Heading to Detroit, the Indy 500 shook up IndyCar’s points

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Simon Pagenaud still leads the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings heading to this weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans, but his lead’s been reduced after an Indianapolis 500 that saw him and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet revealed as “human.”

After starting eighth and finishing 19th in the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, never really a factor, Pagenaud’s ridiculous two seconds, three wins to start 2016 meant he lost a sizable chunk of his points lead for the first time this year.

Pagenaud left the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a 76-point lead and after qualifying points were added in Indy, his lead expanded to 83 points with a plus-seven net on Scott Dixon.

But with Dixon ending eighth in the race to Pagenaud’s 19th, the Frenchman’s lead into Detroit this weekend – in what is now the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Penske Chevrolet – is down to 57 points.

With 10 races to go and still this weekend’s doubleheader, plus the Sonoma double points finale, this points championship is now wide open.

Other big movers from the Angie’s List Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 include the biggest mover, Alexander Rossi, who gained 11 spots after pulling off the shock but impressive win. Carlos Munoz and Josef Newgarden, who finished second and third, each gained eight spots.

Drivers who fell back were Juan Pablo Montoya and Graham Rahal, who both lost seven spots.

Another interesting note: In the series Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, it was Conor Daly 88, Max Chilton 80 and Rossi 79. But Rossi’s win has blown that title wide open, now at 203 to Chilton’s 122 and Daly’s 108.

Here’s a breakdown of points after the Angie’s List Grand Prix on the left, versus the Indianapolis 500 on the right, with the positions gained and lost:

POS # DRIVER POINTS POS # DRIVER POINTS CHANGE
1 22 Pagenaud 242 1 22 Pagenaud 292
2 9 Dixon 166 2 9 Dixon 235
3 2 Montoya 160 3 3 Castroneves 224 +1
4 3 Castroneves 159 4 21 Newgarden 211 +8
5 15 Rahal 133 5 5 Hinchcliffe 205 +3
6 10 Kanaan 111 6 98 Rossi 203 +11
7 83 Kimball 111 7 26 Munoz 199 +8
8 5 Hinchcliffe 110 8 10 Kanaan 192 -2
9 28 Hunter-Reay 109 9 42 Kimball 189 -2
10 12 Power 105 10 2 Montoya 187 -7
11 14 Sato 102 11 12 Power 178 -1
12 21 Newgarden 100 12 15 Rahal 173 -7
13 18 Daly 88 13 28 Hunter-Reay 162 -4
14 7 Aleshin 87 14 11 Bourdais 134 +5
15 26 Munoz 84 15 14 Sato 134 -4
16 8 Chilton 80 16 27 Andretti 130 +2
17 98 Rossi 79 17 7 Aleshin 127 -3
18 27 Andretti 76 18 8 Chilton 122 -2
19 11 Bourdais 75 19 18 Daly 108 -6
20 41 Hawksworth 60 20 41 Hawksworth 91
21 19 Filippi 45 21 6 Hildebrand 84 +6
22 16 Pigot 35 22 77 Servia 72 +3
23 61 Brabham 14 23 29 Bell 55
24 19 Chaves 13 24 16 Pigot 50 -2
25 12 Servia 12 25 19 Chaves 46 -1
26 20 Carpenter 9 26 19 Filippi 45 -5
27 6 Hildebrand 8 27 61 Brabham 37 -4
28 35 Tagliani 7 28 35 Tagliani 35
29 63 Mann 33
30 20 Carpenter 33 -4
31 24 Karam 22
32 88 Clauson 21
33 25 S.Wilson 14
34 4 B.Lazier 12

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston: Eli Tomac retakes 450 lead, Hunter Lawrence tops 250s

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After his Anaheim 2 crash, Eli Tomac was surprised he was not injured, but despite getting knocked down momentarily, he picked himself up, rode to last week’s win and reascended to the top of the SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. This is the third time in three weeks Tomac has topped the rankings.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jason Anderson has back-to-back podiums to his credit and sits second in the Power Rankings. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

Last week, Tomac finished second in his heat before winning the Main – and that translated to near-perfect points in the Power Rankings, which award 100 for a win in the feature and 90 for a heat victory. Tomac’s average was marred by the Houston accident when he finished 13th in that heat before settling just outside the top five in overall standings. Racing is about bouncing back and last year’s Supercross and Motocross champion Tomac did just that as he chases a third consecutive title.

Jason Anderson earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third at Houston. He momentarily rolled past Aaron Plessinger into second during a restart following an accident involving Dylan Ferrandis and held that position for four trips around the track until he was tracked down by Chase Sexton. Afterward Anderson faded and finished 12 seconds off the pace, but along with a heat win, he easily leapfrogged Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb, who struggled in the fourth race of the season.

