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2018 Point Standings
After Mid-Ohio
Rank Driver Points

1 Scott Dixon 494
2 Alexander Rossi 448
3 Josef Newgarden 434
4 Will Power 407
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 399
6 Robert Wickens 380
7 Simon Pagenaud 344
8 Graham Rahal 335
9 James Hinchcliffe 328
10 Sebastien Bourdais 293
11 Marco Andretti 285
12 Takuma Sato 258
13 Ed Jones 255
14 Spencer Pigot 239
15 Tony Kanaan 227
16 Charlie Kimball 212
17 Zach Veach 211
18 Matheus Leist 182
19 Max Chilton 162
20 Gabby Chaves 158
21 Ed Carpenter 148
22 Jordan King 126
23 Zachary De Melo 122
24 Jack Harvey 63
25 Rene Binder 61
26 Carlos Munoz 53
27 Kyle Kaiser 45
28 Conor Daly 43
29 Helio Castroneves 40
30 JR Hildebrand 38
31 Stefan Wilson 31
32 Oriol Servia 27
33 Santino Ferrucci 18
34 Pietro Fittipaldi 14
35 Danica Patrick 13
36 Jay Howard 12
37 Alfonso Celis Jr 10
38 Sage Karam 10
39 James Davison 10

Rookie of Year Standings
1. Robert Wickens 380
2. Zach Veach 211
3. Matheus Leist 182
4. Jordan King 126
5. Zachary De Melo 122
6. Jack Harvey 63
7. Rene Binder 61
8. Kyle Kaiser 45
9. Stefan Wilson 31
10. Santino Ferrucci 18
11. Pietro Fittipaldi 14
12. Alfonso Celis Jr. 10

Manufacturer Standings
1. Honda 667
2. Chevy 564

IndyCar Mid-Ohio Odds

by Brian Carroccio
Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Scott Dixon celebrates his 5th win at Mid-Ohio in 2014
Scott Dixon celebrates his 5th win at Mid-Ohio in 2014
We’re going to have a little fun here.

As we did for the Indianapolis 500, let’s take a look at the odds to win for this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Now, before we get started what follows are my thoughts relative to the odds provided by My Bookie. For example, Scott Dixon has won at Mid-Ohio five times and will almost certainly be in the mix this weekend. But is Dixon a good bet at 3/1? Or would you rather have Will Power at 6/1? What about about 2017 winner Josef Newgarden at 4/1? 

We'll answer those questions and more.

For clarity purposes, I’m writing this article on Saturday morning before qualifying. I will update after qualifying tomorrow. Here goes.

The Favorites 

Scott Dixon+300
Josef Newgarden+400
Alexander Rossi+600
Will Power+600
Simon Pagenaud+700
Robert Wickens+800

Brian likes Josef Newgarden to repeat at 4/1
Brian likes Josef Newgarden to repeat at 4/1
Dixon is obviously great at Mid-Ohio, so if you wanted to go there, I wouldn’t blame you. I just think 3/1 is a tough price to pay.

Wickens could be due and the 8/1 number is a fair price. But if I had to choose one from this group give me Newgarden at 4/1. He was dominant here last year, and won both Barber and Elkhart Lake this season with ease. Plus, at a track where qualifying is so important Newgarden’s current qualifying form gives him an edge over the others in this group. 


The Second Tier

Ryan Hunter-Reay+1000
Sebastien Bourdais+1000
Graham Rahal+1500
James Hinchcliffe+2000


Hinchcliffe at 20/1 isn't crazy, but not enough to entice me. Despite Bourdais leading opening practice, the team’s recent struggles make him cost-prohibitive for me at 10/1.

Rahal, the 2015 winner at Mid-Ohio, would perhaps get my attention at 25 or 30 to 1, but not at 15/1. The clear pick here, in my opinion is Hunter-Reay at 10/1.

Ryan Hunter-Reay en route to a 4th place finish in 2009
Ryan Hunter-Reay en route to a 4th place finish in 2009
RHR has never won at Mid-Ohio, but he has shown speed here over the years. You might remember, he earned his first career podium way back in the Champ Car days coming home third for American Spirit Team Johansson in 2003. He also scored an impressive 4th driving for A.J. Foyt in 2009 and won pole in 2010. Plus, RHR finished 2nd at both Barber and Road America this season, so he and the Andretti Autosport team have shown strength on the permanent road courses. RHR at 10/1 is a very favorable number.

The Middle Class:

 

Ed Jones+4000
Marco Andretti+4000
Takuma Sato+4000
Tony Kanaan+6000
Conor Daly+6600
Jack Harvey+6600
Pietro Fittipaldi+6600
Zach Veach+7500


Takuma Sato ran a strong fifth last season
Takuma Sato ran a strong fifth last season
The clear standout in this category for me is Sato at 40/1. While the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner’s record here (2 top-5s in 8 starts) is nothing that will blow your skirt up, he has shown speed in previous races, most notably last year when he started third and finished 5th. Also, Sato has shown signs of rounding into form lately with a 4th at Road America, 3rd at Iowa, and a strong run at Toronto before getting caught up in a lap 66 accident. Plus, we all know Sato is as fast as anyone on his day. At 40/1, I’m more than happy to throw a dart on Sato’s speed and recent form.

The Real Longshots:

Charlie Kimball+10000
Jordan King+10000
Matheus Leist+10000
Max Chilton+10000
Rene Binder+10000
Spencer Pigot+10000

 

Sato at 40/1 is probably as far down in the field as I would be willing to go this weekend. But if you want a value longshot, Spencer Pigot’s form in recent races and practice this weekend means he’s been grossly mispriced being the same number as drivers like Binder and Max Chilton.

Spencer Pigot earned his first career podium three weeks ago at Iowa
Spencer Pigot earned his first career podium three weeks ago at Iowa
And if you’re going to play Pigot, I would make sure you get him before qualifying starts. He’s been quick this weekend and if he qualifies in the top-10 (a reasonable outcome given his practice speed), that 100/1 could easily drop to 40/1. Also, if Pigot were to say qualify in the top-5, a 100/1 ticket would give you some leverage and the ability to hedge with some other drivers near the front.

I'll update this thread following qualifying this afternoon.

Brian C. 

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