Friday, July 31, 2015

Fantasy Indycar Picks: Mid-Ohio

Here are the Fantasy Indycar picks for the third-to-last race of the season at Mid-Ohio (current championship leader highlighted in blue, those in the elimination zone highlighted in red):

Name Twitter Handle                                   Mid-Ohio
Alan Stewart _alanstewart Power Briscoe Bourdais Newg Rahal
Amy Woedl OpenWheelMom Dixon Pagenaud Jakes RHR Karam
Andy Nagel Gabbahey75 Wilson Rahal Briscoe Pagenaud Bourdais
Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23 Dixon Bourdais Rahal Power Sato
Chris Mienaltowski CPMski Kimball Briscoe Munoz Sato Dixon
Conor Daly conordaly22 Wilson Vautier Dixon Karam Bourdais
David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47 Newg Dixon Rahal Kimball Pagenaud
David Redner IndyCART Wilson Briscoe Bourdais Sato Newg
DJ Jordan djordan3223 Dixon Newg Pagenaud RHR Wilson
Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy Power Pagenaud Dixon Rahal Newg
Gina Navarra  gmnavarra Dixon Munoz Kimball Bourdais Sato
Jake Neely indycarfan25 Dixon Rahal Kimball Filippi Newg
James Alban TheKing0fSwing Dixon Power Filippi Wilson Bourdais
James Sedlmayr dfd827 Power Dixon Kimball Newg Pagenaud
Jason McVeigh jasekm Dixon Kimball Rahal Newg Bourdais
Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider Dixon Kimball Bourdais Wilson RHR
Jessica Baker bakerjm13 Rahal Munoz Newg Kimball Bourdais
Johanna Husband writebend Dixon Power Rahal Kimball Bourdais
Justin Mann mannbeast Newg Filippi Kimball Pagenaud Helio
Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli Newg Pagenaud Dixon Bourdais RHR
Kyle Lewis kylelewis1 Newg Dixon Pagenaud Bourdais Kimball
Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg Newg RHR Kimball Pagenaud Bourdais
Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG Pagenaud Bourdais Dixon Munoz Kimball
Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN Dixon Kimball Bourdais Andretti Filippi
Mike Crawford 7BigMike Bourdais Wilson Briscoe Sato Newg
Mitch Robinson mitchrobinson_ Dixon Pagenaud Power Bourdais Rahal
Paige Hill paigehilll Dixon Kimball Sato Filippi Pagenaud
Rick Snodie  rickfromwi Kanaan Dixon Rahal Pagenaud Newg
Sam Klein sklein31 Dixon Bourdais Rahal Kimball Pagenaud
Sandy Lamparello npssandy Rahal Wilson Bourdais Kimball Filippi
Sarah Hall flywheel011 Newg Pagenaud Dixon Bourdais Kimball
Sophie Hanson Sophie_Hansons3 Newg Dixon Bourdais Kanaan JPM
Steven Jenkins ukindyfan Dixon Kimball Newg Rahal Filippi

Penalties: Johanna Husband

Top 3 most picked: 1) Dixon - 25 2) Bourdais - 22 3) Kimball - 19
Not picked: Coletti, Gonzalez, Hawksworth, and Chaves

Let's race!

-Matthew Hickey

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Anagrams of Indycar Drivers

I saw this tweet on Twitter from Gavin Owen:

That got me thinking: what else do drivers' names anagram to?! (For those who don't know, an anagram is a word play where you take the letters from one word or words and rearrange them to make a new word/words) (if a driver has '' around their name, it means only that part of their name was searched):

