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So he doesn’t share Cindric’s view that the Ganassi organization is like the Miami Marlins?

“I haven’t tried to evaluate baseball, football or make analogies to racing,” Penske said. “I just look at him as a good competitor.”

Adding layers to the rivalry this season is that Juan Pablo Montoya, who spent the last seven years driving for Ganassi in NASCAR, returned to open-wheel this season in a Team Penske car. And Ryan Briscoe, who drove for Penske from 2008 through 2012, is starting his second stint driving for Ganassi.

Both organizations also are now in the Chevrolet camp after Ganassi’s defection from Honda at the end of last year.

But Ganassi insisted that Chevrolet does not have them battling each other for the lead dog role with the manufacturer.

“Not one thing that Chevrolet has ever said to me, Ilmor, Penske, not one thing has ever led to believe that we are in a secondary or superior position than they are,” Ganassi said. “Everybody is the same. And that’s kind of refreshing. There’s no substance that anyone is secondary, or lead team or secondary team.”

Season results will ultimately show where the two organizations stack up this year. For now, both teams head into Sunday’s season-opening race with tension already high.

And that might not be a bad thing.

“Hey, some drama is good for the series,” Castroneves smiled.