IndyCar: 2018 preseason driver power rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Camping World Honda, leads the field during during the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 28, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Camping World Honda, leads the field during during the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 28, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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FORT WORTH, TX – JUNE 09: Graham Rahal, driver of the #15 Mi-Jack / Bobby Rahal Automotive Honda (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX – JUNE 09: Graham Rahal, driver of the #15 Mi-Jack / Bobby Rahal Automotive Honda (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) /

#8 through #5

Sebastien Bourdais started the 2017 season looking like a serious championship contender. Unfortunately, misfortune at Phoenix and Indianapolis prior to his devastating crash in Indy 500 qualifying that left him sidelined for the next nine races ended those title hopes. However, he should be back in championship form in 2018 given how fast he was on pretty much every track he drove at last year.. No. 18. Dale Coyne Racing, Honda. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS. #8

#7. Ryan Hunter-Reay picked up momentum down the stretch in the 2017 season with six top 8 finishes in the last seven races following an abysmal start to the season. Based on last year, all he really needs to get back into the championship mix is improved reliability from his Honda engines. With that looking likely for 2018 and the new universal aero kit being introduced as well, he may at least be able to break his lengthy win drought that dates back to the 2015 season.. No. 28. Andretti Autosport, Honda. RYAN HUNTER-REAY

WILL POWER. #6. Will Power can still win at pretty much any track, as he proved in the 2017 season once again with three victories, a total that trailed only the win total of champion Josef Newgarden. However, his inconsistency haunted him. Every race he finished outside of the top 6 last season, he also finished outside of the top 12. Winning races isn’t a problem for him, but he will need more consistency in order to contend for the 2018 title.. No. 12. Team Penske, Chevrolet

No. 15. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda. GRAHAM RAHAL. #5. Graham Rahal has become a perennial championship contender, and he ended the 2017 season with tons of momentum thanks to 10 top 10 finishes in the final 11 races. Coming off of three consecutive seasons during which he has finished in the top 6 in the championship standings, Rahal now has a full-time teammate for the first time since the 2013 season. He is poised to contend for the title yet again in 2018.