Current Drivers

Marco 'Andretti' - Nitrated

Townsend Bell - Now Lets Blend

Sebastien 'Bourdais' - I Rub Soda

Ryan Briscoe - Braces Irony

Ed Carpenter - Pretend Race

Helio 'Castroneves' - Snot Rev Case

Gabby Chaves - Cabby Has Veg

Bryan Clauson - Royal Nuns Cab

Stefano 'Coletti' - Eco Tilt

Conor Daly - A Con Lord

JD 'Davison' - No Divas

Simona 'de Silvestro' - Soldier Vest

Scott Dixon - Doc Tint Sox

Francesco 'Dracone' - Can Redo

Luca Filippi - Call If I Pi Up

Rodoflo Gonzalez - A Ford Nozzle Logo

Jack Hawksworth - Jack Hawks Worth

JR 'Hildebrand' - A Blind Nerd

James Hinchcliffe - Jails Chef Finch Me

Ryan Hunter-Reay - A Rather Eyry Nun

James Jakes - Unfortunately, there are no anagrams for James or Jakes.

Tony Kanaan - Tan On A Yank

Sage Karam - Keg As A Arm

Charlie Kimball - Lick Me Hairball

Buddy Lazier - Rude Lazy Bid

Pippa Mann - An Pan Pimp

Juan Montoya - An Aunty Mojo

Carlos Munoz - Run Calm Zoos

Josef Newgarden - Jaws Gone Fender

Simon Pagenaud - A Ape Dung

Will Power - Wile Prowls

'Graham' Rahal - Arm Hag

Sebastian 'Saavedra' - A Sad Rave

Takuma Sato - A Mask At Out

Oriol Servia - Sore Ravioli

Alex Tagliani - Genitalia Lax

Tristan 'Vautier' - A Virtue

Justin Wilson - Just Lions Win

Past Drivers

AJ 'Allmendinger' - Ill Men Garden

Mark Blundell - Bulk Mall Nerd

Patrick 'Carpentier' - Ripe Nectar

Gil de Ferran - Infrared Leg

Sarah Fisher - Harsh Is Fare

AJ Foyt - Fat Joy

Dario 'Franchitti' - Fat Rich Tin

Robby Gordon - Bond Boy Orgy

Bryan Herta - A Barren Thy

'Sam Hornish' Jr. - Smash Rhinos

'Michel Jourdain' Jr. - Chad Mile Junior

Jan 'Magnussen' - Mean Snugs

Hiro 'Matsushita' - Asthma Suit

Rick Mears - Skim Racer

Vitor Meira - More Trivia

Greg Moore - Mr Ego Ogre

Robert Moreno - One Retro Broom

Max Papis - A Sax Pimp

Martin Plowman - Napalm It Now Mr.

Willy T. Ribbs - Try Wills Bib

Tomas Scheckter - Sketchers Mascot

Paul Tracy - Cart Layup

Al Unser - Urn Sale

Jimmy Vasser - My Army Jives

Dan Wheldon - Handle Down

Alex Zanardi - Radial Zen Ax

Hope you all got a good laugh out of this!

-Matthew Hickey

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Race Day Diary: Iowa 2015

My race day diary doesn’t actually start on race day, rather the day before. While out playing tennis with a friend, I was informed that paddock passes, which get you into the pits and the garages, were only valid between 10:00AM-3:00PM. I was pretty upset, since my family and I wouldn’t even be getting to the track at around 3:30PM, and with the race starting at 7:50PM, we would have a ton of downtime.

With my frustration posted to Twitter, I was promptly contacted by Jimmy Small, President of Iowa Speedway. He gave me a call, explained why they were closing it at 3:00PM. It was a very rationale conversation. I wasn’t cussing him out or yelling at him, and he was very polite and understanding of our situation. Towards the end of our call, he offered my family and I credentials for the race so we could stay in the garages till the race started. That kind of hospitality and generosity is rare these days. It’s nice to know that a place my family and I had been coming to since 2007 is in the great hands of Jimmy and his staff. While Iowa is a track I love coming to, this small gesture of kindness guarantees that my family and I will be coming back for as long as they race there.

Fast forward to the next day: RACE DAY. MY parents swung by to our town to pick up my girlfriend, Sammi, and I. She was excited to go to her very first race and cheer on her favorite driver, Simon Pagenaud! Sammi started ‘watching’ (she occasionally falls asleep) Indycar with me towards the end of last year, and she loves Simon’s personality and his performance.

