Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana: Three up, three down _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Race fans brave the rainy weather before the IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana Sunday, April 12, 2015, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale.

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1 HONDA: After a race where only three of its drivers finished in the top 10 with none in the top five, through some clever strategy, the manufacturer managed to put three cars in the top five and another in the top 10 with Graham Rahal in eighth.

2 SIMONA DE SILVESTRO: The part-time driver from Switzerland put on a great performance for Andretti Autosport, rarely putting a wheel wrong and earning a fourth-place finish. De Silvestro is now sixth in the championship but does not have a ride for next week’s race at Long Beach.

3 THE FANS: Through the wet and through the dry, the fans in the stands stayed despite track conditions that left a lot to be desired and weather that was deplorable.

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1 DRIVERS AS A WHOLE: Indy cars are meant to be difficult to drive, but it was very curious to see drivers keeping their cars on track (for the most part) when the track was its wettest. But when the track was drying out in a lot of places, the cars found their way off track, causing more yellow-flag periods.

2 WEATHER: This couldn’t be controlled by anybody, but it truly was a downer for the weekend. It forced the cancellation of qualifying on Saturday, two races that were to have been run on Sunday, and a schedule shift that caused the first race on Sunday to go green at 7:55 in the morning.

3 ROOKIES: All four rookie drivers had bad days on Sunday. Gabby Chaves fared best but stalled, causing the first yellow. Stefano Coletti had a weird shunt on the main straight. Sage Karam caused two cautions and had a drive-through penalty, while Francesco Dracone managed to hit his chief mechanic in the pits, giving him a cut on his lower right leg.

— Christopher DeHarde