laps down. But if he runs hard, he could be most improved.

Mikhail Aleshin, Schmit Peterson Motorsports Honda
Mikhail Aleshin, Schmit Peterson Motorsports Honda

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

Biggest loss in the field: I think Mikhail Aleshin will lose the most amount of spots in the race. Being new to ovals, he may go from being one of the drivers that will hit the wall, to be a driver that hits the wall. But, he might surprise some people and stay in it, who knows.

Driver with the most to race for: Oriol Servia. A perennial journeyman, he’s had some good runs recently at the Speedway, but has been left out in the cold. With a good result, he could bring in enough funding for a few more races this season.

Winner: Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay or Helio Castroneves. Power won the last oval race, Hunter-Reay finished second last year, and Helio wants to get into the 4 timers club and bring the Pennzoil car its fourth win.

33rd place finisher: I’m thinking either Carlos Huertas or possibly James Davison. Huertas has never raced on an oval, and the last time Davison ran on an oval that I could see was 2009 in Indy Lights. They might be in over their heads today.

Highest finishing rookie: Jack Hawksworth. Being with a winning team and having a seasoned Indy 500 driver owning the car you drive being there to help you out will certainly give Hawksworth an advantage. Sage Karam would have gotten this spot, but that would depend on strategy. Don’t count him out, though.

shares
comments
Speedway Memorabilia Show offers great deals

Previous article

Speedway Memorabilia Show offers great deals

Next article

Kurt Busch ready to double down

Kurt Busch ready to double down
Load comments
Colton Herta – America's next racing hero Prime

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero

Last Sunday, Colton Herta demolished his IndyCar opposition in the second round of the season. David Malsher-Lopez explains why Andretti Autosport’s youngest ace bears all the hallmarks of becoming the country’s next homegrown motorsport hero.

IndyCar
Apr 29, 2021
How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival? Prime

How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Apr 21, 2021
Preview: Why IndyCar in 2021 is too close to call Prime

Preview: Why IndyCar in 2021 is too close to call

The fight for supremacy in the NTT IndyCar Series will be as intense as ever. David Malsher-Lopez is your guide to the main contenders and six intriguing sub-plots.

IndyCar
Apr 15, 2021
Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight? Prime

Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight?

With Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up, 2021 could be the year Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet joins the IndyCar elite, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Feb 21, 2021
Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team Prime

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Feb 10, 2021
Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed Prime

Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed

Last Friday, Marco Andretti announced he is withdrawing from fulltime IndyCar racing. David Malsher-Lopez explains how this third-gen racer was a puzzle in the car, but a straight shooter off-track.

IndyCar
Jan 19, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car? Prime

Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car?

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indy car game-changer that won three Indy 500s in six years.

IndyCar
Dec 23, 2020