This may be the easiest edition of IndyCar Power Rankings to write this year. Scott Dixon has blown away the competition to reel off three consecutive victories and climb to second in the overall point standings. Did I give away who might be number one?
Target teammate Dario Franchitti also seems to have found himself and makes an appearance in the top 10. Dropping in the ranks is Penske driver Will Power who’s shown speed but should have provided better results.
Other shuffling also took place in the top 10 of course. James Hinchcliffe managed one top 10 during the double dip in Toronto, but also had a throttle problem before the race went green that resulted in a 21st place result and a drop in the rankings.
1. Scott Dixon
Three straight wins, within a sniff of top spot in the championship and oh yeah; guess who won the race at the next stop Mid-Ohio last year? That’s right, Dixon.
2. Helio Castroneves
Mr. Consistent drops out of the top spot but not by much. He continues to keep that number 3 car up near the front at every event finishing inside the top ten in all but one race this year.
3. Marco Andretti
Three good results in a row in July keep Marco in the points hunt. He too may grab a victory before the season ends
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay
Disappointment in three straight races for the defending series champion. Sato clobbered him at Pocono injuring his thumb and then double trouble in Toronto. Seeing how much he was hurting in Toronto, he gets marks for gutting it out.
5. James Hinchcliffe
The season of highs and lows continues for our friend from Oakville. Hinch sticks in the top five with three wins. Despite his troubles, no one would be surprised if he grabbed another victory before this thing is done.
6. Dario Franchitti
How about the turnaround in his season. A lot of determination and hard work have paid off. A podium finish in Pocono & Toronto and there is belief again that a victory can’t be far off.
7. Will Power
He’s been fast but also made some mistakes. A little too much aggression in Toronto cost him better results
8. Simon Pagenaud
Reasonable results in the past month. Checking the standings to find out he’s fifth overall I think would surprise some people. He quietly goes about his business and gets the job done.
9. Justin Wilson
Another solid citizen. He just missed the top ten in race one in Toronto, but did come up with top tens in the other two events this month.
Well this was the easiest Power Rankings until this point. I’m going to make the final spot a three way tie between Mike Conway who finished 7th in both Toronto races gaining 16 spots in race one and 13 in race two. Sebastian Bourdais who had a 3rd and 2nd place result in Toronto.
Yes I don’t like ties either but Bourdais wasn’t great in Pocono, finishing 16th and Conway didn’t run that event so I’m sticking with the sister kisser.