This weekend's race conjures up plenty of powerful images and memories for drivers and fans alike: the history of the Brickyard, the long straightaways with fans surrounding the track on the frontstretch, the yard of bricks that the winner will be kissing at the end of the day and tires. Oh no, not the tires! After last year's so-called "race," the thought of tires and Indy likely makes your stomach turn.
NASCAR and Goodyear have spent countless hours and dollars to ensure we don't see a repeat of last year where cautions and blown tires dominated the day. Hopefully for all involved, the problem has been solved and we will once again see racing worthy of a track of Indianapolis' stature. Last year's notes will be practically useless for the teams as they plan their strategy for Sunday's race. For the fantasy owner, they aren't worth much either. Look for a driver who will have and can maintain good track position, and one with a powerful engine under the hood. And picking a driver who has a chance to win it all at the end of the year isn't a bad strategy either, since seven Brickyard winners have gone on to win the championship that year.
So which drivers will help your team rise above the rest this year and bring glory to your team? Read on to find out this week's favorites, sleepers and longshots.