Power Rankings: Pagenaud still top, but Ferrucci rapidly rising

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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 No. 1. 

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 (Bommarito Automotive Group) is weighted the most in the rating and the oldest race (Iowa 300) the least.

So, following the race at World Wide Technology Raceway and heading to Portland International Raceway, here’s a look at the top NTT IndyCar Series drivers:

Simon Pagenaud – Sometimes consistency is key and that’s what Simon Pagenaud has been since his win in the Indianapolis 500. The Team Penske driver continues to finish in the top five and moved into second in the championship. It also keeps the Frenchman No. 1 this week.

Santino Ferrucci – Another fourth-place finish for the rookie, who took the lead in the Rookie of the Year standings. If his teammate doesn’t crash after his final pit stop, he could have scored his first win.

Alexander Rossi – After leading nearly every lap at Road America in June, Rossi has gone five races without leading a lap. Strategy didn’t fall his way at World Wide Technology Raceway, but he’ll need to bounce back in a big way to keep his title hopes alive.

Dropped out: Sebastien Bourdais (6), Graham Rahal (8), Spencer Pigot (9), Felix Rosenqvist (10).

The NTT IndyCar Series heads to Portland, Ore., for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland. Live race coverage on NBC begins at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT local) with the green flag at approximately 3:45 p.m. Live radio broadcasts will be available on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM 205, Sirius 98, Internet/App 970).

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