There’s no doubt about it, the “Big 3” of the NTT IndyCar Series is still Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport. Combined, the trio has won 29 of the last 36 (81%) races run in Indy Car competition. Furthermore, if you go back to 2015, they’ve won 66 times in 86 tries (77%).
They’re already 2-for-2 this season. So, I think that they can end up going 2-for-2 this weekend as well.
Road America will welcome fans back this weekend as they’ll get to witness not one, but two Indy Car races around the scenic Elkhart Lake facility. Those said fans could witness another “Big 3” domination too.
Penske, Ganassi and Andretti will still be the ones to beat. They’ve won all four Indy Car races in the return to Elkhart Lake. Plus, they’ll qualify the best and this race has seen a top five starter win all four times including three of which from the front row.
“I think the big teams might have an advantage for sure because of the amount of people they have working with them,” said Simon Pagenaud. “The smaller teams, on the other hand, it’s going to be hard for them because of all the work they have to do for all these weeks. They have reduced the amount of people.
“Overall all the teams are so professional that it should be normal. I expect nothing less than usual.”
Also, we’ve had no cautions in each of the last two years and only one and two respectively in 2016 and 2017.
So, track position is going to be key in both days. But, the second race at Belle Isle has seen the winners come from third, ninth, third, 10th and sixth respectively too.
I look for any of these 10 drivers to be celebrating in victory lane for both days.