If you’re keeping score at home, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson are waging quite the friendly war to become NASCAR’s resident road-course king of 2021. With five of this year’s seven scheduled road course races in the books, Elliott and Larson both have a pair of road-course victories, with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell going to Victory Lane in the one road course race this year that didn’t belong to Elliott or Larson.
This past weekend at Watkins Glen provided an all-too-familiar scene, with Larson taking the win and Elliott coming home in second-place on the 2.45-mile road circuit despite starting from the rear because of a violation discovered on his No. 9 car during pre-race inspection. There's no justifiable reason to expect anyone besides Elliott and Larson to be atop the proverbial heap this weekend as the series embarks on its first visit to the 13-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course where NASCAR’s Xfinity Series made its debut a season ago.
“I haven't made a single lap there on a simulator or anything, and I'm not going to get a chance to do that this week,” Larson said. “I'm going to watch as much Xfinity video as I can and what other video I can just to figure out brake markers and things like that. I honestly don't even have the corners memorized yet. As of right now, there's nothing that I can take there. But once I get laps and in practice maybe there's some corners that will be similar to Watkins Glen, but we'll just have to wait and see.”