INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Texas)

Bryan Herta Autosport > Ganassi Racing > Penske Racing

Wow.  If you would've told me that Ganassi would NOT win nor would Penske even have a car in the Top 10 I would've had you committed to a padded cell.  Also if you would've told me a one-off team wins the Indy 500 I would've had you executed there as well.  Funny and ironic that the last Crapwagon 500 (the final Indy 500 with the old 2003 Dallara spec chassis) ended up becoming an all time great event.  Further irony is that the chassis that won really was built in 2003.

When I took this job of Power Rankings last year I thought it was going to be an easy job.  It was an easy job.

WAS.

A majority of my work used to be placed on only trying to come up with witty comments about the drivers but now with the wacky season we've had thus far the Power Rankings outside of the Top 3 every week now resemble Simona's primary car; upside down and charred.

So where does everybody rank this week heading into the double-header at Texas?  Like I said in the last installment of Power Rankings the winner of the 500 (even if it's a part-time team) will get an honorary P1 ranking this week.

Good job, Danny boy.

 

THE GRID

 

1.  Dan Wheldon

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Previous Ranking:   unranked

Further proof that hiring ride buyers and leaving champions unemployed is just plain stupid.  I'm looking at you, Jimmy Vasser….and don’t give me any lip about hiring TK.  You lucked into that one (and fired another champ in the process).

 

2.  Dario Franchitti

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Previous Ranking: #2 (no change)

With yet another miscalculation on fuel lets just say that every calculator and laptop was burned in a bonfire (ignited by shotguns) at Chipster's place Tuesday.  Probably.

 

3.  Oriol Servia

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Previous Ranking:  #3 (no change)

Dan Wheldon wasn't the only previously unemployed driver to race at the front at Indy.

 

4.  Will Power

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Previous Ranking: #1 (-3)

He can perform on ovals.  His crew cannot.

 

5.  Tony Kanaan

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Previous Ranking:  #6 (+1)

He didn't get the win, but watching Andretti Autosport struggle all month and beating them down probably felt like one to him.

 

6.  Scott Dixon

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Previous Ranking:  #9 (+3)

As good as he is at Indy (and again this year), he doesn't deserve to be in the "Greatest 33" while Wheldon isn't on the list.

 

7.  JR Hildebrand

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Previous Ranking:  #13 (+6)

You can call it a choke all you want, but Charlie Kimball shouldn't have been in that position…just like Ryan Hunter-Reay last year shouldn't have been in that same position running out of fuel.  If you know you can't make it and you're that far down the standings, use the warmup lane.

 

8.  Graham Rahal

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Previous Ranking:  #14 (+6)

He called JR's finish a "choke".  I guess it is….of all people Graham knows how to choke and wall it on Turn 4.  He did it two years in a row.

 

9.  Vitor Meira

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Previous Ranking:  #8 (-1)

The biggest miracle wasn't the finish, but the start; AJ actually pulled the pace car into pit lane.

 

10.  Alex Tagliani

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Previous Ranking:  #5 (-5)

He went from taking the pole...to walling it, losing his engineer to a bigger team, and possibly sponsorship after Edmonton.  Ouch.

 

11.  Danica Patrick

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

It's funny that her last 500 as a full time driver (allegedly) is exactly how her first went (Led late, not enough fuel, Wheldon wins).

 

12.  Simona De Silvestro

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Previous Ranking:  #7 (-5)

As inspirational her month of May was, it was as equally bittersweet.  Don't worry, Simona.  Even AJ was scared of Indy.  Hey, what better place to build confidence than a track that set you on fire the first time!

 

13.  Ryan Briscoe

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Previous Ranking:  #4 (-9)

The Captain doesn't like his cars broken at Indy, Ryan.  It was at this time last year we were fearful he was about to lose his precious Penske ride….then he won Texas.  He's going to have to win both twin races to keep his job probably.

 

14.  Justin Wilson

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Previous Ranking:  #12 (-2)

Toronto is just a month away….

 

15.  Marco Andretti

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

That was a clutch performance on Bump Day.  The grandson of Andretti missing the Centennial would've been a blow….but not quite as big as Danica missing the race.

 

DNQ (Bumped from the field)

 

Mike Conway

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Previous Ranking:  #10

I didn't think he was spooked by Indy so much that he couldn't find the speed.  Remember, TK almost missed the field last year with that team and car.

 

James Hinchcliffe

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Previous Ranking: #11

Before May a lot of people had him as becoming this years series Rookie of the Year.  As of now, not so much.  The Mayor's office is closed for repairs.

 

Takuma Sato

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Previous Ranking:  #15

The KV team actually kept it out of the wall for the entire month of May.  Then the race started….

 

Helio Castroneves

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

Briscoe may be in hot water, but Helio's isn't all that cool, either.  What has happened to him….

 

EJ Viso

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

How can he do worse than wrecking at Texas this weekend?  Wrecking in both races.  Breakout the checkbook, Jimmy and Kevin.

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