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

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Indy 500 rankings: No. 21 – Conor Daly

Fan-favorite and hometown hero Conor Daly led more laps than anybody in the 2021 Indy 500 before being knocked out of contention due to contact from Graham Rahal’s flying tire, but he bounced back and led more laps in 2022 en route to a career-high sixth place finish.

For as good as Ed Carpenter Racing have been in qualifying, they haven’t been nearly as good in the race itself. Yet the opposite seems to be true for Daly. Will that trend continue at the one and only venue where he has placed inside the top 10 with the team since joining in 2020?

Indy 500 rankings: No. 20 – Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean was just as surprised as anybody else to find himself leading at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season, but the former Formula 1 driver proved he is coming into his own on ovals as well.

He has shown signs of speed in the past, most notably by starting on the third row for last year’s Indy 500, but like he did at Texas Motor Speedway, he crashed out. He only has two career top 10 oval finishes, both at the Iowa Speedway short track.

Indy 500 rankings: No. 19 – David Malukas

David Malukas, the rightful and deserving Indy 500 Rookie of the Year from a year ago, returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway looking to continue the momentum he has built up on ovals since last season. His most recent two oval finishes are a runner-up finish at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and a fourth place finish at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year.

Malukas is easily the dark horse pick of this list in terms of ranking vs. potential.