Monday, June 24, 2013

Winners and Losers: Iowa

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "Winner" following the 2013 Iowa Corn 250:


Winners

James Hinchcliffe
The Mayor of Hinchtown absolutely dominated the race, leading 226 laps as he went on to take the checkers. He becomes the fifth driver from Andretti Autosport to win at Iowa in seven years, also making it four years in a row in the team.

Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan, who won the race last year, had a difficult start, damaging his front wing and moving to the back of the pack. But boy did Hunter-Reay respond, carving his way through the field on his way to a solid second place finish.

Graham Rahal
Graham finally gets his breakthrough race to end the skid that has existed since Long Beach, including some disastrous races in the past couple of weeks. Can he string together some solid races now?

Simon Pagenaud
The under the radar performer goes to Simon Pagenaud, who was never outside the top-ten all race. And since love doesn't seem to flow for his performance based off everyone's tweets, I will give Pagenaud some love on here.


Losers

Ganassi Racing
Chripes, a terrbile run for the team, and again, it was on an oval, where they haven't fared well. Dixon, who had a good car for two-thirds of the race before something happened with the engine, finished P16. Dario was never close and finished P20. And Kimball did a fair job, finishing P12. Still no wins on the season for this team.

Takuma Sato
Sato had a decent race going for him, as he was right around the top-ten all day. Then something happened mechanically, putting Sato out of the race. Precious championship points have been lost.

Simona de Silvestro
An absolutely terrible race for Simona de Silvestro. Not only that, but I personally believe she did not do a very well job of giving room to cars who were faster than her, which was just about everyone.

Will Power
A dreadful race for Power, who started first and finished... Umm... Carry the two.... Add the five... *Counts on fingers* 17th. That sums up Will Power's year. Power has now lost 84 positions on the track this season.


Cone of Shame



Alex Tagliani

I hate to Cone a driver I have a lot of respect for driving for a team that is owned by a classy man and staffed with great individuals (the team being Bryan Herta Autosport), but Alex Tagliani is just having a tough season and Sunday added to that, with a last place finish after a spin and retirement. His last six results go as follows: P24, P23, P21, P22, P23, and P24. Holy lord... That is not good at all. Let's hope they can get out of this slump ASAP.


Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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