We made our usual stop at Hickory Park in Ames for a gourmet lunch, and then headed to the track! We got our credentials, headed to the infield, and immediately went onto pit road for the last fourth of qualifying. It was insane standing next to cars getting ready to go out on their runs. My parents, Sammi, and I were in awe.

After Stefano Coletti left, we spotted Conor Daly under James Jakes’ hood. For those of you who don’t know, Conor has been following me for three years and we communicate once or so per week. He is in the Fantasy Indycar league I started and loves doing it. So I guess you could say he’s my favorite driver for sure. Getting to meet him and shake his hand was definitely a life highlight of mine. My family, Sammi, my friend Jake Neely (@indycarfan25), whom I was going to meet at the track at some point, and his dad all stood in a circle around Daly making conversation. We talked about a whole number of things: Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever Jr., his chances to driver this year and next year in Indycar, the schedule, the fact that my girlfriend gets jealous when I’m ignoring her to talk to him, Fantasy Indycar, and more. It’s nice to know that a guy who has made a big impression on me on Twitter as far as his personality goes is the same type of guy in person. Genuine, funny, and incredibly nice, Conor Daly is an easy guy to cheer for and my favorite driver.

Afterwards, our group roamed around the garages and we met up with Sarah Hall (@flywheel011). Sarah and Jake are two of my favorite people on Twitter. Both of them are incredibly nice people, and they are very passionate Indycar fans. Sharing the experience of walking the garages and talking to drivers was an absolute pleasure.

Our group lingered for a while, watching some Pro Mazda and Indy Lights action. It was great to see Max Chilton win for his former teammate Jules Bianchi, who died the day before.

We then got a chance to talk with Pippa Mann! This was my fourth different time meeting up with Pippa to chat with her. She talked us through Milwaukee and her chances for Iowa. She was pretty down about the performance she put up in Milwaukee, but she was optimistic with her chances at Iowa. Unfortunately she had to retire again, but it was a pleasure to talk to her again! The fact that she was a message away on Twitter to come and talk to us shows the kind of driver she is. She loves spending time with her fans and will do just about anything to make them feel special. I really appreciate that from her.

Random observation: Bryan Herta Autosport can’t afford a moped for Gabby Chaves.

Sammi got to meet her favorite driver, Simon Pagenaud! She has only been watching racing with me since the end of 2013, but she quickly adopted Pagenaud as her favorite. She liked the fact that he was in the championship hunt. But she mostly likes him because he’s nice, funny, and has an “adorable voice.” I’ve been trying to work on my French accent so Simon doesn’t become cooler than me, but so far it isn’t working. She got Simon to autograph her draw string bag (she wanted him to sign something that she would actually use, so something other than her ticket or a hero card), and Simon told her to enjoy the race. I can’t even be mad at him, because he’s such an awesome dude. Really happy Sammi got to meet him!

Photo: Chris Owens / Indycar Media

Jake asked me if Glenn Locke was a candidate to get into Fantasy Indycar next year. I haven’t laughed that hard in so long.

After meeting Simon, the group and I went back up top under the grandstands to meet one of the best people on Twitter, Mike Knapp (@15daysinmay). Mike made the trip with his wife and son to Iowa, and was sitting in the same section as Sarah. It was great to talk about all sorts of things! My favorite topic was trolls. Mike was thinking about shutting down his blog and Twitter, but he had a change of heart, and I’m glad. It was also cool to talk to him about my college life. Mike, and many others on Twitter, started to follow me when I joined Twitter in 2011. So basically, I’ve grown up right in front of him, and he was amazed when I told him I’m a senior in college. Mike is just as cool in person as he is on Twitter.

It was also great to share my experiences with fellow Tweeps Sarah and Jake. They are two great people and having met them in Indianapolis, we had a familiarity that made it easy for us to reconnect. I surely hope our paths cross again.

Before the race started, Max Chilton led the crowd in a moment of silence for his former Formula 1 teammate Jules Bianchi, who had passed away the day prior. Jules will be missed.

