Winners and Losers: Mid-Ohio

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2017 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio:


Josef Newgarden
Well look at Josef Newgarden go. Two wins in a row, three podiums in the last four races, and now your championship leader has done exactly what Roger Penske brought him in to do. Three wins on the season is unmatched by anyone else in the paddock.

Will Power
It was a good bounce back race for Will Power after his last place finish at Toronto. Power still needs some help to win another IndyCar championship, but he is definitely not out of it.

Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal continues an absolutely beastly run of races with a P3 at his home race. Since the Indianapolis 500, Rahal has finished P1, 1, 4, 8, 5, 9, and 3. Only Josef Newgarden can claim to have a better ran than Rahal.

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud had a great run on his way to a P4 finish. He is also P4 in the championship, still in the thick of the battle.


Dale Coyne Racing
Well, Dale Coyne Racing has had a lot of good moments this season that made them look like a contender, but finishing in the bottom two spots at Mid-Ohio reminded us of the old Dale Coyne Racing.

Chip Ganassi Racing
It was a brutal race for Chip Ganssi Racing. Scott Dixon, who is an ace at Mid-Ohio, could only manage a P9 finish. His teammates could not crack the top-ten. Charlie Kimball, former winner of the race, only managed a P13. Max Chilton finished an unimpressive P15. Tony Kanaan, who's job is on the line, failed to finish higher than P16, finishing the worst out of the Ganassi cars.

Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot, who has flashed brilliance this season, did not have things go his way at Mid-Ohio. With his contract up for expiration in a month, Pigot has two races to impress the team bosses in the paddock.

JR Hildebrand
JR Hildebrand is not making the most of his opportunity this season. While he has been great on ovals, JR has been less than stellar on the road courses. JR is the only full-time driver to have not finished in the top-ten on a road course this season. Given that the average field size is 21 cars, that is unacceptable.

Cone of Shame

Well, I did my usual thing and asked people who should get the Cone of Shame after the race, and given that I was over a week late, many suggested me. So, even though I was sick and on vacation, I considered the views of my readers, and decided to go with myself. That was also made easier given that no one did anything really Cone worthy during the race. So I've now peaked in life. If anyone wants to send me a cone to wear, let me know.

Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey