Saturday, May 24, 2014

Power Rankings: Post-Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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 had an average race by his standards. Although he still leads the championship heading into Indianapolis, his results are getting worse by each race. Still, his results have been very good. Can he continue his success heading into Indy?


2) Simon Pagenaud (1)
Simon Pagenaud has had a mega start to the season, which has been topped by winning the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Simon looks to continue his great success into the Indianapolis 500, a place where has been strong in the past two years.

Simon Pagenaud - Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Pagenaud on his way to a win at GPI (Photo: Andy Lyions / Getty Images North America)

3) Ryan Hunter-Reay (-1)
Ryan, who finished P2 at GPI, only goes down on this list because of the success of Simon Pagenaud. Still, RHR has had a great start to the season (minus Long Beach). His start of the race at GPI was amazing, dodging a stalled Sebastian Saavedra and overtaking Jack Hawksworth. RHR should come out of Indy smelling like roses, as he finished P3 at Indy last year.


4) Helio Castroneves (2)
Helio Castroneves almost did what seemed to be impossible in winning at GPI. He dropped back in the race and looked to be out of it. Careful strategy got Helio to the front. He was a couple of laps short on fuel. When he came out after a late stop, Helio was able to stand on it. I thought he was going to have a go at RHR, who was saving fuel. Helio couldn't get him, but still, a great effort for Helio.


5) Scott Dixon (-1)
Scott Dixon finished a meager 15th at GPI. Despite this, Dixon is still well and truly in the championship hunt.


6) Tony Kanaan (-1)
TK had another brilliant race at GPI. Despite another sluggish weekend speed wise and troubles in the race, Kanaan crossed the line P10. Tony has not been overly fast in the #10 car this year but he has managed to find ways to finish in the top-ten. I hope he keep it up.


7) Justin Wilson (0)
Justin Wilson had a decent finish to add to what has been a great season so far. Despite running towards the front at several points in the race, Justin slipped back to P11. Still, Wilson is having himself a great season.

Justin Wilson - Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Justin Wilson is still finding ways to succeed (Photo: Nick Laham / Getty Images North America)

8) Marco Andretti (1)
Marco did not have the greatest of races at GPI, but there is a reason for it. Early on in the race, Marco jumped a curb in a fight with Graham Rahal, which was determined after the race to crack his tub. This cracked tub made his car a handful to drive. Despite this, Andretti drove a spirited race on his way to a P14.


9) Josef Newgarden (-1)
Josef had his first poor race of the season. They can't all be perfect. The question is how will Newgarden and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing do in the Indianapolis 500? I say they do well.


10) Sebastien Bourdais (N)
Sebastien Bourdais has now gone through a race without getting a penalty for the first time this season! It's cause for celebration! Despite being quick all season, Bourdais has not had a good go of it yet this season. Is a P4 finish what Bourdais needs to  get his season rolling?


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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