Monday, August 15, 2011

New Hampshire: The Field Rundown

I have thought and thought about how to approach reporting about yesterday, and I finally decided a field rundown, one sentence per driver.

1) Ryan Hunter-Reay
While this race will be remembered for the madness, RHR had a great race in his own right.

2) Oriol Servia
Though he felt he was perhaps the winner, his P2 was still exceedingly impressive.

3) Scott Dixon
Many people seemed to think Dixie would be the man to beat this weekend, but he didn't quite have enough overtake Servia or RHR.

4) James Hinchcliffe
Hinch turned in a sterling performance, and gained some valuable ROY points along the way.

5) Will Power
Sure, he'll get fined for flipping Race Control the bird, but having his P5 finish restored will take some of the hurt away.

6) Danica Patrick
Danica was really moving in the last half of the race for one of her better finishes of the year.

7) Takuma Sato
Sato was just a little more rain away from that first win.

8) Ryan Briscoe
They hardly discussed Briscoe all day, but it wasn't a terrible result.

9) Charlie Kimball
CK proved me wrong this week, as his rookie campaign continues to get stronger.

10) Vitor Meira
The Foyt team again sneaks into the Top 10 .

11) Ed Carpenter
Sarah Fisher Racing was slow all weekend, but Carp was the picture of perseverance.

12) EJ Viso
Managed to finish the race, but Panther Racing claimed they were "Viso-ed".

13) Alex Lloyd
Alex always gets the most out of what he has to work with.

14) Ana Beatriz
It wasn't the Top 10 she's been chasing, but a pretty respectable outing for Bia.

15) Sebastian Saavedra
He kept it clean and green, and was rewarded by his best result since Brazil.

16) Simona de Silvestro
She finished 6 laps down, but getting that oval confidence back is what's important right now.

17) Helio Castroneves
Helio's 200th start turned out to be a disappointment.

18) James Jakes
Looked really sharp before being doomed by a faulty gearbox.

19) Alex Tagliani
His car caught fire.

20) Dario Franchitti
That was a waste of one of the most dominating performances we've seen all year.

21) JR Hildebrand
Don't look now, but Hinch is closing fast (-17) in the rookie of the year battle.

22) Tony Kanaan
Yes, he destroyed an outhouse.

23) Tomas Scheckter
Passed a metric ton of people on restarts, but threewide didn't work with TK and Marco.

24) Marco Andretti
A frustrating end to a sub-par weekend.

25) Mike Conway
His "bad races" this year are piling up, unfortunately.

26) Graham Rahal
If it wasn't for bad luck, he wouldn't have any right now.

27) Pippa Mann
Four spins and an injury isn't what fans wanted for the popular rookie.

1 comment:

  1. I hope Hinch gets that Rookie of the Year award this year.
    It just seems like this very likable young Canadian is more consistent and is more deserving of it.