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The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series: Predicting the Winners

Ryan WordenFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2010

HOMESTEAD, FL - OCTOBER 10:  Scott Dixon driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda leads a group of cars during the IRL IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 300 on October 10, 2009 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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I am leaving on vacation for the next week, so I wanted to go on record with my picks  for the season and for the Brazil race, just in case I am unable to access the Internet on vacation.

First, I'll start with the season long champion. 

My pick is going to be Ryan Briscoe.

After a very shaky start to his career, Briscoe caught fire at Milwaukee in 2008 and has not looked back.  He would have been the 2009 champion if he did not get impatient and run over a timing cone in Japan.  Briscoe has the right combo on the road and oval courses, and the Penske power to break Chip Ganassi's streak of championships.

In Brazil, at the inaugural Streets of Sao Paulo, my choice to take the checkers is Dario Franchitti.  Dario is arguably the best road racer in the IndyCar Series. After winning the 2009 championship, he looks to start 2010 on the same winning note.

Franchitti's skill on road courses will prove tough to beat on a brand new course that will feature limited practice time for contestants. 

This is because the course utilizes one of Sao Paulo's major highways, so it can only be shut down for a limited time.  The lack of track time is going to benefit the best team and the best driver.

Right now those are both in Franchitti's favor.

Other favorites for the race include Ryan Hunter-Reay with his new Andretti team, Takuma Sata in his new effort with KV, and Will Power in his Verizon sponsored Penske car.

My dark horse for the race is Mike Conway, simply because he was showing increased skill at the end of last year.

Hope you fans have a great race week and enjoy the action.  It all starts at 11:30 AM EST on Versus.

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