"In my experience there's no such thing as luck" - Obi-wan Kenobi
Really? Scott Dixon ran out of fuel on the very last turn of the 2007 finale. The 2009 finale never saw a yellow flag, forcing Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon to pit. The 2010 finale saw who's arguably the best driver in the series find the wall. Dario's dominating luck is border lining on Jimmie Johnson-esque levels…
….oh, almost forgot. He's married to Ashley Judd. That puts him over the top.
Or maybe it really isn't luck after all? A wise old racer (and one of my all time favorites) once told one of his secrets to his many many victories is that sometimes the best you can do is put yourself in a position to win… and let circumstances dictate the outcome. Dario was right behind Dixon when he ran out of fuel in 2007, he saved his fuel to coast to a win in 2009 and was out in front when Will Power tagged the wall this year. The circumstances were there for Dario, and each time he put himself into position to benefit from those circumstances and claimed three unanswered titles as a result.
The Power Rankings End of Season Review shows us that it's just Super Dario's world and we're just paying the rent. Those who aren't (allegedly) will be cast aside.
Perhaps if Jimmie Johnson had a Scottish accent and a Hollywood wife he would be liked far more and hated far less.
Left turn-haters = thoroughly owned. Not so easy after all.
3. Helio Castroneves
Previous ranking: #3 (no change)
The way he ended his season puts him as one of the favorites for the 2011 title. Of course, he's been a favorite for a better part of a decade.
He finishes his most lackluster season in a while with a win. Something tells me it won't be so lackluster next year.
Congratulations on being the best non Penske/Ganassi driver. Here's the door….
Congratulations on being 2nd best non Penske/Ganassi driver. Here's the door as well….?
"Next year" Penske says, so I guess he's safe. Having one less Red Car would've been good for us. Not having Nicole around….would've probably been better since she
isn't allowed to doesn't tweet anymore. @NotNicoleMB, what would we ever do without you?
Files a lawsuit against Panther (though settled) and it's possible he might return? Only in IndyCar, I guess.
Beat TK at the line AND took his sponsor AND kicked him out of his ride….perhaps it's Princess' world and not Dario's.
That winless streak graphic Versus keeps bringing up….dad, are you seeing this?
At times he looked good this season. It's a feat considering how new this team is. Should be stronger next year.
Memo to Justin: if you're gonna move, move to a team with at least a couple of oval wins in its history.
13. Graham Rahal
A decent finish….but even bigger is that he's full time next year. Welcome to the Ride Buyers Club, young Son of 'Stache. Here's the official hat.
Previous ranking: unranked
A good end to a season should keep AJ happy. For now.
15. Alex Lloyd
Previous ranking: unranked
Ended his ROTY title fight with a solid finish and in one piece....unlike his "teammate".
DNQ (Bumped from the field)
Previous ranking: #13 (no longer ranked)
Wasn't a great ending but a decent second-half to a rookie season. Not bad for a ride buyer.
Previous ranking: #14 (no longer ranked)
Could end up getting TK as a teammate since de Ferran wants to expand… or could lose his seat since he hasn't done much.
The well was and is dry. If they don't buy a new tub and extra equipment she won't make the 500 in 2011. If they do, this team could be the most improved for 2011 (unless KV stops wrecking next year....BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!)