Chevy vs. Honda, who has the advantage going into Sunday’s 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network)

INDIANAPOLIS — Chevy vs. Honda. It’s an under the radar battle in the NTT INDYCAR Series for not only season long supremacy but also bragging rights for the duration of a year post Memorial Day weekend on which one can produce the Indianapolis 500 winner.

Chevrolet had the preferred power in this race in 2018 and again in 2019. They’ve swept the front row both years. In 2018, they led nearly 150 of the 200 laps run. For 2019, they combined to lead 155 of the 200 laps.

Then in 2020 it was all Honda. This time Honda swept the front row and took 11 of the top 12 starting spots. They’d lead 180 of the 200 laps and sweep the top four finishing spots and take 8 of the top 10 finishers overall.

How much could Chevrolet close the gap back up?

They did by a lot. They led over 100 laps a year ago but it was also closer between the 2 manufacturers. Each had 3 cars in the top six while Honda had better qualifying pace, it was virtually even in race pace.

So, what happens this time around?

The Honda’s looked good in practice during the opening week before Chevy turned the wick up in qualifying on Saturday to sweep the provisional front row. On Sunday, the Honda’s adjusted and took 4 of the top 6 starting spots.

In Monday’s practice, Honda had 11 of the top 14 speeds. For Carb Day, Honda went 1-2-3-4 again. Right now, they look like the clear cut favorites to produce another winner. They typically have the best fuel mileage too.

The thing is, Chevrolet started the season off with 4 wins in 4 tries but Honda two weeks ago went 1-2 and took 3 of the top 4 spots on the 2.439-mile IMS road course too.

So, which one wins out?

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