Winners and Losers: Houston

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the Shell Penzoil Grand Prix of Houston:


Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon comes out of the weekend with a P1 and a P2 effort and a nice lead over Helio Castroneves heading into the season finale. What a great weekend for Dixon.

Will Power
Power does the biggest favor for his teammate Helio Castroneves by winning the second race and hampering Dixon from getting as many points as possible. Also good to see him get a win to combat a disappointing season.

Justin Wilson
Justin Wilson continues to just ball out during the second half of the season, so much so that he is now P4 in the Indycar Championship. Couldn't be happier for Justin, such a great guy.

Simon Pagenaud
Pagenaud with a P4 and P6 efforts this weekend, both fantastic results. Despite this, he has been mathematically eliminated from the championship. That can't take away from the fact that he had one hell of a season.


Dario Franchitti
Rest well Dario and heal quick! Everyone is thinking about you!

Helio Castroneves
What an awful weekend for Helio, who came in with a massive lead and leaves trailing rival Scott Dixon. Helio has still not won that Indycar Championship which he has been longing to get all of his career.

Tony Kanaan
On the weekend TK signs with Ganassi, Kanaan DNFs in both races. Race 1 saw his brakes fail and race 2 saw him getting into the marbles and crashing heavily into a wall.

Ryan Hunter-Reay
A terrible weekend for RHR, who had mechanical issues in both races. The question now becomes what number will Ryan Hunter-Reay be next year, because he won't be #1. A disappointing campaign for the former champion.

Cone of Shame

The Media
The old saying is "no news is good news." When it comes to Indycar and the National Media, no news is definitely good news. Indycar only ends up on ESPN, CNN, etc. if something bad has happened. And then, all of the "experts" who have never seen a full season of Indycar and know nothing about the sport inject their worthless opinions on the manner. It happened after Las Vegas, and it is happening again after Dario's terrible accident. CNN talked about Dario, and the first thing they said about him was he used to be married to Ashley Judd. It's not the three-time Indy 500 winner or the four-time Indycar Champion, no, it's Ashley Judd's former husband. How much of a joke is that? And ESPN only cares about Indycar when the Indy 500 is around or there's a terrible accident. I despise the National Media, and I sincerely hope they educate themselves before opening their fat mouths.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey