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Old 05-11-2014, 08:22 PM   #16
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Seems there was a race at Indianapolis yesterday and nobody ( almost nobody) cared. It's crazy how far interest in open wheel racing in America has dropped. After the chaos at the start, I thought it was a pretty boring race. Not a whole lot of passing. The track could use a couple heavy braking zones to encourage a little more action. Hope the 500 is good.
i think turnout was better than expected. we were at practice, qualifications & the race and i would say the event was successful enough. a sports car support race would have added to the weekend, but the 'road to indy' mazda series was there (usf2000, pro mazda & indy lights) and they put on a good show as well.

there are two heavy braking zones, going into turn 1 & turn 7. i think they will tweak the curbs a little bit next year to open up some more passing.

it was definitely a strategic race, since no one was entirely sure how tires & fuel would pan out.

we sat in the turn 7-10 complex, which had some decent action.

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Old 05-11-2014, 09:34 PM   #17
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Seems there was a race at Indianapolis yesterday and nobody ( almost nobody) cared. It's crazy how far interest in open wheel racing in America has dropped. After the chaos at the start, I thought it was a pretty boring race. Not a whole lot of passing. The track could use a couple heavy braking zones to encourage a little more action. Hope the 500 is good.
I watched it. It was quite interesting at times. Jack Hawksworth is a rookie, from England, and he had a good race. A guy to keep an eye on.

It's weird using the road course at Indy. The main stand was empty. But the corner stands had lots of people.

It's convenient for Indy, who want to generate more money from the facility. And for IndyCar, which does no traveling in the month of May. So it's logical, if a bit strange.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:38 AM   #18
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It's convenient for Indy, who want to generate more money from the facility. And for IndyCar, which does no traveling in the month of May. So it's logical, if a bit strange.

It might actually turn into something. The motor home set might spend the whole month there.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:41 AM   #19
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Watching qualifying right now for the 500.

Those drivers are shaking when they come out of the car. And they're exhausted after just four laps.

They're flat all the way around and they don't trust the machine. So far, each of them has had a wiggle somewhere in their four laps.

Dario Franchitti is commentating and he says he's glad he's not driving.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:58 AM   #20
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I could never appreciate it until I was there. It looks easy on TV sometimes, but it is still a 90 degree turn and they are holding the throttle flat at 240 mph and just turning the wheel! It takes huge brass ones! The most impressive run was a few years ago when Billy Boat got into a car on bump day that he had never driven and went out to qualify..... And did it!?! I was pretty impressed with Kurt Busch too!
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There have been many "Bump Day" specialists during the history of Indy. Those days are gone but it was always a thrill to see somebody like Bob Harkey show up on the final day with a helmet bag and put a bucket of bolts into the show.

During Fast Nine qualifying James Hinchcliffe came off of turn two on the final lap crossed up like a dirt track sprint car at 230 MPH!!

Kurt Busch just bounced off the turn two wall during the final practice before the oddly named "Carb Day".
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heading back to indy tomorrow; watching the fast 9 pole qualifying right now. surprised how thin attendance looks, but the qualifying itself is great. having dario in the booth is nice.

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Yeah, I was surprised by the attendance too. I think this is the first time they held Pole Day on a Sunday. Maybe that had something to do with it?
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I honestly believe that the spectators were confused by the new qualifying format and rightly so. Saturdays qualifying was nearly pointless other than establishing the fast 9.
The weather forecast for the weekend looks nearly perfect and there is a ton of racing going on all over central Indiana.

I don't care for him much but I have a feeling that Will Power will have his day this weekend.
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I honestly believe that the spectators were confused by the new qualifying format and rightly so. Saturdays qualifying was nearly pointless other than establishing the fast 9.
The weather forecast for the weekend looks nearly perfect and there is a ton of racing going on all over central Indiana.

I don't care for him much but I have a feeling that Will Power will have his day this weekend.
I'm not a fan either. But he's very good and I wouldn't begrudge him an Indy title.
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Bluhduh If IRL/USAC wants a bump. They will rig a win for this guy!


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Old 05-25-2014, 01:23 PM   #27
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Local kid took 9th, Sage Karam

Pretty impressive for a 19 yr old rookie who started 31st.

He's also a good wrestling too.
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Pretty damn good race I thought and what a great last few laps !!!
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Old 05-25-2014, 03:11 PM   #29
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I'm finally getting some hope that unifying open wheel racing is paying off.
No competition cautions, no fake 'debris' cautions, 3\4 race green flag run, an aero package that allows close racing. It should be drawing some fans back.

Now if IndyCar would cut back on the number of street courses....
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Now if IndyCar would cut back on the number of street courses....
Just think how cool it would be if they did away with those pesky corners altogether.

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