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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.
8) James Hinchcliffe : B.
After struggling mightily to begin the season, Hinchcliffe looked very good and was one of the top drivers of a Honda-powered car. Take away the 25-point penalty that he incurred at Texas, and he shoots from his finishing position of 13th in the championship standings to 8th, which is pretty impressive for a guy who, just over a year ago, was minutes if not seconds away from being killed in a nasty wreck during practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500.
7) Tony Kanaan : B.
Kanaan finished inside the top 10 at 12 races this season, and he was a contender for the win in most of the races. However, he could not win a race this season and is still winless since 2014. Despite sitting in 3rd place in the championship standings with 2 races to go, Kanaan ended up in 7th place in the championship, which is still very solid. This season marks the 13th season out of 14 in which Kanaan placed in the top 9 in the championship standings.
6) Scott Dixon : B+.
Dixon started the season stronger than he usually does, but he fell into a mid-season slump and ended up finishing the championship in his lowest position, 6th, on the standings since 2005, when he finished in 13th place. He also finished in last place twice this season, something that he had not done since 2012.
5) Graham Rahal : A-.
At the start of the season, it looked like Rahal was continuing on the momentum he had built up during the 2015 season. That look faded away a bit about halfway through the season, but even through the disappointments and tough luck that this season presented for Rahal, he still finished in the top 5 in 8 races this season and claimed his 4th career victory en route to his 2nd consecutive top 5 finish in the championship standings.