"Ryan Hunter-Reay commits capital thievery on a late Saturday night in Iowa" should have been the headlines in the media on Sunday morning because that's exactly what RHR did, he stole one. He had no business winning that race, but a great call by the team and masterful driving by Ryan got them the W. Fresh rubber trumps everything. Well done the champ and his team on the win.
Josef Newgarden is in the same crowd as Ryan Hunter-Reay for their brave strategy. Newgarden, who had lingered in the top-ten all race, carved his way to the front on fresh tires to finish a career best second place, matching what he did in Baltimore last year.
Everyone else who pitted late in the race
Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball, and Carlos Munoz join Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay all had the balls to lose their track position to get fresh Firestones, and it payed off. They all made the gamble pay off. Glad to see those who took the risk get some reward.
Despite not getting the finish he wanted, Helio Castroneves comes out of Iowa with the lead. What more could you ask for?
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing was looking at a one-two finish and three drivers in the top-ten until late strategy caught them out. Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon were looking dominant before everyone on fresh rubber blazed past them. Ryan Briscoe also had a great result going until he got relegated to the back-half of the top-ten.
Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya got into a scrap with Ed Carpenter, even referring to him as a douchebag who preaches safety but then drives like the way he did. I love it! Is it sad that I am becoming a fan of his? Either way, JPM struck out in Iowa, losing a big pile of points.
Will Power had a great race going, staying in the top-five all race. Then on the last restart, Power, on very old rubber, washed up the track and lost a handful of positions. A shame because a good result and valuable points were thrown away.
Sebastian Saavedra actually had a good race going, so much to the point that I thought someone else was driving his car. Then Saavedra reminded us that he is Saavedra, brushing the wall out of turn two. His race his ruined, and another result was thrown away. So typical of him.
Cone of Shame
Ed Carpenter made a error in judgement late in the race on a move by Juan Pablo Montoya. The result was Montoya wrecking his car, not finishing a race for the first time this season. Montoya was furious with Carpenter. To his credit, Carpenter took the blame after the race. Still, Carpenter made an error in judgement and it cost Montoya.
Let me know what you think!