Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Winners and Losers: Barber

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama:

Winners

Josef Newgarden
Well, the question of "how long will it take Josef Newgarden to win his first race at Team Penske?" was answered on Sunday. It took just three starts for Newgarden to claim victory in the deuce car. On top of that, Newgarden looks fully ready to make a championship run, which is surprising given the lack of success most drivers experience in their first year at Penske.


Scott Dixon
What will it take for Scott Dixon to win at Barber? That's now six second-place finishes at Barber. If not for a late move by Newgarden, Dixon would have been in prime position to win.


Simon Pagenaud 
Simon Pagenaud continues to look like a champion. He's consistently been fast, and if the consistency continues, he will be tough to stop.


Alexander Rossi
Don't look now, but Alexander Rossi has been great so far this season, consistently outpacing where he was at this time last year. If not for a mechanical failure at Long Beach, Rossi would be right in the thick of the championship battle.



Losers

Will Power
It just looks like it's not going to be Will Power's year. Despite being insanely fast this season, trouble has followed Power everywhere this season. Can Power turn it around at Phoenix? Indianapolis will be vital for Power to jump back into the championship battle.


Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing looked modest at best this past weekend. Spencer Pigot, who continues to impress, spun out, throwing away a good result. Zach Veach, who made his first start filling in for the injured JR Hildebrand, did all the right things, but didn't finish up in the order. Time for Ed to flex his muscles at Phoenix.


AJ Foyt Racing
Despite all the hype before the season after their switch to Chevy, AJ Foyt Enterprises continues to look slow to start the season. Drivers Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz probably can't wait to get on the ovals, as the road courses haven't been to their liking so far. Maybe what the squad needs is a quick exit to 2018, where the cars will be equal again.


Marco Andretti
Gearbox stuck in first gear on the parade laps? Marco Andretti, who was quick all weekend, once again leaves the weekend empty handed. Despite being consistently fast, Andretti has nothing to show for this season.



Cone of Shame



Jenna Fryer
Well, so there was no obvious candidate for Cone of Shame after Barber, we will give it to Jenna Fryer for her opinion piece on how IndyCar could have done better than Fernando Alonso. Sure she's entitled to her opinion, but she was flat wrong, and she was promptly called on her bullshit by most of the racing community, even by some who usually stay out of the firefights, like Mario Andretti and Josef Newgarden. When she was ridiculed on it, did she retract her statement or correct some of the info her article? No. She played the victim card. I lost any respect I had for her.


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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