Images via Stephen King/IndyCar (1); Jimmie Johnson (2)
Who impressed you the most in the past week of racing? Each week, Jim Beaver shares his latest power rankings on the Down and Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR and highlights the top performances in worldwide action motorsport. Here’s a look at Jim’s rankings from the show this week, as well as Down and Dirty Show columnist/media manager Chris Leone’s rankings:
Jim Beaver’s Power Rankings
1. Alexander Rossi: Rossi put on an absolute clinic at this year’s Grand Prix of Long Beach. He led almost every lap and won by more than 20 seconds. It’s hard to top a weekend like that.
2. Eli Tomac: Tomac made it look easy in Denver when he reeled in Marvin Musquin for the lead five minutes into the final and never looked back. It was his fifth win of the season, and it came in front of his hometown fans.
3. John Force Racing: Robert Hight’s third win to start the season was big enough, but Brittany Force going back-to-back gave JFR total team domination in Houston. Talk about a huge weekend!
4. Matthew Brabham: The overall weekend winner from Stadium Super Trucks in Long Beach, Brabham finished first and second in the two races. He’s well on his way to defending last year’s title.
5. Brian Deegan: He won the Challenge Cup at Wild Horse Pass to end last season, and this weekend, Deegan was back on top again in Lucas Oil Off Road action with another Pro 2 victory in Arizona.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Jimmie Johnson: I get it, my Boston is showing! But Johnson ran a NASCAR Cup race on Saturday night, and just over a day later, ran the Boston Marathon in just over three hours. That’s insanely quick even without 400 laps at Richmond on top of it.
2. Alexander Rossi: What a masterclass in driving he put on at Long Beach—and what a fitting way to score Andretti Autosport’s 200th race victory. He had the largest margin of victory there since 1995.
3. John Force Racing: Sweeping the nitro classes in Houston is no easy feat, especially considering that Force had to defend her win here last year with a new crew chief in David Grubnic.
4. Eli Tomac: You have to give it up for the local hero making good on Supercross’ return to Colorado for the first time in over 20 years. Tomac looked unstoppable on Saturday night in Denver.
5. Lewis Hamilton: No, Formula 1 in China wasn’t quite as interesting as it was in Bahrain, but it was the 1,000th race in series history, and one of its greatest drivers of all time scored the victory.