I tweeted about the gesture and how touching the moment was, and, to my surprise, it was retweeted by Dario Franchitti and favorited by Max. To say this day had been going well is an understatement!

I predicted that since Helio Castroneves got the pole, he would inevitably screw up the start, which is par to the course for Helio’s career when leading the field to a start/restart. Sure enough, the first start was waved off. I was not surprised.

Once the race got going, my girlfriend and I just sat back and enjoyed the race. The word she used to sum it up was ‘mesmerizing.’ Sammi said she really enjoyed the race, and I’m glad! Hopefully we can continue to make a fan of her. I’m glad I got to share the experience with her and my parents! It sounds like we will be making the trip to Indianapolis next May for the 500, but nothing is confirmed yet. If it does happen, I CAN’T WAIT!

Observations about the drivers (by car #)

#1 Will PowerWill Power was very anonymous throughout the race despite starting up front. The car seemed to get progressively worse and worse as the race went on. He survived and salvaged a top-ten, but a great chance to make up points on Juan Pablo Montoya went out the window.

Photo: Chris Jones

#2 Juan Pablo MontoyaJuan Pablo Montoya’s day ended before it even started. A bummer to see, but figured bad luck would have to hit him at some point this season. Fortunately for him, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Power, all struggled to make up points.

#3 Helio Castroneves – Helio had a very impressive first half of the race, but everything went wrong in the second part of the race, and he came home with a subpar 11th place.

#4 Stefano Coletti – Rookie Stefano Coletti had a great starting position and was doing good things before making contact with Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal. Coletti then went five laps down and went back out to gain experience. I was actually starting to think, ‘Wow, he’s doing good.’ Despite being many laps down, Coletti was fighting with the guys around him, mainly Jack Hawksworth and Charlie Kimball, and was doing a good job of hanging with them. Then, in typical Coletti fashion, he crashed. Speculation persists that Coletti may be getting fired soon, and it’s hard to blame KV Racing when he continues to do nothing on the track.

#5 Ryan BriscoeRyan Briscoe drove an incredibly smooth and sound race on his way to a top-ten.

#7 James Jakes – James Jakes looked really good on starts and restarts; he looked comfortable on both the high and low sides of the track. The problem for Jakes was his car would fall off immediately on long runs, making his chances of getting anywhere tough.

#8 Sage Karam – The most controversial driver of the race with Sage Karam. From a driver’s point of view, I can see why people were upset with him. From the stands, Sage looked phenomenal. He knew where to put his car in order to make the moves to pass. He had some epic duals with Graham Rahal early on and with Graham again and Ed Carpenter at the end of the race. As far as him chopping drivers, I saw plenty of drivers cutting others off all race. To say that Sage was the only driver doing it is a bit obtuse. This kind of aggression and the ‘Bad Boy’ mentality we see from Karam is something that Indycar is starving for.

Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher

#9 Scott Dixon – In nine years at Iowa, it either seems like Scott Dixon does really well, or he has a mechanical issue. 2015 turned out to be a mechanical issue year for Dixon. A shame because he could have gotten a ton of points on Montoya.

#10 Tony KanaanTony Kanaan has been the dominant driver at Iowa the last five years, so his luck that plagued him the first two years at the Speedway would have to catch up to him, and it did. Kanaan suffered some sort of issue that has still not been made public yet, and he retired.

#11 Sebastien BourdaisSebastien Bourdais didn’t leave a big impression on me, but he also managed to get a top-ten, so there’s that.

#14 Takuma SatoTakuma Sato suffered a suspension failure and crashed. Before then, he was battling hard with teammate Jack Hawksworth. It’s amazing to see the amount of fan support he gets at the track. His garage is always full of both sponsors and fans. Just with he would reward them with a good result once in a while.

