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IndyCar Grand Prix: What To Watch For

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer

SPEEDWAY, Indiana- For Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, there are many variables to look at heading into the first race of the month of May for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Let’s take a look at different storylines and who to look out for.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Montoya was sidelined with the arrival of Josef Newgarden to Team Penske and only has a schedule of the Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. Well, Montoya qualified fifth despite being out of competition since Sonoma last September.

Dale Coyne Racing

Sebastien Bourdais had one of the best starts to a season that a driver could get after switching teams. Starting last and winning at St. Petersburg and getting second at Long Beach, Bourdais was on a high until his crash at Phoenix dropped him from the points lead.

Well, Bourdais qualified sixth while teammate Ed Jones got 13th and with Jones being on the primary black sidewall tire, he might be someone to look out for when he goes to the alternate red sidewall tires.

Graham Rahal

Rahal qualified 20th but was fourth fastest in the morning warmup. He finished fourth in this race last year after starting 24th, so this year might be a repeat performance.

Marco Andretti

Fifth in the morning warmup was a great result for the third generation driver but after qualifying 11th, Andretti has some work to do to get into the top five.

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A 2012 graduate of LSU, Christopher DeHarde primarily focuses on the NTT IndyCar Series and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.