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2023 IndyCar Series Favorites and Sleepers

By Jeff Stinger

Last season’s IndyCar season saw eight different race winners and a champion who was written off as being at the end of his career–and who only won a race before his incredible performance during a five-way title fight. Given that, we see it as one of the most exciting motorsport events to bet on moving forward. Nitrobetting shares a shortlist of 2023 IndyCar Series odds that features both favorites and sleepers of this year’s campaign.

A Closer Look at the Favorites and Sleepers to Win the 2023 IndyCar Series

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Often recognized as the American iteration of Formula One, IndyCar features an open-wheel racing series that overlooked under multiple sanctioning bodies since the early 20s. There are numerous chances for the 2023 calendar, including the schedule, teams, and drivers, which draws the attention of sports fans and bettors around the world.

With the season well underway, we pinpoint 2023’s hottest picks and overlooked names. The grid features 27 full-time entries for the 112th official championship season and 28th under the IndyCar Series sanction. Roger Penske’s trio: Will Power, Scott McLaughlin, and Josef Newgarden, combined to win nine of the 17 races last year, while Power penned his second career championship.

Alex Palou

Newgarden is the safest pick as of now. It would be great to watch Alex Palou recover from last year’s drama by winning his second IndyCar title with Ganassi right before he suits up for McLaren to serve as its F1 reserve driver and possibly one of the team’s 2024 IndyCar drivers. His victory in the 2022 season finale showcased the extent of his talent and with less intense off-track woes during 2023, Palau could sneak a title-contending run.

Josef Newgarden

The 32-year-old put together two or three unacknowledged championship-caliber years since his second title. He proved that he can win it all, and it’s only a matter of time before he adds another IndyCar Series Championship to his portfolio. With 29 wins, 52 podiums, and 17 poles since first appearing in the 2021 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Newgarden has to bring it home sometime soon.

Scott McLaughlin

The man from New Zealand joins the sleepers group for a reason. Although he only has four wins, 11 podiums, and four poles during his time in IndyCar, his experience will likely pay dividends soon. McLaughlin’s first introduction was during the 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Despite racing in the division for over three years, he only managed his first win at the 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The 30-year-old also documented his best finish last year in fourth place and can be a strong contender once he starts building momentum.

Scott Dixon

Sitting in third place in the 2023 IndyCar Series standings as of this writing is 43-year-old Scott Dixon. While he is yet to win his first race of the campaign, we’ve seen him join the top ten 12 times and the top five seven times. He’s no longer the quickest driver, but we see the current season complementing his guile and experience. The Australian driver looks to score a seventh title and join racing legend and folklore.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.

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