I'll keep the predictions short and to the point. In any case, here is how I see the 2010 Izod IndyCar season shaking out:
Scott Dixon. Seriously, you're going to bet against the Haast Eagle? A year after finishing second, I would be worried about an angry, giant bird of prey. Add to it the combination of Chip Ganassi Racing's superior cars over the last few years and the hubris/bravado of the Chipster, and you have the recipe for a dominant season.
- Ryan Briscoe. I should like Ryan Briscoe more than I do. He's Australian - I love the country I spent five crazy months in my junior year of college. He overcame some horrific crashes, and who doesn't like someone who comes back like that? But I can't quite pinpoint what it is that keeps me from liking him more - maybe it's the Penske sponsorship, or his bird-like features. Maybe he just needs sponsorship from Bundaberg Rum (just a thought). Either way, he's immensely talented, and I think he'll be right there at the end of the season again.
- Will Power. It'd be far too boring to pick Dixon-Briscoe-Franchitti-Castroneves in some order at the top, so it's time to spice things up. The addition of Will Power to the Penske stable has only bolstered one of the two top teams in the series. Power is already among the series' top road/street circuit drivers, and is progress on the ovals has been steady. I think the Australian takes the leap this season.
- Dario Franchitti. He flies helicopters for fun. He has a gorgeous wife and knee-buckling Scottish brogue. And he is a two-time series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 champion. Basically, Dario Franchitti is in the running to be either the most interesting man in the world or the man every other man wants to be. Regardless, I see another fine season for Franchitti.
- Tony Kanaan. It could happen. I think TK gets back to the front of the IndyCar pack after a trying 2009 season. Remember, he led the points heading into Indianapolis last year, before his season went to Hell in a handbag. If Andretti Autosport can stabilize their operations, I can see Kanaan picking up a win, maybe even that elusive Indianapolis 500 victory.
- How I see the rest of it coming out: Helio Castroneves (I think Power steals a few of Helio's wins this year), Marco Andretti (same old, same old), Mario Moraes (a rising star), Dan Wheldon, Danica Patrick.