It's almost time! Predictions for the 2018 Indycar season.
The picture probably gives it away but with a teammate this season, a new aero kit that hopefully levels the playing field of an already competitive series, it's hard to bet against Graham Rahal for 2018 Series Champion. What he and his team have accomplished as a one car team is fairly remarkable, especially given the Honda hasn't always been the best engine to have for the past few years. So even things up a bit and watch out. I think it's Graham's time to shine!
My dark horse Champion pick is Alexander Rossi... the kid is damn good, that's all that needs to be said.
My pick for surprise winner? Ed Jones. OK maybe not a huge surprise per se, but I think he's going to find himself right at home at Ganassi and fight for podiums very quickly.
My pick for Team/Driver that may struggle? Unfortunately A.J. Foyt Enterprises. I've always been a fan of Tony Kannan but I think he's stuck around a year or two past his prime. He was absolutely no match for Dixon last season in a quality ride and I think by mid season 2018 Matheus Leist is probably going to be out performing Tony. I kind of hope that I'm wrong here but I can easily see it happening.
No matter what your opinion or who think will come out on top at the end of the season I think it's safe to say that 2018 will be exciting. To me Indycar is making some excellent decisions (finally) and I am very much looking forward to the season opener this weekend. A new aero kit, a great crop of rookies, 24 entries confirmed for the opener.... should be a great show.
Let me know your pick for champion or surprise race winners in the comments.