Winners and Losers: Road America

Here are your Winners, Losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2017 Kohler Grand Prix of Road America:  

Winners  

Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon is simply driving better than he ever has. Had it not been for crashes out of his control at Indianapolis (running top-ten with pole bonus points) and Texas (running second) this championship wouldn't even be close.    


Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden continues to put up great results on road courses, adding to a string of impressive finishes. Had it not been for a double-penalty for Newgarden at GPI, his road course record would be nearly flawless.    


Helio Castroneves
Despite not being able to convert yet another pole / front row start into a win, Helio Castroneves has still done enough to put himself within reach of the championship.    


The Chip Ganassi Satellite
Don't look now, but Max Chilton is racing better than he ever has before. Ever since his epic run at Indianapolis, Chilton has been quietly solid in the top-ten, and now has a top-ten championship effort within reach. Charlie Kimball managed to stay clean (sort of) on his way to a much needed top-ten.      



Losers  

Team Penske
Team Penske has to wonder how they didn't win that race. After dominating every practice session, qualifying, and putting every car in the top-five, they still were no match for Scott Dixon.    


Andretti Autosport
It's pretty sad that when in a 21 car field, your four cars can't get into the top-ten. Alexander Rossi was a thrill early but got caught out by some yellows. Marco Andretti had a stuck throttle. Takuma Sato spun, but before that he was in last. And Ryan Hunter-Reay, who had a solid run going, lost a ton of aero late after being blocked by Charlie Kimball, thus he lost a ton of speed at the end. Andretti limps to Iowa where they've dominated in the past    


Esteban Gutierrez
In Esteban Gutierrez's second weekend in IndyCar, the former F1 driver failed to make an imprint. While his pace was solid, his race craft was shocking in several portions of the race. He ran Conor Daly and a couple others off in turn five, and nailed Carlos Munoz heading into the final restart (I believe the TV didn't show it). Plenty of room to grow, but not a great weekend for him.    


AJ Foyt Enterprises
Obviously, something is a miss for AJ Foyt Enterprises, as the team tries to get through 2017 as quick as possible before starting fresh in 2018. While Carlos Munoz showed promise in the race, he fell just short of a top-ten. Meanwhile, Conor Daly's team has been nothing short of worthless. Though Conor has made some mistakes this year, there was simply nothing he could do to make up for the loss of straight line speed, which is baffling considering Munoz's straight line speed.      



Cone of Shame  



Tony Kanaan
It's not often I go to bat for Alexander Rossi (although I will because he's rapidly becoming one of my favorite drivers), but his role in Tony Kanaan's demise on Sunday is vastly overblown. Heading into the kink, which is not a good passing zone, Kanaan had a superior run on Rossi. When Rossi went to defend, Kanaan forced the issue. Rossi then gave him room and ultimately backed out before the corner, giving Kanaan the line. Yet, Kanaan had a tough time getting back into the racing groove. He carried too much speed in, drifted off the track and hit the wall. It was a tough break for Kanaan, who was chastised after Texas for his role in several incidents. Him trying to shift blame to Rossi doesn't help.


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-Matthew Hickey