Winners and Losers: Road America

Honestly thought I would never get to do a Winners and Losers for Road America in my lifetime. Here are the Winners, Losers, and Cone of Shame winner from the 2016 Kohler Grand Prix of Road America:

Winners

Will Power
Dominating win for Will Power, who would have been beside himself if Tony Kanaan was able to get him at the end. His win today makes him a viable championship contender. It makes me wonder what could have been had he raced at St. Petersburg.


Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan gave the fans one heck of a finish. After a solid race where he was never outside of the top-five, TK worked around an ailing Simon Pagenaud and set sail on Will Power. He was so close to getting him after being on the reds, which would have been one of the more memorable finishes in some time. Solid performance for the veteran.


Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal has turned into a different driver these last two seasons and it is awesome to see. He got some really loud cheers from the turn five section. Strong, consistent race from Rahal that resulted in a podium for Rahal.


Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden finished eighth. Normally that isn't that big of a deal because Josef Newgarden gets top-tens on a regular basis. It was the fact that he finished in the top-ten after starting towards the back with a broken hand and broken collarbone. Not a chance I thought he would race, let alone finish as high as he did. This will be a performance we look back on and appreciate.



Losers

Scott Dixon
Unfortunate break for Scott Dixon who was primed for at the very least a top-five finish. He was out within the first ten laps. Mega bummer for Dixon, who now has some big work to do in the championship.


Max Chilton
Tough break after tough break continues to plague rookie Max Chilton. After crashing out in both races on the last road course in Detroit, Max looked ready for a breakout performance at a track much similiar to those he would see on the F1 calendar. After a great qualifying session, Max receded into the field before running out of fuel on pit entrance. Something has to give for Max, who has shown promise but has not backed them up with results.


Sebastien Bourdais
To my knowledge, this is the third race this season that Sebastien Bourdais has pretty much been eliminated within the first lap of the race. On the first lap in Road America, contact from Charlie Kimball forced him to change his rear wing. He also ran into trouble at Barber and GPI. Tough break for Bourdais who surely won't be a factor in the championship now.


Simon Pagenaud
What a bummer for the championship leader Simon Pagenaud, who was poised for a solid podium finish. Some sort of mechanical issue prevented him from accomplishing that. Hope this doesn't come back to haunt him towards the end of the season.



Cone of Shame


John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher
Sure there were some dirty moments in the Indycar race. Charlie Kimball had some moments, but when Juan Pablo Montoya says he was bad, then it probably means he was fine. Both AJ Foyt Enterprises drivers cocked up at some point, but meh, nothing terrible. Scott Dixon had a mechanical failure, but that's not really Cone of Shame worthy. The pit exit was pretty iffy, but hey, if there's no physical line for me to make a judgement, then I would do the same thing the drivers did. Many of you wanted me to give it to the guy who towed away Conor Daly's car. He apparently made a complete hash of it, dropping the car and probably putting a dent in it. But there wasn't very good footage of it. So, should I just give it to some random person?

Nah, I've decided that since nothing stood out too much, I have given it to John Wes Townley  and Spencer Gallagher. If you missed it on Saturday night, the NASCAR Trucks race had a fight. This is what I expect to see at a biker bar at 4am in Alabama. After multiple run-ins, the two drivers "fought" in turn one. I literally have no words.


            


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-Matthew Hickey