INDIANAPOLIS – Between them, Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing have won eight Indianapolis 500 races. In fact, the two organizations have combined to win three of the last five ‘500’s and seven of the last 12 dating back to 2005. But, the two have also struggled mightily in the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway too.
Granted, the two organizations would likely trade struggles on the 2.439-mile road course for success on the 2.5-mile oval any day of the week, but when there’s a tight championship battle brewing, they can’t afford to have a bad race this weekend.
Combined, in the three year history of the race, they had four total top fives between them. Three of which belong to one driver, Charlie Kimball, who’s finished fifth in each of the three years here. Outside of that, Ryan Hunter-Reay is the only other driver in their camps to finish in the top five as that came with a second place run in 2014.
Yes, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti have never finished in the top five of the IndyCar Grand Prix.
Dixon, has finishes of 15th, 10th and seventh respectively, while Kaanan has finished 10th, seventh and 25th himself. Max Chilton came home 14th in his lone start a year ago too.
Dixon though has been strong this season with finishes of third, fourth, second and fifth while Kanaan has struggled a bit with coming in 12th, 15th, seventh and sixth himself.
Outside of his runner-up, Hunter-Reay’s has finished 11th and ninth respectively since. Andretti, has finishes of 14th, 16th and 15th respectively. Alexander Rossi was 10th in his rookie start in 2016 while Takuma Sato who’s never made a start with Andretti at Indy has finished ninth, ninth and 18th with A.J. Foyt Racing. The guy he’s replaced though, in Carlos Munoz, finished 24th, 13th and 12th in his three tries.
Just one of the four are in the top 10 of the points standings, as they’ve all had their fair share of issues this season.
Hunter-Reay, finished fourth at St. Pete, 17th at Long Beach, 11th at Barber and 13th at Phoenix. Long Beach though he was running second when his engine quit and Barber he was involved in a first lap incident while running fifth and had a long day ahead of him.
Andretti, has had just bad luck with electrical issues as he’s finished last in two of the last three races because of that. He also wrecked on the first lap at Phoenix.
So, if you’re looking for a favorite to pick for this weekend, I’d be wary of these eight drivers.