It’s the third-to-last race of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series and the final oval of a busy season as World Wide Technology Raceway hosts an increasingly tight and intense championship battle on Saturday night.
Starting in the early evening sunlight but ending after dark, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 is guaranteed to provide some title chasing over the course of 260 laps around the 1.25-mile egg-shaped course across the Mississippi River from St. Louis and its iconic Arch of the Gate.
The 14 drivers will have in-car cameras, and you’ll be able to stream each one live via the INDYCAR mobile app powered by NTT DATA. Fans around the world can download it for free, so if you’re not already registered, take your viewing experience to a whole new level HERE.
You choose who you drive with and can change drivers at any time. Can three-time WWTR winner Joseph Newgarden add a fourth and close the 22-point gap on points leader and Penske teammate Will Power? Will Pato O’Ward get his first win at the Illinois track and push his way to the title? Or how about Jimmie Johnson grabbing the headlines with magic? Hook up and find out.
These are the drivers who will broadcast live from the in-car cameras at World Wide Technology Raceway. Choose the best seat in the house and enjoy the show…
JOSEPH NEWGARDEN#2 Team Penske Chevrolet
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 3 wins (2017, 2020 R2, 2021)
Just like Iowa Speedway, World Wide Technology Raceway is one of those tracks where if you want to win, you have to beat Joseph Newgarden first. The Team Penske ace has three wins from six WWTR starts, including in 2021 (below), as well as two more top 10s, and his form in Iowa a few weeks ago suggests he will be dialed in and primed to add fourth victory in the last oval of the season. Climb aboard and you can get a Newgarden Masterclass.
COLTON HERTA#26 Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 4th (2020 R1)
We could lazily start with the usual “Colton Hertha has yet to win an NTT IndyCar Series race on an oval” and temper expectations from there… But Hertha’s WWTR form says this could be the weekend where things change. Three top-10s in his first three starts there and a very competitive showing last time out when he had the guts to pass Josef Newgarden for the lead and led a combined 101 of 268 laps before a driveshaft failure ended his day. show he has the chops to make it stick this weekend. Which one is fun to ride with? We think so.
GRAHAM RACHEL#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 10th (2018)
It’s amazing to think that Graeme Rahal’s best finish in WWTR is only 10th, and his last four starts have produced nothing more than an uncontested 18th. We think that could all change on Saturday. As RLL’s fortunes improve each week in 2020, Rahal is also on a roll, with four top-10s in the last seven races. Iowa has shown that the #15 program isn’t a million miles away on the shorter ovals, so how about we stick our necks out and put it in the top 5, maybe even higher? Might be good to hitch a ride.
HELIO CASTRONEVES#06 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 1 win (2003)
Helio’s WWTR win goes all the way back to 2003 when the series was still oval. The track returned to the schedule in 2017, with the Brazilian finishing fourth in his final full season with Team Penske. He hasn’t started in WWTR since, but a full-time return to the NTT IndyCar Series with Meyer Shank Racing means he’ll get another shot this weekend. His 2022 campaign has yet to begin, but the final oval of the season could provide a boost for this four-time Indy 500 winner (below).
CONNOR OF DELHI#20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 5th (2017)
Don’t bet on Daley being on the cutting edge this weekend. He’s lost a bit of momentum in recent races, but his WWTR record — four top-10 finishes in five starts, including a fifth in 2017 — suggests this could be the place to get some buzz back into his season. With oval savvy Ed Carpenter Racing behind him, could another top 5 finish be on the cards? Ride along and find out.
ALEXANDER ROSSINo. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 2nd (2018)
With his victory drought ended thanks to his victory at the IMS road circuit two races ago, the in-form Rossi may just enjoy the final three races of his Andretti Autosport career before moving to the Arrow McLaren SP . He wasn’t as much of a factor at Iowa Speedway, but the 2016 Indy 500 winner knows the oval well and came within 1.3117 seconds of winning at WWTR in 2018, his three-stop “drive economy” strategy showing he’s not afraid to throw bones Could be an interesting choice for a chauffeur.
PATO O’WARD#5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 2nd (2020 R2 and 2021)
We put O’Ward in the “driver most likely to give Newgarden a run for his money” slot. The AMSP driver is probably the hottest driver on the ovals right now, with a second and a win at Iowa (below) after finishing second in the Indy 500. His WWTR record is also impressive, with third, second and second in his three NTT series IndyCar starts there. Can he make it to the final stage on Saturday? Hook up and find out.
SCOTT McLAUGHLIN#3 Team Penske Chevrolet
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 4th (2021)
The Team Penske sophomore has been on a tear in recent weeks, taking a win and two other podiums in the last six races to pull himself within 58 points of teammate and championship leader Will Power. With wins in 2022 at the streets of St. Pete and the Mid-Ohio road course, he only needs an oval win to complete the set, and WWTR might be the place to be. He was fourth here last year, and an Iowa Race 2 podium confirms his current momentum. Of course, there is the slight problem of having to bring up Josef Newgarden and Pat O’Ward, but anything is possible. Hitchhiking is recommended.
ALEX PALOV#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 12th (2020 R2)
A race-ending tangle with Rinus VeeKay at WWTR last year, hot on the heels of a mechanical DNF at IMS Road, made Alex Palau’s run to the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series title closer than it should have been. This time around, the Spaniard (below) needs to not just stay out of trouble, but do everything to get his first win of the season if he wants to stay in the title conversation. He’s another guy who hasn’t won on the oval yet. Maybe hop on board and see if that changes?
FELIX ROSENQUIST#7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 7th (2020 R2)
After eight top-10 finishes in his last 10 races, don’t bet on the Swede making it nine out of 11. But what are his chances of breaking into the thin air of the top-5 or even higher? Iowa has shown how he can be a competitor on shorter, crazier ovals, and building on that could make for a big weekend. Having Pat O’Ward in the engineering trailer can only be a plus, too.
RAMEN GRAZHANNo. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 14th (2021)
WWTR was the scene of Grosjean’s oval initiation last season (below) and with just a day of testing under his belt, the French rookie put in an impressive show with Dale Coyne Racing. Now with Andretti Autosport, but still looking for a season-defining result, could this be his oval weekend? Based on some of the lines he ran last year at WWTR, he should be a good value to ride along.
JACK HARVEY#45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: 10th (2021)
It’s a relief for us, and probably an even bigger relief for Jack Harvey, that we can finally change the record… The star Briton got his first top 10 of the season last time out on the streets of Nashville. OK, that alone doesn’t change the whole season, but the confidence boost it brings, plus RLL’s continued upturn in form, points to a more productive end to the season. Last year’s 10th place finish at WWTR with Meyer Shank Racing is something to build on; repeating the feat would be more than solid.
JIMMY JOHNSON#48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: Debut
After a great performance at Iowa, including a fifth place battle with a teammate in Race 2, expect Jimmie Johnson to put in another strong performance in the environment he knows best. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion just added ovals to his IndyCar adventure this season, but when he says he hopes to challenge for the podium at WWTR (below), you have to take the man seriously. We have a feeling car #48 will be a very interesting choice to drive.
CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
World Wide Technology Raceway’s best finish: Recruit
While the Dane looks to increase the distance between himself and David Malukas in the Rookie of the Year race, the WWTR may not be the most obvious track to do so. But as the recently re-signed RLL driver already showed at Iowa, the hustle and bustle of sub-superspeedway ovals doesn’t faze him, and a recent test at the 1.25-mile track will help, too. This is a weekend that has ‘potential top 10 finish’ written all over it, and maybe more…
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