2022 IndyCar in Indianapolis: How to watch, preview, and teams to watch at the Gallagher Grand Prix

IndyCar is back home again in Indiana. Colton Herta won the previous stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a wet Sunday May 14 throwing all strategies out the window. Things will probably be clearer on the weather front on Saturday at the Gallagher Grand Prix, but on the driving front, it’s getting cloudy.

There was a bit of drama ahead of Friday at Penske’s squad, as Santino Ferrucci was on the alert for Joseph Newgarden, who had been waiting to get everything from concussion protocols. Newgarden appeared to have escaped a serious injury a week ago on Sunday at his second Iowa race when a suspension piece broke off in his car and sent him into the wall while he was driving. He was cleared by Speedway Medical Center but later suffered a loss of consciousness which ended up hitting him and cutting the back of his head.

More tests and scans for Newgarden came back negative, and he was allowed to resume all racing activity on Friday, leaving Ferrucci free to trade on Sunday in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series.

At Chip Ganassi Racing, things are getting more and more contentious between the team and IndyCar Series champion defending Alex Palou, with CGR files a lawsuit against the Spaniard In Indianapolis court for signing a contract to race with McLaren in 2023. Palo is due to start on Saturday, but Ryan Hunter-Rey (who has contracts with CGR) is poised.

How to watch the IndyCar Gallagher Grand Prix

  • Date: Saturday 30th July
  • Site: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis
  • time: Noun ET
  • Television: NBC
  • Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

What to watch

It’s all about that long straight run in Indianapolis and who’s going to get off the brakes when the herd dives into the track section of the road. The weather looks set to act this weekend, with no rain expected and temperatures reaching 82 degrees on race day on Saturday. If all this is true, then expect teams to think along strategic three-stop lines, with possible five to six warning periods.

on the back foot

Rahal Letterman Lanigan: As well as Toronto was good for RLL, Iowa was not otherwise. Christian Lundgaard was the team’s top scorer on that rainy Sunday May 14, starting in eighth and ninth place, with Jack Harvey coming home in 13th (after the ninth start) and Graham Rahal 16th (after the 15th start). It was all before testing at Sebring, where they found some pixie dust and sprinkled it all over to the surprise of the field in Toronto. The team certainly hopes that the Sebring/Toronto data combined with previous data from the previous Indy road track race will add better results this time around.

Running around

Aero McLaren SP: Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist had a very strong weekend in Iowa, with O’Ward winning on Sunday. If the string is going to another ellipse, the case can be built so that the momentum is carried over. But that’s Brickyard’s road course, and O’Ward finished in 19th again on a rainy May 14th.

Chip Ganassi Race: Marcus Ericsson arguably started his driver’s title challenge with a fourth place at Indy – before winning the Indianapolis 500 later in the month – and the Swede wouldn’t love it any more. To achieve similar results again on Saturday to keep his dreams of the championship alive. Scott Dixon worked his way up from 21-10 in the May 14 race, and qualifying better will definitely help his chances. Defending Series Champion Palou was a non-factor in that previous race.

Best foot forward

Andretti Autosport: Colton Herta came from 14th to win that race again on May 14th, perhaps one of the strong drives he has brought together in the IndyCar series. AA seems to have lost its way on the road and street courses this season, and it will be interesting to see if the data from the previous race will make them more competitive.

Dale Queen Racing: David Mallukas continues to impress. With my 8th (Sunday) and 14th (Saturday) endings in Iowa, it looks like the Mallukas have unlocked something.

Penske team: Will Power has had five wins in 12 starts on the IMS course, and one has to believe that if he could figure out why his qualifying rounds didn’t work out, he’d be in the mix at Brickyard. He started first in the previous race at the road track, on May 14, and finished third.

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