Two ovals and two road courses remain on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar, with Pocono Raceway playing host to the first of the four with today’s ABC Supply 200. The 2.5-mile tri-oval has an extended IndyCar heritage dating back decades, and was a popular pick to return to the schedule when it did just a few years ago.
With the championship still very much up for grabs, today’s race could be a make or break round for some of the sport’s biggest names. As you’re following along with the action, these three questions should be on everybody’s mind:
How safe is Scott Dixon’s championship lead?
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has 46 points over Alexander Rossi for the championship lead right now with four races to go. But Rossi’s win at Mid-Ohio cut down that lead from well over 50, the maximum a driver can earn by winning a race. Consistent finishes through the final four races for Rossi might not be enough—he could probably use a DNF for Dixon somewhere along the way—but making up 11 or 12 points per race isn’t a far-fetched proposition when broken down like that.
What does the driver situation at Harding Racing look like long-term?
Conor Daly gets one more shot in Harding’s single-car operation for Pocono, having done fairly well in the car since replacing Gabby Chaves. But while the team has repeatedly stated that Chaves will be back with a planned two-car operation in 2019, the latest rumors have placed Fernando Alonso in one of its cars with McLaren backing for the team. New Zealand-born Dixon may be off the table, but if Alonso’s in one car, will they want to put somebody else in the other and leave Chaves the odd man out?
Aside from Fernando Alonso, which driver do you want to see in IndyCar the most in 2019?
Colton Herta has been a popular pick for an IndyCar promotion in 2019, as the Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing driver spent a lot of this Indy Lights season running toward the front and has been successful on every rung of the Road to Indy ladder so far. But don’t sleep on the multi-talented Colin Braun, a target for Bobby Rahal at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; Braun helped deliver CORE autosport back-to-back Prototype wins in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship earlier this summer.