Images via Axalta Racing (1); Mazda USA (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. Alex Bowman: Kudos to Bowman for scoring his first race win. He’s had a hell of a 2019, and it was only a matter of time before it happened.
2. Mazda: You have to love a manufacturer that is sometimes forgotten about breaking through and scoring the first victory in the premier division of road racing. It was definitely a feel good moment amongst a stacked field of competitors at the Glen.
3. Adam Cianciarulo: Yeah, dude is on another level this year. Another win towards an absolute slaughter of the 250 outdoor field.
4. Robin Shute: This year’s Pikes Peak probably will be remembered for being the year we lost Carlin Dunne. Weather also wasn’t ideal for a lot of divisions making this a very somber year on the mountain. All that being said, if you are #1 at Pikes Peak on ANY year, you will always be on my list.
5. F1 Drivers: The field is trying to keep it interesting and racy, despite F1’s attempts three events in a row to make the sport stale. These F1 races have been some of the most interesting in recent memory with crazy gambles being taken by drivers. Hope F1 loosens their grip a little, takes a cue from IndyCar, and lets them race.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Alex Bowman: For all the differences we usually have further down our lists, Jim and I tend to be on the same page at number one most weeks. I’ve been waiting for Bowman’s first win for a while.
2. Adam Cianciarulo: Five outta six ain’t bad, right? I think Cianciarulo moves up to a 450 at some point next year, come hell or high water. His dominance of the outdoor division proves that he’s ready.
3. Robin Shute: Kudos to Shute and company, whose move when Faraday Future abandoned its Pikes Peak program to create their own. Their overall victory this year never really seemed in doubt.
4. Zach Osborne: I’m excited to see how well Osborne’s run in Pro Motocross so far this year, because it just means one more capable rider up front. He scored his first 450 victory at Southwick this weekend.
5. This space on my list intentionally left open in honor of Carlin Dunne, who raced with the number 5 at Pikes Peak. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.