Thursday, July 19, 2012

Round 10 Power Rankings: Drivers

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

Biggest Mover: Charlie Kimball (+5)
Biggest Loser: Ed Carpenter (-6)



1. Ryan Hunter-Reay 0
Three wins in a row. 'Nuff said.

2. Will Power 0
Will Power in unfamiliar grounds. He is not used to being this far back of the leader with a handful of races left. But he will not go quietly.

3. Helio Castroneves +3
A quiet P6 from Helio, the best Penske finisher on the day.

4. Scott Dixon -1
A mechanical issue wrecked Dixon's race. Let's hope Dixon doesn't leave Edmonton with a burnt ass again....

5. James Hinchcliffe 0
A rather depressing end to Hinch's home grand prix, and another big blow in the championship.

6. Tony Kanaan +1
His finish was the definition of a stealth race. A lot of attention given to RHR, Conway, and Kimball for the podium, but there's TK finishing P4.

7. Simon Pagenaud -3
He wrecked his and Newgarden's race.... I mean, he even made Sarah Fisher swear. How often does that happen?

8. Dario Franchitti 0
A yellow flag really boned Dario's chances of getting a good finish.... Running out of room on that last restart with a collision with Briscoe in turn three didn't help either.

9. Oriol Servia +3
Oriol passed his 7648th car this season his way to a P5 finish.

10. Justin Wilson 0
A winning car failed to finish after a miscue by Wilson. But I'll bet some money that Wilson does well at Edmonton.

11. Graham Rahal -2
He almost ruined his teammates race in an ill advised move, but he later wrecked his own race. Are things okay behind the scenes at Ganassi Racing for Graham?

12. Alex Tagliani -1
Tags can't buy a break this season. But another top-ten finish despite being hosed. 

13. JR Hildebrand +1
P7 at Toronto for JR. And National Guard will be his sponsor for a long time to come. Win-win.

14. Ryan Briscoe -1
The other Penske driver might want to start updating his resume. 

15. Charlie Kimball +5
A career high P2 for Kimball. I said two weeks ago that I wanted to see the aggressive Charlie Kimball that we saw earlier this year, and boy did we see it. Some great passes by him.

16. Rubens Barrichello -1
Rubens had a good day going until a spin on the last restart. Nonetheless, a P11 for Rubens is a good result.

17. Takuma Sato 0
Sato finishes, which for him is a win. Now to Edmonton where he won the pole last year.

18. EJ Viso -2
Not clear as to what happened to EJ, some kind of mechanical issue. But EJ was fast last year at Edmonton, expecting good things.

19. Josef Newgarden +2
To quote Sarah Fisher, "#*@$ %!=+ Pagenaud!" Another great result thrown away. But Josef should be quick at Edmonton like every track he has gone to this year.

20. Sebastien Bourdais +3
Bourdais is an idiot for calling the wrong person an idiot. But the idiot did have a good run going.

21. Mike Conway +4
Call him an idiot all you want Bourdais, but this idiot beat you. Great podium run for Conway.

22. James Jakes 0
Top-ten for Jakes..... At least we know there's a pulse.

23. Marco Andretti -4
When your two teammates have been doing nothing but succeeding (few exceptions) and you continue to do nothing (few exceptions), something isn't right,

24. Ed Carpenter -6
His lackluster results on road courses are someone else's fault, I swear it. Just ask him.

25. Katherine Legge -1
"Is it Fontana yet?"

26. Simona de Silvestro 0
Another short weekend for Simona. But according to an "expert", her window for moving up to a powerhouse team is "closing"..... I have a brick to throw at that guy, this clearly isn't her fault.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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