Everything is Bigger in Texas
The IndyCar season began in St. Petersburg a few weeks back, and Scott McLaughlin brought home the win. St. Petersburg is a great track because it’s easy to pass, and drivers can make a lot happen. However, this will not be the case when the IndyCar season heads to Texas on Sunday.
The XPEL 375 is one of the season’s best races because it’s a quick oval track. This is a totally different experience for the drives and one that is a very fun experience for fans. The green flag in the XPEL 375 will wave on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway at 12:30 PM ET.
Race Weekend and the Course
IndyCar fans heading to Texas Motor Speedway are in for a treat. Additionally, if you are looking to bet online, hang on tight because a lot can happen on this course. Race weekend will begin on Saturday with practice and qualifications.
The best thing to do is lock in a bet before qualifying because you are going to receive a lot more value over at sportsbook. However, if you want to wait for qualifying to be done, you are trading value for information which is also a reasonable decision.
The green flag is waving at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, and it will consist of 248 laps and 600 kilometers. The race description from the IndyCar website reads;
“Repaved and redesigned in 2017, Texas Motor Speedway features 20 degrees of banking in Turns 1 and 2 and 24 degrees of banking in Turns 3 and 4, and the wide (minimum 60 feet) racing surface has produced many memorable moments since the series began racing at the 1.5-mile oval in 199”.
Scott Dixon Is the Man
There were two races at the XPEL 375 last season because of COVID-19. The season schedule was restricted, but IndyCar still wanted to get the same number of races in, so it had to double.
Scott Dixon won the first race of the doubleheader last season, and this carried on from his win in 2020. Dixon is not the youngest driver in the field, but he is one of the best in the sport’s history. Dixon prides himself on finishing races, which he has done throughout his career.
Dixon has won six series championships and took home the 2008 Indy 500. He is the most winning active driver in the sport with 51 wins. This also ranks third on the all-time wins list, so it’s never a bad idea to bet against the Chip Ganassi driver.
The XPEL 375 and St. Petersburg Grand Prix are two completely different races, so it’s not smart to bet the hot hand. Scott McLaughlin won last week’s race. He was followed by Alex Palou and Will Power.
Palou is the reigning champion of the series, so keep an eye on the young driver in Texas on Sunday.
XPEL 375 Information
- Game: XPEL 375
- Location: Texas Motor Speedway
- Day/Time: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: indycar.com
XPEL 375 Prediction
The XPEL 375 is a race that favors fearlessness. This is something that equates with the young drivers in the sport. I have my eyes on three drivers this weekend.
The first is Alex Palou, who looked really good in the first race of the season. I also think Pato O’Ward should be successfulif his car is running strong.
However, my sport betting pick is Colton Herta. Herta is known for running strong in Texas, but he struggles to finish sometimes in races. He finished fourth last weekend, and I think he makes the necessary moves to prevail.