Sunday, July 7, 2013

Winners and Losers: Pocono

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the Pocono Indycar 400:

Winners

Chip Ganassi Racing
A first for Chip Ganassi racing, finishing 1-2-3, also capturing Target's 100th win and Honda's 200th win. That's a lot of accolades for one win! Mega congrats to P1 Scott Dixon on a hell of a drive, P2 Charlie Kimball for a solid run, and P3 Dario Franchitti, who finally captures a great result.


Helio Castroneves
In order to finish first, you must first finish. It may not have been a glistening result for Helio, but it counts as a great result towards the championship that has been oh so elusive.


Josef Newgarden
What a fantastic result for Newgarden and SFHR, finishing P5. Newgarden has strung together several great results this season. A freshman slump has resulted in a sophomore surge for Jo New.


Will Power
Power brings home a top five finish after a great run all day, never falling back and staying towards the top. Lately, Power has started well but faded. No fade today.


Losers

James Hinchcliffe
The Mayor of Hinchtown walled it in the first turn on lap one. A truly heartbreaking sight for all. Glad he was okay. Hinch seems to be like Ricky Bobby, if you ain't first, yer last.


Ryan Hunter-Reay
After running up front the first two stints, Ryan was taken out coming into the pits by Takuma Sato. A huge blow to the championship efforts. Ryan was looking poised to make a dent in Helio's championship run. Now he goes to Toronto where he has been strong in the past.


Tristan Vautier
Tristan had me holding my breath in the early stages of the race, running towards the top and some close side by side racing. Then coming into his pit stall, he spun, effectively ruining his race. A shame because I would have liked to see where he would have ended up.


Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan's Triple Crown hopes were dashed as his lead came to an end following his contact with Scott Dixon. A very good call by Jimmy Vassar to bring an unsafe car into the pits, but a huge blow to TK: he had every chance to win that race.


Cone of Shame

Takuma Sato



Let's first establish that the mistake Takuma Sato made coming into the pits taking out himself and Ryan Hunter-Reay was an accident, and as such he, in a very classy manner, took the blame and apologized after the race. But my god, watching the replay, how can you misjudge your breaking point by that much? It wasn't a a matter of inches, it was a couple hundred feet. A top five run was thrown out the window. A shame for both Sato and RHR.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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