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Now that all of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series races are in the books, here are the grades for each of the 20 full-time drivers this season.
Note: The car numbers, engine/aero kit manufactures, countries, and cars are all provided for each driver.
16) Conor Daly : C.
Daly was a legitimate contender for the win in 6 races this season, and he led laps in 5 of them for a total of 56 laps led, which as good enough for 10th most among drivers this season. As a rookie, finished in the top 6 on 5 occasions this season and stood on the podium once in 2nd place. He showed this season that he has serious potential in this series.
15) Mikhail Aleshin : C.
Aleshin had a solid start to the year, but then had not been performing well again until the middle to the end of the season, particularly racing at Toronto, Iowa, Mid-Ohio, and Pocono. He made some huge strides and led the most laps at both Mid-Ohio and Pocono to follow up 2 consecutive top 6 finishes at Toronto and Iowa. He nearly earned his first series win at Mid-Ohio, and then he took 2nd place at Pocono, which is tied for his career-high finish.
14) Sebastien Bourdais : C+.
Aside of his lone win this season at Belle Isle, Bourdais did nothing special this year that made him stand out. He was, however, fairly consistent, having finished 11 races inside the top 10. However, he only finished inside the top 5 twice aside of his lone victory, unfortunately.
13) Alexander Rossi : B-.
Rossi won the Indianapolis 500, but that result, however, is just one of 2 top 5 finishes he recorded this season. He had some other strong races as well, like a 5th place finish at Sonoma, a 6th place finish at Iowa, and an 8th place finish at Watkins Glen, but besides the Indianapolis 500, Rossi had a mediocre season. He was the highest-finishing rookie in this year’s championship standings.