Monday, June 17, 2013

Winners and Losers: Milwaukee

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2013 Milwaukee Indy Fest:


Winners

Ryan Hunter-Reay
Another fantastic run by Ryan Hunter-Reay puts him right back into the championship hunt. He now heads to Iowa, where he won last year. The champ is on championship form again.

Helio Castroneves
Helio continues his streak as the only driver to complete every lap this season, and because of this and many great results, Helio remains P1 in the championship. A nice P2 drive was a cherry on top of an already great season.

Will Power
Will Power is finally starting to string together some good results with his P3 finish this weekend. But is it too little, too late for Power as far as the championship?

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato had a fantastic race going for him until a caution caught him out and he cycled to the back. His result did not take away from a great run, though. Sato is definitely having his best season of his Indycar career.


Losers

Marco Andretti
A major blow to Marco's championship effort due to a mechanical failure puts Marco far behind Helio in the championship. A pole and fast car shows that he is, however, in the best form of his career.

Alex Tagliani
Another brutal result for Tags and BHA, who have finished outside the top-ten in every race since their tenth place effort in the opening round at St. Pete. A P23 result adds to the brutality.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Jakes and Rahal both struggled mightily in the race, with Graham one of if not the first cars to go a lap down and Jakes doing nothing spectacular either. The team is far behind the form they were expecting in the offseason.

Sebastien Bourdais
Despite having a great run going, a fuel pressure issue, followed by running over an air gun, followed by parking his car due to damage caused in the pits, ruined Sebs race. Shame because he was flying in the race with some Scheckter-like moves on the restarts.


Cone of Shame

Simona de Silvestro



Simona continues to have a rather miserable season. A spin and parking of her car on Saturday added to this. I honestly thought that her great start in St. Petersburg would be followed by wins and podiums, but this has not been the case. How can Simona get her season back on track? Her incident at Milwaukee didn't necessarily  merit a Cone of Shame, but her past couple of races certainly do.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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