Winners and Losers: Mid-Ohio

Here are the winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2014 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course:

Winners

Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon finally won a race this season! I was beginning to doubt if it would happen. Dixon and strategist Mike Hull got the pit stops just right and caught a yellow flag which Dixon up front, and he stayed there. What a fantastic result for Dixon and the Target squad.


Sebastien Bourdais
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS? Sebastien Bourdais is on a tear! He seems like the Bourdais that destroyed everyone in Champ Car. He qualified on pole and ran in the top two all day, showing the pace that we all know he's capable of. Can he keep up this top-notch form?


James Hinchcliffe
The Mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, made one of the best starts that I have ever seen on his way to finishing P3. This is the Hinch that a lot of us have been expecting all season. Unfortunately, I think it is a case of too little, too late.


Will Power
Will Power not only ran a clean race, but given the misfortunes of Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay, he has come out of Mid-Ohio leading the championship. Can he finish out the season to get his first championship?



Losers

Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden just had a lot of bad things happen to him at Mid-Ohio. Between making contact with Tony Kanaan, hitting an air hose, and receiving a penalty, it was a rough day for Newgarden. Can he ever get a break?


Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan was a victim of bad circumstances in turn four lap one. TK tried a late move on Josef Newgarden, who was already committed to the corner. Kanaan made contact with Newg, spinning him around and collecting Marco Andretti. Kanaan was easily the best Ganassi qualifier, and given where all of the other Ganassi cars finished, you can't help but wonder what could have been for Kanaan.


Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti has had several bad luck situations this year. Mid-Ohio was no different (see incident details under Tony Kanaan). Many will look back on Andretti's year as a failure. Without wins, Marco can't look back on his season in a positive manner.


Sebastian Saavedra
Sebastian Saavedra got another case of the "Saavedras" on Sunday, doing something that probably tricked many of the viewers into thinking he would have a good chance at finishing in a solid position only to DNF.



Cone of Shame



Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
Josef Newgarden can't be Josef Newgarden with a team that can't deliver him the goods. The team continues to struggle in the clutch when their driver has a great chance to get a great result. Once again, Josef Newgarden had a great result going heading into his last pit stop, only to run over an astray air gun hose, slowing his pit stop and giving him a penalty. It's really frustrating because Newgarden ran over an air hose in 2012 at Milwaukee with a very solid car. Can the team start giving him the support he needs to finish up near the top?

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey