Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/1/13
Baltimore, MD- The Izod IndyCar Series is in Baltimore for the third annual Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT. So far the chicane and Scott Dixon vs. Will Power rivalry has stole most of the headlines this weekend. One of the biggest headlines being overlooked is the dominance of the smaller teams at the 2.04-mile street circuit. Normally when we talk about favorites on an IndyCar race weekend a Chip Ganassi, Team Penske or Andretti Autosport driver comes up. Despite Dixon and Power starting on the front row for Sunday’s 75-lap race, the smaller teams are dominating. Sam Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports looks to be the strongest overall team as they put both cars in the Firestone Fast Six. Simon Pagenaud will start third while his rookie teammate Tristian Vautier will start sixth. Pagenaud, who finished third here as a rookie last year, was quickest in the morning session setting the weekend’s fastest lap. He was fifth quickest on Friday. Vautier was fastest on Friday in the two combined sessions and gave them a viable threat to win. Both backed that up Saturday and could be the favorites to take the checkered flag. It’s not just SPM though dominating. Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson has been quietly strong being 10th in practice and qualifying fourth. Sarah Fisher/Hartman’s Josef Newgarden has been quick all weekend as well bringing his No. 67 Honda home fifth in qualifying today. That means SPM, Coyne, and SFHR took four of the top six spots in qualifying. Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing has been very quick too. Graham Rahal was well on his way to a Firestone Fast Six appearance but crashed after setting the fastest lap in Round 2 with just minutes to go. Due to the crash Rahal lost his top two laps and will start 12th instead. He was sixth quickest in final practice and second fastest on Friday. His teammate James Jakes has been strong too being fifth fastest in final practice and will start 13th. Overall, one of these four underdog teams could easily win tomorrow. This is a fun story to watch. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post IndyCar: Smaller Teams Thriving So Far in Baltimore appeared first on Race Review Online.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

Report: Russell Wilson wants to be NFL's highest-paid player

Michael Irvin says he's worried about Warren Sapp

Report: Michael Sam returns to the Montreal Alouettes

Steph Curry was fired up from Dellavedova social media mania


Report: Carmelo Anthony angry over Phil Jackson’s draft moves

LeBron taking wait-and-see approach in free-agency period

First openly gay pro baseball player pitches shutout

What Amari Cooper has to do to win Rookie of the Year

Did Mark Cuban draft India's Bhamara for marketing reasons?

Emmanuel Sanders: Pats should be stripped of Super Bowl title

Best player bargains of the MLB season so far

Bobby Portis once blasted Bulls, begs forgiveness after draft

Mets’ slide may get Terry Collins fired, but team isn’t good

NFL player compares same-sex marriage to pedophilia

Randall Cobb's time for superstardom has arrived

MLB Futures Game rosters showcase stock of sensations

Aaron Rodgers celebrated with Sam Dekker after NBA draft

Ten intriguing NBA prospects who went undrafted

Ricky Rubio welcomes Towns, tells him to pick up dry cleaning

The illogical NBA Finals MVP vote

What the 2015 NBA Draft meant for each lottery team

Jadeveon Clowney: Balancing expectations, rehabilitation

IndyCar News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best bargains of the MLB season so far

Did Mark Cuban draft India's Bhamara for marketing reasons?

The illogical NBA Finals MVP vote

Six takeaways from the 2015 NBA Draft

2015 NBA Draft review

NBA Draft night: More of what teams don't need

Sapp allegedly assaulted girlfriend

Least authoritative hitters of all-time

Preview of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

How badly do the Royals really need a starting pitcher?

How the 2015 Rays have overcome

LeBron breaks social media silence

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.