After every race I will post our Power Grid, which is the top 11 drivers in my view. Why 11? Because everyone else does a top 10, and #11 TK is my favorite driver, so seems good enough reason for me! I will also post an updated IZOD Championship points graph.
1st – Will Power – No Change
He hasn’t had the greatest showing in the last two ovals, last week was due to a blocking penalty that might have cost him the win,but I don’t think we were expecting a string of wins from Will during the ovals either. He is first in the points with only 2 more ovals left in the season. Fair to say, unless something changes with his road/street course skills, he is our 2012 IZOD Series Champion.
2nd – Scott Dixon – No Change
I wasn’t able to see his penalty on TV, because I was at the race in Milwaukee, and I didn’t set my DVR to ABC & ESPNEWS, so I missed the last half of the race. But reading afterwords, turns out that the series gave him the penalty while watching a replay of a re-start. Wow. If this sport had more traction, this would be A segment of PTI type stuff. As it stands, it just barley made it into the IndyStar. Scott was tearing up the field on Saturday and now two weeks in a row, might have had the best car with nothing to show for it.
Can’t believe that he actually spray painted the wall on the backstretch. At first, when I saw the photo on Twitter, I thought it was Photo-shopped, but then at the track I saw it. So long as the track doesn’t fall apart, Hinch is a contender.
4th – Tony Kanaan – Up 1 Spot
Another great run by Tony. He has been fantastic on ovals this year, up and challenging for the lead at all of them. To bad there are only two more ovals this season, seems that KV is just now getting dialed into their oval set-up. Wish we could create a league that had more oval tracks. Oh wait, we did that, and now we are back to road/street courses!
5th – Simon Pagenaud – Up 1 Spot
If he gets any higher in the standings, feels like we are going to be hitting Jeopardy question level. “I’ll take Open Wheel racing for $2,000 Alex?”
I totally understand the fuel strategy game. But something just isn’t fun when you are at a race and within the first 10 laps, they are talking about teams trying to make it a 2 stop race. Then watching cars go 80% speed, with Dario suddenly unable to lap anyone for 30 laps. Not sure I have an answer, but still seems to be an issue. Maybe you mandate so many stops per track?
7th – Ryan Hunter-Reay – Unranked
So long as his equipment holds up, Ryan is a contender in every race. Between Ryan and Hinch, Andretti Autosport has their mojo back.
8th – Dario Franchitti – Down 4 Spots
This is the Dario we remember from before Indy. The only question now is this. Were the Brazil, Indy, Detroit races the aberration, or is he going to turn it around and we’ll look back at the few bad runs he had to start off the season. We’ll know in a few races, because if he keeps this up, he is going to be out of the Championship hunt and playing second fiddle to Mr. Dixon for the first time while at Ganassi.
9th – Ryan Briscoe – Down 1 Spot
Not a good run for Ryan at all. Has anyone had this much time in Penske equipment and done less?
10th – Justin Wilson – No Change
Now THAT’S how you blow an engine!
11th – Graham Rahal – No Change
Could have been either JR or Graham in this spot.
Dropped from the Power Grid – JR Hildebrand