MORE: Eli Tomac rebounds from Anaheim 2 crash with Houston win

Webb held his position by passing Roczen in NBC’s SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. Webb has been solid in 2023 with a worst moto result of seventh in the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2, but in order to be considered a solid challenger to Tomac he needs to win either a heat or main this week in Tampa.

Roczen was involved in the incident that sidelined Ferrandis in Houston. Racing for eighth at the time, his bike may have sustained some damage when Ferrandis landed on his back tire, but he was not overly impressive in his heat either with a fifth-place finish. That was enough to drop him three positions in the standings, but he still has Tomac in sight.

After his disappointing heat in San Diego when he crashed and sustained enough damage to place him last, Sexton has roared back. He won the overall in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown format and narrowed the points’ gap slightly on Tomac. Last week he yarded the field in his heat race and won by a wide margin. A modest start in the Main kept him from getting to Tomac’s back wheel early in the Houston round, and he lost a little ground in the championship.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Eli Tomac
[3 Main; 3 Heats Wins]
85.20 2 1
2 Jason Anderson
[2 Heat Wins]
82.60 4 2
3 Cooper Webb 82.10 3 0
4 Ken Roczen 81.70 1 -3
5 Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat Wins]
80.70 6 1
6 Dylan Ferrandis 71.60 5 -1
7 Aaron Plessinger 71.30 8 1
8 Justin Barcia 70.10 7 -1
9 Justin Cooper 68.00 NA
10 Adam Cianciarulo 67.40 9 -1
11 Joey Savatgy 61.20 10 -1
12 Marvin Musquin 61.00 10 -2
13 Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat Win]
58.75 11 -2
14 Christian Craig 57.20 13 -1
15 Colt Nichols 56.50 14 -1
16 Dean Wilson 49.30 15 -1
17 Justin Hill 39.67 18 1
18 Shane McElrath 36.33 22 4
19 Brandon Scharer 34.00 21 2
20 Logan Karnow 33.33 19 -1

Supercross 450 Points


The 250 East division debuted in Houston and with only one race – and therefore no chance yet to stumble – three of their riders jumped to the top of the chart.

Hunter Lawrence had a perfect week with wins in both his main and heat. It wasn’t without drama, however, as he was forced to jump wide early in the feature to avoid contact with Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut. Without a former 250 champion in the field, it is guaranteed someone new will grace the top of the box at Salt Lake City after the season-ender and it looks like it’s going to be Lawrence’s to lose.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jordon Smith’s last podium before Houston came four years ago in Detroit. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

It was more than four years ago that Jordon Smith scored his last Supercross podium in Detroit. Despite finishing second that afternoon, he was battling a wrist injury that eventually sidelined him. More injuries have followed, but Smith was a favorite to win the title in 2019 and he’s shown how well he can ride when he’s healthy.

Debuting third in the Houston SuperMotocross Power Rankings, Max Anstie moved from the 450 class last year to 250s in 2023 and the change has gone better than he anticipated. Finishing second in both his heat and main, Anstie was edged by Smith because he finished second behind that rider in their heat. That is Anstie’s first top-10 since finishing sixth at Southwick, Massachusetts last year on his 450. In that race, he scored fifth-place results in both motos.

Supercross 250 Points

Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his graduation into the 250 class was well deserved and he landed fourth in his division and fifth overall in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings. In his first professional Supercross race, he finished fourth in his heat. In a field with twice the talent, he finished fourth again in the main. At Houston, he balanced aggression with patience. Now that he has a taste of that success, everyone will be watching him closely at Tampa to see if he can continue tiptoeing on the line.

Michael Mosiman, Jeremy Martin, and Vialle are tied for fifth in the 250 East division and seventh overall.

Vialle is the most notable of these three because he challenged for a podium position during the Main before making a mistake and falling in a turn. Significantly, this was not only his 250 debut, but his first time in Supercross. As with Deegan, he has generated a lot of attention for the coming weeks.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Hunter Lawrence – E
[1 Main; 1 Heat Win]
95.00 NA
2 Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
90.50 NA
2 Max Anstie – E 90.50 NA
4 Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
89.13 1 -3
5 Haiden Deegan – E 81.50 NA
6 Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 2 -4
7 Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 3 -4
7 Michael Mosiman – E 77.00 NA
7 Jeremy Martin – E 77.00 NA
7 Tom Vialle – E 77.00 NA
11 Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 4 -7
12 Chance Hymas – E 74.50 -12
13 Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main Win]
73.75 5 -8
14 RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat Wins]
70.00 6 -8
15 Max Vohland – W 69.29 7 -8
16 Cullin Park – E 66.00 NA
17 Chris Blose – E 65.50 NA
18 Derek Kelley – W 63.75 8 -10
19 Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 9 -10
20 Pierce Brown – W 61.29 10 -10

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

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