Josef Newgarden

Today’s question: Only two drivers have done the “May double” at IMS by winning the GMR Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 in the same year – Will Power (2018) and Simon Pagenaud (2019). Who do you think has the best chance to join that club this year?

Curt Cavin: Scott Dixon is the safe answer, right? Winner of last year’s GMR Grand Prix, second in the Indianapolis 500. Has to be him, yes? If pressed to the wall, that’s my answer, but let me give you a longshot: Graham Rahal. Second in last year’s July 4 road race and third in the “500” driving for the team that won the race with Takuma Sato. Can he win either or both? Sure he can, and he might. Another longshot doubler is Colton Herta.

Zach Horrall: My answer is staying within the Team Penske organization: Josef Newgarden. Clearly, this team has figured out the Month of May at IMS, and especially the IMS road course, winning seven of the nine races there (Pagenaud won the inaugural race in 2014 for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports). Newgarden broke through for his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win at IMS last fall in the INDYCAR Harvest GP. Now that he knows how to find Victory Circle at IMS, I think he’s poised to be able to do the “May double.” And don’t forget, he’s finished in the top 10 in each of the last three Indianapolis 500’s.

Paul Kelly: This answer takes no guts, but my pick is the same guy who achieved the feat the first time, Will Power. DJ Willy P has three wins in the GMR Grand Prix and won one of the INDYCAR Harvest GP road races last October at IMS. He owns that track. And he used the momentum from that GMR Grand Prix win in May 2018 to then win the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge 15 days later. Armed with a new contract with Team Penske, I think we’ll see a relaxed, focused Power ready to rock during this Month of May.