Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Race Day Diary: Road America 2016

I honestly thought I would never get to see Indycars at Road America in my lifetime. After trying and trying for so many years to get Indycar back to a track that has that special something, a deal finally got made to get Indycar back.

Arriving to the track felt a bit like Iowa, in that the track is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. It really is a beautiful track. Right when we got there, we walked up to the front stretch, stood on the fence, and watched the Indy Lights cars restart! It's insane how loud the cars are up close.

My parents went to the paddock (which I didn't know and I didn't realize was free) and met up with Conor Daly and Mario Andretti! Meanwhile, Sammi and I went to meet some tweeps and Sarah Hall showed us the best seats in the house. We moved from the bleachers in turn five to the hills towards turn six so that we could see all of turn five, turn 14, and the cars going up the hill on the front stretch. Epic seats!

I really want a cold weather race one day. It seems like every race I go to I end up sweating like a whore in church. Road America was no different but still fun! Watching the broadcast when I got home confirmed it. Here is what I saw from my spot, starting with P22 and working my way down:

Race observations 

22) Scott Dixon 
Didn't really get a good look at Scott Dixon today. Car seemed good and given his success at tracks like Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio, Scott surely would have been a threat to win had the mechanical problems not stopped him.


21) Conor Daly
Conor Daly drove one hell of a race, enough to make me a proud fan. Only a mechanical failure prevented him from getting a top-ten. He kept Helio Castroneves in his view all day and had some good battles with Ryan Hunter-Reay. Second-to-last doesn't look good on paper, but paper doesn't always tell the whole story.


20) Max Chilton 
What looked like a potential breakout weekend for Max Chilton ended in disaster. Even before he ran out of fuel, Chilton was moving backwards from his starting spot of P7. I saw several times where he was on push-to-pass but failed to overtake a car. Speed is there, but I'm not sure he's figured out how to put it together in a race. Also not sure at how well the #8 Ganassi team is "gelling" at the moment.


19) Gabby Chaves 
Thoroughly unimpressed with Gabby Chaves this year. I'll leave it at that.

Gabby pitting and probably getting a penalty too (Photo: Chris Jones / Indycar Media)

18) Sebastien Bourdais 
Kind of sucks when your race is over on the first lap. Sebastien Bourdais's pace seemed okay but never got a chance to show it. That makes three times this year where a first lap incident has effectively ruined his race.


17) Takuma Sato 
FUNNEST DRIVER TO WATCH TODAY IN TURN 5? TAKUMA SATO! He passed so many cars! He had one moment where he lost the back end at the exit of turn five, over-corrected and lost the front end, the corrected again and kept on going. He really is fun to watch, he just always has that one moment that derails his whole race.


16) Mikhail Aleshin 
Mikhail Aleshin may want to go to a chiropractor after the race because he got some big jumps on the turn five exit curb. Aggressive as usual, but the pace wasn't ultimately there for him.


15) Alexander Rossi 
Alexander Rossi looked pretty racey in the first and second stint despite having some damage, but the damage did him in, throwing a good result out the window.


14) James Hinchcliffe 
Rough first stint for James Hinchcliffe didn't help his day. He also got abused out there by some of the other drivers. I count either two or three times where he was pushed off the turn five curb (he was visually upset with Ryan Hunter-Reay). Still, P14 has to be great given the hand they were dealt.


13) Simon Pagenaud 
Despite having a great car and a great race, some sort of mechanical issue dropped Simon Pagenaud like a bad habit. As we walked back to the car, I pointed at him and said to Sammi, "The guy who finishes the cool-down lap is usually the saltiest about the race." Go figure, Simon was the first back (and rightfully so).


12) Marco Andretti 
That was the most painful P12 finish I have ever seen from a driver. Marco Andretti, once again the slowest Andretti Autosport car (even though he beat out Rossi who had an unscheduled pit stop) continues to have a futile year. Someone will be fired in the 27 camp this offseason, and sure as hell know it won't be the driver.

