IndyCar power rankings: Just missed
Kyle Kirkwood – As with Colton Herta, I trust the speed but not the consistency, though in Kyle Kirkwood’s case, this comes down more to the team than the driver. The addition of Marcus Ericsson should help the organization as a whole, but there are other issues that need to be addressed. The fact that Kirkwood won twice in 2023 and still finished outside of the top 10 in points is massively disappointing.
Alexander Rossi – Arrow McLaren as a whole finished the 2023 season winless, but Alexander Rossi’s first season with the team was largely underwhelming regardless. Now with two young teammates looking to make their mark, he needs to step it up in 2024.
Will Power – On the topic of winless seasons, Will Power saw his 16-year winning streak come to an end in 2023. Despite being responsible for Team Penske’s only title in the last four years, he is also responsible for just one of their last 15 victories. Could the 2024 season be his last?
Marcus Armstrong – After landing the full-time ride he was aiming for with Chip Ganassi Racing, there will undoubtedly be some pressure on Marcus Armstrong. For as consistent as he was throughout his rookie season in the road and street course races, he never had a true breakthrough moment. That needs to change.
Rinus VeeKay – Masked by Ed Carpenter Racing’s struggles, Rinus VeeKay is no longer the mistake-prone driver he was known as throughout his first few seasons in IndyCar. If the team can improve, he can compete for a top 10 spot in the standings. We already know he’s one of the fastest drivers at Indy.
Unranked: Graham Rahal, Devlin DeFrancesco, Romain Grosjean, Callum Ilott, Agustin Canapino, Juri Vips, Felix Rosenqvist, Tom Blomqvist, Santino Ferrucci, Benjamin Pedersen, and any other driver who may or may not end up in a full-time ride for 2024.