Monday, June 1, 2015

Winners and Losers: Detroit

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner from the 2015 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit:

Winners

Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais has been quietly lingering in the top-ten in points all season, and with his win in the second race at Detroit, he made a statement. Look for Bourdais to contend for more wins at Toronto, Mid-Ohio, and Sonoma.


Carlos Munoz
Carlos Munoz gets his first career win in his second full-time season with Andretti Autosport. Really happy for the guy. A total shame what happened in the second race, as Munoz was carving the field before a mechanical failure forced him out.


Juan Pablo Montoya
It's not so much that Juan Pablo Montoya did anything outstanding, rather he kept his head down and collected two top-tens while rivals Scott Dixon, Will Power, and Helio Castroneves all balked in the second race. It's calcualated driving like this that will likely lead to Montoya winning the championship.


Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti with one of those 'I could be a champion if I actually raced like this every week' kinda weekends at Detroit. Marco was the only driver to really finish well in both races, scoring two top-fives including a P2. Very good effort from MA.



Losers

Race Control
Fans are starting to get a bit pissed off with the making rules up as we go mentallity of race control. In race one, Sage Karam got a drive through penalty for blocking. In race two, Graham Rahal and Tristan Vautier both had to cede a position for blocking, while Conor Daly was sent to the back of the field for blocking. Four different incidents, three different ruilings. Is this real life?


CFH Racing
I would not want to be the accountant at CFH Racing right now. A rough month of May saw the team rebuilding a lot of cars for Ed Carpemter, Josef Newgarden, and Luca Filippi. They need to have a team meeting to calm down their drivers and get back to winning form.


Tony Kanaan
The powers of Tayor Swift were of no use for Tony Kanaan, who was taken out in the first race and nowhere to be found in the second race. Three straight 'meh' races for Kanaan have landed him P12 in the championship. Yikes.


Stefano Coletti
Stefano Coletti continues to go through rookie pains, as the fast native of Monaco continues to be plagued with incidents. There have been few races where Coletti hasn't been involved in a yellow flag at some point. Insanely fast, but just needs to calm down a bit.



Cone of Shame



Sage Karam
Sage Karam sure has some growing up to do. I explain more in a blog post later this week, but for now, the short version is he has shown poor race craft, impatience, a bad temper, and fast fingers on social media. Punting Jack Hawksworth twice in the same corner on the same corner in seperate incidetnts and blaming one of them on Conor Daly didn't bode well. For now, Karam just needs to settle down and race.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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