Winners and Losers: Texas

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2014 Firestone 600:


Ed Carpenter
That Ed Carpenter guy may be a second-tier road course driver, but damn he kills it on the ovals. He had an absolute rocket ship of a car yesterday, bringing it home for the win. Ed Carpenter Racing, with Mike Conway on the road courses, is a force to be reckoned with.

Team Penske
A terrific race from Team Penske yesterday. Despite not capturing a win that was within reach, all three of their drivers ran well. Will Power was the most impressive of the bunch, finishing P2. Juan Pablo Montoya gets a season high finish of P3. Helio Castroneves gets a "disappointing" P8 finish. I put that in quotations because while we all expected better of him, P8 is still a good result. Team Penske is schooling everyone at the moment.

Chip Ganassi Racing
Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Briscoe, and Charlie Kimball all had proper good races, finishing 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th respectively. Now this team just needs to start winning...

Chevrolet swept the top-five and made Honda look like amateurs. 'Nough said.


Justin Wilson
Justin Wilson got into an incident with Sebastien Bourdais (see below), ending both of their races. Justin claims that Bourdais took the inside lane when Wilson was intent on passing Bourdais there. Wilson got pushed onto the apron, spinning, taking Bourdais with him. Bourdais, to his credit and rather surprsingly, was very classy in his interview afterwords. I actually heard him utter the phrase "I'm sorry." Who was that and what has he done with Bourdais? It was a real shame for Wilson who is strong at Texas.

Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais was in the incident listed above with Justin Wilson. Bourdais hasn't exactly done much at KV Racing. A good Month of May is all he has to show for. Can Bourdais do anything in Houston?!

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato was having a rough go at this weekend. Not only was his race turning out poorly, but then his engine died. Sato really needs to start getting results or his Indycar career will be cut short.

Honda had a catastrophic day yesterday. Three engine failures in Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Takuma Sato, as well as no top-five finishers in the race have the outfit reeling as they head to Houston.

Cone of Shame

Andretti Autosport
What an awful race and a race to forget for the elite Andretti Autosport. Carlos Munoz impressed once again, only making one mistake all night in the pits that cost him a shot at solid points. Still, he gets a pass. James Hinchcliffe was so out of sorts that he would pit 15-20 laps before his pit window opened. I haven't seen something that poor since the Lee Harvey Oswald prison exchange. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti both had their days cut short due to engine failures. It really could not get much worse for the squad. Hopefully they'll bounce back in Houston.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey