Sunday, July 14, 2013

Winners and Losers: Toronto

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame "winner" following the Honda Indy Toronto 2inTO duel races:


Winners

Scott Dixon
What a titanic weekend for Scott Dixon, adding to his great performance at Pocono, winning both races this weekend at Toronto. Dixon, who is now in sole possession of 7th all time on the Indycar wins list with his 32nd career win, moves into second in the championship, trailing Helio Castroneves.


Sebastien Bourdais
Double podium finish for Sebastien Bourdais ensures that the Badger Curse of blogging negatively about a driver only to have them prove me wrong next race lives on. Great result for Bourdais and Dragon Racing.


Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves has a solid weekend, further adding to his championship caliber effort. He has still, amazingly, completed every lap this season! What a stat! Helio still holds P1 in the championship.


Dario Franchitti
Dario Franchitti follows up a podium at Pocono to finish P3 in the first race and P4 in the second race in Toronto. He is showing his true form lately after a rough start to the season.



Losers

Will Power
What a rubbish weekend for Will Power. A solid run ruined by a costly move on Dario in race one meant a P15 result. In race two, Power moved over on Ryan Hunter-Reay on the final restart, taking him and Sato out of the race. Power finished P18. Not a good points haul from him at all.


Ryan Hunter-Reay
A rare bad weekend for Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has been on a champion-like form all season. A bad weekend at Pocono, and even worse at Toronto. Multiple stalls in race one caused by electrical issues and a wreck in race two while running up closed the lid on what will be a huge hindrance on his championship run.


Takuma Sato
Only Ryan Briscoe and Carlos Munoz were worse than Takuma Sato when it came to total points from the weekend, and they each only raced one race. Combined, the Panther drivers scored 21 points to Sato's 16. A mechanical failure in race one and a wreck in race two meant a disastrous weekend for the team.


Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
The team of all talk and no game. They are ambitious and are well staffed, but once again, they fail to produce results. Jakes had a decent P12 in race one, but wrecked in race two in a very bizarre manner, finishing P23. Rahal had a terrible first race, and an average second race, finishing P20 and P13 respectively. Not good enough from a team with high expectations.


Cone of Shame



Brian Barnhart and the Stewards

Bring back Beaux Barfield. Not that Brian is to be totally blamed for this week's madness from the stewards department, but he deserves a fair share of the criticism. An absolutely terrible call to penalize Dario Franchitti was thankful reversed, but it shouldn't have been called in the first place. In the second race, I was a bit confused. In race one, drivers were allowed to cut the corner in turn five despite being advised not to before the race. When drivers at the beginning of the race started doing it, race control apparently said, "Ah, f*** it, let them do it." Then in the second race, tires were put up to prevent cars from cutting the corner. So I guess someone changed their mind. Also, there was a late restart in race one and the stewards told them to do a single file restart. I thought that was a great idea. In race two, there was another late restart. But race control decided to do a double file restart. Same scenario, different rule? They completely confused me on that one. Not sure what they were thinking but I would love if they screwed their heads back on for Mid-Ohio.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. I'm very much with you on the Turn 5 thing. That wide curb made drivers think, "Oh! I can fit my car through there!" and, therefore, make the race just a little more exciting. As Jakesy and Ed were kind enough to demonstrate on Sunday, it wasn't like hopping the curb gave you a huge advantage -- it took all four wheels off the ground! I say treat it how they used to treat the apron at Indianapolis: sure it's not technically part of the track, but it sure as hell makes the racing interesting.

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