Monday, August 25, 2014

Winners and Losers: Sonoma

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2014 Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma:

Winners

Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon can surely hold his head up high with the performance he has put forth in the second half of the season. Two wins in the last three races has vaulted the legendary driver into the top-five in the championship.


Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay salvaged any hope at winning the championship with a second place finish at Sonoma. Whether he can win or not is still a long shot, but Ryan certainly did himself some favors with a great result this weekend.


Will Power
Despite not winning with the best car in the race, and spinning on his own, and passing some cars controversially at the end of the race, and surrendering points to championship hunters Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud, Will Power can come out of Sonoma with his head up high. He is still in prime position to win the championship.


Simon Pagenaud
Despite having a terrible weekend leading up to the race, Simon Pagenaud came through and claimed a podium when it counted. Not only did he do well, but Simon gained points on championship leader Will Power. Simon is still alive in the championship.



Losers

Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal strategerized (that's a word) his way to the front, and then fought his way to P1, only to end up short on fuel. He then proceeded to cut a corner and speed in the pits, which kind of put some salt in the wound. A win would have gone a long way to 'wooo' a sponsor next season.


Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan was in the same boat as Graham Rahal. A great race ruined by the inability to save enough fuel. Tony still does not have a win with the Chip Ganassi outfit, which has come as a surprise to many. Fear not, there is still one race to go this season.


Ryan Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe pretty much had his result ruined right away by Sebastien Bourdais in the second corner of the race. His race was thrown for a loop and a string of good results was ruined for Briscoe. He can still end his season on a high note.


Mike Conway 
Mike Conway literally ran out of fuel one turn away from the championship, which has to be a bummer. Although he didn't have the best car in the race, Conway managed to get to the front. A great result would have gone a long way to a new deal with Carpenter next season.



Cone of Shame



Helio Castroneves
The only driver in championship contention to surrender points to Will Power was Helio Castroneves. Not only did Helio give up some ground to Power at Sonoma, but he has not lost points in the last three races. A subpar effort at Mid-Ohio and a bad race at Milwaukee last weekend coupled with disaster at Sonoma has put Helio in a serious hole heading into Fontana. Helio was wrecked in turn two on lap one and made a self-inflicted error later on in the race, limping home to a P18 finish. Helio has failed in the clutch so far. Can he bring home a championship next weekend?


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fantasy Indycar Picks: Sonoma

Here are the Fantasy Indycar picks for the 2014 Go Pro Grand Prix at Sonoma (current championship leader highlighted in red):

Name Twitter Handle                                Sonoma
Alan Stewart _alanstewart Power Bourdais JPM Aleshin Hinch
Alana Jolly alanajolly Josef Rahal Sato JPM Huertas
Amy Woedl OpenWheelMom Josef Hinch Conway Pagenaud Huertas
Andy Nagel Gabbahey75 Pagenaud Dixon Hawk JPM Wilson
Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23 Power Pagenaud Kimball Conway Kanaan
Chris Mienaltowski CPMski Conway Wilson Briscoe JPM Power
Conor Daly conordaly22 JPM Power Dixon Huertas Rahal
David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47 Power Josef Aleshin Briscoe Rahal
David Redner IndyCART Wilson Bourdais Helio Rahal Andretti
DJ Jordan djordan3223 Power Briscoe Hawk Hinch JPM
Emily Mugan emyrmalee Power Helio Kanaan Hinch RHR
Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy Pagenaud Wilson Bourdais Power Dixon
Gina Navarra  gmnavarra Helio Power Bourdais Conway Saavedra
Jake Neely indycarfan25 Conway Bourdais Pagenaud Josef JPM
James Alban TheKing0fSwing JPM Conway Kanaan Hawk Sato
James Sedlmayr dfd827 Conway JPM Josef Briscoe Wilson
Jason McVeigh jasekm Power JPM Briscoe Wilson Andretti
Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider Briscoe Power Hinch Rahal Josef
Jessica Baker bakerjm13 Bourdais Pagenaud Dixon Josef Aleshin
Justin Mann mannbeast Power Conway Pagenaud Wilson Briscoe
Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli Power Bourdais Helio Dixon Conway
Kyle Lewis kylelewis1 Andretti Briscoe Pagenaud Hinch Wilson
Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg Aleshin Briscoe Dixon Sato Andretti
Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG Hawk Bourdais Aleshin Munoz Briscoe
Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN Power Briscoe Josef Helio RHR
Mike Crawford 7BigMike Power Pagenaud RHR Briscoe Bourdais
Rick Snodie  rickfromwi Conway Bourdais JPM Pagenaud Power
Sam Klein sklein31 Helio Dixon Briscoe Wilson Power
Sophie Hanson Sophie_Hansons3 Power Aleshin Josef Bourdais Hinch
Steven Jenkins ukindyfan Wilson Bourdais Pagenaud Power Aleshin


Penalties: Alana Jolly


Top three most picked: 1) Will Power - 19 2) Ryan Briscoe - 13 3) Sebastien Bourdais - 12
Not picked: N/A

Two races to go! Who will win?! Remember, to be mathematically eligible for the championship headed into Fontana, you need to be 290 points or less behind the leader!

-Matthew Hickey 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Winners and Losers: Milwaukee

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2014 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250:

Winners

Will Power 
I hear Happy Gilmore in my head, but instead of saying, "Someone learned how to putt. Uh-oh...", I imagine him saying, "Someone learned how to race on ovals. Uh-oh..." in reference to Will Power's new found speed on ovals. Power, who takes a strangle hold on the championship, won at Sonoma and Fontana last year. Can he finally close out that elusive championship?


Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya has found his comfort zone. The man has found his stride in Indycar. He looks like the JPM that was aggressive and fast in 1999. He still has an outside chance at winning the championship. Can he do the unthinkable?


Tony Kanaan
The Tony Kanaan in the second half of the season is the Tony Kanaan that we have all been expecting. Speed in the races, running up front consistently, and great results are the kind of things that Tony Kanaan was expected to do when he was signed. Hopefully Kanaan can carry this momentum into the last two races and into 2015.


Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden was caught out by late strategy that almost won him the race, but he still managed to finish P5 which was a miracle. The results keep coming his way, but not the result that he and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing have been looking for: a win.



Losers

Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves had an average race, but a person like Helio is not in any position to be having average races at this point in the season. Coming into the race, Helio was down three points to teammate Will Power. Now he's down 37. While a championship is certainly not out of the question, it just became that much tougher for Helio.


Charlie Kimball
Well, Charlie Kimball did not have a good race. But it's not his bad race that put him on the list. It is the fact that his teammates, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, and Ryan Brisoce all finished 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively. One would expect Kimball to run at the same pace as his mates, yet Kimball could only manage P16. That's not good enough.


Takuma Sato
Well, in front of all of his sponsors in the team's home race, Takuma Sato did what he's done all season. That is, finish in a below average fashion. This, coupled with the fact that Sato almost spun on the first drop of the green flag, and you get what I think is a recipe for a pink slip. This team has to start fresh.


Dale Coyne Racing
Dale Coyne Racing is having a very troublesome year when it comes to the ovals. Early on in the race, rookie Carlos Huertas and veteran Justin Wilson were scrapping with one another just to stay on the lead lap. It's a shame to see a great organization like Dale Coyne Racing suffer with poor results on ovals. Wilson managed only P17 and Huertas P20. Hopefully they can finish out the season strong.



Cone of Shame



Andretti Autosport
How terrible of a weekend did Andretti Autosport have? Marco Andretti was the best finisher from the four car team, and all he could manage was P13. His race was derailed after the fueler dropped the hose on a pit stop. Still, P13 is a breeze compared to his teammates. James Hinchcliffe had pit equipment issues all day, forcing him to finish P19. Championship contender Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered a broken suspension and finished P21. And rookie Carlos Munoz finished P22 after making contact with the wall.


