Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Round 5 Power Rankings: Teams

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

Biggest Mover: Bryan Herta Autosport (+4)
Biggest Loser: Andretti Autosport (-4)



1. Team Penske 0
Although they didn't meet their expectations for the race, Will Power is still leading in the points. Their cars were fastest on Pole Day, and Briscoe pulled through at the end of the race. Helio really didn't do much, and Power got caught up in Conway's mess. They will be back at Belle Isle.

2. Chip Ganassi Racing +3
Hell of a day for this team, they woke up for the first time this season. Even Kimball did great! Never would have thought Rahal would be their worst driver at the 500.

3. Rahal Letterman Racing +3
Unreal race by Sato, and the team put him in that position with an outstanding car. They have been in the running for the win at every race this season, but again, the results just aren't there.

4. Schmidt Hamilton Racing -1
Townsend Bell ran great and Jean Giraud did great being that it was his first time at Indy. I'm thinking they should get Townsend at all of the ovals to help out Simon.

5. Panther / Dreyer and Reinbold Racing -1
Never would have thought Oriol would have dusted JR in the race. JR did not have the race I was expecting, whilst Oriol once again found a way to amaze me.

6. Andretti Autosport -4
Terrible race for them. Four out of their five drivers had an incident (Saavedra mechanical, Bia contact, Marco contact, RHR mechanical), the one who didn't, Hinchcliffe of course, continues to lead the team.

7. KV Racing 0
TK did great, Rubens made it through without incident, and EJ said his car had a massive vibration all race. 1 out of 3 is how they have been all season. I expect all three of their drivers to be in the top ten week in and week out.

8. Dale Coyne Racing 0
Wilson did fantastic and Jakes did okay for his first race at the 500. Now they go to Belle Isle where J Dub is the defending champion from all the way back in 2008.

9. Ed Carpenter Racing +3
Ed had the crowd on their feet cheering for him until he spun from fifth place. But they had the race pace in their backup car.

10. Bryan Herta Autosport +4
Their car was blisteringly quick, so it must have been their strategy that put them a lap down. But now that they got rid of that Lotus, they will be contenders all season.

11. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing -2
Not a race up to their standards at all. Clauson and Newgarden both had ill handling cars. Next year, I think they should devote more time on the race set up during Speed Weeks.

12. Dragon Racing +1
Something positive to build on, which is they don't have a Lotus! Hissah!!

13. AJ Foyt Enterprises -2
Crap day. I feel like they will be the bottom team now that Lotus is non-existent for the most part.

14. HVM Racing +1
At Indy, they had Alesi to race. Now, they get to race themselves. Don't be decieved by the +1, only because of the D&RR/Panther merger.


Let me know what you all think.

-Matthew Hickey

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