Sunday, March 24, 2013

Winners and Losers: St. Petersburg

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the 2013 Honda Grand Prix at St. Petersburg:

Winners

James Hinchcliffe
The Mayor of Hinchtown gets his first win of his career! Such a joy to see a talent like James get a win. It is also very unfamiliar to see a GoDaddy car does so well... You all know what I mean. James establishes himself as a title threat for the 2013 season.

Simona de Silvestro and KV Racing
Such a joy to see Simona finally have a good drive. Shame she did not get a podium, but the amount of talent she showed on the last couple laps with tires that were shot to hell is enough to make her a winner. P6 is a great result for her and her teammate, Tony Kanaan, finished P4. Great job by KV Racing.

Scott Dixon
There is no way you could have told me Scott Dixon was going to finish P5 before the race. If you would have told me so, I would have laughed at your face as a brick was flying towards your cranium. Jokes on me. Never doubt this Kiwi.

Marco Andretti
NBCSN and Townsend Bell got it dead on when he said people were cheering at the new and improved Marco Andretti. Well look at that, a podium finish for Marco, his first one at a road course since 2011 at Motegi. The drought was snapped.


Losers

JR Hildebrand
I was dangerously close to coning JR following his actions under caution after he accidentally ran over Will Power effectively ruining his race, but the way he acted after the race made up for. JR needs to shape up quick or his ride may be in jeopardy for 2014.

Will Power
Just like in 2012, the first quarter of the race made it seem like Will Power was gone with the wind. But cautions once again made it difficult for Power to stay out front. JR Hildebrand did not help him too much, and Power finished P16. Not a good start to the championship.

Ryan Hunter-Reay
Some sort of electrical issue hampered Ryan Hunter-Reay's run at defending his title. A so-so weekend for him, as it seemed like he had the race pace for a top-five at best, but things did not fall his way.

Dario Franchitti
Not the best of weekends for a man that is looking for a bounce back season. Franchitti crashed early in the race after pushing on cold tires. He fessed up to it after the race, saying he was trying to make up for a lack of race pace. We'll see if Ganassi finds anything for Barber.

Cone of Shame



Chip Ganassi
I do not think calling out Honda (stating they do not appear to have the will to win) was the best move to by Chip Ganassi. I mean, it's not like Honda won you four consecutive championships in 2008-2011 and Indy 500 wins in 2008, 2010, and 2012. No, they clearly don't give a shit. I understand what Chip was trying to say, but he worded it terribly.

What a race! I think fans were for sure winners too! Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. Pretty interesting set of winners losers from St. Pete...and I still wonder what the heck the Chipster is thinking calling out his engine supplier; I almost get the feeling HPD might be tempted to send CGR some Honda engines that have been dropped once or twice en-route to the next race for his untoward thoughts. I mean, up until 2012, Honda engines were pretty well bulletproof, so why would he complain, even with the competition from Chevrolet....

    All-in-all, it was a great opening event for the 2013 season; hopefully, the rest of the year will be just as good.

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