No denying that Will Power had one hell of a race. His brave pass on the outside of Takuma Sato in the first half of the race set Power up for a win. A nice start to a championship hopeful in 2014.
Helio Castronves has another solid start to the season, doing enough to get himself a podium to start the season. Momentum should carry Helio to Long Beach, where Helio looks to add some points to a championship effort.
Hopefully the luck is back for Ryan Hunter-Reay. RHR had almost little to no luck at several races last year, including St. Petersburg. Now, RHR starts off the season with a podium position. And how adorable is his baby?! My goodness... Ryan will be looking for a win at one of his favorite tracks: Long Beach.
The Target cars driven by Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan both had solid races after beginning the weekend off kilter. Dixon finished P4 and Kanaan P6. St. Petersburg was very tough on Chip Ganassi last year, so hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for this team.
Some sort of mechanical or electrical issue saw last year's St. Petersburg winners James Hinchcliffe never having a fair go at it, often being the slowest car on the track on his way to a P19 finish. The feast or famine mantra that follows Hinch continues.
With three Ganassi's finishing in the top-ten, Charlie Kimball once again assumes that awkward position of being that other guy at Chip Ganassi. If he wants to be in the same sentence as Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, he needs to start being more consistent. A rough race followed by a overshoot and stall led to a dismal start to the season for Charlie.
Despite early pace, rookies ultimately had a tough go of things in their first starts to their inaugural seasons. Carlos Munoz and Jack Hawksworth were both hanging around in the top-ten before being swept up in that restart crash. Munoz was able to continue, ending up P17. Hawk had to DNF, finishing P21. Carlos Huertas did not have a bad first race, keeping a clean nose and staying on pace, finishing P18. Leading the rookie class was Mikhail Aleshin, finishing P12.
Not overly impressed with ABC's lead man. Did an okay job, was decently enthused, and he felt like reminding us every five seconds that this was his first race. Still better than Marty Reid though.
Cone of Shame
For the first time in Winners and Losers history, a winner was also given the Cone of Shame. Yes, race winner Will Power has been given the Cone of Shame for his utter ineptitude at pushing the gas pedal on the lap 82 restart that caused several collisions, sending Marco Andretti and Jack Hawksworth out of the race. Honestly, what was Will doing?! And why is it that he always gets himself in the center of controversy?! This guy just gets me fuming like no other driver...
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