INDIANAPOLIS – Leaving the April 23 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Will Power sat sixth, seventh and 10th respectively in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings. Heading into Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) all three are now in the top five of the standings and are arguably the top three drivers in the series right now.
They’ve combined to win all four races since then and are proving to be the ones to beat.
Hunter-Reay, finished second in that race at Barber but fell to 18th in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. The mechanical problems dropped him back to ninth in the standings at that point. But, he hasn’t finished outside the top five since. He was fifth in the Indianapolis 500 and was second and first respectively in Belle Isle to catapult him to fourth in the standings leaving last weekend’s doubleheader in Detroit. He has four top five finishes, three of which in the top two, in the last five races.
Dixon is right there with him. He hasn’t finished worse than sixth since Barber as he was second and third respectively in both races at Indy and first and fourth respectively in Belle Isle. That has moved him from seventh to second in the standings now as he’s only five points behind Power for the championship leader.
Power has been the tops out of all of them though. His 21st place finish in Barber was his second finish outside of the top 20 in three races. Since then, he has three top two finishes in four races including a win in the INDYCAR Grand Prix as well as the Indianapolis 500. On Sunday in Belle Isle, he finished second.
He improved all the way up to the points lead and looks to be among the favorites to win the title overall.
What comes up, must see something come down right?
Josef Newgarden left Barber with his second win in three races and a points lead, but he is down to fifth now. He hasn’t had a top five finish since with results of 11th, eighth, ninth and 15th respectively. Sebastien Bourdais left Barber third in the standings, but he’s now down to ninth. He’s finished fourth, 28th, 13th and 21st respectively since.
So while Power, Dixon and Hunter-Reay are red hot right now, Newgarden and Bourdais are ice cold.