Sunday, April 7, 2013

Winners and Losers: Barber

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber:

Winners

Ryan Hunter-Reay
Great win for defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and another strong showing by Andretti Autosport, who establishing themselves as the dominant force in Indycar.

Scott Dixon
The Bridesmaid of Barber finishes second for the fourth straight year. What does a Kiwi have to do to win a race there? Wish I had the answer for him.

Charlie Kimball
Char Dogg Charlie Kimball had a great weekend and made one hell of a pass on Will Power which even impressed Will as he said in an interview following the race. Can we expect more of this in the future? More top five finishes will help establish him.

Honda 
Chip Ganassi is looking rather foolish now because Honda does in fact look like they are committed to winning. They had a very strong showing compared to St. Petersburg with six of the top ten finishing positions.


Losers

James Hinchcliffe
The Mayor of Hinchtown had his race ruined on the first lap with some sort of suspension failure. But I would do a lot of things to get a playback of his radio when he was chilling in his car waiting for a caution.

Dario Franchitti 
Are Dario's championship hopes ruined early? A mechanical failure today and a crash two weeks ago leave him with a mere 10 points after two races, already in a huge hole.

KV Racing
Not a good showing from a team who put both cars in the top six last week with Simona finishing a rather poor 18th and Tony Kanaan finishing a modest 13th. Hopefully they will get their problems sorted out in Long Beach.

Ana Beatriz
Something needs to be said about Ana. Not entirely sure what's going on when teammate Justin Wilson qualifies and finishes in the top ten and you qualify almost a full two seconds off the pole.If Ed Carpenter is faster than you, something is wrong.


Cone of Shame



Mechanical Gremlins

Mechanical Gremlins, or as I call them Jim Utters based solely on the face that nobody likes them, caught more people out today. Dario Franchitti, James Jakes, and Takuma Sato were some who had good runs ruined. I know it is a part of racing but it's disappointing to see more non-engine failures ruin races for some.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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