Sunday, May 27, 2012

Winners and Losers: Indianapolis

Here are the winners, losers, and the cone of shame winner following the 96th Indianapolis 500:
Winners

Dario Franchitti + Chip Ganassi
What a race. For the first time, I feel like Dario purely drove his heart out. This wasn't a typical Dario Franchitti stay up front and run laps / a pit strategy deal. Dario carved his way through the field after an incident in the pits and pummeled the field with some amazing passes. A much deserved third Indy 500 win for Dario. Also a kick ass day for Chip Ganassi Racing, flexing their muscles after a quiet first four races.

Takuma Sato
Takuma will be remembered as the guy who went for the win instead of lifting and allowing Dario to pull away, and that's is how I would want to be remembered. Hell of a race for Sato, making ballsy passes left and right, and doing a great job of managing the race. Keep your head up Takuma.

Justin Wilson
I'm not at all surprised that Justin Wilson had a kick ass day. The reuniting of Bill Papas, Dale Coyne, and J Dub has proven to be a lethal combination, and we now know Justin is a force to be reckon with on ovals. He too made some very brave moves and capitalized on some restarts to put himself in a great place at the finish.

Indycar
What a race for Indycar. Hopefully a lot of fans witnessed this race in person and/or on TV throughout the world, because that was racing at its finest. Time to build on this positive momentum and go headstrong into this streak of races.

Losers

Andretti Autosport
That was a bust. I don't know what they were trying to do with Marco's strategy, who later crashed. Hunter-Reay had a mechanical. Saavedra was out of the running after the first 30 laps. Bia spun and didn't do anything before that. Hinch was solid but only thanks to a late charge through the field, as he dropped back after the intense battle with Briscoe.

Chevrolet
Chevy got their ass handed to them for the first time this season. They clearly weren't on it despite dominating qualifying. Honda was definitely the better engine today.

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
A bit disappointed in the team that is always on point. Clauson looked like he had a terrible car and Newgarden really couldn't keep up with the cars in front early on, I wonder what the handling was like on his car. They'll regroup and be ready for Belle Isle.

AJ Foyt Racing
Super Tex's team had a piss poor race. Cunningham was the only Honda to have a problem, and Conway had a bad accident. It was a shame because Conway was running well up until that crash.

Cone of Shame
Lotus
The sarcastic cheers of the crowds for the battle between Alesi and de Silvestro in the first ten laps basically sums it up. Nothing else needs to be said.

What a fantastic 500. Tomorrow I publish my thoughts and reactions to the 500, stay tuned. Let me know what you all think.

-Matthew Hickey

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