INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Kentucky)

The long wait is over...aaaand next week another begins. Nice schedule, IndyCar. As usual.

Well, we can see the end from here. No more twisties, no more right turns, no more Will Power dominance, and no more "boring races" (according to IndyCar oval racing fans, all 538 of them remaining). The final two races of the season will be raced on the full-throttle high-banked cookie cutter ovals that NASCAR invented (allegedly). That means with Team Ganassi's stranglehold of the ovals the lead Dario lost could be regained rather quickly.

Also with two races to go not only is the season winding down but we're witnessing the final two races of the "Crapwagon Era" and the end of the 2003 Dallara chassis. This means we're also witnessing the final days of the racing career of Porkchop. While we weep for his departure I'm guessing there's at least ONE driver in particular that probably can't wait for that day (considering Porkchop's ineptitude at turning left and not being as quick as other cars).

This week the race is at Kentucky, but NOT on Saturday night like past seasons. I guess they want to race against BOTH the NFL and NASCAR and shoot for the mythical 0.0 TV rating. Actually I'm guessing they didn't want to race in sub 50-degree temps on an oval on an October evening. Who's the man on top of the Power Rankings heading into Kentucky and the final stretch of the season?

 

THE GRID

 

1.  Will Power

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Previous Ranking: #1 (no change)

This is where the move getting Tim Cindric to lead the #12 team pays off, or else it was never meant to be...and we'll have to sit through yet another Dario and Chip championship victory celebration.

 

2.  Dario Franchitti

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Previous Ranking: #2 (no change)

Only Dario can shoot himself in the foot and STILL remain just only a handful of points from the title.

 

3.  Scott Dixon

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Previous Ranking:  #3 (no change)

Don't look now, but if he wins he clinches the AJ Foyt Trophy and could be mathematically eligible for the title if Dario and Power screw up this weekend.

 

4.  Oriol Servia

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Previous Ranking:  #4 (no change)

Quite fitting for IndyCar that this years best-of-the-rest was just recently unemployed, and his closest rival was too.

 

5.  Tony Kanaan

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Previous Ranking:  #5 (no change)

You let Brazil down by not starting (or finishing) like a Brazilian, but you weren't alone in doing so.

 

6.  Ryan Hunter-Reay

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Previous Ranking:  #6 (no change)

French (chrome) Horn'd.

 

7.  Marco Andretti

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Previous Ranking:  #9 (+2)

With Danica gone, he's the longest tenured Andretti team driver. Chew on that...even with his good run, you can't help but think of how the mighty have fallen. They better hope the Chevy engine is the best.

 

8.  Ryan Briscoe

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Previous Ranking:  #7 (-1)

You don't think Indy is the most important thing to Penske? Helio should be out, but instead it most likely will be Briscoe if Penske goes to two cars next year.

 

9.  Graham Rahal

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Previous Ranking:  #8 (-1)

He can whine all he wants about how bad this year has gone, but at least unlike last year he actually has a ride this year (and the next).

 

10.  Danica Patrick

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Previous Ranking:  #11 (+1)

Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have had good careers in NASCAR despite not being solid qualifiers. No wonder she's leaving.

 

11.  Vitor Meira

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Previous Ranking:  #10 (-1)

AJ stayed behind and skipped going to Motegi because of the fires in Texas, or so the media would have you believe that was the reason. Really he most likely was not interested in foreign food. Widespread fires? AJ calls that "Tuesday".

 

12.  Alex Tagliani

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Previous Ranking:  #12 (no change)

Schmidt happened.

 

13.  James Hinchcliffe

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Previous Ranking:   #13 (no change)

That was his big shot at narrowing the Rookie of the Year battle. So much for that.

 

14.  Simona De Silvestro

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Previous Ranking:   #14 (no change)

This whole Porkchop phenomenon...slow, heavy, and not so nimble things in sports becoming folk heroes?  Gee, where have I seen this before?

 

15.  Takuma Sato

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Previous Ranking:  #15 (no change)

VISOED.

 

DNQ (Bumped from the field)

 

JR Hildebrand

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

All he needs is for Panther Racing to give him the usual Panther oval performance and the Rookie of the Year title is all his going away.

 

Helio Castroneves

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

BEHOLD, THE $30,000 TWEET.

 

Mike Conway

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

Although he had a Top-10 at Motegi, it's just amazing how much he's disappeared since winning Long Beach. Since we're back on ovals, he'll probably be even more of a non-factor.

 

Ana Beatriz

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

It all depends on how much the accountants from Brazil want to invest in her if she is to extend her career past year one, or if she pull a miracle and somehow place in the Top-22 in team points for the TEAM money bonus.

 

EJ Viso

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Previous Ranking:  unranked

Yet another late in the race clutch performance from the Hitman, and it was with a teammate no less. I was getting worried.

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