Monday, June 4, 2012

Winners and Losers: Detroit

Here are the winners, losers, and the cone of shame winner following the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle:

Winners

Scott Dixon
Dixon was the class of the field. He kicked ass and took names. Beating Chevy in their backyard is a huge win for Honda too.

Dario Franchitti
Dario came from the back to the front and fought his way to a second place finish. He looks like he is ready to string together a few great races to get him back in the championship.

Oriol Servia
This dude continues to manhandle people on the track and still doesn't get the credit he deserves. He did this last year too and again is not getting enough credit. So here is your credit Oriol, keep up the amazing work.

The Promoters
The seats were full, there's no doubt about it. Great job by Penske and everyone's efforts, as the race got a renewed vigor and a buzz from the city.

Losers

Justin Wilson
It is a shame that he brushed the wall in the start because he would have kicked ass and takin' names had he not bent the upper a-arm on the rear right tire. But hey, you win some, you lose some.

Penske Racing
Not the best of days for Penske racing. Power had nothing for Dixon all day and Helio and Briscoe got shuffled to the back like the skinny kid in gym class.

Alex Tagliani
A electrical problem ruined his chances of a victory after qualifying in third place. Has to be disappointing because with the way that car looked, he had a legitimate chance to take the win.

Takuma Sato
Sato had big momentum on his side heading into the race, and he was passing cars like crazy, until he walled it. Once again, in order to finish first, you must first finish.

Cone of Shame




Haters

There have been failures on Indycars part in the past that were in their control, mainly the restart in the rain at New Hampshire, the blocking at Edmonton, and on track safety truck incident at Baltimore. This though was out of anyone's hands. It isn't Detroit's fault for not maintaining the roads. This isn't Indycars fault for a failed track inspection. This isn't Randy Bernard's fault because it isn't another one of those "when in doubt, blame Randy Bernard moments." And no, it wasn't a #BlameTony moment either cc: Tony Dizinno. It is just a complete fluke and a freak accident, so to call this race a failure on Indycars part or to say this shows the series its true colors is a bold statement from all the haters, so do us all a favor, and can it.

Let me know what you all think.

-Matthew Hickey

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