Monday, April 22, 2013

Winners and Losers: Long Beach

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach:

Winners

Takuma Sato
What a great day for driver Takuma Sato, AJ Foyt Enterprises, and the nation of Japan. Sato captures his first win in Indycar, AJ Foyt Racing's first race win in eons, and the first win by a native of Japan in North America. A fantastic race by Sato.

Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal gets the race he has been waiting for this season, finishing a very solid P2 in the race. This is what I was expecting from Graham in the first two races. Hopefully it is the first of many.

Justin Wilson
Despite starting way, way back in the field, Justin Wilson carved his way through the field to finish P3 for Dale Coyne Racing. It was a truly awesome thing to watch.

Dario Franchitti
Dario has a much needed bounce back weekend after finishing a miserable 25th in the first two races. I didn't see the haters anywhere his weekend, probably too busy sucking on bricks.


Losers

Andretti Autosport
Not a good day for Andretti Autosport, with Marco Andretti the only driver on the team with a good finish. James Hinchcliffe and EJ Viso were both involved on a restart incident, and Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed trying to Beatriz. Not the best of days for the team.

Will Power
Really hard to believe that Will Power, the most dominant driver on road courses since 2010, has not finished on the podium yet this season. Who woulda thunk?

Mike Conway
Despite having a great weekend going for Conway, who is having a one off with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, had a great run going until an electrical issue ruined his race.

Chevrolet
Honda won the top four places during the race, thus flexing their muscles that were absent in the beginning of the year. Can Chevrolet rebound?


Cone of Shame




Front Left Tire Changer for Tristan Vautier

A mistake by the crewman of Tristan Vautier sending out Tristan Vautier in the pits when it was not safe to release him caused Tristan to hit Will Power. Kinda ruined both of their races. Looking at the replay, it looked like the crewman was looking right at Power! Maybe the brain to hand thing wasn't working. Mistakes happen though.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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