Monday, September 2, 2013

Winners and Losers: Baltimore

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore:

Winners

Simon Pagenaud
A great win for Simon Pagenaud, as he continues to prove his worth in Indycar. Two wins in a season seemingly filled with a new winner every race shows that Simon is the cream of the crop. Great result for Simon.


Josef Newgarden
A fantastic result for Newgarden and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, capturing their best finish at one since Josef joined the team in 2012. Newgarden looks to build on this at Houston, a street circuit. Josef has been excelling at street circuits all year


Sebastien Bourdais
Bourdais almost had a win there for the longest time! He ran a great race, doing all the right things on his way to finishing P3. Only wonder what would have happened had he not got spun there towards the end.


Helio Castronves
Helio survives another race and gets valuable points towards his championship effort. Dixon going out and Hunter-Reay retiring made for one lucky day for Helio.


Honorable Mention: Tony Kanaan
TK put on a show on Twitter after the race, earning him a honorable mention. The score reads: Kanaan 835,219, Rahal 0.



Losers

Scott Dixon
Another brutal day for Scott Dixon, who was crashed out by Will Power on a restart towards the end of the race. His championship hopes continue to fade. He'll need a monstrous performance at Houston in order to make it a race at Fontana. Also, kudos to Dixon for calling Tim Cindric a "piece of shit" after the team heard radio from Cindric to his driver Will Power telling Power what to say to the media when he got out of the car. I agree with Dixie's verdict. Cindric almost got the cone for this.


Beaux Barfield
Every decision Beaux makes comes under great scrutiny. But Baltimore wasn't one of Beaux's best days in the office. I am still lost as to how Will Power did not receive a penalty for running of the air hose coming into the pits. In the past, that's a penalty. Then there's the matter of freeing Dixie. Dixon got crashed by Power, but the car was damaged to an extent. Repairs could have been made, but Dixon's car was not returned to the pits. Why? No clue. Maybe it was the Marshalls. Maybe it was Beaux. Maybe it was the driver of the hauler deciding to make a quick stop for some Chesapeake crab on his way back to the pits. Whatever the blame, Dixon lashed out at Beaux in an interview following the incident. It's not an easy job and I wouldn't want to do it, but some insight in the decisions this past weekend would be great.


Andretti Autosport
One of the worst races for Andretti Autosport this season has the team scrambling for more in Houston. RHR had electrical issues. Andretti had no chance of maintaining the lead at the end of the race (I don't even know how he got there), as he dropped to P10. Viso had a so-so day. And Hinch finished with a good result despite being a pinball all race. As a team though, a disappointing weekend.


Graham Rahal
Graham had a great run going before presumably being taken out by Tony Kanaan based of Bobby Rahal's tweet, in which he called TK a "punk". In a season that has been disastrous for Graham, a great result would have bolstered moral. As for Bobby, well, he should just delete his Twitter if all he does is complain when things don't go their way.



Cone of Shame


Will Power

It's a lack of awareness that gets Power the Cone this week. Yes you had a great run on Bourdais on the restart, but that isn't to say the guys behind you didn't get a better jump. All it takes is a half second to glance in the mirror to make sure your outside is clear before you make the move. Instead, Power and all of Team Penske is embroiled in another controversy because the man he took out just happens to be the man chasing Power's teammate in the championship (Dixon on Helio). Power just needs to stop putting himself in a position of peril.  


Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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