Winners and Losers: Toronto

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

Winners 

Josef Newgarden
Don't look now, but Josef Newgarden is right in the thick of this championship battle. Newgarden has not squandered his first season at Team Penske, keeping pace with all of his veteran teammates. It is awesome to see the young American not follow the path of his predecessors in struggling in their first season with Penske.


Alexander Rossi
Believe it or not, Toronto was Alexander Rossi's first podium finish of the season. Rossi, who was strong at several races before misfortune ensued (Long Beach, Indianapolis), finally got his podium. #babygirl looks good out there.


James Hinchcliffe
The Mayor, for the second straight season, caught the right strategy on his way to a podium in his native Canada. It has not been a kind second-half of the season to Hinch, but this will surely join Long Beach as a highlight to his season.


Marco Andretti
Well look who finally showed up. Marco Andretti got his first top-five in over two years, snapping a brutal streak. Next up is his efforts to snap a 100-plus race winless drought.



Losers

Will Power
Will Power, who isn't quite out of the championship just yet, got collected in a crash in the third turn of lap one. Power finished last and came away with nine points. Power still has time to rebound, but Toronto hurt his efforts.


Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan, who should now be put on notice by Chip Ganassi to shape up or ship out, made a rookie mistake coming out of the pits at Toronto. He locked up the tires, stuffed it into the wall, and finished P19. His caution also altered the complexion of the race.


Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot was an absolute stud in the race until contact with Takuma Sato (although we never saw it), but it's a bummer that such a talented drive went by the wayside.


Dale Coyne Racing
Another weekend, another tub down for Dale Coyne Racing. I've lost count, how many is that this year? They are single handily keeping Dallara in business. Esteban Gutierrez crashed hard in qualifying and didn't do a whole lot in the race, while Ed Jones had a mechanical failure. I wonder if they will actually field cars in the final two races.



Cone of Shame



Gary Peterson
I feel like every driver should get someone like Gary Peterson in life. A guy who will go to the ends of the earth to put you in an IndyCar, despite your years of producing no results in the top-five, or wasting quality chances to do anything, or for crashing millions of dollars worth of equipment, or attempting to go back to Indy Lights to try and restart your career only to not win the championship. Yes, of course I'm talking about Sebastian Saavedra, who thanks to ineptitude from Mikhail Aleshin and the financial support of Peterson, got to sub for the Russian at the orders of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Gary, please throw your support to guys like RC Enerson, or any promising guy in Indy Lights, or someone else. Anyone other than Saavedra, who has time and again proven that he is just not in the same league as many IndyCar drivers.



Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey