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 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Will Power is always included.
How does it work? We look beyond 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 unique rating.
The rankings are based on the four most recent races. The most recent race (Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio) is weighted the most in the rating and the oldest race (REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR) the least.
So, following Mid-Ohio and heading to Pocono on Aug. 18, here’s a look at the top NTT IndyCar Series drivers:
Who’s No. 1:
Simon Pagenaud – Sometimes consistency is key and consistent is what Simon Pagenaud has been over the last month. The Team Penske driver won a pair of poles, the Toronto race and finished just off the podium at Mid-Ohio. That moves him to No. 1 this week.
On the Rise
Chip Ganassi Racing – Scott Dixon has finished in the top five in the past four races and other than an Iowa he’d like to forget, series rookie Felix Rosenqvist has been on his tail during that stretch. At Mid-Ohio, the Ganassi duo scored the team’s first 1-2 finish in nearly four seasons. Rosenqvist was the highest-rated driver at Mid-Ohio and returns to the poll in fifth.
Looking to Bounce Back
James Hinchcliffe – The Mayor’s race at Mid-Ohio lasted less than a lap. Contact from teammate Marcus Ericsson (who had been hit by Takuma Sato) damaged Hinchcliffe’s car, and he never had a chance to show the pace he had all weekend.
The Top 10
- Pagenaud (Last Rating: 2) – See above.
- Dixon (Last Rating: 5) – See above
- Alexander Rossi (Last Rating: 3) – Finishing fifth at Mid-Ohio helps him stay third in the ranking but the bigger gift was from title rival Josef Newgarden on the final lap. With his future settled for now, Rossi can focus on the championship pursuit.
- Josef Newgarden (Last Rating: 1) – Sitting fourth with a less than a lap to go at Mid-Ohio, Newgarden saw a gap that could lead to another podium, and he went for it. Ryan Hunter-Reay was already there and Newgarden spun off course. A costly mistake for the championship leader.
- Rosenqvist (Last Rating: Unranked) – See above.
- Will Power (Last Rating: 10): A pole at Mid-Ohio and heading to Pocono where he has won two of the past three races. Maybe Power is finally turning his year around.
- Spencer Pigot (Last Rating: 9) – Back-to-back top 10 finishes for Ed Carpenter Racing’s young driver could signal he is finally ready to break out of the series’ midfield.
- Sebastien Bourdais (Last Rating: 8) – Qualified fifth at Mid-Ohio but wasn’t able to match that level in the race.
- Graham Rahal (Last Rating: 6) – Rahal finishes in the top 10 again at his home race at Mid-Ohio. It keeps him in the top 10.
- Hinchcliffe (Last Rating: 4) – See above
Dropped out: Santino Ferrucci (7)