It would be a dream weekend for either Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing if they could win the Indy-Charlotte double in the same day. So far, it’s never happened. For some reason, as much success that Penske and Ganassi have had at Indy, they’ve struggled in the Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Jamie McMurray for Ganassi does have three straight top 12 finishes at Charlotte, but he hasn’t been a true contender to win though. Plus, so far in 2018, McMurray hasn’t exactly had the most success.
His teammate Kyle Larson has a chance this weekend, but he has just one top five finish in nine career Cup starts on the 1.5-mile track. His ‘600 finishes were 18th, 25th, 13th and 33rd respectively.
What about Penske?
Brad Keselowski has just three top five finishes at Charlotte since 2009. He was 39th in this race last year and 15th in the fall. Joey Loagno’s last three Charlotte finishes were 36th, 21st and 26th respectively. Ryan Blaney has never finished in the top five at Charlotte on the Cup level, including finishes in the ‘600 of 42nd, 24th and 24th respectively.
While Ford does have an advantage this season, don’t expect much out of this group on Sunday at the moment.