Monday, September 19, 2016

Winners and Losers: Sonoma

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2016 GoPro Grand Prix at Sonoma:

Winners

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud caps off one of the most impressive seasons in recent memory with a dominating win and the series championship. His 659 championship points is second only to Will Power's 674 in 2014 in the Double Point Race era of IndyCar.


Team Penske
After absolutely dicking the championship last year to Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi, Team Penske came back with authority in 2016 and was the class of the field. They eliminated all possibilities of another dicking by making sure they were the only ones mathematically eligible to win the championship. Congrats to the whole team.


Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal has another stealthy good performance to add to a pretty good season to finish fifth in the championship, once again leading the Hondas. Graham said it best when he said their pace has been better than last year, they just haven't caught the breaks they needed.


Juan Pablo Montoya
It may have been his last race for Team Penske, but Juan Pablo Montoya went out like a boss, scoring a podium finish in a double points race to vault him back into the top-ten in the championship. It clearly wasn't his year and it sounds like his seat will be going to an American next year, but we haven't see the last of Juan in IndyCar.



Losers

IndyCar
............ I had something clever to say, but just like the race yesterday, I fell asleep mid-thought.


Will Power
It was a pretty anti-climactic finish to the season yesterday, with Will Power bowing out from the race just of the halfway point due to mechanical reasons. It was good to see him finish after a strong season, but an unfortunate way to end the campaign.


Spencer Pigot
Mechanical failure sidelined impressive rookie Spencer Pigot, who now has some straggling to do in the offseason. The 2015 Indy Lights champion was very impressive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and his primary team Ed Carpenter Racing. It is intruiging to see Samsung jump onboard with two races left. If they continue to sponsor, that could be huge for the team and the series.


Dale Coyne Racing
Brutal showing from Dale Coyne Racing this weekend. Conor Daly retired from a mechanical failure, but was struggling with grip prior to that. And rookie counterpart RC 'DC' Enerson was well down in the field all weekend. With rumors swirling already for those two seats next year, it's going to be an interesting offseason for Dale Coyne.



Cone of Shame



Chip Ganassi Racing
A deplorable last race of the season for Chip Ganassi Racing, who thoroughly schooled Team Penske in the finale last season. Tony Kanaan ran into trouble early, Scott Dixon looked more like Alex Tagliani, and Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton remained pretty irrelevant through the course of the race. The team will have to lick their wounds heading into 2017.



Thanks for following the entire season!

-Matthew Hickey

2 comments:

  1. Sounds about right. The saying "be as good or better as your teammate" shows CGR and Coyne's cars were missing something this weekend. Now for the crazy or forgettable off season.

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