#15 Graham Rahal – Graham Rahal was my driver of the race. Graham, as he I figured he would, charged to the front from his mediocre starting position to a solid position in the top-ten. Then coming into the pits, the car would not go after being serviced. I knew it was a gearbox issue because the team was rocking the car back and forth. I think I saw the team give him the backup steering wheel and then he went on his way. He was put a lap down, but using strategy and a lucky caution, Graham got back on the lead lap. He shot the gap on two Team Penske cars on his way a top five. It was a championship caliber effort from him and the team.

#18 Pippa Mann – Pippa Mann was looking to rebound after a rough weekend in Milwaukee. I got a sense of where her car would be after talking with her before the race. During the race, her car looked incredibly loose. She was being lapped and negotiating traffic, when she had terrible oversteer, forcing her up turn two. This took the air away from Justin Wilson, causing him to slide in the wall. She and the team would later retire the car not long after this incident. She and Dale Coyne Racing have some work to do before they hit Pocono.

#19 Tristan Vautier – I never realized how aggressive Tristan Vautier was until I started to watch him race this year! I really loved watching him race. There was one instance where Tristan blocked fellow Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais all the way onto the apron on the front straightaway. Tristan has been doing a great job with Dale Coyne Racing and will race for them for the rest of the season.

#20 Ed Carpenter – Ed Carpenter had a very patient and methodical race into a sixth place finish. Ed was never fighting for the lead or leading laps, but he used skill and strategy to get the car to where he wanted and made a charge at the end. While I don’t agree with the way he handled Sage Karam after the race, Carpenter did a great job of bringing the car home with a solid finish.

Photo: Chris Jones

#22 Simon Pagenaud – Simon Pagenaud looked pretty miserable out there. He was easily the worst Penske car out there. I had really high expectations for Pagenaud this season but so far, he’s been really disappointing.

#25 Justin Wilson – Justin Wilson was doing a pretty good job of moving up the field before brushing the wall after the first 100 laps. Despite this, Wilson was able to continue and salvage an okay result. I’m sure he’ll be much quicker when Indycar goes to Mid-Ohio in two weeks.

#26 Carlos MunozCarlos Munoz ran a pretty quiet yet aggressive race to the front, bringing home a great finish for him and the team. Munoz continues to perform solidly without making too many headlines. He goes about his business and does a great job at it.

#27 Marco Andretti – Even though Marco Andretti ran in the top-ten all day and had a good result, I can’t help but feel disappointed about his race. It could have been so much better for him, as he himself said he had a pretty good chance at winning. But he was outperformed by teammates Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Despite that, Marco continues on the path of history as one of the few drivers to finish every lap in a season.

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay – It was so great to see RHR to finally get a win this season. He’s been having such a rough year with little to no luck and a lack of pace, but he finally put together a great effort on his way to his third win in four years at Iowa Speedway. Something about RHR and the DW12 works well there. The move of the race was pitting early when the pit window opened when chief rival Josef Newgarden stayed out. RHR put down some great laps and stayed ahead of Josef after pitting. With a late caution coming, RHR held Josef and the rest of the field off on the restart to get a win.

Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher

#41 Jack Hawksworth – Jack Hawksworth, who’s hand I shook in the paddock as we exchanged words for about ten seconds, had a pretty tough race. He had a great battle throughout the race with teammate Takuma Sato before Sato crashed. Hawk did prove to be a menace to cars on the lead lap, as Jack raced them hard and did not back down despite being shown the blue flag. It was a pretty average race for him.

#67 Josef Newgarden – Josef Newgarden may have had the best car, which is why it was a bummer to see him cross P2. At the same time, if finishing P2 is ‘bad’ than he and the team are doing something right. He led over 100 laps and continues to show the racing world that he is legit and a force to be reckon with.

#83 Charlie Kimball – Charlie Kimball had another average race going with one of the best teams in the paddocks, before he crashed out of the race. It’s either feast or famine for Kimball, and it kind of irritates me.

#98 Gabby Chaves – Gabby Chaves drove a pretty modest race, staying out of trouble but not doing anything worth noting. His team, however got Gabby a wave around on the last caution and called him into the pits, but Gabby didn’t beat the pace car out to the blend line, meaning he went back down a lap. That wasn’t the most intelligent decision for them.

