BROOKLYN, Michigan – Kevin Harvick takes the “runner-up is the first loser” adage from Talladega Nights pretty serious.
Harvick started from the pole in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but ultimately finished second to race winner Jimmie Johnson.
It was Harvick’s third runner-up finish of the season, all coming in the last five races.
Needless to say, Harvick was not very happy in his post-race media appearance. His responses were short, to the point and it was pretty clear being in the MIS media center was the last place he wanted to be.
When asked to assess his race, Harvick replied:
“The car was fast, just wound up on the wrong side of all the strategies. We finished second, and that’s it.”
When asked his thoughts about how Hendrick Motorsports motors dominated the race, powering six of the top-eight finishers, including Johnson and himself, Harvick was even more brief:
“I think it’s pretty obvious, right? It’s self-explanatory. Good question.”
And with that, the first loser of Sunday’s race was gone.
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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.