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!
Been very busy the last few weeks. So this Power Grid is going to be done Twitter style, with each update being around 140 characters.
1st – Ryan Hunter-Reay – Up 2 Spots
At the beginning of the season, what were the odds that Ryan would win 3 straight races? He looks like someone who is ready to win a Championship. Amazing considering he didn’t make the cut for Indy in 2010!
2nd – Will Power – No Change
I still believe this is his Championship to win, but he needs to start stepping it up now. Crazy as it sounds, Edmonton is as close to a must-podium race for Power as he’s going to get.
3rd– Scott Dixon – Down 3 Spots
Another week, another Ganassi engine problem. Have those words every been put together like that before? I’ve said it before, but since Dario as joined this is Dixon’s best chance to win a Championship at Ganassi. This is the only season where he will be the focus at Ganassi for the Championship. If he doesn’t get it done this season, he will look back on this year as a lost opportunity.
4th – Tony Kanaan – No Change
Another week, another podium. Seems like TK is now in a place where he can get close to the win, but just doesn’t have enough to get over the hump. Always seems to be something that is keeping him from first. People always mention qualifying, but for the last 2-3 years TK has been an awful qualifier. Only so many times I can hear him say that they need to work on it. I think they are who they are in qualifying.
5th – Helio Castroneves – Up 2 Spots
How is he 3rd in the Championship? Besides St. Pete, I feel it’s been a very quiet season for Helio. If he stays close for a few more races, or even passes Power, then I could see Penske putting all their resources into Helio’s first Championship.
6th – James Hinchcliffe – Down 1 Spot
To bad to see him have a bad showing in his hometown of Toronto. Doesn’t seem fair, when he has been so consistant all season, that on his home track is where he only get 28 laps in.
7th – Simon Pagenaud – Down 1 Spot
Continuing the most consistant season in the Top 10.
8th – Ryan Briscoe – No Change
If history is any indication, we will now being to hear rumblings about Ryan losing his seat at Penske. Then when it seems to be reality, he will win and give himself a reprieve.
9th – Dario Franchitti – No Change
If it was anyone else but Dario, you would assume that his championship chase is done. But it’s Dario, so keeping him on Championship life support for one more week.
10th – Charlie Kimball – Unranked
We have been waiting for a run like that from Charlie for 2 years now. That pass to go from 4th to 2nd was one of the best of the season. Now that we know he has the talent, he needs to start showing it more.
11th – Oriol Servia – Unranked
If I heard this correctly, he has passed more cars this season than anyone else.
Dropped from the Power Grid – Justin Wilson & Graham Rahal