After a wild weekend of IndyCar action in Toronto, I breakdown the somewhat dismal weekends most of this year's rookie class had.i
Our last double header in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2014 is complete, so let’s take a look at how our Rookie of the Year contenders faired in Toronto.
Race One start: 19th Race One finish: 11th
Race Two start: 14th Race Two finish: 23rd
Aleshin’s main highlight of the weekend was sliding underneath Juan Pablo Montoya into turn three in the second race and having a close encounter of the tire kind. The good news about Aleshin’s weekend was that he placed highest among the rookies in the first race, so he’ll get a 3/5 for the Race One, but 2/5 for the second event of the weekend.
Race One start: 15th Race One finish: 13th
Race Two start: 18th Race Two finish: 6th
Hawksworth may have had a spin, but he still managed to claim the only top ten finish of the weekend for any rookie. He barely hold off defending series champion Scott Dixon for sixth in the second race after starting ninth on the final restart. He’ll get 3/5 for first race and 4/5 for the second due to placing higher than any other rookie the entire weekend.
Race One start: 17th Race One finish: 14th
Race Two start: 20th Race Two finish: 15th
One thing’s for sure, Huertas is consistent with his finishes. He was able to improve from his starting position in both races and was also able to stay on the lead lap in both races. He was mostly an also-ran this weekend, so he’ll get 3/5 for both events.
Race One start: 14th Race One finish: 17th
Race Two start: 6th Race Two finish: 17th
Speaking of consistency, Munoz was able to finish in the same position in both races. He was the only rookie who didn’t improve his starting position in either race, and in fact was scored as the final car on the lead lap in Race One. He was four laps down in the second race. I’m going to give Munoz 2/5 for both races for those reasons. I don’t know whether he didn’t have the car or if he simply wasn’t in it this weekend.
Aleshin: 5/10 for the weekend
Hawksworth: 7/10 for the weekend
Huertas: 6/10 for the weekend
Munoz: 4/10 for the weekend