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Mid-Ohio rookie recap

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Mid-Ohio rookie recap
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Aug 6, 2014, 2:05 AM

Carlos Munoz shined at Mid-Ohio while his fellow rookies struggled.

Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Jack Hawksworth, Bryan Herta Autosport Honda
Jack Hawksworth, Bryan Herta Autosport Honda
Carlos Huertas, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Carlos Huertas, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Carlos Huertas, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Jack Hawksworth, Bryan Herta Autosport Honda

Another round has gone by in the Verizon IndyCar Series, so let’s look at how the rookies fared.

Mikhail Aleshin

Start:  13th  Finish:  14th

We really didn’t hear too much from Aleshin except for the one move he pulled against Justin Wilson where they thought he would get warned for blocking.  Aleshin had a pit road speeding penalty which dropped him down the order from 12th to 17th.  He managed to leapfrog some people in pitstops, but it was just an average drive for the Russian rookie.  He’ll get 3/5 for the race.

Jack Hawksworth

Start: 18th  Finish: 16th

Hawksworth really had less impact than any other rookie in the race Sunday.  He was continually near the back of the pack, but managed to stay on the lead lap.  This was a big change of fortune from his sixth place run at Toronto.  He had a difficult handle on his car the whole weekend but was able to keep his car between the lines, so for that I’ll also give him a 3/5 for the weekend.

Carlos Huertas

Start:  10th  Finish:  17th

Huertas was higher up in the standings but fell after a blocking penalty and poor strategy spelled doom for the Colombian’s race.  He wasn’t able to get his footing after those issues and could only manage 17th. He’ll also get 3/5 for the race because he was holding his own in the upper part of the field until those problems.

Carlos Munoz

Start:  4th  Finish:  4th

Munoz was able to keep his car in the top five for around two-thirds of the race distance, which was phenomenal given that he was nearly on the podium but lost out in the last round of pit stops.  He drove well to keep his car where he did, which will earn him 4/5 for this weekend’s performance.

Review:

Aleshin: 3/5

Hawksworth: 3/5

Huertas: 3/5

Munoz: 4/5

Standings:

Aleshin: 44/75

Hawksworth: 46/75

Huertas: 42/75

Munoz: 43/75

 

 

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