Photo: Joe Skibinski / Indycar Media

11) Jack Hawksworth 
I was so ready to give Jack Hawksworth the Cone of Shame after the first stint. Hawk, who I think should have been fired after Indy, actually rebounded quite well, making it back to P11. I have no personal beef with Jack; he's a pretty nice dude. The results just haven't been there.


10) Carlos Munoz
It looked like Carlos Munoz went up the field then down the field and then back up and then finished P10. So-so race, nothing major to point out. A bit over-aggressive at time, but nothing flagrant.


9) Spencer Pigot 
What a great race for Spencer Pigot. He quietly and efficiently passed a couple cars and used some strategy to move close to the top-ten, where he then showed some bravery on the final restart. A great result for a guy who has a limited time to impress owners heading into 2017.


8) Josef Newgarden 
Josef Newgarden may have put in one of the most impressive performances I have ever seen. He is seriously a hero to me. I can barely walk on a bum ankle, let alone run. With his body broken, Newgarden battled from a bad qualifying position to P8. HERO, ABSOLUTE HERO.


Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher / Indycar Media
7) Juan Pablo Montoya 
Juan Pablo Montoya got saved by a mechanical issue from Simon Pagenaud from being "worst Penske driver of the weekend." Bottom line is, he was the slowest Penske car this weekend. Had some good moves and some overly aggressive ones, but I just don't see the same Montoya that we had last year.


6) Charlie Kimball 
Well Charlie Kimball may have been a bit aggressive today, but hey he finished P6 on his own merit rather than a garbage strategy. He kind of got screwed with Helio Castroneves forfeiting his position for blocking Charlie... except the position didn't go to Charlie. But Juan Montoya told reporters after the race, he's not a big fan of how Charlie races. He must be doing something wrong if Montoya has a beef with it.


5) Helio Castroneves
I'm not sure Helio Castroneves got higher than fourth and lower than seventh all race. He was literally boring to watch. He did have a nice block, which is nothing unusual for him. Too bad the guy he blocked didn't even get the position he yielded. Typical.


4) Ryan Hunter-Reay 
Stealthy good race from Ryan Hunter-Reay, who had a good charge up the field and some good scraps towards the end of the race. Was impolite on a couple passes, but so were others. Nice day for the DHL Honda.


3) Graham Rahal 
Very good run Graham Rahal today. He was never out of the top-five and drew some massive cheers from the crowd. Another very impressive race on a natural road course for Graham.


2) Tony Kanaan 
Man I almost thought that Tony Kanaan was going to get that win today! He made it really interesting on Will Power there at the end. TK had to be all smiles under the helmet to be back at Road America.


1) Will Power 
Epic race from Will Power, who was really the class of the field. Mega congrats to him on a stellar race. Surely this will help will find a way into the championship fight towards the end of the season.

Photo: Joe Skibinski / Indycar Media

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

Monday, June 27, 2016

Winners and Losers: Road America

Honestly thought I would never get to do a Winners and Losers for Road America in my lifetime. Here are the Winners, Losers, and Cone of Shame winner from the 2016 Kohler Grand Prix of Road America:

Winners

Will Power
Dominating win for Will Power, who would have been beside himself if Tony Kanaan was able to get him at the end. His win today makes him a viable championship contender. It makes me wonder what could have been had he raced at St. Petersburg.


Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan gave the fans one heck of a finish. After a solid race where he was never outside of the top-five, TK worked around an ailing Simon Pagenaud and set sail on Will Power. He was so close to getting him after being on the reds, which would have been one of the more memorable finishes in some time. Solid performance for the veteran.


Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal has turned into a different driver these last two seasons and it is awesome to see. He got some really loud cheers from the turn five section. Strong, consistent race from Rahal that resulted in a podium for Rahal.


Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden finished eighth. Normally that isn't that big of a deal because Josef Newgarden gets top-tens on a regular basis. It was the fact that he finished in the top-ten after starting towards the back with a broken hand and broken collarbone. Not a chance I thought he would race, let alone finish as high as he did. This will be a performance we look back on and appreciate.



