Sunday, May 26, 2013

Winners and Losers: Indianapolis

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500:

Winners

Tony Kanaan
What can be said about the effort Tony Kanaan put in and all the emotion that followed the race after the drive to victory. I clapped my hands to myself with tears in my eyes even though I was in a separate room from my parents watching the race. Unbelievable job by TK.

Indycar
This is exactly the kind of racing Indycar needs to put on for the mainstream audience in order to get some of the old fans back in the sport. A truly amazing day for the sport we love.

Carlos Munoz
The rookie who could finishes an impressive second after starting second led all Andretti Autosport drivers. And to think he was disappointed with the result! Carlos Munoz has nothing to be ashamed of, a great first race at Indy.

Justin Wilson
Where in the hell did Justin Wilson come from? He snookered his way to a top-five finish at the Greatest Spectacle of Racing. Well done Justin.


Losers

JR Hildebrand
How can you crash with only a handful of laps in the books? Even if the car has an awkward level of downforce, the car should be approached with care at the start of the race in order to see what you have. Mistakes abounding again for Hildebrand.

Sebastian Saavedra
Yeah it sucks that Pippa Mann didn't see you in her mirror and wrecked you in a complete accident, but it wasn't necessary to trash her and Indycar after the race, saying you are fighting for the championship. NEWS FLASH: You were P24 in the championship before the race.

The Mayor
All of the Andretti Autosport cars ran up front all day. All but James Hinchcliffe, which surprised many including me. Hinch did however prove Indycar's can be driven without having hands on the steering wheel.

Past Champions
Past champions did not fair well today excluding Helio Castroneves, who finished P6. Scott Dixon (P14), Dario Franchitti (P23), and Buddy Lazier (P31) all struggled in the race.


Cone of Shame


Honda

Honda was overshadowed all month by Chevrolet and race day was no different. Chevrolet dominated in the race, owned the top ten spots in qualifying, and Honda was nowhere to be found. They will be right back at it in Detroit, don't worry.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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