Friday, January 14, 2022

The 2020 IndyCar Un-Golden Tailpipe Lockdown Awards edition

Nah, still No What Can Brown do for You Jokes here…

 

Yep Kiddoes’, it’s another Wailaid, Wacky round of selections by Mwah. Although with All of my Computer issues during 2020, I never originally chose my selections for No.s 1-4 below, which I’m just doing now belatedly. Whilst Y’all can compare ‘n contrast with the Uber Exciting 2019 Selections in the link below.

 

http://www.nofenders.net/2019/12/the-2019-indycar-golden-tailpipe-awards.html

 

WINNERS

2020 IndyCar Champion: Scott Dixon, New Zealand

2020 Indy 500: Takuma Sato, Japan

2020 Rookie Of the Year: Rinus VeeKay, Netherlands

 

CATEGORIES

1. Driver of The Year

Winner: Scott Dixon

Typically, I try Not choosing the obvious. Yet I suppose I never give the plain speaking, Under-assuming Kiwi’ his Due, Eh? Although I feel his brand new Engineer Michael Cannon definitely also deserves a Shout Out! As Dixon just serenely Blitzed the competition this season, winning the first three races in-a-row en route to his amazing sixth IndyCar Championship, and now only trails ‘Ol SuperTex’, nee A.J. Foyt for most IndyCar titles!

 

Vice Champion: Josef Newgarden

Think Josef Newgarden’s also worthy of this category, since the reigning IndyCar Champion never gave up, and gave Dixon a run for his money down the Championship Stretch, albeit coming up just 16 points short (537-521) of claiming Back-to-Back IndyCar Championships…

 

As both Dixon and Newgarden won the most races of the season at four apiece, as Dixon uncharacteristically went on a four race Slump, All on permanent road courses, i.e.: Mid Ohio and Indianapolis Road Course with finishes of 10-10-9-8. Although typically Dixon “Owns” Mid Ohio which made it Odd, but then again it was an Odd season! As Dixon claimed his sixth IndyCar title with a fine third place finish at the St Pete season finale.

 

2. Biggest Disappointment of The Year

Unfortunately, this one’s easy Y’all,as Can you Say COVID 19? As I know I was Disappointed after waiting another Gory 289 ridiculously L-O-N-G Days between Off-season’s, only for the St Pete season opener to be Postponed at the last minute! As March 13 is when All Hell Broke loose! And we All went into Full On Lockdown mode!

 

And it didn’t help that the season didn’t finally start until June 6th with a single day race outing at Texas Motor Speedway, followed by almost a month’s gap until restarting the season going racing on Mother speedway’s Infield Road Course on July 4th! Along with several races being cancelled, including All West Coast races, i.e.; Long Beach, Laguna Seca and Portland.

 

As yeah, I know this Pales in comparision to the now Over 800,000 Americans who have lost their lives to Covid! Which to put in perspective is 14 times More the number of American Casualties during the entire Vietnam War!

 

3. Race of The Year

Oval Track Winner: Indianapolis 500

Really? Does this even need discussing? And it’s perennially the best oval race of the year, even without Fans attending. But then again, Mother Speedway was going up against just three other Oval tracks, i.e.; Texas Motor Speedway with it’s diabolical PJ1 Traction compound! Iowa And Gateway, aka World Wide Technology Raceway. And with Taku-san’s staying up front. When the time came, Takuma Sato definitely “Attacked” race leader Scott Dixon and “Motored” off to his second Indy 500 victory!

 

Although I’d say that the ‘lil Bullring Oval in Newton, Iowa, i.e.; 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway’s Race-1 when Simon Pagenaud went from last to first was a pretty entertaining Oval race…

 

Twisties' Track Winner: Road America, Race 2

This one was what came up first on my fading Memorex. Since after all it featured my Numero Uno IndyCar Driver Pato O’Ward putting on a wonderful driving Clinique, after winning his maiden IndyCar Pole position before his worn out Firestone’s made it impossible to stop Felix Rosenqvist from scoring his maiden IndyCar win just a lap and a half from the finish!

 

http://www.nofenders.net/2020/07/indycar-oward-just-6-miles-short-of.html

 

4. Most Improved Team of the Year

Winner: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Originally this was a toss-up between Arrow McLaren SP (AMSP) and RLLR. But I’ll give the nod to Boobie Ruble and Company’s team for a few reasons, most notably finishing first and third at the Indianapolis 500!

 

And Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato finished P6-7 respectively Overall vs. AMSP’s Pato O’Ward fourth and Oliver Askew 19th.

 

Not to mention how we’re Not supposed to call ‘em SPAM Anymore! As the Powers to be at AMSP, or more specifically Sam Schmidt? Torpedoing Askew’s IndyCar career a la James Hinchcliffe’s Ugly Divorce! As you’d have to say that 2019 Indy Lights Champion Askew seemingly hasn’t recovered from being Tossed Out a la Red Bull’s Helmut Marco’s tossing his luke warm Bath Water…

 

5. Most Disappointing Team of the Year

Winner: Andretti Autosport

The easiest choice would have been Carlin, whilst A.J. Foyt Enterprises is also a yearly Contendah' for this Honor, but those are to Easy!

 

Instead I'll give Mikey A's Squad the Nod this year, since Really? Only scoring One Podium in the first Nine races courtesy 'O Alexander Rossi's third place finish at Elkhart Lake, during Road America’s Race-2. Then Rossi scored their second podium, being another third at Mid Ohio, Garnering them just two podiums in the season's first ten outings. As multiple Double Header races were instituted to make up for the multiple Covid 19 race cancellations…

 

Finally the Flood Gates opened at Round-11, when Colton 'Big shot! Herta led an Andretti 1-2-3 podium sweep at Mid Ohio’s Round 2 ahead of Rossi and Andretti teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay; Arse-sumedly Hunter-Reay’s latest podium? Being the first time Andretti cars locked-out the podium since the 2005 St Pete race won by Dan Wheldon, followed by Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Bryan Herta P4!

 

Then the team finally seemed truly "Switched On" at season's end, with Rossi claiming his fourth podium in-a-row during Mother Speedway's Harvest GP weekend, with second & third place finishes during the Double Header. And Herta scored P2 on Saturday.

 

But with five Fulltime entries, the most on the Grid. You'd have expected Decent results to occur sooner rather then later!