INDIANAPOLIS – When parity is at it’s biggest in the NTT IndyCar Series, one team has dominated the Indianapolis 500 recently. See, we’ve seen five different winners in as many races to start the 2019 season off with. We’ve also seen eight different drivers win the Indy 500 over the last eight years too.
But, one organization has shined in the ‘500 itself though as despite seeing eight straight years with a different driver drinking the milk at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Andretti Autosport has sent three of those drivers to victory lane. Furthermore, they’ve won three times since 2014 and eyeing a fourth Indy 500 triumph in the last six years in Sunday’s 103rd Running (11 a.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
There’s no shortage of storylines if they do so too. For Sunday’s 200 Lap race, they’ll have three of their five cars come from the top 11 starting spots.
Conor Daly practicing his No. 25 Honda with Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – INDYCAR Media Site
Conor Daly has the best ride of his career. This car has led at least one lap in five of the last six ‘500’s and has seen three Rookies of the Year in the race pilot it. Daly, can win this thing and would be a very popular victor. He rolls off a career best 11th.
So would Alexander Rossi. After winning the 100th Running in 2016, Rossi has supplanted himself as one of the most popular drivers in the series. He’s good here too. He came from the back to finish fourth last year. He was seventh in 2017 too. That’s three top 10 finishes in as many tries. He was fifth quickest in race practice on Monday and qualified his No. 27 Honda on the Outside of Row 3.
Ryan Hunter-Reay would move the needle as a two-time ‘500 champion. He finished fifth in this race last year and has led 26 or more laps in four of the last six ‘500’s.
Zach Veach would be a fun story but none of these would be bigger than Marco Andretti. In his grandfather’s 50 anniversary of his lone ‘500 win, how fitting would it be if the third generation driver won his first 50 years later?
Marco, has been close too. From his first start in 2006 through his 10th start in 2015, Andretti had seven top 10 finishes including five of which being in the top four. While he does have one top 10 finish over the last three years, he hasn’t finished worse than 13th since 2013.
Chevrolet had the preferred engine in last year’s race, but if Honda has something for them, then Andretti certainly has to be the favorites.