Juan Pablo Montoya
A terrific win for Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Penske. Montoya, who not only was incredibly quick yet extremely conservative on the fuel mileage, fought post Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, and Will Power (<--- literally) on his way to his first Indycar win since 2000. Great job by him! Hope this means that he's ready to make a championship effort.
Another fantastic run for what I think to be your future 2014 Rookie of the Year in Carlos Munoz. The man continues to do nothing but succeed at what he does. I am very happy that he captured another podium, and like Juan Pablo Montoya, that he also went into the stands after the race to sign autographs for fans.
Ryan Briscoe finally gets a good run together this season finishing P4. Despite being so very average this season, Briscoe finds himself P9 in the championship, ahead of teammates Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball, and close behind Scott Dixon. A win would go a long way to boosting team morale.
The rookie continues to impress, finishing P7. The guy continues to do everything the team asks of him. Can this guy get a multi-year deal going so I don't have to worry about him going anywhere next season?!
Tony Kanaan did a great job on Sunday. Tony Kanaan's strategist should be strapped to a chair all week and be forced to listen to "I Know What I Like" by Genesis. What on Earth were they thinking. When you are in the lead, you probably most definitely should not ever under any circumstances roll the dice on a fuel strategy that isn't a sure fire thing is completely idiotic. Tony Kanaan was robbed of at least a podium. The Kanaan-Ganassi experiment has not worked up to this point.
Ed Carpenter was very underwhelming in the race. The oval master lingered around in the top-ten all race before having to pit off sequence to fix a broken part on the car. I think Ed could have finished in the top-five area but still expected better from him.
A rough weekend for Jack Hawksworth and Bryan Herta Autosport. Jack suffered a big crash on Saturday before qualifying, injuring the rookie driver (bruised heart) and forcing the team to sit out the race. Hopefully they can come back stronger in Iowa.
Brutal day for Andretti Autosport (minus Carlos Munoz). Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe both were caught speeding on the pits, ruining their races. Ryan Hunter-Reay brushed the wall, forcing him to the garage. I think we all expected a much better performance in Michael Andretti's home race.
Cone of Shame
I know I hate on Will Power a lot and he often gets the Cone of Shame on this piece, but most of the time it is because he does something so stupid that I have to do it. This week was no exception. Power blocked Juan Pablo Montoya late in the race. You know what? I was fine with that one. It's late in the race and Power wanted to go for the win. Maybe some better judgement and a little less flamboiance on the block would have been better, but still, I was fine with it. The second block on Helio, in which he once again made another aggressive block, was unacceptable. Not only did he block twice, but the two guys he blocked were both his teammates. After the race, he had nothing to say about the block when he say the replay. He also turned his guns on NBCSN analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy, saying they're probably saying bad things about them. Seriously dude? If you worried about what they're saying, get out of the sport. And it's not like they're picking on him. Everyone has an axe to grind with Power at the moment.
Let me know what you think!