CASTROL® AND AUTOSPORT LAUNCH “CASTROL EDGE® USA DRIVER RANKINGS”: RANKS AMERICAN RACING’S BEST DRIVERS AND RELEASES FIRST-EVER RESULTS
The first Castrol EDGE USA Driver Rankings results reflect data compiled and points accumulated from the past 12 months through today, with Will Power of the IndyCar series emerging as the top ranked driver this week. Runner-up for the past two IndyCar seasons, the Australian has made a superlative start to his 2012 campaign, delivering two pole positions and three wins in the opening four races. That, combined with his excellent form over the past 12 months, makes him the highest ranked driver in all of American racing.
Power’s nearest challenger comes from the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with Carl Edwards – like Power a runner-up in the 2011 championship – close behind in second. The 32-year-old Roush Fenway Racing man has made a solid start to 2012, and currently lies 10th in the Sprint Cup drivers’ standings.
The battle between IndyCar and the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues throughout the top five Castrol EDGE USA Driver Rankings, with IndyCar’s Ganassi duo Scott Dixon (3) and 2011 champion Dario Franchitti (5) separated by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch (4).
Sprint Cup drivers lock out the rest of the top 10, however, with reigning champion Tony Stewart (6) heading Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.
2011 FIA GT1 champion Lucas Luhr is the highest-ranked driver outside the two chief US series; the 32-year-old German coming in at 15th as a result of his performances for Starworks Motorsport in Grand-Am and for Muscle Milk in the ALMS.
“Castrol has a long-standing relationship with auto racing throughout the world and we are extremely excited to bring this technology to American racing,” said Carolyn Eckert, Director of Promotions, Sponsorship and Creative Services. “The Castrol EDGE Rankings build on our more than 100 years of technology leadership. Castrol is focused on creating the best products and innovative experiences for our consumers.”
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