The 2017 IndyCar season continued the series’ upwards surge of momentum it has been experiencing for the last couple of seasons. With seven different winners in the first seven races and 10 different drivers taking to the top step of the podium over 16 races, the final season of the manufacturer-specific aero kit era was certainly its most competitive; as Honda finally brought the fight to Chevrolet on a more consistent basis. Despite the charge, Chevy-powered Team Penske still swept four of the top five positions in the championship.

With six different teams getting into victory lane this year; nearly every team on the grid could compete with the big teams on any given day. Among drivers, several young American drivers firmly established themselves in the field as some of the old guard of IndyCar for the last decade plus, started to move aside.

So let’s look back and rank 2017’s IndyCar drivers.