Losers

Scott Dixon
Unfortunate break for Scott Dixon who was primed for at the very least a top-five finish. He was out within the first ten laps. Mega bummer for Dixon, who now has some big work to do in the championship.


Max Chilton
Tough break after tough break continues to plague rookie Max Chilton. After crashing out in both races on the last road course in Detroit, Max looked ready for a breakout performance at a track much similiar to those he would see on the F1 calendar. After a great qualifying session, Max receded into the field before running out of fuel on pit entrance. Something has to give for Max, who has shown promise but has not backed them up with results.


Sebastien Bourdais
To my knowledge, this is the third race this season that Sebastien Bourdais has pretty much been eliminated within the first lap of the race. On the first lap in Road America, contact from Charlie Kimball forced him to change his rear wing. He also ran into trouble at Barber and GPI. Tough break for Bourdais who surely won't be a factor in the championship now.


Simon Pagenaud
What a bummer for the championship leader Simon Pagenaud, who was poised for a solid podium finish. Some sort of mechanical issue prevented him from accomplishing that. Hope this doesn't come back to haunt him towards the end of the season.



Cone of Shame


John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher
Sure there were some dirty moments in the Indycar race. Charlie Kimball had some moments, but when Juan Pablo Montoya says he was bad, then it probably means he was fine. Both AJ Foyt Enterprises drivers cocked up at some point, but meh, nothing terrible. Scott Dixon had a mechanical failure, but that's not really Cone of Shame worthy. The pit exit was pretty iffy, but hey, if there's no physical line for me to make a judgement, then I would do the same thing the drivers did. Many of you wanted me to give it to the guy who towed away Conor Daly's car. He apparently made a complete hash of it, dropping the car and probably putting a dent in it. But there wasn't very good footage of it. So, should I just give it to some random person?

Nah, I've decided that since nothing stood out too much, I have given it to John Wes Townley  and Spencer Gallagher. If you missed it on Saturday night, the NASCAR Trucks race had a fight. This is what I expect to see at a biker bar at 4am in Alabama. After multiple run-ins, the two drivers "fought" in turn one. I literally have no words.


            


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fantasy Indycar Picks: Road America

I never thought we would be able to do Fantasy Indycar at Road America!! How cool is this?!

Here are the Fantasy Indycar Picks for the 2016 Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America (current championship leader highlighted in green, those in the elimination zone are highlighted yellow, and those who have been eliminated are highlighted in red):

Name Twitter Handle                                           Road America
Alan Stewart _alanstewart Bourdais Rahal Pagenaud JPM Rossi
Andy Nagel Gabbahey75 Rahal Andretti Pagenaud Rossi Kimball
Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23 Dixon JPM Kimball Bourdais Rahal
Chris Mienaltowski CPMski Bourdais Hinch Kimball Rahal Power
Conor Daly conordaly22 Rossi Pagenaud Bourdais Kanaan Pigot
David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47 Power Pagenaud Rahal Chilton Bourdais
David Redner IndyCART Pagenaud Munoz Dixon Hinch Sato
DJ Jordan Indycardj32 Pagenaud Bourdais JPM Power Daly
Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy Power Pagenaud JPM Rahal Hinch
Jake Neely indycarfan25 Dixon Rossi RHR Kanaan Hinch
James Alban TheKing0fSwing Daly Pagenaud Sato Rahal Power
James Sedlmayr dfd827 Rossi Hinch JPM Kanaan Power
Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider Bourdais Daly Sato Rossi JPM
Jessica Baker bakerjm13 Bourdais Power Aleshin Daly Rahal
Johanna Husband writebend Dixon Bourdais Pagenaud Newg Hinch
Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli Munoz Rossi RHR Power Aleshin
Kyle Lewis kylelewis1 Pagenaud Power Kimball Bourdais RHR
Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg Dixon Daly Munoz Pagenaud Hinch
Martin Plowman plowey Bourdais Dixon Pagenaud Chilton JPM
Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG Dixon Daly Bourdais Hinch Aleshin
Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN Pigot Kimball Kanaan Bourdais Newg
Michael Friedman mfriedman_63 Pagenaud Power Bourdais Munoz RHR
Mike Crawford 7BigMike Sato Bourdais Power Hinch JPM
Mitch Robinson mitchrobinson_ Power RHR Chilton Rossi Bourdais
Morgan Polizzi morganpolizzi Pagenaud Rahal Daly Munoz Kimball
Paige Hill paigehilll Pagenaud Bourdais JPM Pigot Andretti
Rick Snodie  rickfromwi Bourdais Daly Rahal Kimball Power
Sam Klein sklein31 Bourdais Aleshin Daly Hinch Pagenaud
Sandy Lamparello npssandy Rahal Daly Kanaan Power Dixon
Sarah Hall SarahHall_528 Bourdais Hinch Kanaan JPM Rahal
Sean Kennedy _6thgear_ Rahal Hinch RHR Bourdais Dixon
Sophie Hanson Sophie_Hansons3
Steven Jenkins ukindyfan Daly RHR Kimball Power Rossi


