Autoweek’s 10 Bold Predictions for 2024 IndyCar Season

Jackson Wheeler
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Speaking of the Indy 500, former NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson will realize a lifelong dream when he competes in the 108th edition of the world’s biggest race—and then a few hours after the checkered flag, will go for two wins in the same day by competing in that evening’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup race in Charlotte.

Yes, we’re talking the greatest test of any race car driver, competing in the 1,100 total miles (not counting overtime) proverbial “The Double,” racing in the late morning and early afternoon in the 500 and then the 600 that evening. No driver has ever won even one of the two halves of The Double, let alone winning both halves in the same day. What can we expect from Larson?

While he’s arguably the greatest current driver when it comes to overall versatility of driving in several different series including NASCAR and sprint car racing, IndyCar is a whole other animal. While Larson is to be commended for being the first driver to attempt The Double since Kurt Busch in 2014, unfortunately we don’t see him finishing in the top 10 in the 500—if he manages to finish it at all.

Given Larson’s penchant for making unorthodox passes and where he likes to race on a track (like riding the high line alongside the outside wall), he could be an early exit from Indy if he and his car find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. But there is one bit of consolation: while Larson will likely finish in the bottom third of the 33 drivers at Indy, he can roar back with a strong finish in the 600 in Charlotte.

We can easily predict him finishing in the top 5 in the evening’s finale.

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Jackson Wheeler is a skilled editor at Speedofdaily.com, specializing in automotive content. With a background in Journalism and Automotive Engineering, he combines his passion for cars with his writing expertise to deliver captivating articles. Jackson's deep knowledge of automotive technology and his racing experience make him a valuable asset to the team, providing readers with informative and engaging content.
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