Ranking the Indy 500 field: This could be Ryan Hunter-Reay's year

Top teams favored to dominate 100th running of Indianapolis 500Verizon IndyCar Series drivers can typically be categorized into 3 groups entering a Indianapolis 500:1.) The top 10 drivers which have a easiest path to winning a BorgWarner Trophy.2.) The group of 10 which will need some help or a small bit of luck.3.) The final 13 whom have been best-described as prolonged shots.Conceivably any of a 33 drivers have a chance after 500 miles, as fuel strategy has generated some surprise winners over a final century. That's a single of a many reasons The Greatest Spectacle in Racing remains a greatest competition in a world.It's absolutely still a 500-mile sweepstakes.And yet, there is still a clear hierarchy led by traditional powers Andretti Autosport, Team Penske as well as Chip Ganassi Racing. A power rankings of a top-10 picks to win a 2016 Indianapolis 500 can be found below, with an reason for any of a top contenders.For reference's sake, we've additionally included a complete ranking down to a final driver.1. Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport has looked rejuvenated by a month of May, having placed 3 drivers in a top five after Sunday qualifying. Hunter-Reay has always shown speed during Indianapolis, dating behind to a sixth in his Speedway entrance with Rahal Letterman Racing behind in 2008. He already has a single BorgWarner thanks to his 2014 triumph, as well as he's poised for a second upon Sunday.2. Will PowerPower has silently become a single of a many appropriate in a recent story of a 500, culminating with a runner-up finish in a 500 final deteriorate to Penske teammate Juan Montoya. Power outqualified any of his teammates upon Sunday as well as will start sixth. After blank a first competition of a deteriorate due to an inner ear infection, Power is hoping a victory in a greatest event in Indy automobile story can salvage his season.3. Simon PagenaudPagenaud is upon a roll of a lifetime, having won 3 consecutive races leading up to a Indianapolis 500. He isn't known for his oval bravery yet, though his group looks godlike right now. He's looked comfortable as well as confident all month, as well as which doesn't bode well for a rest of a paddock.4. James HinchcliffeBy now, everyone is familiar with a quip story Hinchcliffe is perplexing to write after scarcely failing during a month of May in 2015. Now he looks similar to a favorite to complete a epic yarn as well as win a 100th running. Driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, he's additionally a many appropriate non-Penske, Ganassi or Andretti bet to win a race.5. Marco AndrettiSimply put, this is a competition Andretti lives for. Even in a deteriorate similar to this one, in which Andretti has struggled to a tune of 18th in a championship standings, he's never felt similar to an underdog in a 500. Andretti Autosport as well as Honda have brought fast cars to a Speedway as well as Andretti should lead a charge for his family team.6. Townsend BellEven as a 41-year-old one-off, Bell remains capable of removing a pursuit done during a Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has four top-15 finishes in nine starts as well as arguably has his many appropriate opportunity upon Sunday with Andretti Autosport.7. Carlos MunozMunoz accomplished second to Tony Kanaan in his first Indy 500 appearance behind in 2013 as well as has looked similar to a contender ever since. He qualified fifth upon Sunday as well as right away has a perfect blend of experience as well as youthful disregard to park his Andretti Honda in victory lane.8. Juan Pablo MontoyaThe two-time as well as defending winner of a Indianapolis 500 has been mostly wordless this month, though which shouldn't diminish his chances. He qualified 17th upon Sunday, though which was after a trash bag foiled his first try during placing a time upon as well as disrupted his team's momentum. As prolonged as he can work through a field, he should find himself in a mix by lap 100.9. Graham RahalRahal has made no secrets of his excitement for Sunday. He will start 26th though believes their competition trim is more than capable of removing a pursuit done after 500 miles. Rahal has finally started to meet his intensity as an IndyCar driver over a past dual seasons as well as a victory in a greatest competition of a year would cement his attainment as a motorsports superstar.10. Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing struggled in subordinate trim throughout a week as well as were paced by Dixon who will start 13th upon Sunday. But surely a 2008 winner has dark a small bit of speed for a competition as well as Dixon has made a career out of removing a many of his car. So expect Dixon to factor into a finish in some way or form.11.) Helio Castroneves12.) Josef Newgarden13.) Tony Kanaan14.) Ed Carpenter15.) JR Hildebrand16.) Gabby Chaves17.) Alexander Rossi18.) Mikhail Aleshin19.) Charlie Kimball20.) Takuma Sato21.) Oriol Servia22.) Jack Hawksworth23.) Conor Daly24.) Sebastien Bourdais25.) Sage Karam26.) Spencer Pigot27.) Max Chilton28.) Stefan Wilson29.) Matt Brabham30.) Pippa Mann31.) Alex Tagliani32.) Bryan Clauson33.) Buddy Lazier By Matt Weaver

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