Saturday, May 31, 2014

Power Rankings: Post Indianapolis

Based on my opinions as well as statistics, here are the updated top-ten Power Rankings for the 2014 Verizon Indycar Season following the Indianapolis 500 (number next to driver represents how far they fell from the previous power rankings, with N indicating that they are new to the list):

1) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2)
An absolutly phenomenal race for Ryan Hunter-Reay not only gets his face on the Borg Warner Trophy, but he takes a big lead in the Indycar Championship. Other than a brain fart at Long Beach, Ryan has had a near perfect season. Can he keep this up in Detroit?!

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Indianapolis 500 Trophy Presentation
The newest Indianapolis 500 champion (Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images North America)

2) Will Power (-1)
Not a bad result for Will Power's championship efforts but not the result he was looking for, especially given what he had going for him. Moving back to a twistie will help him (one would think) so look for Power to make up some ground on RHR.


3) Helio Castroneves (1)
After an epic dual with RHR for the the Indianapolis 500, Helio ends up with a massive point haul despite finishing second. Could be much worse for Helio. His efforts have put him squarely back into the championship hunt.


4) Simon Pagenaud (-2)
Despite a strong Month of May with a win at GPI and a solid qualifying effort, Simon Pagenaud could not get his race going the way he wanted. His car never came to sorts and he had an average result. A bit disappointing.


5) Marco Andretti (3)
Marco Andretti had one hell of an effort at Indy. Despite not winning, Marco gained a lot of points in his effort to win a championship. A solid weekend at Detroit is crucial to back up this performance.


6) Sebastien Bourdais (4)
Darkhorse and under-the-radar performance of Indy goes to Sebastien Bourdais. He finished the race in seventh despite quite literally having his name mentioned once or twice during the race broadcast. Usually that accolade goes to whoever finishes in the back half of the field. But Seabass crossing the line in P7 is very impressive.

Sebastien Bourdais - Indianapolis 500 - Practice
Bourdais had himself one hell of a May (Photo: Michael Hickey / Getty Images North America)

7) Carlos Munoz (N)
Carlos Munoz backed up a rookie performance to remember at Indianapolis with another great performance, finishing P4 this time around. Not only that, but if you combine this result with the podium he earned at Long Beach, and you get a man who is on a mission to achieve a high championship finishing position.


8) Juan Pablo Montoya (N)
Juan Pablo Montoya may have run the best race at Indianapolis besides Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves. He had one of the fastest cars while making great fuel mileage. A speeding penalty cost him a shot at the win. Despite this penalty, Juan still managed to finish P5. That is an excellent result.


9) Justin Wilson (-2)
Justin Wilson had a top-seven effort ruined by Townsend Bell's accident. In an effort to avoid Townsend's cockpit, Justin ran over some debris which required pit repairs. Make no mistake, Justin will be back in Detroit to get his show back on the road.


10) Scott Dixon (-4)
Scott Dixon did not have an effective race. Despite getting to the front and staying there for some time, Dixon lost in coming out of turn four, crushing the wall. Not only did it ruin his chance at winning, but he threw away any chance at staying in the championship hunt. Dixon is one or two more poor races from being out of the championship.

Scott Dixon - 98th Indianapolis 500
Not Scott Dixon's best visit to Indianapolis (Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images North America)


New to the list: Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya
Off the list: Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden


Let me know what changes you would make to my list!

-Matthew Hickey

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