The Verizon IndyCar Series has three powerhouse teams in Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport, however recently it’s the smaller teams that have been coming to the front of the field.
In 2015 for example, Graham Rahal driving the No.15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda was a major contender when it came to the race for the Verizon IndyCar Series title. The American scored victories Fontana and Mid Ohio and went into the season finale in Sonoma with a chance to win the title.
It wasn’t just RLL who were beating the big guns but KVSH Racing with Sebastien Bourdais took two victories last season as well entering victory lane in Detroit race 1 and at the Miwaukee Mile.
This season Bourdais took victory in race two in Detroit. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have also shown that they are capable of competing at the front with James Hinchcliffe taking victory in New Orleans last season and this year claims pole position for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Hinchcliffe will restart the abandoned Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on August 27 leading the race for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Another team who have done really well is Ed Carpenter Racing where last season as CFH Racing (in partnership with Sarah Fisher and Willis ‘Wink’ Hartman’s, SFHR team) Josef Newgarden took two victories in Birmingham, Alabama and Toronto. Unfortunately due to certain circumstances Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman are no longer involved in the team with Ed Carpenter now running the team as an owner driver. The team now operating as Ed Carpenter Racing secured a front row start position at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Newgarden took a third place finish at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 adding to his podium in Alabama.
Dale Coyne Racing have also been extremely good so far this season with Conor Daly picking up his first ever Verizon IndyCar Series podium finishing the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 1 in second place.