Sunday, June 2, 2013

Winners and Losers: Detroit

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2013 Duals in Detroit:

Winners

Mike Conway
Conweezy was throwing down this weekend, driving the #18 car for Dale Coyne Racing which will be driven by multiple drivers for the rest of the season. Conway was called on Tuesday to drive the car this weekend and it clearly was the right decision. If Dale has any amount of brains, he will sign Mike for the remaining road course schedule. P1 and P3 for Conway.

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud claims his first win in the Indycar Series, with a stealthy drive to the front and some brilliant laps in the middle to late stages of the race. Crepes all around for everyone.

James Jakes
James "The Walking Paradox" Jakes captured his first career Indycar podium in a very smooth and nice drive. He was strong all weekend. Is he finally living up to his potential?

Scott Dixon
Minus lap one of race one, Dixon had a very good weekend, staying out of trouble and picking up two top-five finishes on his way to collecting valuable championship points. Honorable mention goes to Dario Franchitti who also ran very well.


Losers

Takuma Sato
Well damn. Sato had a great championship going, but his title run has come to a halt following two pretty bad races for him in the form of a P19 and P23 finishes respectively. Can he pick it up in Texas?

James Hinchcliffe
The Mayor also had a pretty not so stellar weekend for someone who is in the top-five of the points championship coming into the race. P15 and P19 for Hinch means very little points for him.

Alex Tagliani
The driver with the second worst weekend out of all 25 drivers was Alex Tagliani. Tags had something go wrong from P3 in the first race, and he was collected in the gaggle wreck in race two. The results of these incidents was a mere 16 points collected in the two races. Horrendous.

Simona de Silvestro
Simona had a pretty shocking weekend. P16 in the first race which is just alright, and a crash in the second race which is anything but alright. Standings have not come out yet, but she should not be where she is in the championship at all.


Cone of Shame



AJ Allmendinger
Trying to decide how to describe AJ's weekend. Appalling? Gruesome? Disturbing? Unpleasent? Jim Utter-ish? Hideous? Awful? Bricktacular? I don't know if it is possible. Dinger, in two races, made it through a whopping six turns total before destroying two cars. That is not how you impress the boss in his backyard. With no more confirmed races on the season, Dinger may have to wait a long time for redemption.

On to the next one.

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. Agree with Mike Conway as Winner #1. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Conway becomes something of a hired gun running in INNDYCAR, or even NASCAR/Grand-Am/ALMS. Clearly, he's a stud on street/road courses.

    I would also add one more person to the Cone of Shame also. Randy Bernard. I know that some view RB as the greatest thing to happen to INDYCAR, but the second race today and the death of Dan Wheldon were both essentially in events that RB conceived of. I'm not blaming him directly, but the idea of a driver not running the full season competing in the season finale in Las Vegas and the doubleheader weekend were his ideas. And while this weekend wasn't as tragic as Las Vegas was, it certainly is costly for the teams in terms of both torn up equipment as well the man hours the team personnel will have to fix the cars. Those can be placed at RB's feet.

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