Thanks to the many people who made this a memorable weekend! Thank you all on Twitter for following along.

-Matthew Hickey

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Winners and Losers: Iowa

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2015 Iowa Corn Indy 300:


Ryan Hunter-Reay
It's refreshing to see Ryan Hunter-Reay win a race given the kind of season he's been having. Myself and many others were beginning to doubt RHR's pace this year and if there was some underlying issue going on with the team. His win at Iowa will definitely shut his critics up. It's a good moment for RHR to look back at, but unfortunately, it is too little too late for the championship.

Josef Newgarden
Man, I thought Josef Newgarden had the race in the bag. Josef was running out front for good portion of the mid-to-late parts of the race, but RHR pitted earlier than Josef and came out in front of him and stayed there. Still, Josef continues to show that he can be a superstar in Indycar, and consistent podium results is proof of this.

Sage Karam
Sage Karam caused quite the stir after the race. Many drivers, like Ed Carpenter and Graham Rahal, accused Karam of being overly aggressive and dangerous. While from a drivers point of view that may have been correct, as a fan, it was fun to watch. I thought Karam was much worse at Fontana as far as blocking and chopping. This race, I thought Karam ran an aggressive and determined race. With poor performances abounding this year, Karam really needed a good showing in order to merit rides in the future. This podium will go a long way towards that. I loved watching him race, and I think this is the kind of driver Indycar has been thirsting for.

Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal had the best car and did some masterful driveing last night. He worked his way to the front, but a gearbox issue put him a lap down. Rahal cycled to P1, but with a pitstop looming, he was set to go a lap down. He caught a break when Takuma Sato crashed, allowing him to pit with the leaders and stay on the lead lap. He then carved his way to the front, shooting the gap on Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves in one of the most epic passes I've seen in person. He fought hard for a top-five and is now second in points. It was a championship caliber effort from him and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, great stuff.


Team Penske
I feel Team Penske never has a prayer at Iowa. I've gone for nine years and, to my delight, Penske has had nine rough years at Iowa. This year, it wasn't any different than the past. Championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya suffered a suspension failure and crashed, so not his fault. Helio Castroneves had a great first half of the race, but a terrible second half of the race. It's a vintage Helio race of qualifying on the pole but not coming home with the win. Will Power was pretty bad on short stints, but he salvaged a top-ten at the end of the day (still had a pretty ugly car). And Simon Pagenaud looked pretty mediocre, barely cracking the top-ten all race. I'm not sure what Team Penske has to do differently at Iowa, but their lack of results at the track is a little confusing.

Chip Ganassi Racing
Other than Sage Karam, Chip Ganassi Racing had a terrible day. Tony Kanaan, who was never out of the top-three, retired with mechanical issues. Scott Dixon suffered a rear axle failure, ruining his top-five performance. Charlie Kimball, who was largely anonymous up until his accident, had himself an accident. Not the best day for Ganassi.

Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter drove a great race. But his beef with Sage Karam was a bit far-fetched if you ask me. Karam and Carpenter were battling on track on the last restart for a podium finish. The nearly touched several times, with Karam ultimately blocking Ed a couple times. It was a thrilling battle to watch. Ed gave Karam a piece of his mind after the race on live TV, cussing him out. Karam took it like a man, while Ed came off as an asshole. He may have been right that Karam's driving from his point of view, but he went about it the wrong way. So yes Ed ran a great race despite the fact that he's been having a terrible year, but again, his actions make me shake my head.

Pippa Mann
Just like Milwaukee, Pippa Mann prematurely retired from the race without any sort of terminal failures inside the car or contact. Unlike Milwaukee, the retirement at Iowa can be attributed to a poor race car. There were several moments in the race where Pippa could have lost control of the car, but she managed to save it. The last moment she had caused Justin Wilson to slide up and brush the wall. Pippa and the Dale Coyne Racing team then decided to retire the car, so they didn't trash the car and someone else's race. It's been a rough two weeks for Pippa, and with Pocono a couple weeks away, she and the team have a limited amount of time to sort things out.

