Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Power Rankings: Post-Barber

Based on my opinions as well as statistics, here are the updated top-ten Power Rankings for the 2014 Verizon Indycar Season following round one (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) Will Power (0)
Will Power was a mistake away from capturing another win at Barber. Despite the mistake, he is still finished in the top-five. He comes out of Barber with the lead in the championship, though Ryan Hunter-Reay is catching him.


2) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2)
Ryan got exactly what the doctor ordered at Barber, showing amazing pace on his way to a win. RHR was reeling following a crash at Long Beach, which much of the lame was put on him. His championship effort also took a hit. Now, RHR is vaulted back up to P2 in the championship, closing in on leader Will Power.

Will Power - Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Power and RHR primed for another championship battle (Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images North America)

3) Simon Pagenaud (-1)
Another great weekend for Simon Pagenaud adds to a championship caliber effort. Three top-five finishes to start out the season is nothing short of excellent. Can he carry this momentum into the Month of May?


4) Scott Dixon (-1)
Dixon wasn't the bridesmaid at Barber for the first time ever! Unfortunately, he regressed to P3. Fortunately, P3 is still a great finish. The defending champion is lingering at the top of the Indycar standings. Dixon is great at the 500, so let's see what he does at GPI.


5) Tony Kanaan (1)
Tony Kanaan has probably been the worst driver in the practice sessions this year. Having said this, Tony shows up in the race and finishes well. Can he defend his crown at Indianapolis and capture the 500 again?

Tony Kanaan - Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Tony Kanaan has been solid so far this season (Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images North America)

6) Helio Castroneves (-1)
Helio drops in the rankings despite a solid race. The only problem was that Helio pulled into the wrong pit stall in at Barber and was penalized for it. That brain fart dropped him to P19, a poor result. Can Helio flourish in May to jump back to the top of the standings?


7) Justin Wilson (0)
Justin Wilson is still being Justin Wilson. Nothing new here, carry on.

Justin Wilson - Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Badass (Photo: Nick Laham / Getty Images North America)

8) Josef Newgarden (0)
Josef Newgarden has been a new man this year. Three races in, three solid efforts. He's one good finish at Long Beach away from being in the top-three in the standings. Another solid outing at Barber shows that DJ Newgy is in the house.


9) Marco Andretti (N)
Marco Andretti shows the Marco Andretti that was present last year, fighting his way through the field on his way to a P2 finish. Also, Marco smiled, so there's that.


10) Juan Pablo Montoya (0)
Juan Pablo Montoya was showing great pace at Barber, especially in the rain. He carved his way through the field getting to the top, only to later spin and ruin his race. Despite this, JPM has been showing great pace this season.


New to the list: Marco Andretti
Off the list: Takuma Sato


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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