LEEDS, Ala – The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season has been dominated by the Honda camp so far. Through the races, Honda drivers sit 1-3-4-5-6-7-9-10 in the points standings, for eight of the top 10. They finished 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-9 in the season opening race at St. Pete, then 2-3-4-5-6 at Phoenix. Last weekend in Long Beach, they were 1-3-4-5-6 in that race too.
Honda drivers have also led 318 of the 445 possible laps this season as well.
As you can see, they’re the top dogs out of the gates.
But, a natural road course like the Barber Motorsports Park, the site of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) may be the spot where the Chevrolet teams can bounce back.
Team Penske has won five of the eight races at Barber. Chevy as a whole has won three straight and five of the last six. The only reason why it’s not more is because Penske was with Honda in their first two wins in 2010 and 2011.
So far this weekend, Chevy have been the top dogs on the 2.3-mile track.
All three Penske cars were in the top six in session No. 1 with Jordan King in his Ed Carpenter Racing entry seventh. That’s four of the top seven belonging to the bowties. In session No. 2, Chevy had the top two speeds (Newgarden 1st, Spencer Pigot 2nd) and three of the top four (Will Power 4th). While Honda had seven in the top 10, Chevy cars were a bit quicker.
In the third practice on Saturday, Chevy had three more cars in the top seven.
So far, it’s a great start.