Thursday, May 31, 2012

Round 5 Power Rankings: Drivers


Here are the power rankings following round five at Indianapolis. Number next to driver represents change in rankings based off of last rankings:


Biggest Movers: Dario Franchitti and Alex Tagliani (+6)
Biggest Loser: JR Hildebrand (-6)


1. Will Power 0
Poor Power got taking out by Conway, but with the power of a new tattoo sleeve, Power will be back towards the top at Belle Isle.

2. James Hinchcliffe 0
A consistent badass, the mayor continues to be the face of Andretti Autosport.

3. Takuma Sato +2
Got to give him credit for going for it! He drove one hell of a race and his race shouldn't be based off of one lap. Takuma has been up front all year, the results don't show this unfortunately.

4. Dario Franchitti +6
Dario with a genuine win, his first one at Indy in my opinion. And by "genuine", I mean he came from the back to the front, carving his way through the field. Where has this Dario been all year?

5. Scott Dixon +2
Dixie also drove one hell of a race and was right there at the end. P2 is a great result for Scott, and it is time to mount some great results to get back to the top in points.

6. Helio Castroneves -3
Helio drove a below average race. I expected way more out of him but I was not impressed with his performance.

7. Justin Wilson +2
J Dub did a fantastic job at Indy and now we are going to the track where he is the defending champion, all the way back in 2008.

8. Ryan Hunter-Reay -4
RHR had a mechanical issue as he was trying to make his way back to the front. He did not have a very good start to the race though, so I don't know what his final result would have been like.

9. Tony Kanaan +3
Clearly that fan favorite at Indy, he was so close to pulling it off. I was going apeshit when he passed five cars on the second to last restart to take the lead, but finished P3. Great race by TK.

10. Rubens Barrichello +1
Another good race for Rubens on his very first oval. He claimed the Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts. Now we will see what he can do at another street course.

11. Simon Pagenaud -5
Disappointing day for Pagenaud. He fell behind early but worked his way back to a decent result at the end. But it was his first 500. And his dropping in the rankings has to do more with other people rising rather than him sinking.

12. Ryan Briscoe +1
Got the pole, had a nice battle with Hinch early on, and then I didn't hear his name called until 12 laps to go. That isn't quite what I was expecting from him.

13. Charlie Kimball +1
Hell of a day from Charlie. He is really adapting to the DW12 very nicely, and his ballsy driving is really gaining the attention of everyone in the paddock in a positive manner.

14. JR Hildebrand -6
I was expecting so much more from JR but ultimately, his race was a failure.

15. Oriol Servia +3
Unlike the man above him, Oriol had a phenomenal race. One lap down with 40 laps to go and he found a way to finish fourth.... Unreal.

16. Graham Rahal -1
Graham didn't have his best day, and he was the only Ganassi driver to not finish in the top ten. That is the last thing I expect from Graham.

17. Ed Carpenter +4
Ed had such a great race going in the backup car, and he had a chance to win before spinning! Ugh, but at least we know there is a pulse.

18. Alex Tagliani +6
Tags + Honda = Watch out everyone

19. Josef Newgarden -3
I just wish this amazing team + driver combo would get a good, mistake free race together. Mechanical issues, crashes, etc. They could be so much higher in the standings.

20. EJ Viso -3
Viso's car was in shambles, you could just tell from watching in the crowd. He just could not keep the car flat out in the corners. Onto the next one.

21. James Jakes -1
James did average I guess, but his teammate kicked ass and took names like a boss.

22. Marco Andretti -3
*This has been censored due to vulgarity*

23. Sebastien Bourdais -1
We will get to see what Bourdais does in a real engine on a road course this weekend.

24. Katherine Legge +2
Legge finished the race. That is all I can say about that.

25. Mike Conway -2
Conway blames his team for sending him out with a broken wing (which they shouldn't have), but, hello, McFly, anyone there?! You wouldn't have damaged your wing if you knew how to make a pit stop.

26. Simona de Silvestro -1
I saw a Red Cross vehicle at IMS that had "Disaster Relief" written on it. I told the EMT inside to head over to the HVM pits.


Let me know what you think and feel free to share your opinions.

-Matthew Hickey

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