New Zealand driver Scott Dixon tops the official rankings of power in the Indy 500.
Dixon has not won a race this season and is at number 2 behind Josef Newgarden IndyCar.com got the flying Kiwi summit from their "who & # 39; s hot" list while the season reached its largest race in Indianapolis on Monday (NZT).
The power rankings formula measures factors in qualifying results, on-track passes, on-track position passes and average running position during a race to determine the rating of each driver.
Dixon has moved from number 3 to the top position in the final rankings that were released on the eve of the Indy 500.
* Dixon achieves 380 km / h at Indy practice
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* Pagenaud wary of & # 39; strong & # 39; Dixon
His strength is his consistency, the most important factor in winning five championships, most of an active driver. Now the Indy 500 is testing its ability to stand up for a one-time event like no other on the circuit, just as it did in winning the sought-after title in 2008. The Indy 500 has double points for the season championship, so there is enough on the line.
By placing Dixon at number 1, the official website said: "Five drivers have won races this season, but Scott Dixon is not one of them. But four podium places in five starts – including his third second place of the year in the IndyCar Grand Prix on May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway course – Dixon has this season for the first time on top of the Power Rankings and the five-time champion hopes to maintain its strong start. "
The top 10 is: 1 Dixon, 2 Newgarden, 3 Alexander Rossi, 4 Simon Pagenaud, 5 Takuma Sato, 6 Graham Rahal, 7 Ryan Hunter-Reay, 8 Sebastien Bourdais, 9 Felix Rosenqvist, 10 Will Power.
In the United States, news service Yahoo Sports places Dixon third on their list of Indy 500 favorites behind pole-sitter Pagenaud and Rossi, the winner of 2016.
Judging Dixon's chances in their race preview, they said: "A year after he flew through the air and landed his car on top of an inner retaining wall, Dixon finished third in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.
"IndyCar & # 39; s most successful current driver is also the title defender of the series, but Dixon has won the Indy 500, perhaps surprisingly enough, only once in his career, that victory came 11 years ago in 2008.
"But despite the relative lack of victories, he has been very good at Indianapolis." Dixon finished in the top six in nine of his sixteen starts, which should go to 10 in 17 and not be surprised if Dixon is one of the few drivers competing for victory in the last 50 miles. "
Dixon starts from number 18 in the sixth row after a few qualifying struggles. But in later practice sessions, he has shown that he has the speed to be a real threat and his racing management is unparalleled.