Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Round 4 Power Rankings: Teams

Here are the power rankings following round four at Sao Paulo. Number next to team represents change in rankings based off of last rankings:

Biggest Mover: Rahal Letterman Racing (+3)
Biggest Loser: Dale Coyne, KV, and Dragon Racing (-2)



1. Team Penske 0
They have won all four races. It is clear that they have stepped up their game from last season but no one else in the series has. Can they finally defeat their woes that they've had at Indy since winning it in '09?

2. Andretti Autosport +1
Another solid race for the team. Hunter-Reay was fantastic again. Hinch was awesome, recording his fourth straight top ten. Marco did....... Nothing. Bia did a good job considering it was her race in a DW12. But I felt like her strategy got her farther than her racing.

3. Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports -1
Pagenaud got screwed somewhere in the race. It was his first time at the Sao Paulo circuit, whereas many others have had experience at the track.

4. Panther Racing 0
JR with another under the radar performance. This guy continues to kick ass week in and week out. That's the true sign of a champion.

5. Chip Ganassi Racing +2
A nice bounce back by Dario. Finishing P5 despite getting rocked by Conway on the restart. An aggressive Kimball had a nice top-ten finish. Rahal and Dixon got screwed on that horrendous restart.

6. Rahal Letterman Racing +3
They finally got the result they deserved. First of many for this team in my opinion. The team is returning to their form that they had back in '04-'06.

7. KV Racing -2
Average day from them. Viso and Barrichello getting top-ten finishes, and TK got screwed on that parking lot of a restart. I expected them to get podiums and just top-tens. EJ Viso continues to impress though.

8. Dale Coyne Racing -2
James Jakes got screwed on the aforementioned restart. Justin Wilson had a great race going until a mechanical failure. Pace is good, results are not so good

9. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing -1
Gah! This is frustrating to watch as a fan! I just wish they can get the result they deserve. Josef Newgarden ran the fastest lap of the race and was quick all weekend, again.

10. Dreyer and Reinbold Racing +2
They finish their last race with a Lotus in P11. Lotus looks like a bunch of asses right now. Now watch Oriol  kick ass in a Chevy (educated guess).

11. AJ Foyt Enterprises -1
The car was quick and the team used their brains well to get a nice strategy going. Their driver did not have a brain though.

12. Ed Carpenter Racing +2
Hey! I kind of enjoy getting proven wrong, especially when it comes to drivers skill! Maybe Ed has honed the road course skill!

13. Dragon Racing -2
Same story, different day.

14. Bryan Herta Autosport -1
Well, given that they are in a Lotus, it was probably best not even to show up. But here comes the Honda (educated guess), so now we can actually see some front running.

15. HVM Racing 0
Not only were they slow again, but they also wrecked others in the process. They are back to their sucking ways. But adding Jean Alesi should help!! (Snark. Also educated guess)


Let me know what you all think.

-Matthew Hickey

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