The 2021 IndyCar REV Group Grand Prix is Sunday, with the green flag set to wave at noon ET. The REV Group Grand Prix occurs at Road America, one of the best venues in racing. The 640-acre complex has countless areas for spectators to take in some of the best drivers in the world for 220.55 miles.
The REV Group Grand Prix is the ninth event of the 2021 season. The race will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
NTT IndyCar Points Standings
Pato O’Ward is the current NTT IndyCar Series leader after a phenomenal weekend in Detroit. He finished third on Saturday and won Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix last weekend. O’Ward was sensational throughout both races, making passes that seasoned veterans would not dare to undertake.
The 22-year-old is currently leading the series with 299 points. However, he is not safe in the standings because Alex Palou is just one point shy of O’Ward. Palou, another young IndyCar star, finished second in the Indy 500 and won the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Mr. Consistency, Scott Dixon, is third behind the two young guns. Dixon has disappointed the past two events, so look for him to drive aggressively on Sunday. The Chip Ganassi driver is the best in the sport, with six series titles to his name.
Dixon is trailing O’Ward by 36 points heading into the REV Group Grand Prix. The top five drivers are rounded out by Josef Newgarden (248) and Rinus VeeKay (243). Although, VeeKay will not race on Sunday because of a broken collarbone that he suffered while riding his bike this week.
Breaking Down Road America
Road America is a great venue to watch a race, but it’s difficult for drivers to master. It’s a four-mile road circuit with 14 turns. There are long straights where drivers can pass, but there are a few hard braking zones.
These areas of Road America force drivers to tailback their aggressive nature. The drivers who start this race too aggressively usually have short days in the REV Group Grand Prix.
Substitutions for the REV Group Grand Prix
Arrow McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist suffered a terrible crash in Saturday’s Detroit Grand Prix. He is sore but on the road to recovery. Rosenqvist will not race on Sunday, and Formula One veteran Kevin Magnussen will take his spot.
From 2014 to 2020, Magnussen made 119 F1 starts with McLaren, Renault, and Haas. The driver currently competes full-time with Chip Ganassi in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It has always been a dream of Magnussen’s to race in IndyCar, which will come to true on Sunday.
Oliver Askew will replace Rinus Veekay on Sunday for Ed Carpenter Racing. Askew was the 2019 Indy Lights champion. He raced full-time for McLaren in 2020, but a hard crash at the 104th Indy 500 shortened his season.
Askew suffered recurring concussion symptoms, which caused McLaren to drop him heading into 2021. He will likely receive a permanent IndyCar contract for the 2022 season.
Team Penske Dominates Qualifying
Team Penske is still searching for its first win of the season. Josef Newgarden, one of the team’s top drivers, was close to winning Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix, but the cautions did not go his way in the late stages of the event.
Newgarden finished second on Sunday after starting in the pole position. The Penske driver will start in the pole position again on Sunday at Road America. Team Penske has three drivers in the top six on the starting grid.
Newgarden is joined by Will Power (4th) and Simon Pagenaud (6th) in the front of the grid. The high starting position has put an added level of pressure on all three drivers.
The remainder of the top six is completed by Colton Herta (2nd), Jack Harvey (3rd), and Alex Palou (5th). For more information on the REV Group Grand Prix, check out the official website for the event.