Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/5/14
It’s shocking that we’re now seven races into the 2013 Izod IndyCar Series season and a Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing car has yet to win a race. We’ve seen A.J. Foyt Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and Sam Schmidt/Hamilton/Peterson Motorsports land in victory lane but no Penske or Ganassi driver. The fans are loving it to see some new drivers and teams get the glory as parity is at it’s highest in the series. The last time a Ganassi or Penske driver won an Izod IndyCar Series race came on August 26th of last year when Ryan Briscoe took home the checkered flag in Sonoma. I’d expect that drought to end this weekend at the high banked Texas Motor Speedway oval. Eight of the last 10 and seven of the last eight Texas IndyCar races have been won by a Ganassi or Penske driver. The only two drivers outside of a Penske or Ganassi driver to win at Texas since 2005 is Tomas Schecketer in ’05 and Justin Wilson last year. If there’s anyone that’s a favorite this weekend my pick is Ganassi’s Scott Dixon. Everyone will point at Wilson’s win last year with Dale Coyne Racing, but if it wasn’t for a mistake in Turn 4 on Lap 173 of 228 Dixon would have easily won. He led a race-high 133 laps and was leading the race when he wrecked. That was his race to lose. Also factor in Graham Rahal was leading and two laps away from earning his second career win but scrapped the wall entering the dogleg while leading in the late stages. He too was in a Ganassi car. Dixon though is superb at the high speed 1.5-mile oval in Texas. Outside of that disappointing 18th place finish last year, he finished no worse than fourth in his five previous starts including a win in 2008 and two runner-ups in the duel race format in 2011. He also finishes runner-up in 2003 and 2006 to make him one of the favorites this weekend. If he can’t do it look no further than his Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti. The three-time Indy 500 champion has finished in the top 10 in seven of his nine Texas starts with a win in the second duel in 2011. Both him and Dixon are coming into Texas with momentum with having strong weekends in Detroit as I’d pick one of them to win this weekend. Don’t count out Team Penske or Helio Castroneves or Will Power. Castroneves regained the points lead after the first dual in Detroit and kept a share of it leaving Detroit as he’s tied with Marco Andretti heading into Texas this weekend. Helio’s won three times in Texas and is off to a great start this season with six top 10 finishes in the first seven races this year. Power has finishes of third, first and eighth his last three starts at Texas and is showing he’s very comfortable there. If there was a weekend coming up where the two most dominant teams drought ended it’s Texas.   The post IndyCar: Look for Penske/Ganassi’s winless drought to end this weekend in Texas appeared first on Race Review Online.

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