Penalties: N/A

Let's do this!

-Matthew Hickey

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

15 Near Misses in DW12 Era

The introduction of the Dallara DW12 in 2012 was a welcomed change to Indycar. The chassis was much stronger, faster, and more agile than the old Dallara IR07 chassis. The DW12 has dramatically increased the quality of racing.

One thing that has also improved has been the safety. We've some absolutely huge crashes in the DW12 era, and we've been lucky to see some of these drivers walk away with their lives intact. Here are the top-13 crasehes that could have ended so much worse in a different era with no SAFER barriers, HANS devices, or a car as safe as the DW12:


15) Andretti - Dixon - Rahal (Long Beach, 2012)
In one of the races where the DW12 was just getting its feet wet, Marco Andretti tried to pass Graham Rahal on the inside. A miscommunication occurred, and Andretti launched over the back of Rahal's car, getting airborne. His car came flying down the track and narrowly avoided a catastrophic collision with Scott Dixon, who was just a couple feet from being in the path of Andretti's car. Not only did Dixon get lucky, but Andretti could have veered towards the catch fencing or another car. Both were lucky to avoid a serious accident.

Still shot from the TV coverage of Andretti flying over Rahal

14) Newgarden - Bourdais (Sonoma, 2012)
Coming out on cold tires, Sebastien Bourdais was trying everything he could to get around Josef Newgarden, who was a lap down. Going through the 'S' turns at Sonoma, Bourdais left the track, came back, and collected Newgarden on his way to the wall. Newgarden nailed the wall and his car came back and destroyed Bourdais's tub right near the cockpit. Bourdais walked away, while Newgarden suffered a hand injury. Fortunately, Newgarden hit a concrete wall covered in tires. Just up the road was exposed concrete that could have made much worse. Bourdais would later say that it was one of the biggest hits he had in his career.

The scene of the crash at Sonoma. Newgarden's car in green (Photo: MotorSportMagazine)

13) Plowman - Montangy (Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 2014)
In the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a lot of action happened. One of the big crashes of the race was involving Martin Plowman and Franck Montangy, both part-time drivers. Martin came in hot to a key passing zone in turn 7. He decided he wasn't going to make the corner, bailed out of it, launched over the curb, got airborne, and hit the engine housing of Montangy. This accident could have been so much worse for Martin and Franck, I had the opportunity to ask Martin about the crash, and this is some of the paraphrased thoughts he had to share with me:

"I braked earlier than I normally would have, but despite that.... NOTHING happened. IT was as if I was on black ice.... The rear tires locked and I was essentially a passenger for the duration. All I could think of when I was going backwards was, 'please miss everyone...' I'm very thankful that the outcome wasn't any worse than what it was for Franck." -Martin Plowman
Both Montangy and Plowman escape serious danger (Photo: Eric Anderson / Indycar Media)


12) Chilton (Indianapolis, 2016)
Max Chilton has an a "quiet" crash on Bump Day for the 2016 Indianapolis 500. Coming out of turn two, he lost the car and nailed the wall nose first. This accident wasn't glorified all that much because Max walked away unhurt, but it could have been so much worse. My initial comments were if that crash happened even 15 years ago, it would have likely been fatal.

