INDIANAPOLIS – We’ve talked about this a lot lately. But, parity has never been bigger in the NTT IndyCar Series than it is right now. Just look at the last two years as a prime example. This season, we’ve had five different race winners in as many races run. If you go back to the end of last year, we’ve had six straight different race winners and eight in the last nine races run.
Then, in the Indianapolis 500, we’ve had eight straight years of a different driver drinking the milk. Furthermore, we’ve had 12 different winners in the last 15 years. The only repeat winners since 2003 has been Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon.
But, despite those stats, if you want to win Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) you may want to be one of the 11 combined Andretti Autosport, Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing drivers.
Ganassi, hasn’t won since 2013 but from 2008 through 2012 they won three ‘500’s in a five year span.
Andretti Autosport teammates of Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Zach Veach practice together in tow at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – INDYCAR Media Site
Penske and Andretti have combined to win each of the last five years here and nine of the last 14. But, if you throw Ganassi into that mix, then since 2000, these three organizations have crossed the yard of bricks first in 16 of 19 tries. The only three they didn’t win was in 2013 when Tony Kanaan won with KVSH, 2011 when Dan Wheldon won with Bryan Herta Autosport before they joined Andretti and 2004 with Buddy Rice and Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing.
So, while parity is high right now, it’s not as much in this race as one would think. Since 2016, these three organizations have won 43 races. The next best is RLL with four then Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with two.
For Sunday’s race, eight of the top 12 starters hail from these camps.
Who would you take?