Monday, July 21, 2014

Winners and Losers: Toronto

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2014 Honda Indy Toronto 2inTO:

Winners

Sebastien Bourdais
Finally, Sebastien Bourdais wins a race. It's been 2,443 days since Bourdais won the 2007 Champ Car season finale in Mexico City. Bourdais dominated the first race in Toronto on his way to winning the for Jimmy Vasser and KV Racing. Hopefully more to come from this man.


Mike Conway
Mike Conway stole another one this season. Conway is almost as good of a strategist as he is a driver. Deciding to put on the slicks in a still damp track is what won him the second race. Conway and Ed Carpenter Racing have proven to be a great combination.


Tony Kanaan
Double podium for Tony Kanaan, his third in three races, is showing us why Chip Ganassi chose to put Kanaan in the seat in the offseason. It's a sad case of too little too late to make a championship run though.


Will Power
Will Power had a very good, and more importantly, a very clean weekend in Toronto, including some very hard but very fair racing in race two with Helio Castroneves. Despite losing four points on Helio in the championship battle, Power is still well within range to take back the lead heading into Milwaukee.



Losers

Ryan Hunter-Reay
For the second straight season, Ryan Hunter-Reay has shit the bed in Toronto. In race one, Hunter-Reay got into a collision in turn three with Tony Kanaan. In race two, RHR limped home after getting caught up in a mess, once again in turn three. Championship hopes are still alive, but he needs to nail the next couple of races.


Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya will want to get out of Toronto as soon as possible, as a P18 and P19 finish was all that he could manage. Time is running out for him to make a championship run. Can he rebound in Mid-Ohio?


Carlos Munoz
Not sure what happened to Carlos Munoz this weekend, but it is one to forget for sure. He remained consistent though, finishing P17 in both races. Still, a weekend to forget for Rookie of the Year frontrunner Munoz.


Luca Filippi
Luca Filippi, who has been so quick in his four races this season, always has something go wrong in the race, like a crash or a spin. This weekend, he had two solid results going and then once again biffed both races. That's no way to maintain a ride.



Cone of Shame



Indycar Officials
For the record, I applaud Indycar for stopping the race on Saturday and deciding not to go through with the race. It would have been the world's biggest shit show. It was the lack of communication and the lack of established rules that got my blood boiling. Also, I'm a bit confused as to why Will Power didn't get a penalty for hitting pit equipment. And don't give me that bullshit that the gun was in the way, because Scott Dixon will remind you of a time when pit equipment was in his way (Sonoma 2013). Then, in race two, the red flag was thrown with five minutes left in the race. Again, totally cool with that. I applaud the decision. But once again, what's the established rule for these procedures? Does anyone know? Do we just shoot first and aim later or...?


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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