1. (+3) Ryan Hunter-Reay - Back-to-Back wins catapult Ryan to the top of the Power Rankings and place him only three points behind Power for the points lead. He's finished on the podium in the last two events at Toronto, and has all the momentum in IndyCar. He's really hoping that, should a 16th race be added, it's on a mile long track.
2. (--) Will Power - The man is still in control of his own destiny, as he amazing maintained his points lead when back luck befell Hinchcliffe and Dixon faded down the stretch, and is coming into what may be his best stretch of tracks on the circuit. He has to be worried about losing momentum after five disappointing finishes in a row, but the two time Toronto winner will be happy to be returning to the road courses. That said, if he struggles at Toronto, expect his ranking to fall drastically.
3. (--) Scott Dixon - With a fourth place finish when so many other drivers had incidents (Power, Hinch, Dario), Dixon improves his position in the title hunt, but his late race fade prevented him from really capturing the momentum, and all but took him out of the running for the oval title (he's in sixth place, 26 points back). Still Dixon has a chance at the outright title, and is carrying the Target Chip Ganassi banner this season with Dario's struggles with luck.
4. (-3) James Hinchcliffe - Was sitting in the catbirds seat when he was involved in a wreck that took him out of contention. Has a mixed history at Toronto, with a podium in Indy Lights but a mixed history at his track.
5. (--) Helio Castroneves - Helio has another solid run that keeps him in the points picture. That said, Toronto has been one of Helio's worst events, with his best finish of 10th, and finishes of 18th, 24th and 17th in his IndyCar events there. Will likely need to produce a solid run at the track if he has any chance of keeping up with a tight and increasingly crowded points battle.
6. (+1) Tony Kanaan - Tony has recorded podium finishes in three of the last five races and has recovered nicely from his early season slump and put himself back in the championship discussion. With podium finishes at Iowa and Milwaukee, Kanaan may be another driver that would like to see another short oval added to the discussion. He is tied for the oval points lead, despite Hunter-Reay's two victories.
7. (-1) Simon Pagenaud - It seems almost cruel to drop him a spot after finishing fifth on an oval, but Kanaan's back to back podiums have done that. Still, the rookie has availed himself well on the ovals this season, and seems poised to put himself in a position to win races in the second half of the season. If he maintains pace, it will be the best performance by a rookie in the series in a long, long time.
8. (--) Dario Franchitti - Had Power not crashed, Dario's championship hopes would have gone up with his engine during the pace lap. As things stand, his chance of defending his title is extremely slim, as he is over a race behind Power, and now things are tighter at the top of the standings, which means he needs more drivers to have troubles in order to have a realistic shot. How bad has his last three races been? The last time he had three finishes outside of the top 10 in an open wheel car was at the end of the Champ Car season in 2001.
9. (--) Justin Wilson - Wilson has looked fast at all the ovals this season at times, but was only able to get the results at Texas, and even then it wasn't exactly under the best circumstances. Still, he is constantly outperforming his equipment, and continues to put on a good show for the fans.
10. (+2) Graham Rahal - His third straight top 10 finish is giving him some much needed consistency and confidence as he goes forward. While completely out of the title hunt, Rahal will be looking to pick up solid finishes throughout the rest of the season.
11. (-1) Oriol Servià - In his last five races he has either finished inside the top 5 our outside the top 20. Still searching for his first podium finish of the season, Servià is looking for a little luck and a little consistency going forward. If the pattern holds, he should get a top five at Toronto.
12. (NEW) Marco Andretti - With his second place finish he becomes the 23rd driver to record a top 10 finish this season (only Legge, Newgarden and Simona remain), but his second place finish was a much needed boost to a team that had regularly been the worst of the Andretti stable by a considerable margin. It will be interesting to see if Marco's confidence can continue into the street and road courses.
13. (-2) Ryan Briscoe - Wrecked while leading sort of sums up Briscoe's season. He's not always had a strong car this year, but even when he has, he has not been able to get finishes from his machine. He is lagging way behind his Penske teammates both in results and in the standings. On the bright side, that PPG paint scheme sure looked nice, didn't it?
14. (+1) Rubens Barrichello - Got his best finish of the season at Iowa, of all places, might suggest he's finally coming into his comfort zone in these cars. Could be a force to be reckoned with in the second half of the season, as KV Racing seems to be turning a bit of a corner.
15. (NEW) Ed Carpenter - Two straight eight place finishes move Ed into the power rankings for the first (and I assume last) time this season, as we head back to the road and street courses where he as traditionally struggled to get solid finishes.
DROPPED OUT: E.J. Viso, Alex Tagliani
ALSO CONSIDERED: Simona de Silvestro, Dario Franchitti (color announcer), Mother Nature