Friday, July 27, 2012

Round 11 Power Rankings: Drivers

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

Bigggest Mover: Takuma Sato (+3)
Biggest Loser: Oriol Servia (-3)


1. Ryan Hunter-Reay 0
Ryan got the pole, but could only manage 7th after a penalty. His lead shrinks in the standings, and it is now a three horse race.

2. Helio Castroneves +1
Climbing the fence after a great drive, Helio is keen to take his first ever Indycar Championship.

3. Will Power -1
Power with a mega drive on his way to P3, but I wonder if an engine change helped or hindered his success, as I feel like he could have won from P6 on the starting grid.

4. Scott Dixon 0
Dixon is Ganassi's best hope to take the championship.

5. James Hinchliffe 0
Hinch is fading. He needs a good run at Mid-Ohio or his chances to take the championship good go away.

6. Tony Kanaan 0
Tony with a dreadful weekend, but one has to think it was the car and not the driver.

7. Dario Franchitti +1
I asked him about his title chances, he said this season has been Murphy's Law for him, but he is confident he will wrong well at the last 4 venues.

8. Simon Pagenaud -1
Not a good race for Pagenaud, who won't miss Canada.

9. Justin Wilson +1
Another solid run for J-Dub, but let's hope Mid-Ohio goes better for him this year.

10. Alex Tagliani +2
Bazinga, Tags and BHA finally catch a break, lead the most laps, and earn a top-five.

11. Graham Rahal 0
Golden Graham with a good result. Other than Indy, Graham wants to win his home town race at Mid-Ohio. Danica won't be there to take him out this year.

12. Oriol Servia -3
Not a good weekend for Big O.

13. Ryan Briscoe +1
Briscoe qualified well, but went backwards in the race, as he continues to be the third wheel at Penske. 

14. Takuma Sato +3
Great run for Sato and RLL. F1 reject my ass.

15. JR Hildebrand -2
A less than good race for Captain America, but he still beat Ed Carpenter even after an extra pit stop, which is quite comical. 

16. Charlie Kimball -1
Taking out Pagenaud put a damper on things, and now a broken bone in his hand won't help things.

17. Rubens Barrichello -1
Good qualifying effort, poor race effort. But when your teammates do poorly, you can't expect a lot.

18. EJ Viso 0
*See Rubens Barrichello*

19. Josef Newgarden 0
Another fastest lap of the race, his third of the season, but again, no result to show for it.

20. Mike Conway +1
Good run for Conweezy carving his way from the back to finish P11.

21. Sebastien Bourdais -1
A poor from Bourdais who probably blamed the tooth fairy for his penalty.

22. James Jakes 0
Good qualifying effort, but a mechanical issue ruined his race.

23. Marco Andretti 0
Where can you pull optimism for the remainder of Marco's season? He has just been off all year.

24. Ed Carpenter 0
Ed finished the race with four wheels on the car for the 11th race out of 11. BFD, you finished 21st.

25. Katherine Legge 0
Is it Fontana yet?

26. Simona de Silvestro 0
The best news Simona has ever received: Lotus may leave after 2012.


Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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