Indy 500 qualifying leaves field wide open

(WISH Photo/Eric Halvorson, file)
(WISH Photo/Eric Halvorson, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Over the past 15 years, the Indy 500 has been dominated by the big three; Penske, Andretti and Ganassi have won 11 of the past 14 races.

If qualifying weekend is any indication, this year’s 500 field is wide open. Five teams were represented in the Fast 9 including both cars from Ed Carpenter Racing and one from Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

“I’ve been a part of both places,” said Carpenter. “Both places are very passionate, great culture, they work together. So I’m not surprised.”

The changing of the guard started in the past few years with lower budgeted teams finding their way onto the Borg Warner. Two of the last three 500’s were won by the so-called “little guys.”

“Bigger teams like Penske, Ganassi, they can’t find advantages like they have in the past,” said Josef Newgarden. “We’re on much more even footing.”

Alex Tagliani believes it comes down to the car itself.

“You’re limited what you can do. The engine manufacturers are working really hard to try and give you as much power as they can,” said Tagliani. “Now the field is a lot tighter so depending on what engine you fall onto or how your car is, if you have a decent setup, I think you can take it.”

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