IZOD INDYCAR Championship Standings Top 10 – Post Barber
After two races, time to break out the first INDYCAR Championship Standings graph for 2013. A few thoughts after Barber:
- Looking at James Hinchcliffe on the graph, you can really see how important it is to win races if you are trying to win a championship. Even though he finished last at Barber, he only lost a little ground in the championship hunt
- Great start for Marco, especially considering the first two races were road/street courses
- On the flip side, not the start to the season that Will Power would have wanted. For him to be in 8th after 2 road/street courses is not good for his chances at finally breaking through with a Championship. He really needs to go into Indy close to, or at the top of the standings, because we know he will not gain points once the ovals start popping up in the schedule. I know it’s early, but he is getting close to a must-win situation if he wants to have a realistic shot at a Championship
- Amazing to look at this graph and not see Dario, Rahal or Hildebrand
- For J.R. you have to begin to wonder when is he going to get it together? Marco had a crushing 2nd place Indy 500 his rookie year also, and it seems 7 years later, he is just now beginning to show the promise we all saw that May. Might take J.R. that much time, but since his Dad doesn’t own the team, like Marco, he may not have a ride that long to prove it.
- I really want to like Graham. I even met him at the Kentucky race a few years back and he was so super nice. But he just seems to always be mad or upset at his team. With his Dad now being his team owner, can’t play that card anymore.
- You never want to say it’s over with Dario, because he started off last season in a funk, and went on to win the Indy 500. But after a sub-Dario 2012, and now this start, wondering if he is losing a step. Last year he had trouble adjusting to the new car. At St. Pete this year he made a rookie mistake coming out of the pits. Unless he turns things around in a hurry, like last year, this season could be a struggle for Dario and he might finally look to hang it up.