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fantasy Indycar Picks: Milwaukee

Here are the Fantasy Indycar Picks for the 2014 ABC Supply IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile (current points leader highlighted in red):

NameTwitter Handle                             Milwaukee
Alan Stewart_alanstewartKanaanRahalWilsonHinchJPM
Alana JollyalanajollyHawkBourdaisBriscoeJosefRahal
Amy WoedlOpenWheelMomHelioRHRBriscoeCarpenterHinch
Andy NagelGabbahey75RHRAndrettiHinchMunozKanaan
Chris Blackburn chblackburn23HelioHinchPagenaudBriscoeKanaan
Chris MienaltowskiCPMskiCarpenterKanaanWilsonRHRJosef
Conor Dalyconordaly22RHRHinchAndrettiKanaanJosef
David Leiting Jr.Dlite_47RHRHelioBriscoeJPMMunoz
David RednerIndyCARTAndrettiBriscoeHelioKimballCarpenter
DJ Jordandjordan3223KanaanHelioRHRHinchAndretti
Emily Muganemyrmalee
Eric HallErock_in_IndyRHRJPMHinchHelioAleshin
Gina Navarra gmnavarraKanaanCarpenterAleshinSatoPower
Jake Neelyindycarfan25RHRHinchMunozKanaanSato
James AlbanTheKing0fSwingRHRHelioDixonJosefCarpenter
James Sedlmayrdfd827KanaanCarpenterAndrettiHelioRHR
Jason McVeighjasekmRHRAndrettiHinchMunozCarpenter
Jerry CruzIndycar_RaiderMunozAleshinJosefHinchRahal
Jessica Bakerbakerjm13DixonCarpenterRHRRahalHinch
Justin MannmannbeastRHRHinchRahalMunozHelio
Kieran Brughelli kieranbrughelliBriscoeRHRMunozHelioJPM
Kyle Lewiskylelewis1JPMRHRCarpenterKanaanAndretti
Lynn WeinberglynnweinbergBriscoeJPMKanaanRHRHinch
Mathew GruenholzIndycarSTIGJosefRHRAndrettiMunozBourdais
Matthew HickeyIndycar_MNAndrettiHinchSatoRHRHelio
Mike Crawford7BigMikeCarpenterKanaanAndrettiMunozSato
Rick Snodie rickfromwiRHRDixonCarpenterMunozBriscoe
Sam Kleinsklein31RHRHinchKanaanJPMJosef
Sophie HansonSophie_Hansons3JPMAndrettiWilsonRHRSato
Steven JenkinsukindyfanRHRAndrettiHinchKanaanDixon

Penalties: Emily Mugen

Most Picked: 1) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 22 2) James Hinchcliffe - 16 3) Tony Kaanan - 14
Not Picked: Carlos Huertas and Sebastian Saavedra


Who's going to win the championship?!

-Matthew Hickey

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Indycar Drinking Game

First off, I'll start by saying I don't condone the idea of drinking large sums of alcohol at a time. This article, which is meant for two reasons: 1) Humor 2) To point out things that happen in great occurrence or that are really rare in Indycar, and thus you should always make sure to please drink responsibly and never drive a vehicle whilst under the influence.

Having said that, I hope you get a laugh out of the list I've compiled here. Enjoy!

  • If Scott Dixon says the word 'fantastic,' take a drink
  • If Juan Pablo Montoya and 'side-horn' or 'chrome-horn' get put in the same sentence, take a drink
  • If AJ Foyt swears, take a drink
  • If Charlie Kimball gets identified as having diabetes during the broadcast, take a drink
  • If Townsend Bell either refers to his driving experience or his desire for Indycars to have more horsepower, take a drink
  • If Tony Kanaan passes three or more cars on a start/restart, take a drink
  • If Sebastian Saavedra suffers a mechanical failure, take a drink
  • If Carlos Munoz finishes in the same place that he started, take a drink
  • If  Graham or Bobby Rahal says the words 'grip' or 'babe' on the radio, take a drink
  • If Will Power gets a penalty or causes an accident, take a drink
  • If there's an Indycar fan bitching on Twitter, take a dri.... Actually the world does not have enough alcohol for that
  • If Ed Carpenter whines about something, take a drink
  • If Mike Hull goes on a strategical rant, take a drink
  • If Ryan Hunter-Reay gets mentioned as the reigning Indy 500 winner, take a drink
  • If someone refers to James Hinchcliffe as the Mayor of Hinchtown, take a drink
  • If Takuma Sato DNFs, take a drink
  • If Leigh Diffey adds an "r" to a word that ends in a vowel, take a drink
  • If Helio Castroneves referred to through a dancing metaphor, take a drink
  • If Helio Castroneves says 'helluva job', take a drink
  • If Mikhail Aleshin wins a race, finish your drink
  • If Marco Andretti smiles, finish your drink

Please drink responsibly!!

-Matthew Hickey