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Red Bull GRC Indianapolis: Power Rankings

July 7, 2017
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How can you choose the top driver out of a Red Bull Global Rallycross field as evenly matched as this one?

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Do you go for Tanner Foust by nature of his points lead? Scott Speed, because he’s the two-time defending champion? What about Steve Arpin, the season’s first repeat winner despite taking on factory-backed teams with an independent team?

Our experts Chris Leone (RedBullGRC.com) and Dominik Wilde (The Checkered Flag, Autosport), as always, have given it their best shot—tell us what you think of their list:

1. Tanner Foust

It’s close, but I’ve got to give Foust the top spot in the rankings based on one thing: heat and semifinal performance. While he and Steve Arpin are quite close when it counts, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver piles on the points in the early rounds, and that just might make the difference at season’s end. It’s certainly making the difference right now… (CL)

2. Steve Arpin

Steve Aprin began the year as a championship favourite, if a somewhat outside bet compared to the Volkswagens. In Ottawa he established himself as a real championship threat. He’s second in the points, but only just. Had it not been for a puncture in the second race in his home country, the gap to points leader Tanner Foust may well be smaller. In fact, there may not even have been a gap at all. (DW)

3. Scott Speed

Don’t call it a #comeback2017 on social media, Scott—you’ve been doing this for years. Both of Speed’s Supercar titles have come in the face of adversity (remember when he was ninth in points in 2015?!) and late-season charges. In fact, and in an interesting bit of irony, the two seasons in which he didn’t take the championship were the two years where he won the season opener and faded later in the year. The Memphis winner hopes to change that in 2017. (CL)

4. Mitchell deJong

Three podiums from the last five rounds, and not once has he finished outside the top five—Mitchell deJong is within touching distance of the championship leaders, and is the top Honda driver despite it being his first full Supercar season. Now if only he could get that first win. (DW)

5. Chris Atkinson

What does a rally driver do when his car rolls over but the rollcage and wheels are intact? He presses on regardless! That’s what Atkinson did in the second Ottawa final, and though the result was only a ninth place, it’s proof that the Aussie is as tough as nails. Subaru’s first heat winner and podium finisher of the season hopes to grab his first win in Indianapolis. (CL)

6. Sebastian Eriksson

It’s always been feast or famine with Eriksson, whose breakthrough victory in Louisville has so far been the sole bright spot of a year with four finishes in the bottom half of the field. Still, he managed four podiums last season; while Mitchell deJong seems to have assumed the starring role at Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, we know Eriksson can get it done any time his luck holds. (CL)

7. Oliver Eriksson

It’s been a solid first half of the season for Oliver Eriksson, bookended by two fifth places. He’ll be looking to bank a bunch of strong results in the second half of the season with his teammates winning races and challenging for the championship. (DW)

8. Austin Dyne

Austin Dyne is getting stronger and stronger with each round. He’s definitely proving that last year’s struggles were just a blip, because again he’s got a race-winning IndyCar team behind him, and again he’s amongst the top five. (DW)

9. Patrik Sandell

Somehow, Sandell is the lone remaining driver in the Supercar field not to have taken a heat victory or podium finish at the halfway point of the season. If you had predicted that in March, I’d be going to you for lottery numbers right now; remember, the Swede is one of only three drivers to win a final in each of the past three seasons, and teammate Chris Atkinson has proven the capabilities of the Subaru WRX STI. If he didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all right now—but a near-miss in Ottawa proved that he shouldn’t be down for much longer. (CL)

10. Cabot Bigham

Cabot Bigham made a big step forward in his Red Bull GRC Supercar career in Ottawa by taking his first heat win. The youngster was quick all weekend, and will be looking to carry that speed through to his team’s home round in Indianapolis this weekend. (DW)

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