Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Round 2 Power Rankings: Drivers

Here are the powering rankings following round two at Barber. Number next to driver represents change in rankings based off of last rankings:

Biggest Mover- Simon Pagenaud and Graham (+5)
Biggest Loser- Justin Wilson (-5)



1. Helio Castroneves 0
Helio has the potential to win his first Indycar Championship of his career. He's driving like a champion. Fast, consistent, and clean. He is impressive early on.

2. Scott Dixon 0
Dixie is driving very well. He was unhappy with his second place finish, which goes to show he has the drive to improve one step on the podium.

3. Will Power +1
That's the Will Power we are used to seeing. Someone tell Will to avoid Helio at Long Beach.

4. James Hinchcliffe +2
Hinch is proving again that he has the talent to win races. Pit stop mistakes and a bad restart set him back to sixth place. Hinch is a legitimate threat to win at Long Beach.

5. Simon Pagenaud +5
Get a load of this guy! Simon is impressing the hell out of everyone! This guy is a serious contender for the championship.

6. Ryan Hunter-Reay -3
Not the best weekend for Ryan but we are at his best track and his home track next, Long Beach.

7. Ryan Briscoe -2
Not the best weekend for Ryan. Let's see if he can go one better than last years result at Long Beach this year.

8. Graham Rahal +5
That is the Golden Graham I was expecting to see that was missing at St. Pete. One bad race off his back, Graham should be on like Donkey Kong at Long Beach.

9. Marco Andretti -1
He was an overtaking animal... So much that he damaged his front wing moving Viso out of the way.

10. Dario Franchitti -3
Things looking down for Dario...

11. Tony Kanaan -2
Made the Fast 6, another quick weekend, and then shafted again in the race. Poor TK. Hopefully he is getting all of the bad luck out of the way before Indy.

12. Takuma Sato +2
Two great races by Taku and two mechanical failures, but he has impressed everyone.

13. Mike Conway +3
Great result by Mike. Can he defend his title at Long Beach?

14. Sebastien Bourdais +3
I think everyone is starting to fall in love with Bourdais and the side of him we have never seen. Emotional getting out of the car, and quick to thank his team and his guys. I like SeaBass 2.0.

15. EJ Viso -4
The Venezuelan Badger had an off race despite a great qualifying effort. I'm expecting a bounce back race next week.

16. Josef Newgarden -4
Not the best of showings by Josef. Couldn't see who was at fault for the contact between himself and Carpenter. Walgreens still needs to step and sponsor him.

17. JR Hildebrand +2
Great qualifying effort. I know he can race, we all know he can race. He has sucked at qualifying. And so after this weekend, I am positive that this team can make a run for the championship in the near future.

18. Rubens Barrichello +4
Great result by Rubens Barrichello. Natural road courses suit him. Can he adjust too the bumpy and tight road courses in an Indycar?

19. Oriol Servia +2
Such a great race by Oriol after starting last. He was keeping with Dixon who had lapped him. Somehow got unlapped and finished P13.

20. Justin Wilson -5
I feel bad for poor Justin Wilson after watching the car that was given to him. He couldn't keep that car on the track all weekend. Long Beach next, hoping for less gloom from him and his team.

21. Charlie Kimball -3
Mechanical failure.... Big deal, he had a very poor weekend after having a solid race last weekend.

22. Alex Tagliani -2
Poor Tags couldn't get through two corners without getting screwed....

23. Simona de Silvestro 0
Maybe Simona does miss Porkchop.... I think HVM needs to create a name for their car ASAP.

24. James Jakes 0 
James has the talent. But when your world class teammate is struggling big time, I am not expecting you to work wonders.

25. Ed Carpenter 0
Ouchtown, population you bro.

26. Katherine Legge 0
Pa-the-tic.


Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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