Monday, June 15, 2015

Winners and Losers: Toronto

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner from the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto:

Winners

Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden may have caught a lucky with a caution, by Newgarden got out front and stayed out front like a boss. Many have been waiting for Newgarden to have these types of results from the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights champion, and with two wins, many are declaring that Newgarden has arrived and is on the radar for years to come.


Luca Filippi
Even though he has received criticism from many (fans are quick to claim that JR Hildebrand should be in the car), Luca Filippi shut the haters up with a P2 finish in Toronto, the highest of his short Indycar career. He helped complete the CFH Racing 1-2 finish. And, had it not been for a lucky yellow for Newgarden, Filippi may have won the thing.


Helio Castroneves
Despite getting into an incident with Takuma Sato and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves used strategy and short fills on pit stops to gain track position on his way to a P3 finish. It's this stretch of races that Helio needs to capitalize on if he finally wants to win an Indycar title.


Chevrolet
Chevrolet once again flexed their muscles despite opposition from drivers like Carlos Munoz, Graham Rahal, and even Rodolfo 'Speedy' Gonzalez. Despite some hard charging from those three and others, Chevrolet quashed any Honda chance at winning, taking the top-eight spots in the final results.



Losers

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud's 2015 season in a couple words: 'Insanely fast in qualifying, no results.' Growing pains continue for the new stud at Team Penske, who is fourth on the pecking order at the moment.


Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay is having one of the worst seasons I have ever seen a champion and Indy 500 winner ever have. It's not that he's crashed a lot or made many mistakes, rather he's just been mediocre this season. Brake failure with two laps to go kind of put into a nutshell the type of season he is having.


James Jakes
James Jakes continues to unperform. His latest mishap was a nudging into the tires at Toronto. With Conor Daly outpacing Jakes every step of the way, it makes one wonder why Schmidt Peterson Motorsports doesn't go with Ryan Briscoe-Daly squad the rest of the way.


Carlos Munoz
Carlos Munoz was shaping up to have a result just like his win in Detroit. Sadly, Munoz suffered an engine failure. A solid result would have flung Munoz into the top-ten in the championship. Given his early passes and his the pace he showed throughout the weekend (P1 in final practice), I thought for sure Munoz would snag a top-five.



Cone of Shame 



Stefano Coletti
Stefano Coletti is having one of the more underwhelming seasons in recent memory. Every race, he seems to have an incident of some sort. This was no different in Toronto. The first lap, he and Tristan Vautier came together. Later on, he would make contact with Charlie Kimball. Shortly after that, Coletti slammed the wall, ending his race. The guy has been fast in the past and in some Indycar sessions, but overall, his race craft has been terrible his ability to finish a race in a solid position.has been lacking. Not impressed with Coletti yet.


Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey

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