Thursday, June 7, 2012

Round 6 Power Rankings: Drivers

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

Biggest Mover: Simon Pagenaud (+6)
Biggest Losers: Takuma Sato and Rubens Barrichello (-4)


1. Will Power 0
Since in 2010, I haven't seen Will Power beaten that badly on a road course, by anyone. But he won one of the races last year at Texas, so maybe we see the same on Saturday?

2. Dario Franchitti +2
Dario looks like he has got this DW12 figured out on the road courses, and he has the only oval win with the DW12 ever heading into a stretch of ovals. Time for him to kick ass and take names.

3. Scott Dixon +2
Dixie crushed the field at Belle Isle, and his stones are underrated. Expect him to be up front on the high banks of Texas on Saturday.

4. James Hinchcliffe -2 
Hinch fell victim to the track which wrecked his string of top ten finishes. But it doesn't matter because he is still the leader of Andretti Autosport and is still in the thick of the championship.

5. Simon Pagenaud +6
Simon bounces back after a decent race at Indy. Simon has the second best average finish this season behind Power. He is doing great job this season, and will be handsomely rewarded with crepes.

6. Helio Castroneves 0
Helio with a pretty poor race, but he will be in contention to climb the fence at Texas. His championship aspirations that started early on in the season are fading.

7. Takuma Sato -4
Sato wrecked it again, when will he ever learn....

8. Ryan Hunter-Reay 0
Hunter-Reay led the way for Andretti Autosport in the absence of Hinch. Ryan needs some strong results to put himself in the championship hunt.

9. Tony Kanaan 0
Good result for TK, but can he get in the thick of the championship?

10. Justin Wilson -3
Justin must be frustrated because he had a winning car but slight contact with the wall wrecked his race. Time to flex those oval muscles.

11. Charlie Kimball +2
Charlie once again impresses with consistency, ballsy overtakes, and smart driving, as he records another impressive top-ten.

12. Oriol Servia +3
Oriol keeps bossing. Who cares that he said Fuck Texas, drivers will be saying "Oh fuck!" when Oriol passes his way to first.

13. Ryan Briscoe -1
Subpar performance by Briscoe, but at least we learned he knows how to block.

14. Rubens Barrichello -4
Barrichello changed the chassis and it didn't help and parked it after a short time out.

15. Alex Tagliani +3
Tags qualified awesomely and got screwed by electrical issues, but then laughed in the face of electricity and rebounded to a top ten finish.

16. JR Hildebrand -2
JR finished P12, not bad. Unfortunately, he is getting his ass kicked by Servia.

17. Graham Rahal -1
Graham gets screwed by another unlucky thing, this time by a mechanical issue. Now Graham goes to Texas where he hopes to turn his season around.

18. Josef Newgarden +1
Life was not a new garden for Josef at Belle Isle as he got the shaft from a certain Andretti....

19. EJ Viso +1
Viso qualified great and then something happened in the race, and like the man above him, got screwed by a certain Andretti....

20. Ed Carpenter -3
Ed Carpenter actually finished. And that is about the only thing that could be made positive about this.

21. Sebastien Bourdais +2
Really good rung going until he got screwed by mechanical issues. Now he can sit back and relax until Toronto in early July.

22. Marco Andretti 0
It is one thing to be slow, it is another thing to wreck everyone on your way to a mediocre finish.

23. Mike Conway +2
Top ten for Conway. Unfortunately for him, three ovals on tap.

24. James Jakes -3
Fast in practice, slow in the race. Time is running out for him.

25. Katherine Legge -1
Time for Kat to put up or shut up in the next three races in which she will be driving the Dragon car.

26. Simona de Silvestro 0
Simona will be going at a pace at Texas in which she can do a Sudoku, whilst cross eyed, whilst singing Marry Had A Little Lamb, and to top it off, she will be balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head.

Let me know what you all think.

-Matthew Hickey

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