Winners and Losers: Pocono

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner from the 2017 Pocono IndyCar 500:

Winners

Will Power
That was one of the best drives we've seen from Will Power. After some damage and repairs, Power was sent down a lap. But he never gave up, got a lap back, took an alternative strategy, and crushed the field. It was a staggering effort.


Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden continues his Goliath run in the IndyCar Series, continuing to pad his chances at capturing his first championship with Team Penske. A second place finish after two straight wins has definitely boosted his chances at a title.


Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi, who could not adjust his fuel settings in his car (thus slowing him) managed to claw his way to a third place finish. Last year he almost killed Helio Castroneves in the pits, but this year he drove an aggressive race on his way to a P3.


Ryan Hunter-Reay
After facing one of the heaviest recorded crashes in IndyCar history, Ryan Hunter-Reay bounced back to finish an impressive 8th place. It was in question whether he would be fit enough to race, but he toughed it out and did a great job.



Losers

Esteban Gutierrez
The dude paid a lot of money for some track time on the weekend and 26 laps in the race. Esteban Gutierrez is growing ambitious for the 2017 season, but his last track action of the season was a complete waste.


James Hinchcliffe
Another tough showing for James Hinchcliffe in a year that has either been boom or bust. After a solid showing early in the race, a mistake from Hinch but him back in the thick of the field, putting himself in the position to tangle with a slower car.


Ed Carpenter Racing
Both Ed Carpenter Racing drivers failed to impress all weekend at Pocono. Ed Carpenter was anon-factor in the race, while JR Hildebrand didn't do a whole lot before crashing with Hinchcliffe. The must finish off their season at Gateway since Hildebrand and Pigot could be at odds in the final too races.


Marco Andretti
I'm not sure what the late strategy was attempting to do other than to get the hopes up of Marco Andretti fans, but a disappointing 12th place finish should hurt Andretti's morale as this should have been a race he should have contended in.



Cone of Shame



Takuma Sato
How can put in one of the most exciting pole laps in recent memory only to shit the bed badly on race day? Takuma Sato look poised to be a contender in another 500 mile race, but after the first three laps, he vanished.



Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey