Winners and Losers: Mid-Ohio

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "Winner" following the 2013 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course:


Charlie Kimball
The nice guy finishes first. Charlie Kimball picks up his first career win, and with it, many people in the Indycar world and those around the paddock crack a smile. So nice to see a guy who is so nice to many and who works hard succeed, especially since he does it in the shadow of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon. Hopefully it is the first of many for CK.

Simon Pagenaud
Another solid run for Simon, finishing P2. I still think he is an elite driver in the field, someone who always seems to be in or around the top-ten every race. Mid-Ohio was no exception. Hard to believe it was only his second podium of the year though.

Dario Franchitti
Dario Franchitti has been the Dario Franchitti we all know and love since a shocking performance at Iowa. Expect some of the same in ladder half of the season.

Helio Castroneves
"He who tap dances his way through a season and finishes every lap puts himself in a good position to win the IZOD Indycar Championship." -Confucius (yes he actually said that, don't question me).


Chip Ganassi (the owner, not the team)
Watch out for the wall.

Tony Kanaan
A move that saved lives cost TK his race. But in the grand scheme of things, he made the right choice which was really the only choice. A wheel following off and rolling about on the track is a big accident waiting to happen. A bummer to see the result go down the shitter but in the larger scheme of things, it was a necessary retirement.

Josef Newgarden
Some sort of suspension issue hampered Josef's race. He had a pretty solid weekend going, finishing FP3 at the top of the leaderboard before struggling in qualifying and encountering issues in the race. Good to hear he'll be back with SFHR in 2014 though.

Takuma Sato
A rough and uneventful weekend for Sato capped off by a P22 finish. Hard to believe he had the points lead following his first career win at Long Beach. When Ed Carpenter beats you on a road course and you're on the same sequence as him, something isn't right.

Cone of Shame

EJ Viso
Blue flag means blue flag, aka, get out of the way of the leader. EJ, who was out of contention, was not getting out of the way of Charlie Kimball at a pivotal point in the race. While Charlie did go on to win, I expected some more cooperation from EJ. Having said that, there is something that needs to be said to those taking shots at EJ. Yes he should have gotten out of the way, but people taking jabs at him based on his past driving record is an argument that has no fruit. He has been almost incident free this whole year and has really combated that reckless persona he has carried with him. Anyone who said "that's just vintage Viso" can suck a brick, because he has had decent season, with some good results and clean runs. Nonetheless, he was the only one who stood out for the Cone of Shame award.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey