Scott Dixon The Favorite To Cross Checkered Flag First At Harvest Grand Prix

Posted on October 2, 2020 - Last Updated on October 8, 2020

IndyCar is returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.

The Harvest Grand Prix is the first IndyCar race at the speedway since Takuma Sato’s Indianapolis 500 win.

Scott Dixon has a huge lead heading into the final three races of the NTT Series.

Dixon currently leads second-place Josef Newgarden by 72 points. He’s sitting atop the standings with 456 points compared to Newgarden’s 384.

The Harvest GP double-header will take up two of those final three races.

The first race gets underway the afternoon of Oct. 2, with the second race coming a day later.

Harvest Grand Prix odds

Since Dixon has a huge lead, it’s had a big impact on the odds heading into the weekend. He’s currently the favorite to win Race 1 at the Harvest GP.

At least for now, PointsBet and DraftKings are the only Indiana online sportsbooks that are taking bets on the race.

The odds are identical at both sportsbooks. Here’s a quick glance at the numbers for the top racers:

  • Scott Dixon: +360
  • Will Power: +380
  • Josef Newgarden: +525
  • Simon Pagenaud: +850
  • Colton Herta: +1,000
  • Alexander Rossi: +1,100
  • Felix Rosenqvist: +1,100

Odds for the second race of the weekend will likely go up sometime Friday night.

PointsBet is also taking bets on which drivers will make the top three in the first race.

Since there’s a bit more wiggle room with that type of bet, it’s a good option for racing fans who want to get in on the fun with a little less risk.

Here’s a look at the odds for some of the favorites to land in the top three:

  • Scott Dixon: -115
  • Will Power: -115
  • Josef Newgarden: +125
  • Simon Pagenaud: +200
  • Alexander Rossi: +225
  • Colton Herta: +225
  • Felix Rosenqvist: +250

Other sportsbooks might also put odds up for the Harvest GP, so if you’re not a huge fan of PointsBet or DraftKings, check in with your favorite book closer to race time.

What’s at stake?

As the IndyCar season winds down, there’s still a championship up for grabs.

The following are the only championship eligible drivers going into the race:

  • Dixon
  • Herta
  • Newgarden
  • Power
  • Sato
  • Rahal 

Even though the season is almost over, there are a handful of new drivers hitting the track for the first time this weekend.

Sébastien Bourdais is one of those drivers. Bourdais is a four-time champion, but the Harvest GP will be his season debut.

Altogether, there will be 25 drivers getting in on the action at the Motor Speedway.

Anyone who fails to rack up at least 108 points after the Harvest GP will be eliminated heading into the final race of the series.

Those drivers will get a few weeks off before the final race in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Firestone Grand Prix will round out the year on Oct. 25.

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