New Blood: Roush, Penske Primed to Break Through At Indy
A quick glance at the owners wins list at Indianapolis Motor Speedway reveals some interesting tid bits.
Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in Indy wins with eight, split evenly between two of its drivers. For a long while, Jeff Gordon led all drivers with four victories. Since 2006, Jimmie Johnson has matched that figure.
Richard Childress Racing has three wins at the Brickyard, and is the only team to win with three different drivers – Dale Earnhardt in 1995, Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Paul Menard in 2011. Joe Gibbs Racing likewise has three Indy wins – two with Tony Stewart (2005, ’07) and one with Bobby Labonte (2000, the year he won his series championship).
Absent from the list are two NASCAR powerhouses – Roush Fenway Racing and Penske Racing. But it would not be wise to count them out.
Roush nearly broke through last year, with a third place finish by Greg Biffle. In fact, Roush has placed a driver in the top five at Indianapolis in each season since 2008. Roush driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Indy on Sunday, but finished ninth there in last year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Recently, Brad Keselowski has been the most successful Penske Racing driver at Indy, scoring ninth-place finishes in each of the last two Brickyard races. Joey Logano, whose best Brickyard finish was ninth in 2010, needs a boost – two straight 40th-place finishes have knocked him from 10th to 18th in points.