Starting this week, after every race we will post our “Power Grid”, currently the top 11 drivers in my view. Why 11? Because everyone else does a top 10, and TK is my favorite driver and is #11, so seems good enough reason for me!
We will also post a graph showing the Championship points standings graph for the season. Onto the power grid!
1st – Will Power – 180 points / 1st place
This list is not named after Will, but I have a feeling that he will be on top for much of this season and future seasons, so it may well be named after him after all is said and done. I’m a fan of Will, but not of his victory celebration. The “Power Leap” just seems a bit forced and looks a bit to much like something you would see in an episode of Glee. Would so much rather he just do the double bird after every win. That would get us on the A segment of PTI!
2nd – Scott Dixon – 109 points / 6th place
Had it not been for an engine problem at Long Beach and a bad caution at Brazil, he could very well have 4 podiums so far this season. I also think that Scott is looking forward to a season where he will get all the Ganassi resources as their championship contender.
3rd – Helio Castroneves – 135 points / 2nd place
I really have no idea how Helio was able to finish 4th in Brazil. It didn’t help that NBCSports had to buy the video feed from the local network. They couldn’t just get access to all the cameras and edit it themselves? Or they couldn’t have sent a few of their own camera guys so we could get a good broadcast? Why does NBCSports treat these races like a US Air Force Drone, putting the commentators in a booth in the desert and just sending the video into them? Although it was fun seeing Kevin Lee have to fight a Brazilian reporter to get the Will Power interview in victory lane.
I just know that someone Helio was missing part of his front wing and finished 4th. He is coming in Indy, with his best chance at getting #4.
4th – Ryan Hunter-Reay – 121 points / 4th place
How many times in the month of May will we hear about how much more “relaxed” and “friendly” the atmosphere is at Andretti Autosport. We should create a bingo board of all the ways that they will talk around the truth – Danica was a real drag on that team and must have been a royal pain in the ass.
Although, know this Ryan. If you get bumped again this year, especially if we only have 34 cars, you will be off this list for the season!
5th – James Hinchcliffe – 123 points / 3rd place
A VERY consistant start for James this season. Great to see this from the Mayor of Hinchtown! Hope he gets a lot of face-timeduring the month of May, as he might be the best personality in the series today.
6th – Simon Pagenaud – 118 points / 6th place
Close call between Simon & James. I give the nod to James, because Simon is a rookie in the series and at Brazil he didn’t look great. Also be interested to see how he does now that we are moving over to a few more ovals. We still race those in this series, don’t we?
7th – JR Hildebrand – 83 points / 7th place
7th & 5th in the last 2 races. Not bad for a someone who is still cutting his teeth on the road/street courses. His biggest hurdle is coming this month, as the reigning champion of the Indianapolis 499.75, I’m very curious to see how he handles his first year back to IMS. If Marco is any indication, after coming so close as a rookie, JR might be in for a few years of struggling. I hope it’s not the case for JR.
8th – Takuma Sato – 83 points / 7th place
It was very nice to see Sato finally get to a podium, as he deserved to be there at Long Beach. There are flashes of brilliance with Sato. Unfortunately, there is always a lapse of judgement, which normally sends him into the wall. My money is still on him NOT finishing 500 miles in May
9th – Rubens Barrichello – 79 points / 11th place
Since St. Pete, he has been in the top 10 of every race. I think we will see improvement in every future road/street course. I really thought that he would help Tony Kanaan improve this season and KV would be a team to be reckoned with. Doesn’t look like the case so far, which makes me very worried if the window has shut on TK.
I just want to know why INDYCAR allowed Rubens to color his number in such a way that it looks like an X. Can’t we just agree that everyone has to have solid numbers? The cars are already going 200+ mph, do we need to make it HARDER to catch the numbers?
10th – Ryan Briscoe – 83 points / 7th place
Seems like it is going to be another Briscoe year, where he hangs around the top 10 in most of the races, but is never a threat to win. A big month of May could really help him out.
11th – Dario Franchitti – 82 points / 10th place
How many horseshoes does he have up his ass? Is it over a baker’s dosen? He gets spun around in Brazil in a place where most people would get hit, and if he did get taken out, it would have probably been the nail in this season for him. Yet, nobody hits him and he comes back and finishes 5th. Until he is mathematically eliminated, he must stay on this list.
That’s The Power Grid for this week. It will be updated after Indy 500 qualifying.
2012 IZOD Championship Points Graph – After Brazil
(Click on graph to view it in full screen)