IndyCar driver Max Chilton hits the wall coming out of Turn 2 during qualifying practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500. (AP)
Chilton with a hard crash before qualifying (Photo: AP)

11) Aleshin - Montoya (Toronto, 2014)
This incident wasn't necessarily a huge crash or anything, just a very dangerous moment. Coming into a drenched turn as the rain had just started falling at Exhibition Place, Juan Pablo Montoya stuffed his car into the barrier. Mikhail Aleshin suffered the same fate, and stuffed his car in the exact same place, hit Montoya's car and trapping him underneath. What seemed like a minor incident was talked in detailed by Aleshin in the pit lane, where he said the heat and lack of air was suffocating him. Quick action by the safety crews might have prevented a much worse incident.

Aleshin trapped under Montoya's car (Photo: AP)

10) Saavedra - Aleshin - Munoz (Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 2014)
When it comes to standing starts, nothing is worse than a car stalling in front of the field. The absolute worse is when the pole sitter does it. For the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Sebastian Saavedra surprised everyone with a pole win. On the start, though, he stalled his car. Everyone behind him bobbed and weaved their way through until towards the back, Carlos Munoz struck Saavedra with severe contact, and then Mikhail Aleshin with major contact. All three walked away with bumps bruises. What was really frightening was watching the replay and seeing Saavedra waving his arms around in the air to signal that he stalled. Had he not tucked them close to his body on impact, he could have suffered severe damage to his wrists and hands.

Sato avoids debris as Aleshin hits Saavedra in the red and yellow car (Photo: AP)

9) Castroneves - Newgarden - Carpenter (all separate flips) (Indianapolis, 2015)
We all remember the images leading up to the 2015 Indianapolis 500 and, specifically, qualifying. Right away in the speed week, Helio Castroneves hit the wall coming out of turn one and the car flipped violently in the air. He walked away. The next day, Josef Newgarden smacked the wall in turn one and flipped. He was okay. During the weekend, after raining out the day before, drivers got to practice right before qualifying. Ed Carpenter lost the car out of turn two, flipping and catching the catch fence with the rear of the car. Ed would walk away. These three flips made many question the safety of the newly installed aero kits, and it led to safety changes in 2016.

Just unreal. Helio flips through the air (Photo: LA Times)

8) Conway - Power (Indianapolis, 2012)
The first big safety "test" for the new DW12 came at the high speed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012. After a pit stop fault that damaged his wing, Mike Conway came back out onto track and did not see the severity of the damage. Heading into turn one, Conway wiggled, lost the back end, and collected Will Power. Conway hit the wall and the side of his car lifted in the air. Power hit the part that was in the air, and it sent Conway's cockpit parallel with the catch fence. A loose wheel came off of Conway's car, and many drivers ducked by, including Helio Castroneves, who made slight contact with the tire. All drivers were okay, but it did lead to Mike Conway's decision to retire from ovals.

Will Power (12), of Australia, drives under Mike Conway, of England, after they made contact in the first turn during IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Hemmer)
Conway flies after contact with Power (Photo: AP)

7) Wilson - de Silvestro - Vautier - Servia - Newgarden - Jakes (Fontana, 2013)
One of the largest accidents as far as number of cars involved happened at Fontana in 2013. Midway through turn one, Justin Wilson lost the back end of his car and was T-boned hard by Tristan Vautier. Josef Newgarden came up the track to avoid the accident and hit Oriol Servia. James Jakes got seriously lucky from this incident. A piece of suspension came with inches of making contact with his helmet, instead hitting the airbox behind his head. Simona de Silvestro spun to miss debris and cars. While Wilson fractured his hip, the other drivers escaped with no injuries.

