Monday, February 25, 2013

Someone Has to Lose

Dario Franchitti. James Hinchcliffe. Graham Rahal. Sabastian Saavedra. Takuma Sato. EJ Viso. Scott Dixon. Ryan Hunter-Reay. Charlie Kimball. Justin Wilson. Marco Andretti. JR Hildebrand. Simon Pagenaud. Will Power. Oriol Servia. Tony Kanaan. Alex Tagliani. Simona de Silvestro. Tristan Vautier. James Jakes. Ed Carpenter. Josef Newgarden. Helio Castroneves.

There are a lot of prominent names in Indycar listed above. But unfortunately with such a deep field comes drivers who fail to meet expectations because, obviously, not every driver can win. Many drivers will fall short of their admirations of winning the championship or finishing in the top five.

Race Action From Texas Motor Speedway
Photo: LAT Photographic

Take a look, for example, at the final standings last year. Some big names finished outside of the top-ten, which is often a sign of a sub par season. Drivers like Rubens Barrichello, Marco Andretti, Alex Tagliani, JR Hildebrand, EJ Viso, Oriol Servia, Justin Wilson, and Charlie Kimball all finished outside of the top ten.

Not to say the drivers who finished outside of the top-ten had "bad" seasons (ex: Justin Wilson had great showings including a win at Texas), but with high expectations comes the pressure to produce.

There is no way around it. Some drivers in 2013 will not meet their expectations. It's just a matter of who, and how short will they fall. That's racing for you, in order for there to be winners, there has to be losers. It sucks, but that's how the cookies crumble.

Who will rise up and who will fall short? Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.

-Matthew Hickey

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