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The oft overlooked team upped its performance thanks to its fickle yet fast Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais. They had reason to celebrate this year, as well as reason for concern. The vino intake of owner Jimmy Vasser – dressed above as a burglar – alone makes this the most wine loving team on the circuit, and that list includes several winery owners.
Bourdais had a solid season, winning the rust belt races in Detroit and Milwaukee – the latter because he got high – and contending for wins elsewhere. Tenth in points, he turned in four top fives and eight top tens, running at the end of fourteen races. These eye catching results include a fourth place finish at the GP of Indy and fifth at Toronto. Bourdais now owns thirty four major open wheel victories in his long career, tied with Al Unser, Jr for seventh on the all time list. Wine and cheese, indeed!
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Rookie Stefano “more reckless than Andretti” Coletti on the other hand did not impress, drawing double secret probation and numerous penalties while struggling to keep his car intact. Unsettlingly, Coletti even crashed his car several times in the same weekend during his inaugural campaign. We’re told the series repeatedly considered checking the crash prone European’s BAC.
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Dallaras being the price they are, the inexperienced pilot’s multiple mistakes were costly. The Monacan managed nineteenth in points with only one top ten. Tellingly, he was running at the end of just eleven out of sixteen races, crashing out at Indy and Iowa. Ouch!
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Curiously Hoosier Conor Daly tested an old champ car for KV this week and rumored changes are in the alcohol laden air at the tipsy team. Daly deserves a full time ride next year and he’s said that it’s a distinct possibility. Teaming up with one of the all time winningest drivers would be a golden opportunity for Daly. It’d also make the tippling team more formidable and much less dangerous. Could the Conor be back in 2016?!
2015 Grade: B-
2015 Midseason Grade: B-
2014 Grade: C-