Power Rankings: There's a 'New' No. 1 this week.


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 (Iowa 300) is weighted the most in the rating and the oldest race (DXC Technology 600) the least.

So, following Iowa and heading to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, here’s a look at the top NTT IndyCar Series drivers:

There’s a 'New' No. 1:

Josef Newgarden – He leads the point standings, and for the first time since early June, Josef Newgarden is back atop the Power Ratings. The Team Penske driver has a pair wins in the last four races and his dominating drive at Iowa vaults him past both previous No. 1 Alexander Rossi and No. 2 Simon Pagenaud.

On the Rise

James Hinchcliffe – The Mayor finally scored a podium and it helps him earn another title this week – Highest Riser in the rankings. Hinchcliffe has top-seven finishes in his last three races and at fourth in the rankings only trails the three most-recent race winners – Newgarden, Pagenaud and Rossi – in consistency.

Looking to Bounce Back

Ryan Hunter-Reay – The Power Ratings are a fickle beast and this week Andretti Autosport sees Hunter-Reay tumble out of the ratings for the first time since our first poll. RHR will likely be happy to see this stretch of three in a row end this week. It hasn’t been good for him.

The Top 10

Dropped out: Felix Rosenqvist (6), Colton Herta (7), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (10)

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