Ryan Hunter-Reay continues to have a great second half of the season to make up for an appalling first half. Can't help but think the new team unity that has been found at Andretti Autosport has contributed to RHR's success.
Josef Newgarden continues to perform well in Indycar, racking up great results left and right. Not too many people pegged Newgarden to be mathematically eligible to take the championship heading into Sonoma. Great job by him and the whole CFH Racing group.
Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya did everything he needed to do heading into Sonoma, and now he's one race from taking the title. He also caught a bit of luck with Graham Rahal getting taken out. This would be the conclusion into what has been a very successful comeback campaign for Montoya.
Will Power drove a really good race and has set himself up nicely to at least have a chance to take the title from teammate Juan Pablo Montoya from Sonoma. If there's anyone who can triumph on the natural terrain course at Sonoma, it's Willy P.
One of Indycar's talented and all-around nice drivers, Justin Wilson, is left in critical condition, with people around the world sending prayers to him. However, the closed cockpit, or canopy, debate has been brought back to focus after Wilson was struck by debris from Sage Karam's wrecked car. While I personally see the pros and cons of both sides, I wish we as fans would focus more on the well-being of Justin Wilson as he battles to stay alive rather than finding a solution to the problem. The debate can wait.
Graham Rahal's Cinderella run to win the championship took a pretty big hit on Sunday, when a collision with Tristan Vautier coupled with a podium by Juan Pablo Montoya met Graham is going to need plenty of luck to win the race at Sonoma next weekend.
Marco Andretti, who has always been fast at Pocono, crashed out of the race on Sunday. It also ended his historic run at finishing every lap in the season. Tony Kanaan did it in 2004, and Marco was hoping to add himself to the list. Marco still lacks wins to help him on a championship effort.
KV Racing has two full-time drivers this season. One is a talented, aggressive, and opinionated championship contender. The other is Stefano Coletti. Sebastien Bourdais, who has been in the top-ten in the championship all season, crashed. And Coletti, who is having one of the statistically worst seasons in recent memory, retired and finished last. Any team that takes the last two spots in a race is not a good showing.
Cone of Shame
Tristan Vautier made a complete lapse in judgement yesterday when he made a risky three-wide pass attempt on Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson. The result was Tristan had two wheels in the grass when they inveitably ran out of room, and Vautier collected Rahal, who was fighting with Juan Pablo Montoya for the championship. Rahal gave Vautier a verbal Bob Barker treatment after the wreck, and many considered Vautier at fault. I personally like Tristan, but I can't help but completely assign the blame to him after this accident.
Let me know what you think!