Winners and Losers: Detroit

Here are the Winners, Losers, and Cone of Shame winner from the 2017 Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit:

Winners

Graham Rahal
Utter domination from Graham Rahal, absolutely destroying the field in both races at Detroit for the second sweep in doubleheader history. Rahal, who was out of the championship, is now suddenly a potential contender. He also returns to the track where he wont a thrilling race last year.


Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden set the fastest lap in both races, and was the highest finishing Team Penske driver in both races. Whatever struggles former Team Penske drivers have had in their first year, Newgarden clearly is ahead of the curve early on. His performances at Penske can earn him a championship if he can continue to be solid on the track.


Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato carried momentum from his historic Indianapolis 500 win with two solid finishes at Detroit, solidifying himself as the best championship hope for Andretti Autosport. Sato just needs to limit the one or two mistakes that he is prone to.


Scott Dixon
Broken foot and all, Scott Dixon continues to mount a championship effort in 2017. Just think, an average finish in the top-15 at Indianapolis would easily put Dixon in the championship lead. His results so far this year has been incredible.



Losers

ABC
Ah, yes, one last time, I get to list ABC and all of their terribleness as a loser one last time. To recap, the pros of ABC are their ability to reach large audiences and their pit reporters. The cons are just about everything else. Allen Bestwick is average, but it doesn't help that he has tweedle dee and tweedle dumbass in the booth. Eddie Cheever Jr. and Scott Goodyear are intolerable. Their coverage is subpar. And the amount of commercials are brutal. Please bring on NBC next year.


Conor Daly
Despite being knocked out of the top-ten at no fault of his own in race #2, Conor Daly continues to find tough luck this season. His car failed him in race one, and a top-ten effort ruined by the red flag restart and a certain driver. Nonetheless, Daly is following the dangerous path set by his predecessor Jack Hawksworth, who could not manage a top-ten in 2016 with AJ Foyt Enterprises.


Oriol Servia
Oriol Servia's one saving grace was Graham Rahal winning two races, adding to the speculation that Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing should be a two-car team all the time. However, if they want two cars, they'll need more from the second car, because Servia was absolutely terrible in the races. He did not do a whole lot to merit a return on results, but his help for the team will certainly get him back in the field soon.


Ryan Hunter-Reay
It just doesn't look like it will be Ryan Hunter-Reay's year, who is going to need an absolutely goliath second half of the season to insert himself in the championship conversation. He got involved with wrecking ball in race two, which was looking like a top-five at minimum for the former champion before the front wing damage.



Cone of Shame



Helio Castroneves
It seems like I keep giving Helio Castroneves the Cone of Shame. Well, it's justified. The dude was a complete liability in race two. He swung out too far and hit Ryan Hunter-Reay, effectively ruining his race. He would later go on to make contact with Marco Andretti in the same area of the track, cutting him off at turn in. Like I said on Twitter, some blame falls on Marco, but even if Marco is making a stupid move, you gotta give him room. You can just turn into him because that guy is being an idiot. On the last restart, Helio put Conor Daly into the wall, knocking Conor out of the top-ten. How many times do I have to say it: Helio Castroneves is a dirty driver who covers it up with great qualifying performances and consistent finishes, but he's a hazard out there.


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-Matthew Hickey