Power is one of the road/street-course aces and is hard to beat, especially considering he drives for Team Penske. He’s got 21 of his 24 wins on road/street courses and will be a strong contender, especially if he starts near the front. He won last season’s IndyCar Series championship.
Juan Pablo Montoya
One of Power’s three teammates, Montoya won the opening round of the season on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Montoya drove in the former CART series, Formula One and NASCAR before returning to IndyCar action. He has 13 wins to his credit.
Dixon has been one of the top drivers in the series since his rookie year in 2003. His ability to save fuel over a race distance is one reason he has won three series championships (2003, 2008 and 2013) and nearly won a fourth in 2007 had he had another cup of fuel in the tank.
Hunter-Reay won the series championship in 2012 and came from relative obscurity to earn his way into a full-time drive in IndyCar racing. He had a part-time ride with Andretti Autosport that turned full time after a win at Long Beach in 2010. Hunter-Reay won the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
A dark horse to win the race, Hawksworth is a sophomore driver for A.J. Foyt Racing and was one of the top Honda drivers in St. Petersburg. If his strategy is right, he could be a legitimate threat on race day. His previous best finish was a third in Houston last year.