Hinchcliffe: Indy 500 is ‘Ganassi’s race to lose’

James Hinchcliffe (right) with fellow NBC commentators Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell. Image: Penske Entertainment

James Hinchliffe has told Speedcafe 2023 KTM Summer Grill host Greg Rust that this weekend’s Indy 500 is Chip Ganassi Racing’s to lose.

For the third consecutive year, a CGR car will start the Indy 500 from pole position, with Alex Palou posting a record four-lap run for pole position on the back of team-mate Scott Dixon who started the race from the number one grid position in both 2021 and 2022.

On the most recent occasion, a pit-lane speeding penalty cost Dixon a chance of victory, yet CGR still won the race with Swede Marcus Ericsson, who’d started fifth.

WATCH: Will Power on the 2023 KTM Summer Grill.

Hinchliffe, who made the most recent of his 11 Indy 500 starts in 2021 with Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport was a guest on ‘shortcast’ Rusty’s Garage, where the Canadian driver turned NBC commentator discussed this year’s Indy 500, including Will Power and Scott McLaughlin’s chances.

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