Monday, January 3, 2011

A Look At The Castrol Driver Rankings

Since first being released last January, the Castrol Driver Rankings have been for good for a lot of heated discussion over their value, but not always much else. Still, it's a conversation starter, and any project that tries to rank 2,000+ world drivers is going to be interesting.

Here's a list of IndyCar drivers considered in the Top 100 in the world right now. IndyCar is actually pretty well-rated by Castrol (T-3 with 24 Hours of LeMans), just behind F1 and NASCAR, and ahead of everyone else:

Will Power: 6th
Dario Franchitti: 9th
Hélio Castroneves: 16th
Scott Dixon: 18th
Ryan Brisoce: 21st
Ryan Hunter-Reay: 29th
Tony Kanaan: 37th
Marco Andretti: 45th
Justin Wilson: 48th
Dan Wheldon: 53rd
Danica Patrick: 68th
Vitor Meira: 80th
Alex Tagliani: 83rd

Well, that should raise some eyebrows. If you're wondering, your top Indy Lights finisher is James Hinchcliffe, ranked 245th, just a few points ahead of J.K. Vernay.

Francesco Dracone: Protecting 1,133rd Place At All Costs.
I still have my doubts about the usefulness of this system (due to his lack of a full-time ride, Paul Tracy is ranked lower than Milka Duno), but any site that lets me see the highest-rated Estonian driver in the world (Sten Pentus of Formula Renault 3.5, of course; he rates 244th overall), what country racked up the most points (Will Power, Mark Webber, and the Aussie Mob, 39,937) or where Stefan Wilson ends up (561st) is absolute gold as a time-waster.


  1. any list that has wheldon behind marco and briscoe makes it apparent that those contributing the rankings of said list know not of what they speak when it comes to the izod indycar series. hogwash

  2. Well, and having drivers who only have partial rides ranked behind drivers who have FT rides. I'd like to see a better breakdown based on a by-performance evaluation. If Tomas Scheckter or Paul Tracy are only in 4-5 races or tear it up, they should be well ahead of Milka Duno, who raced in 4x the events but never placed higher than around 20th. There's definitely some issues with it, as I said.