Thursday, July 5, 2012

Round 9 Power Rankings: Drivers

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

Biggest Mover: Ryan Hunter-Reay (+5)
Biggest Loser: James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato (-3)




1. Ryan Hunter-Reay +5
Ryan has clawed out of nowhere to put himself three points back of the leader. Momentum is behind him, as well as a great team. Can an American get back to winning the title?

2. Will Power -1
A tough stretch of races for Will, but not to worry, five straight road courses for Power to show off his skills. Unfortunately, he can't afford a slip up, as he has company at the top of the standings now.

3. Scott Dixon 0
Dixon might have had one of the worst handling cars at Iowa, but he found a way to bring it home in fourth place. That takes some damn good skills.

4. Simon Pagenaud 0
Starting last on his fourth ever career oval race, Simon passed his way through the field and finished fifth. That is truly amazing.

5. James Hinchcliffe -3
Hinch just needed to finish to put himself in a great position to take the championship, but instead, spun and wrecked. Such a shame, but he'll have hometown support in Toronto and Edmonton. 

6. Helio Castroneves -1
Helio was close to ending the Penske drought at Iowa, but ended up falling short.

7. Tony Kanaan +1
TK ran great and finished P3. Hoping for better luck  this weekend then last year at Toronto.

8. Dario Franchitti -1
Hard to win when you can't start the race.

9. Graham Rahal 0
Graham, like Dixon, had a terrible car, yet he finished in the top ten. Great run, and I expect a good result from him in Toronto.

10. Justin Wilson 0
Wilson was running great until something went wrong on the last stint. But the ovalmeister can take a break and show us that he is still a beast on the road courses.

11. Alex Tagliani 0
Tough luck for Tags because he had a fantastic car. Tags is one of the contenders for the win this weekend.

12. Oriol Servia 0
The streak of awesomeness is over as Oriol had a mechanical issue. Not to worry, he'll probably qualify P20 but pass 18 cars in the race.

13. Ryan Briscoe 0
He was in control with the fuel strategy. But then got in a crash with Newgarden. His season is slipping away from him.

14. JR Hildebrand +1
JR had a rocket of a car but made a a silly mistake. JR continues to prove he has the pace to win.

15. Rubens Barrichello +1
Not a bad run at all for Rubens on the oval, finishing P7. Now a string of road courses for Rubens to enjoy.

16. EJ Viso +1
Viso had an amazing car but got tangled up with Power in the race. Still proving he can race well on a consistent basis.

17. Takuma Sato -3
Takuma had one of the worst cars out there. It was pretty depressing to watch. But he finished for the first time in four races.

18. Ed Carpenter +1 
Good news: Ed ran great at Iowa. Bad news: Ed won't see an oval until halfway through September.

19. Marco Andretti +4
Marco finally had a good, complete race this season. Is he gaining his season wind for the rest of the season?

20. Charlie Kimball -2
Char-dog had another one of those ill handling Ganassi cars. I'm hoping to see the Charlie we saw a couple of races ago.

21. Josef Newgarden -1
Good equipment, fast speed, but no result to show for it. Story of his season, unfortunately. 

22. James Jakes -1
When your teammate continually does well and you don't, something is up. Next five races will be pivotal for Jakes to prove why he has a ride.

23. Sebastien Bourdais -1
SeaBass is back, time to kick some ass.

24. Kathrine Legge +1
Legge did fairly good at the end (minus the spin), but the first part of her race was rather awful. We won't see her until Fontana.

25. Mike Conway -1
When you're getting passed by Simona, something is seriously wrong.

26. Simona de Silvestro 0
I guess she beat Conway, which is a positive, but who hasn't? Time to see if the Lotus updates work.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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