Cone of Shame

Stefano Coletti
I really like Stefano Coletti. He's fast, talented, and aggressive. Unfortunately, he has some of the worst race craft I have ever seen. He's gotten one top-ten this season (GP of Indy), and the rest has been utter shit. Teammate Sebastien Bourdais continues to thrive, while Coletti continues to get in incident after incident. The first incident occurred between him, Charlie Kimball, and Graham Rahal. Coletti would go five laps down, which is par to the course on his season. He would later spin out and make contact with the wall, ending his race. Like I said, this race has is a reflection of what Coletti has done all season: under preform. I appreciate his enthusiasm to race on ovals and in Indycar in general, but so far he has been a failure.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for a Race Day Diary.

-Matthew Hickey

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fantasy Indycar Picks: Iowa

Here are the Fantasy Indycar picks for the 2015 Iowa Corn Indy 300 (current championship leader highlighted in blue, those in the elimination zone highlighted in red):

Name Twitter Handle                                  Iowa
Alan Stewart _alanstewart RHR Pagenaud Briscoe Andretti Newg
Amy Woedl OpenWheelMom Carpenter RHR Bourdais Munoz Andretti
Andy Nagel Gabbahey75 Newg Sato Kanaan Briscoe Andretti
Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23 Andretti Carpenter Newg Munoz RHR
Chris Mienaltowski CPMski Carpenter Andretti Newg Briscoe Munoz
Conor Daly conordaly22 Wilson Andretti Newg Sato Jakes
David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47 Carpenter Newg Andretti RHR Briscoe
David Redner IndyCART Kanaan RHR Andretti Briscoe Karam
DJ Jordan djordan3223 RHR Kanaan Andretti Karam Kimball
Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy Andretti Briscoe Dixon Kanaan Munoz
Gina Navarra  gmnavarra Rahal Carpenter Hawk Power Munoz
Jake Neely indycarfan25 Andretti Wilson RHR Newg Kanaan
James Alban TheKing0fSwing Newg Helio Dixon Munoz RHR
James Sedlmayr dfd827 Andretti RHR Rahal Kanaan Newg
Jason McVeigh jasekm Newg Carpenter Kanaan Briscoe Andretti
Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider Karam Andretti Newg Sato Pagenaud
Jessica Baker bakerjm13 Carpenter Sato Pagenaud Bourdais Andretti
Johanna Husband writebend Helio Briscoe Kanaan Rahal Newg
Justin Mann mannbeast Wilson Rahal Newg Bourdais Helio
Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli Andretti Briscoe Carpenter Rahal Karam
Kyle Lewis kylelewis1 RHR Andretti Rahal Newg Kanaan
Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg Kanaan JPM Newg Sato Bourdais
Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG Andretti Briscoe Rahal Bourdais RHR
Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN Kanaan Rahal Andretti Carpenter Jakes
Mike Crawford 7BigMike Briscoe Kanaan Carpenter Newg RHR
Mitch Robinson mitchrobinson_ Kanaan RHR Rahal Briscoe Newg
Paige Hill paigehilll RHR Kanaan Andretti Helio Karam
Rick Snodie  rickfromwi Kanaan Andretti Newg Rahal Munoz
Sam Klein sklein31 Andretti Newg Karam RHR Rahal
Sandy Lamparello npssandy Andretti Wilson Kimball Rahal Newg
Sarah Hall flywheel011 Briscoe Andretti Kanaan Munoz Rahal
Sophie Hanson Sophie_Hansons3 RHR Kanaan Carpenter Kimball Sato
Steven Jenkins ukindyfan Karam Briscoe Newg Kanaan Bourdais

Penalties: N/A

Top 3 most picked: 1) Andretti - 24 2) Newgarden - 24 3) Kanaan - 18

Not picked: Coletti, Vautier, Mann, and Chaves

Getting to the closing stages of the season!

-Matthew Hickey