Predictions to win the IndyCar Sonsio Grand Prix
Predictions to win the IndyCar Sonsio Grand Prix

After capturing pole position for the Indy 500, Álex Palou was likely disappointed by his fourth-place finish. However, Palou looked like the IndyCar Drivers’ World Champion favorite in Detroit, scoring his second consecutive pole position and winning the Detroit Grand Prix.

Palou scored his second Grand Prix win in his last three races and firmly sits atop the Drivers’ Standings above Chip Ganassi teammate Marcus Ericsson. With five Grand Prix winners in seven races, IndyCar provides on-track drama and excitement other open-wheel racing series currently lack.

With a legendary American motorsports circuit next, Insidersbettingdigest has the inside line and a little extra push-to-pass for our Sonsio Grand Prix prediction and betting preview.

Unfortunately, as of publication, there were no IndyCar odds available for our Sonsio Grand Prix prediction.

However, here is our list of contenders who could win at the legendary Road America Circuit.

IndyCar Sonsio Grand Prix | Road America: 55 laps (358.304 km/222.64 mi)

One lap: 14 turns over 3.671 km (2.281 mi).

Location of the race: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Date and Time: Sunday, June 18. 1:00 PM ET.

With decades of motorsports history, Road America has a host of legendary past winners, including American motorsports royalty Mario and Michael Andretti, former IndyCar and Formula 1 World Champion Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, and Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi.

After a period of IndyCar inactivity, Road America returned to the calendar in 2016, with Will Power winning the return race. Scott Dixon has won twice at Road America, winning in 2017 and one of two 2020 editions. Felix Rosenqvist won the second Road America race in 2020.

Alexander Rossi won in 2019, while current Drivers’ Championship leader and 2021 IndyCar World Champion Álex Palou won at Road America during his Championship campaign in 2021. 2017 and 2019 Drivers’ Champion Josef Newgarden won the 2022 race at Road America and recently won the 2023 Indy 500.

One lap around the challenging Road America starts with two almost 90-degree turns at turns 1 and 3 before a kink for a turn leads to the Moraine Sweep and the circuit’s first two-left hand turns before taking the right-hand turn at turn seven down Hurry Downs to turn eight and the Carousel/Bend complex, before heading down Kettle Bottoms for the last somewhat straight at Road America.

The lap concludes with a right-left-right combo from Canada Corner through Thunder Valley, around Bill Mitchell Bend, and right at turn 14 before hitting the start-finish straight. 

On any given day, there are eight or ten drivers who could win that weekend’s IndyCar race. Here are our drivers who could make a Sonsio Grand Prix prediction a reality on Sunday.

Chip Gannassi’s Álex Palou leads the Drivers’ Championship and has finished in the top eight in every race this season, including two race wins, three top-three, and six top-five finishes.

Palou’s teammate Marcu Ericsson was close to winning consecutive Indy 500s, finishing second. Ericsson won the season opener and has finished in the top ten in every race this season, having only three-top three finishes.

Gannassi’s third driver Scott Dixon has six top-ten finishes, with his best finish being third at St. Petersburg.

2017 and 2019 IndyCar Champion and 2023 Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden has two race wins this season and five top-ten finishes overall.

  • Our Sonsio Grand Prix prediction is to take Pato O’Ward, with three second-place finishes this season, to bounce back from two poor performances to score his first win of the season.

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