Wilson had to be helped from the car as he suffered a fractured hip
(Photo: Ken Manfred)

6) Hinchcliffe (Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 2014)
One of the scarier incidents was at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014. Contact on the backstraight met some debris from a front wing went flying. A large chunk of it made contact with James Hinchcliffe's helmet, and he was temporarily knocked out. He would have to go to the hospital, but he would be okay and he would make the next race.

Still shot from broadcast where James Hinchcliffe drifted off the track after
being struck in the head with a large piece of debris

5) Briscoe - Hunter-Reay (Fontana, 2015)
One of the more dramatic finishes came after one of the most thrilling races of all-time. Coming to the end, lots of bobbing and weaving saw Ryan Hunter-Reay get chopped into the path of Ryan Briscoe. As they transferred from the track surface to grass, the air got underneath of Briscoe's car and lifted it off the ground. When he came down, his nose dug in and the car came to a rest after a violent couple of seconds. You could see pieces of grass get launched over a 100 feet in the air. Amazingly, both drivers were okay.

Brisoce flies before digging into the grass (Photo: FOX)

4) Aleshin - Kimball - Andretti (Fontana, 2014)
Practicing for the season finale, Mikhail Aleshin was hugging the white line before he spun. He spun up the track and was hit by Charlie Kimball, launching the nose of the car into the catch fencing. Marco Andretti also spun in but was not damaged. Charlie Kimball was okay and would race the next day. Aleshin suffered chest fractures, broken ribs, a broken shoulder, and a concussion. He is back racing in Indycar today.

What was left of the fence after Aleshin hit it (Photo: USA Today)

3) Franchitti - Sato - Viso (Houston, 2013)
One of the worst road course accidents occurred in 2013 at Reliant Park in Houston. Coming through a tricky fast corner, Takuma Sato got a bit loose. Dario Franchitti, was very close to the back of Sato, launced over the car and hit the catch fencing. EJ Viso arrived on the scene in a blind corner and hit Sato. Debris flew into the stands, but thankfully no fans were seriously hurt. Franchitti suffered fractures to his spine and ankle, as well as a concussion. Franchitti would have full use of all of his limbs again, but the injuries would force him to retire from professional racing.

Franchitti being carefully extricated from the car after a terrible accident (Photo: Indycar Media)

2) Newgarden - Daly (Texas, 2016)
The most recent near miss happened in June of 2016 at Texas Motor Speedway. Driving on old tires, Conor Daly lost the back end of the car and veered right towards the wall in the path of Josef Newgarden. Newgarden's car made hard contact. The contact put the car on its right side. He headed towards the wall, cockpit side out. He hit the wall a second time leading with his cockpit before coming to a rest right-side-up. Newgarden would get out under his own power before collapsing from pain. He would suffer a broken clavicle and hand, which is a lot "better" than it could have been. Daly would walk away unhurt.

Amazing how Newgarden (left) is able to live to tell the tale (Photo: Autoweek)

1) Hinchcliffe (Indianapolis, 2015)
Practicing for the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying the day before, James Hinchcliffe came into turn three on a cloudy day in 2015. Coming through the turn, Hinch suffered a suspension failure to his right front, sending the car straight to the wall as he apexed the corner. He hit the wall at full speed, registering a 125 G impact. A piece of suspension came through the tub and went through his leg. He was bleeding out in the car. If not for the quick efforts of the Holmatro Safety Team, the track safety crew, hospital staff that treated him, and the invaluable blood donated by thoughtful citizens, Hinch would be dead. There's not even speculation. The fact that Hinch survived a crash at 125 G's is unreal enough. We should investigate how a piece of suspension punctured through the tub, as that's a bit alarming. But the fact that Hinch is alive is a miracle, and I'm sure he'll be the first to tell you.

