2016 IndyCar Race Rankings (#16 through #13)

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16. 2016 Grand Prix of Long Beach, Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Race Winner: 22-teal-t chevrolet-logo-icon Simon Pagenaud france 22-hpenterprise

For a race with a controversial ending, this one was as dull as they come. Simon Pagenaud beat Scott Dixon coming out of the pits as Dixon tried to go by on the track, and Pagenaud illegally crossed the blend line at pit exit to come out of the pits in front of Dixon. With hardly anywhere to pass on the track and no caution flag periods to cause different pit strategies to be used throughout the race, Pagenaud was able to hold off Dixon. However, this race did feature the 2nd closest finish of the season, a .303-second margin, but there was never really any doubt about who would win after the final pit stop.

 

15. 2016 Dual in Detroit Race #2, Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Belle Isle, Michigan

Race Winner: 12-red-t chevrolet-logo-icon Will Power australia 12-verizon

 

This race was won by the fastest driver of the fastest car. Pit strategy and caution flags did not play a role in determining the outcome of this race. Although he started a little bit further back in the field than he usually does, Will Power was the class of the field all day long and ended up winning the race to get back in victory lane for the first time in over one full year. There really was not much else to talk about during this race.

 

14. 2016 Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Race Winner: 22-teal-t chevrolet-logo-icon Simon Pagenaud france 22-hpenterprise

This race featured hardly any passing on the track. To top it off, the championship was pretty much over when Will Power’s car died on track, which made watching the remaining 40 laps or so of the race seem to go on forever. Not only was the race itself rather dull, but the championship finish that the race produced was mathematically the worst in IndyCar history, with Simon Pagenaud winning the championship by the largest points margin ever over Will Power: 127 points. This race was anticlimactic to say the least despite a few surprises here and there and a few cars coming close to running out of fuel at the end, including Pagenaud.

 

13. 2016 Grand Prix at the Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York

 

Race Winner: 9-red-t chevrolet-logo-icon  Scott Dixon new-zeland 9-target

This return to Watkins Glen was majorly hyped up, and the fast and competitive racing that we saw throughout the race showed us why. However, when a race ends with a bunch of cars running out of fuel on the track during the last lap and one of the few cars that actually made good fuel mileage and made it to the end of the race with ease is the one that dominated the entire race, it sets the stage for an anticlimactic finish. That is exactly the finish that we saw at Watkins Glen, with Scott Dixon winning the race by over 16.5 seconds over 2nd place finished Josef Newgarden after totally dominating the entire race weekend.