Indy 500: Ranking all 34 drivers, from No. 34 to No. 1

Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Indy 500, IndyCar (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Graham Rahal, Indy 500, IndyCar
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Indy 500, IndyCar (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Indy 500 rankings: No. 24 – Christian Lundgaard

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s lack of speed in superspeedway races has been discussed multiple times already, and while that has certainly affected their race pace, not just their qualifying pace, only three drivers made up more positions than Christian Lundgaard did in last year’s Indy 500.

As a rookie, he trailed only Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Alexander Rossi, who have won a combined seven Indy 500s, on that list. What will year two bring?

Indy 500 rankings: No. 23 – Santino Ferrucci

Santino Ferrucci is four for four when it comes to finishing in the top 10 in the Indy 500, and he has pulled it off for three different organizations. Now competing full-time for the first time since 2020, he could very well keep that streak alive in 2023, despite the fact that A.J. Foyt Enterprises haven’t been strong in superspeedway races for quite some time.

Indy 500 rankings: No. 22 – Graham Rahal

The 2021 Indy 500 will forever be known as the race Graham Rahal could have and probably should have won, especially if he never manages to win one. He had played the strategy perfectly and was slated to be the race leader, perhaps needing one fewer additional stop than everybody he was racing, and crashed coming out of the pits because a tire wasn’t properly fitted.

Since that race, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing simply haven’t been competitive in superspeedway races. They are nowhere close to where they were in 2020, when Takuma Sato won ahead of Rahal in third place.