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Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda, Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda, Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet, Patricio O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, Oliver Askew, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, start
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Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and series sophomore Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda

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It involved some inward debate as to who should get the last spot in our top 10. Rinus VeeKay, a winner in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, did a tremendous job for Ed Carpenter Racing in the first half of the season, and his acrobatic driving also paid off in Detroit Race 2 with a fine second place. But after the collarbone fracture that made him a non-starter in Road America, he never looked the same driver again, barely registering on the attention meter – until wiping out himself, Scott Dixon and Alex Palou at Gateway.

Jack Harvey was another contender for P10 here, but although he was a frequent top-six starter, he and the team struggled to take advantage of the weekends when he and the team hit the right setup, and sometimes that came down to curious pitstop strategies.

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