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Frontstretch Staff Predicts the 2022 Indianapolis 500

It’s never easy to predict the Indianapolis 500, but some members of the Frontstretch staff are going to make a valiant effort at it.

With the green flag just over an hour away, let’s have a look at some unscientific predictions for the 106th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar Editor

Race Winner: Scott Dixon
Dark Horse: Marcus Ericsson
Rookie of the Year: Romain Grosjean
First Out: Devlin DeFrancesco
Most Laps Led: Alex Palou
Most Positions Gained: Colton Herta
Biggest Surprise: A top-five car will have an accident.

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Alex Gintz, Staff Writer

Race Winner: Alex Palou
Dark Horse: Kyle Kirkwood
Rookie of the Year: Jimmie Johnson
First Out: Dalton Kellett
Most Laps Led: Scott Dixon
Most Positions Gained: Helio Castroneves
Biggest Surprise: Kyle Kirkwood

Michael Finley, Staff Writer

Race Winner: Takuma Sato
Dark Horse: Romain Grosjean
Rookie of the Year: Romain Grosjean
First Out: Marco Andretti
Most Laps Led: Scott Dixon
Most Positions Gained: Alexander Rossi
Biggest Surprise: Scott Dixon has a mechanical issue in the final 10 laps.

Jack Swansey, Contributor

Race Winner: Alex Palou
Dark Horse: Dale Coyne Racing
Rookie of the Year: Jimmie Johnson
First Out: Stefan Wilson
Most Laps Led: Alex Palou
Most Positions Gained: Colton Herta
Biggest Surprise: Helio struggles

About the author

Christopher DeHarde has covered IndyCar racing and the Road to Indy for various outlets since 2014. In addition to open wheel racing, DeHarde has also covered IMSA and various short track racing events around Indiana. Originally from New Orleans, DeHarde moved to the Indianapolis area in 2017 to further pursue a career as a motorsports writer.

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