Monday, May 6, 2013

Winners and Losers: Sao Paulo

Here are your winners, losers, and cone of shame winners following the 2013 Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300:

Winners

The Mayor
"I don't always finish races, but when I do, I prefer to win." -James Hinchcliffe.

Takuma Sato 
The new points leader: Takuma Sato. He was one turn away from winning the race. He was three turns away from winning the Indianapolis 500 last year. And he's running under the #14, a very historic number. Because of this, I expect some good things from him in May.

Josef Newgarden
It was only a matter of time before Josef Newgarden had his first career top five finish. Hell, he almost won the damn thing! This is the first of many great results for Josef.

Marco Andretti
Who knew Marco Andretti would be P2 in the championship heading into a track where he has always been blistering fast at: Indianapolis. I love this Marco.


Losers

Will Power
The man who was expected to glide through the first four races and end up with the points lead heading into Indianapolis is now forced into a position where he needs to do well on ovals to get himself back into the title hunt.

Tony Kanaan
TK, who was leading in front of his fellow countrymen, had some sort of fuel issue derail his race. A great result would have really given TK the momentum he needed heading into the most important race of his life: The Indianapolis 500.

Helio Castroneves
A tough go at things for Helio Castroneves. Helio, who came into the race with the championship lead, finished P13 and is now P3 in the championship. The man who has never won a championship is running out of years to do it.

Graham Rahal
Rahal, who was fast all weekend, made a mistake locking up into turn one and getting in other incidents gathering a mere eight points towards his championship effort.


Cone of Shame


Complainers

Yes, Takuma Sato did make multiple attempts to impede the progress of drivers behind him to maintain the lead and yes that is illegal, but anything goes when it is under ten laps to go. People who sit here and complain about what he did and call him a dirty driver cannot honestly say they they've never pushed the limits in anything competitive when it is coming down to the wire, whether it be sports in high school or a casual board game. Sato did the same. Also, it is a tough decision for steward Beaux Barfield to penalize him that late in the race. It would have spoiled a great ending to the race. It only makes sense to complain about things when we just witnessed the best street race in Indycar history. Hey complainers, suck a brick and pet a honey badger.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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