Winners and Losers: Iowa

Here are the winners, losers, and the cone of shame winner following the Iowa Corn 250:


Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan is two unfortunate mechanical failures away from being a dominater this season. And to think, two years ago he had a tough time running full time. I hope Andretti signs RHR to a long term deal, as this is proving to be a great combo for both parties.

Andretti Autosport
Three very strong cars despite Hinch crashing. The team is back to their old self on the ovals, but with a string of road courses, can they instill the same magic that has been with them recently?

Simon Pagenaud
Watching him race in the duels was dreadful, even Simona passed him. Which is why I was so surprised that he ran as well as he did! Passing cars left and right, and if he hadn't had issues with getting around Dixon with about 15 laps left, he would have been on the podium.

KV Racing
EJ had a great car but was taken out, TK got a podium, and even Barrichello ran strong all night to finsh P7! But their performance was probably an F in Curt Cavin's book.


Will Power
I give him credit for manning up in the interview, but an avoidable accident results in a huge blow in the championship, as he now has company from multiple drivers on the top of the leader board.

Dario Franchitti
Not getting a chance to take the green flag with a blown engine results in a big hit in the championship fight for Dario.

James Hinchcliffe
Dario had blown up and Power wanked himself out of the race, so at that point, Hinch should have just focused on finishing rather than going for the win, but he spun and hit the wall. Bummer, because with a solid finish, he could have taken the points lead.

Panther / Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
Both of their drivers out in a matter of laps, which was a shame because they had some blistering cars.

Cone of Shame

James Jakes

Don't know if you (people watching at home) were all aware, but after Power wrecked Viso, James Jakes was shown as the leader. And because the PA announcer literally had no idea what he was doing, we were all under the impression that James Jakes was the leader, even though he was at the tail end of the line. It is only when I got home that I realized Jakes passed the pace car. Guess that explained the 40 second penalty. Good job Einstein, you'll need to do more than pass the pace car to have good results. A good start would be to pray to Tim Tebow for good results.

Let me know what you all think.

-Matthew Hickey