The Top 50 Drivers of 2013

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This listing is based off of my opinion, and mine alone. Also note that the only 3 racing series with drivers in this listing are the ones I watch (Indy Car, F1, and NASCAR), and it only covers races in March and April, along with the Daytona 500.

50th- Casey Mears (NASCAR): An impressive showing for such a tiny team, Mears finds himself top 20 in points.

49th- AJ Allmendinger (NASCAR and Indy Car): Has had struggles with Indy Car, but at one point had James Finch’s small Cup team 8th in Owners points with some impressive top 15 runs- something Kurt Busch never managed.

48th- Jean-Eric Vergne (F1): Constantly threatens for point finishes.

47th- E.J. Viso (Indy Car): Always a dark horse on the Road Courses, needs improvement in the ovals.

46th- Ryan Newman (NASCAR): Has kinda flown under the radar, the only bright spot in Stewart Haas’s struggling season. Needs consistency- will get one or two good top 15s before getting a DNF or two.

45th- JR Hildebrand (Indy Car): Has constently struggled this season with DNFs outside of Long Beach, needs to finish.

44th-  Brian Vickers (NASCAR): Has been impressive in the new car, just hasn’t had much seat time.

43rd- Martin Truex Jr. (NASCAR): Plagued by inconsistency, but can still challenge for a win any given race.

42nd- Jamie McMurray (NASCAR): Has recovered rather nicely this season, a dark horse for the Chase.

41st- Nico Hulkenberg (F1): Much better then his results indicate, would be much higher if he ran Australia.

40th-  Daniel Ricciardo (F1): Needs consistency.

39th- Adrian Sutil (F1): Anybody who can actually get points for Force India makes the top 40.

38th- Sergio Perez (F1): A decent start to the season, will need to step it up if he wants to stay with McLaren.

Apr 26, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

37th- Joey Logano (NASCAR): Even diehard Hamlin fans have to admit Joey is off to a great start to the season.

36th- Oriol Servia (Indy Car): May be re-finding the fire that he had when he first joined Panther last season.

35th- Simon Pagenaud (Indy Car): Will do better as the season goes on and St. Petersburg gets further and further away.

34th- Tony Kanaan (Indy Car): Could this finally be the year Kanaan wins it all in the 500? We’ll have to wait and see.

33rd- Aric Almirola (NASCAR): The Armadillo might be the best driver in Cup currently without a single victory.

32nd- Charlie Kimball (Indy Car): The Diabetes Dominator had a car that could win at Alabama, needs to get better everywhere else.

31st-  Jenson Button (F1): It has just been a down year for McLaren, Button needs to really step up and lead the team back into contention.

30th- Nico Rosberg (F1): Fast but needs consistency.

29th- Paul di Resta (F1): Can challenge for podium every race.

28th- Paul Menard (NASCAR): A consistent finisher but needs to turn those top 10s into top 5s if he’s going to make the Chase.

27th- Simona de Silvestro (Indy Car): Poor Simona. Danica gets all the headlines in spite of not doing much of note while Simona is actually proving women can be competitive in Indy Car.

26th- Romain Grosjean (F1): Might of finally found the consistency to match his raw pace.

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