Christopher DeHarde reviews the weekend IndyCar's rookies had in Houston, and for most of them, it was nothing short of a spectacular showing.
Overall, the rookies had a heck of a weekend in Houston, so let’s take a moment to look over their strong showing. In fact, they took up four of the six positions on podium between the two races.
Race One: Start 10th, Finish 23rd
Race Two: Start 2nd, Finish 2nd
Race One: Start 21st, Finish 6th
Race Two: Start 23rd, Finish 3rd
Hawksworth needed to rebound in Houston. He did a fantastic job moving up into the top ten in the first race after starting dead last, and then scoring a podium in the second race after holding off a highly aggressive Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball. I’ll give him 4/5 in the first race and 5/5 in the second race because he drove like a veteran. He remained calm, could not be forced into a mistake, and was able to hold off drivers with several more years of experience than him.
Race One: Start 19th, Finish 1st Race Two: Start 13th, Finish 23rd
Race One: Start 23rd, Finish 3rd
Race Two: Start 9th, Finish 22nd
Munoz did a great job getting onto the third step of the podium in the first race, but overdid it on Sunday, slapping the wall in the last corner and breaking the right rear suspension. The only reason he’s getting 4/5 for Saturday and not 5/5 is because Huertas won. Had Huertas finished second, Munoz would’ve gotten 5/5 as well, but I have to differentiate between a winning drive and a great finish. Race Two will see Munoz get a 3/5, because he was able to hold his own up near the front before overcooking it.
Aleshin: 2/5, 5/5 for 7/10
Hawksworth: 4/5, 5/5 for 9/10
Huertas: 5/5, 2/5 for 7/10
Munoz: 4/5, 3/5 for 7/10