INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Alabama)

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We're one race into the double-file restart era and all Hell's broke loose.  Drivers are bitching, getting spun and punted, losing positions they would've otherwise had kept, and so on.  It's a good thing AJ Foyt wasn't present (due to yet another incident of him defying death, this time with a 95% artery blockage) or else he would've knocked whiny drivers sideways Arie-style.  If AJ Foyt likes the two-wide restarts then it's here to stay.  Disagree with AJ and he'll GO…and you'll end up thrown over the fence.

The two-wide restarts have also dismantled the Power Rankings for this week.  They've literally been flipped upside down harder and faster than Marco Andretti.  The only constant, of course, is who's on top.

 

THE GRID

 

1.  Dario Franchitti

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Previous Ranking: #1 (no change)

Because of ABC nobody saw the pass for the lead and the eventual win….neither did Will Power.

 

2.  Will Power

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Previous Ranking: #2 (no change)

Proof that kryptonite originated from Scotland.  Maybe.

 

3.  Simona De Silvestro

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

Well EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME!  I figured that when a young driver on a small team loses their engineer ONE WEEK before the first race it usually takes a couple of races to get sorted out…not a couple of HOURS.

 

4.  Tony Kanaan

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Previous Ranking:  #9 (+5)

He did look quite tired after that race.  Looks like he's not running 71 miles or carrying rickshaws filled with engine blocks like he used to.  Probably.

 

5.  Alex Tagliani

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Previous Ranking:  #12 (+7)

"Eat my Schmidt!" - Alex Tagliani....or so I wish he said post-race.

 

6.  Takuma Sato

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

Damn ABC for not interviewing him.  That was inspirational.  Hope my Red Cross donation helps out soon.

 

7.  Oriol Servia

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Previous Ranking:  #15 (+8)

A flat tire, and a missed pit stop and he salvages a Top-10.  What's better is Newman-Haas' switch to #2.  Numbers with 0 in front don't look right on non-orange non-Dodge Charger non-confederate flagged cars.

 

8.  Vitor Meira

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Previous Ranking:  #14 (+6)

AJ underwent surgery and was awake and watched the surgery.  Of course the doctors refused to knock him out.  They knew it couldn't be done.  Smart folks.

 

9.  Justin Wilson

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Previous Ranking:  #7 (-2)

Pinball Wizard.

 

10.  Rafa Matos

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

Like the Kanaan situation, this team and deal didn't even exist not too long ago and they get a good finish.  Further proof that sponsors shouldn't ignore the smaller teams and simply call Penske or Ganassi.

 

11.  JR Hildebrand

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

They're going to accept any decent finish on the twisties as a positive…they're just waiting for the ovals.

 

12.  Graham Rahal

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Previous Ranking:  #8 (-4)

He was just one of the many victims of the Killer Bia.

 

13.  Danica Patrick

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Previous Ranking:  #13 (no change)

She had more nose-jobs than fellow GoDaddy girl Joan Rivers...no wonder she F-Blasted on live TV.

 

14.  Helio Castroneves

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Previous Ranking:  #3 (-11)

Dude....WTF.  Seriously.  Lap ONE.  Turn ONE.

 

15.  Scott Dixon

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Previous Ranking:  #4 (-11)

Nobody hates the Florida sunshine….but by judging his recent history at St. Pete, I bet he does.

 

DNQ (Bumped from the field)

 

Ryan Briscoe

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Previous Ranking:  #5

Penske and Weezer in the same place at the same time....did not see that one coming.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay

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Previous Ranking:  #6

So what if he isn't a fan of the new two-wide restartsI'm glad he spoke his mind.  It's the wrong opinion, but still…

 

Marco Andretti

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Previous Ranking:  #10

So the 2012 opening race will have him what, go airborne?  Been there, done that.

 

Mike Conway

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Previous Ranking:  #11

At least he walked away from that one and there's a next race for him.

 

EJ Viso

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

What is it with Venezuelan racing drivers getting into everyone's way...

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