POCONO, Pa. -- Ganassi Racing, where are you?

The team that won five of the past six Verizon IndyCar Series championships is nowhere to be seen in this year's fight.

Reigning series champion Scott Dixon is ninth, team newcomer Tony Kanaan is 11th, Ryan Briscoe is 11th and Charlie Kimball is 13th. And as a group, they're winless. Keep in mind that there are only 22 full-time drivers.

Clearly, this isn't what team owner Chip Ganassi expected.

Maybe part of the struggle has been the transition from Honda to Chevrolet, but rival Team Penske, which has been with the engine manufacturer the past three years, is having no trouble, with drivers Will Power and Helio Castroneves 1-2 in the point standings as the season moves squarely to its second half with Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

Andretti Autosport also isn't having trouble after it switched from Chevrolet to Honda. Ryan Hunter-Reay won the April race at Barber Motorsports Park and backed it up with the Indianapolis 500 victory, beating Castroneves in a classic six-lap shootout. Michael Andretti's team nearly put all five of its drivers in the 500's top seven at the finish.

Meanwhile, Ganassi's foursome has no races like that, and that includes the 500 run of 19-year-old rookie Sage Karam. In fact, Karam's drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- a stunning 31st-to-ninth run -- is about the highlight of the season so far.

The four Ganassi regulars have competed in all 10 races to date, which gives them 40 opportunities to succeed. They've had only eight top-five finishes and only a couple of shining moments, and none of them came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

So why is all of this newsworthy? Because last year at Pocono, the team put together its comeback, keying Dixon's comeback that resulted in his third series title.

Dixon won IndyCar's return to Pocono, with Kimball second and Dario Franchitti, who has since retired, third. Remarkably, it was the first 1-2-3 sweep in IndyCar history for the team based in Indianapolis.

Dixon enters Sunday's race (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN) 168 points behind Power for the lead. Power and Castroneves are both seeking their long-awaited first season title, so they're brimming with confidence and motivation. Dixon seems to have only the latter.

The veteran driver from New Zealand crashed in the 500 and is coming off one of his poorest outings of the season in last month's doubleheader in Houston. That weekend was a missed opportunity, too, for Penske as both drivers struggled.

In typical Ganassi form this season, Dixon crashed out of the first Houston race and collected teammate Kimball in the process.

Hunter-Reay enters this weekend seeking the second leg of IndyCar's Triple Crown, a collection of three 500-mile oval races, the other being the season-ending race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Another win would help him close the gap on Power as the 500-mile races pay double points, which means the winner could nab 103 points.

Hunter-Reay didn't have the best of luck last year. Coming to pit road for service, he took contact from behind from Takuma Sato in what turned out to be one of the craziest moments of the season.

Fourth place in the standings is Simon Pagenaud, the winner of the second Houston race. He has steadily moved into position to win his first IndyCar championship, and he now has four non-oval wins to his credit. He'd love to add an oval victory to his resume.

This will be an interesting race to watch from an attendance perspective. Track president Brandon Igdalsky conceded that ticket sales are far off last year's pace, which might lead him to reconsider having IndyCar back for the option year of the contract.

Pocono and IndyCar need a good race. So does Ganassi's team.