Sunday, May 25, 2014

Winners and Losers: Indianapolis

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500:

Winners

Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 98th Indianapolis 500! It definitely was a racers' race. Ryan had to start way back in the field after a poor qualifying effort one week ago. Ryan dispatched of drivers on his way to the front. It was clear that Ryan's race setup was much stronger than his qualifying setup. Once at the front, Ryan stayed there. After an epic duel with Helio Castroneves, Ryan crossed the line P1 after 200 laps. Not only did he become immortalized at Indianapolis, but Ryan also takes a big lead in the Indycar Championship.


Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves was so close to capturing his fourth Indianapolis 500 win! It was not to be, as he had nothing for Ryan Hunter-Reay coming to the checkers. Helio was fast all race, putting his car in a position to win with eight laps to go. Close but no cigar.


Marco Andretti
Close but once again short for Marco Andretti's pursuit for Indianapolis immortality. Can't take anything away from the guy, as he was up front all race and ran strong for 200 laps. Can't hang your head on this result, it was a great effort.


Andretti Autosport
What an absolutely fantastic day for Andretti Green as Helio would say. As discussed, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti both ran great. Carlos Munoz backed up a great run last year with a P4 effort this year. Indycar rookie Kurt Busch did a hell of a job on his way to finishing P6. Four cars in the top-six is fantastic. James Hinchcliffe crashed while fighting for the lead. These guys came to Indy to win and they did just that!



Losers

Chip Ganassi Racing
What a terrible race for Chip Ganassi Racing. Chip dropped Honda like a bad habit following the 2013 season, and now many people are wondering why since they haven't seen much of a difference with the Honda engines they are running. Scott Dixon crashed from P4. Charlie Kimball crashed from mid-pack. Tony Kanaan ran out of fuel and subsequently damaged the gear box in the pits. And Ryan Briscoe finished mid-pack after struggling all day. Terrible terrible day for Ganassi. Who would have thunk that Sage Karam, the rookie who drove for a Ganassi partnered car at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing would have lead the group.


Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden really looked like he was poised for his best Month of May yet. For a third straight year, Josef encountered problems in the race following a good month. Josef ran out of fuel on his way into the pits and was unable to get going again, similar to the issues Tony Kanaan had. His chances of winning were over, but Josef went back out and continued to race. Approaching the Scott Dixon accident, Josef began to slow down. Martin Plowman was following close behind and hit Josef, who crashed on the inside of the track. The damage forced his retirement. A tough day for Newgarden for sure.


Will Power
Will Power had a hell of a race going for him. He was hanging in the front and running the race he needed to run. Will made a pit stop and carrier way too much speed on entry, locking up the brakes past the designated speed zone. Power was given a black flag, effectively ruining his race. Power did end up with a solid finish, but damn, what could have been...


Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya seemed to be in control of the race at several points in the race. Not only was he fast, but he was getting incredible fuel mileage. However, Juan, like Will Power, was deemed to enter the pits too fast and was given a drive through penalty. What's even worse about this is Juan ended up finishing P5. Imagine what he would have done if not for the penalty. A real shame for a winning car.



Cone of Shame



James Hinchcliffe, Townsend Bell or Ed Carpenter... I can't decide
The most controversial incident of the Indianapolis 500 occurred on a late restart. Townsend Bell moved to the outside of Ed Carpenter in an attempt to pass him going into turn one. While they were side-by-side, James Hinchcliffe stuck his car into the outside to make it three wide. Ed moved up the track to make room for Hinch, bouncing off Bell. The contact sent Ed down into Hinch, sending them both in the wall. After looking at it several times, I can't decide who is at fault. Bell didn't know Hinch was there, and Hinch thought Bell backed out. Ed is also lumped into the Cone of Shame for his comments afterwards about punching a recently concussed Hinchcliffe. Stay classy Ed. Tweet to me who you think out of these three should get the Cone! I really can't make up my mind.


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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