This dude has Belle Isle figured out. Not only was Sebastien Bourdais fast, but he and his team, KVSH Racing, know how to roll the dice and have it pay off in great ways at Detroit. With all sorts of fuel strategies, Bourdais successfully held off Helio Castroneves in race one to win. After a solid race two, Bourdais left Detroit with the most points of anyone.
After a fluke retirement in race one and a penalty in qualifying that took Will Power off the front row in race two, things were looking pretty futile for his weekend. He bounced back in terrific fashion in race two. The move of the race was on Simon Pagenaud, which ended up cycling Power to P1, leading to the win. He still has a long way to go, but it was a great result for Power, who hadn’t won in over a year.
The hard charger of the weekend was Conor Daly. A fantastic race one saw Conor finish on the podium for the first time in his career. In qualifying for race two, in what can only be summarized as a bullshit call, Conor was penalized for going into the runoff area and reentering the track. He did not impact anyone. His third row spot was taken, and he was now in the last row. Not to worry though, as Conor ended up finishing 6th. He was also 2nd to only Bourdais in points haul this weekend. A great weekend for a guy whose results don’t reflect how good he’s been.
Despite finishing outside the top-ten in race one, Simon Pagenaud still managed top-ten points, scoring 21 points for pole, leading a lap, and leading the most laps. Race two went much better, as once again he got 4 bonus points plus the 40 points for finishing second. The rest of the field is in deep trouble if Pagenaud keeps up his epic pace.
A weekend to forget for a guy who looked like he had his season turned around. James Hinchcliffe crashed twice this weekend, one put him out of the race; the other put him several laps down. A total shame too because his car was bad fast.
A disastrous weekend adding to a less than stellar year for Max Chilton. Chilton only managed 8 laps this weekend, retiring from both races because of crashes. Hard to tell what happened in race two if he just locked them up and hit the wall or what. I really do like Max and I hope he sticks around, but the results don’t merit a call back next year.
Charlie Kimball went all Miley Cyrus on everyone this weekend. He looked ultra-aggressive this weekend, which is not something we see from him too often, but it came at a cost of a bunch of collisions with other drivers. It has kind of been the theme of Kimball on road courses this year: lots of contact.
After getting the call to race the Ed Carpenter Racing #20 on the road courses for the rest of the season, rookie Spencer Pigot didn’t get the best of starts. Two mediocre results of 16th and 17th gets him off on a bad foot. It’s just one weekend though, and I fully expect him to recover well for the rest of the season.
Cone of Shame
There’s really not a whole lot to say about Jack Hawksworth or the AJ Foyt Enterprises squad at the moment. They are just dreadful. After a terrible Month of May, the team, specifically Jack Hawksworth, had a terrible weekend. The team needs to clean house, starting with BOTH drivers they so desperately keep on the payroll for some reason.
Let me know what you think!