How Hinch survived will remain a mystery (Photo: IndyStar)


It is kind of appalling how lucky we have gotten with the list I've created above. There are a couple other accidents out there that didn't make the list that were also pretty gruesome. Special thanks to Dallara, the Holmatro Safety Team, the hospitals on standby for races in case things go south, Firestone, Dan Wheldon, Bryan Herta, Tony George, and the Verizon Indycar Series for helping keep our drivers safe.

For video links to all crashes. click the respective link:
#15 Andretti - Rahal - Dixon
#14 Newgarden - Bourdais
#13 Plowman - Montangy
#12 Chilton 
#11 Aleshin - Montoya
#10 Saavedra - Aleshin - Munoz
#9 Castroneves, Newgarden, and Carpenter
#8 Power - Conway
#7 Wilson - de Silvestro - Vautier - Servia - Newgarden - Jakes 
#6 Hinchcliffe
#5 Briscoe - Hunter-Reay
#4 Aleshin - Kimball - Andretti
#3 Franchitti - Sato - Viso
#2 Newgarden - Daly
#1 Hinchcliffe

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fantasy Indycar Picks: Texas

Here are the Fantasy Indycar picks for the 2016 Firestone 600 at  Texas (current leader highlighted in green, those in the elimination zone is highlighted in yellow, and red indicates eliminated):

Name Twitter Handle                                             Texas
Alan Stewart _alanstewart Rossi Aleshin Chaves Kanaan Andretti
Andy Nagel Gabbahey75 Munoz Daly Rahal Andretti JPM
Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23 Carpenter Andretti Kanaan Newg Aleshin
Chris Mienaltowski CPMski Newg Munoz Kimball Dixon JPM
Conor Daly conordaly22 Dixon Kimball Carpenter Hinch Helio
David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47 Andretti Kimball Carpenter JPM Aleshin
David Redner IndyCART Dixon JPM Kanaan Andretti Helio
DJ Jordan Indycardj32 Kanaan Helio JPM RHR Munoz
Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy Helio Kanaan Andretti Newg Hinch
Jake Neely indycarfan25 Helio Andretti Munoz Kanaan Dixon
James Alban TheKing0fSwing Dixon JPM Kanaan Andretti Helio
James Sedlmayr dfd827 Helio Dixon Newg Carpenter Munoz
Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider Kanaan JPM Pagenaud Carpenter Munoz
Jessica Baker bakerjm13 Helio Dixon Munoz RHR Kanaan
Johanna Husband writebend Power Kanaan Munoz Newg Rossi
Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli Newg Kanaan Carpenter Helio Munoz
Kyle Lewis kylelewis1 Dixon JPM Helio Kanaan Munoz
Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg JPM Kanaan Andretti Helio Newg
Martin Plowman plowey Kanaan Rossi Kimball Dixon Helio
Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG Newg Carpenter Kanaan Andretti Rossi
Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN Dixon JPM Kanaan Power Helio
Michael Friedman mfriedman_63 Rahal Helio JPM Carpenter Andretti
Mike Crawford 7BigMike Kanaan Munoz Rossi Carpenter RHR
Mitch Robinson mitchrobinson_ Rahal Carpenter Munoz RHR Dixon
Morgan Polizzi morganpolizzi Kanaan Carpenter Helio RHR Hinch
Paige Hill paigehilll Rahal Dixon Carpenter Andretti Rossi
Rick Snodie  rickfromwi Helio Carpenter Kanaan Dixon Munoz
Sam Klein sklein31 Dixon JPM Helio Kanaan Munoz
Sandy Lamparello npssandy Andretti Kanaan Rossi Carpenter Helio
Sarah Hall SarahHall_528 Aleshin Andretti Helio JPM Rossi
Sean Kennedy _6thgear_ Chilton Kimball Helio Kanaan Andretti
Sophie Hanson Sophie_Hansons3
Steven Jenkins ukindyfan Andretti Hinch Munoz Kanaan Rossi


Penalties
  • Johanna Husband has been penalized for turning in her picks late (50% reduction)

Let's race!

-Matthew Hickey