Using INDYCAR’s advanced statistics and data, we’ve developed a weighted formula to rate the NTT IndyCar Series drivers after each race this season. Welcome to the Power Rankings – and it doesn’t necessarily mean that Will Power will always be included.
How does it work? We look at more than just the results of the event, also factoring in qualifying results, on-track passes, on-track position passes and average running position throughout the race to come up with each driver’s rating. For now, the rankings are based on the first two races of the year, but once we get into the meat of the season, they will be determined by the four most recent races. The most recent race is weighted the most in the rating and the oldest race the least.
So, following Sunday’s INDYCAR Classic at Circuit of The Americas, here’s a look at the top NTT IndyCar Series drivers:
WHO'S NO. 1?
Josef Newgarden – It’s not surprising that the driver who has finished first and second in the first two races leads the ratings after two races. Newgarden leads the NTT IndyCar Series point standings by 18 over Colton Herta heading into the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7.
ON THE RISE
Colton Herta and Ryan Hunter-Reay – On the strength of his win at COTA, Herta jumps from ninth after the season opener in St. Petersburg to second this week. Hunter-Reay makes the biggest leap in the poll, from 20th to sixth with his podium finish at COTA.
LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK
Will Power and Felix Rosenqvist – After strong performances at St. Petersburg, both drivers hit bad luck at COTA. Power won the pole and led the first 45 laps before a mechanical issue ended his day in 24th place. Rosenqvist qualified near the front, but dropped back early and sustained damage in a crash late in the event to finish one place ahead of Power.
Top-10 Rankings (through 2 of 17 races)