Winners and Losers: Iowa

Here are the winners, losers, and the Cone of Shame winner following the 2016 Iowa Corn 300:


Josef Newgarden
That was the biggest beat-down I have ever seen by Josef Newgarden. At one point, he had everyone but Simon Pagenaud lapped. He also set a new Indycar record in laps led at 286. That is so unbelievably cool. This is a performance none of us will be forgetting anytime soon.

Will Power
Impending article by me coming on Will Power. He's been phenomenal in the middle portion of the season. Very impressive.

Mikhail Aleshin
In a weekend full of Honda misery, Mikhail Aleshin was really the only bright spot for the stable. Aleshin, who has been impressive on ovals before, never strayed out of the top-ten on his way to a fifth place finish. Absolute baller of a driver by Aleshin.

Total dominance by Chevrolet this weekend, who have won all but one race this year. They are dreading the single aero kits that will be coming next year.


Andretti Autosport
A lot of people wanted me to give Andretti Autosport the Cone of Shame this week. This self-anointed Kings of Iowa looked more like squires this week. Excluding Alexander Rossi, who acted like a bit of a prick out on the track, the team was very average this weekend. Marco Andretti was about as relevant as the third string quarterback on the Colts. Carlos Munoz was as good as a salad at McDonald's. Ryan Hunter-Reay blew an engine early on. Not a whole lot went right for the team, and that has to be a kick to the groin.

Ed Carpenter
Another mechanical issue for Ed Carpenter adds to a brutal stat line so far this season. On a positive note, he once again proved to be great owner.

Max Chilton
After a solid qualifying session, Max Chilton fell through the field, only to spin and ruin his race later. Max Chilton has shown pace this year, but his results have been absolutely brutal. He needs a strong finish to the season to catapult into next season.

I really thought Honda would turn the corner at Iowa after a great showing at Indianapolis and a solid start at Texas, but they were brutal at Iowa. It may have something to do with the high downforce at Iowa, but Chevy schooled Honda.

Cone of Shame

Dale Coyne Racing
I think we were all pretty ecstatic when Dale Coyne Racing announced their drivers this year, and the team has preformed admirably this season. However, DCR and Iowa has proven to be quite the terrible connection. In nine years at Iowa Speedway, Dale Coyne's cars have been brutal. Only one top-ten and an average finish of 17.5 split between seventeen entries meant that Conor Daly and Gabby Chaves really didn't have a prayer yesterday. Daly retired after fighting a wicked car, while Chaves nursed the car home many, many laps down. I don't put either performance on the hands of the driver. The team is great on road courses, but ovals continue to be a challenge.

Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey