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#51 Rob29

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 07:09

For those in UK,Sky commentator on 2 hour programme on Motegi non-race reported no live coverage avaliable,they hope to include highlights in future 'World Motorsport' prog.

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#52 Eff One 2002

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 08:01

Originally posted by Mat


Long beach is on ESPN at 7:30am Monday morning

Motegi was supposed to be shown yesterday on ESPN and they did show the rain delay coverage bu nothing on the ESPN schedule today. It looks like they couldnt fit the re-scheduled race in.

It is due to start at midday Sunday Melbourne time. It should be ok to watch on the website though.


Know of any coverage on the free to air networks?

#53 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 08:21

Vasser is pleasingly and encouragingly on the pace.

Come back for the 500 dude.

#54 Mat

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 11:17

Originally posted by Eff One 2002


Know of any coverage on the free to air networks?


no.

#55 ColdHeart

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 17:48

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
Vasser is pleasingly and encouragingly on the pace.

Come back for the 500 dude.


??

Vasser is 13th on the grid, almost a full second back and is only ahead of 2 of the drivers who have transitioned to the ICS.

#56 jonpollak

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 19:32

We are HOSED folks...
The website has decided NOT to stream the race


Not Happy
Jp

EDIT: Should anyone have a TV tuner on thier computer with ESPN2(5:30EDT) available please go to http://www.justin.tv/ and stream it for us....Pretty Please?

#57 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 19:37

Originally posted by ColdHeart


??

Vasser is 13th on the grid, almost a full second back and is only ahead of 2 of the drivers who have transitioned to the ICS.


.001 behind one of his teammates, who is no slouch, and just over .5 behind the highest car on his team. Only .1 to an IndyCar race winner.

For a guy who is retired, that's a hell of a one off.

#58 pingu666

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 19:39

http://playlist.yaho...&segment=211353 thats radio coverage, if i gots the link right..

and its just gone silent :

#59 FLB

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 19:52

Timing and scoring... at least I hope so:

http://gmsleaderboar..._LiveTiming.asp

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#60 pingu666

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:07

radio link is working :) about to start...

#61 jonpollak

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:12

IMS commentary is pretty good..
Jp

#62 FLB

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:16

Servia stalled at the start, Tracy had a flat and now back under yellow for Moraes.

#63 pingu666

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:23

mine keep going quiet, like during advert breaks? :drunk: cept i dont hear the adverts...

good coverage

#64 FLB

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:29

Wilson out.

#65 Bumper

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:36

Originally posted by pingu666
mine keep going quiet, like during advert breaks?


Mine's been fine. Bummer for Justin...

#66 ajcrean

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:38

Originally posted by Bumper


Mine's been fine. Bummer for Justin...


Yeah... That's a shame for him...

#67 pingu666

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:43

was hoping he would win, atleast he got pole, thatll be in the history books :)

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:49

I'm hoping that PT wins. That would be a little poetic justice! Still can't believe that he's seat-less... :|

#69 jonpollak

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 20:52

Tracy passed Jimmy under Yellow...naughty boy

Jp

#70 Bumper

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:03

Originally posted by ajcrean
I'm hoping that PT wins.


Me too, but it doesn't look like it right now as he's currently in 16th.

Would be nice if I could actually *see* what I'm hearing on audio :cry:

#71 FLB

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:08

Moreno is posting very good lap times. Impressive.

#72 HoldenRT

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:30

Is Will Power winning?

#73 ajcrean

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:32

Originally posted by HoldenRT
Is Will Power winning?


Yeah... He seems to have it in the bag. Tag's about four seconds behind but Power seems to have him covered.

#74 HoldenRT

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:34

Thanks. It's hard to know from live timing what the fuel strategies are and if people need to pit again etc.

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:41

Originally posted by HoldenRT
Thanks. It's hard to know from live timing what the fuel strategies are and if people need to pit again etc.


The leaders all pitted on laps 56-58 so they're fueled to the end. Tag's dropped off and Power's out on his own... If you click on each driver's name, you get a detailed breakdown of his race, including the number of pitstops and last one made.

PT's a distant 11th... :(

#76 HoldenRT

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:50

Tag is now in 6th what's going on with him :

Make that 8th..

#77 ajcrean

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:53

Originally posted by HoldenRT
Tag is now in 6th what's going on with him :

Make that 8th..


Just seems to have gone off.

Power wins...

Rahal loses it...

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:53

Graham Rahal crashes out just before the finish line?
Congrats to Will Power :up:

#79 ajcrean

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:54

Rahal clipped the tyres and limps home in 13th.

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#80 HoldenRT

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:56

Ouch for Rahal

Nice work Power :up:

Pizzonia is last (excluding DNF's) :p

#81 santori

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 21:57

Please someone give Montagny an Indycar seat.

#82 CWeil

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 22:59

I was really, really hoping Montagny would win.

I'm with you Santori.

#83 MattPete

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 23:23

ESPN/ABC sucks. During the last 5 minutes, they go to a commercial. Then when they come back, there is crazy action all over the track. So what do they do? They shrink the window down, put up Danica Patrick's mug, and the announcers ignore all of the on-track action for the last 5 minutes, and instead babble with Patrick, who has just got off the plane from Motegi. Not a peep as cars slice and dice through the corners and change position in the closing laps of the race. Instead we get the Danica colonel lingus show.

Oh, and DP-01s are noticeable quicker and more nimble than the IRL cars were in Saint Pete.

#84 Ali_G

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 23:28

I really would have liked to have seen this. Delighted to see the likes of Tracy, Moreno and Jimmy Vasser taking to the grid for the last race.

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 23:45

Originally posted by MattPete
ESPN/ABC sucks. During the last 5 minutes, they go to a commercial. Then when they come back, there is crazy action all over the track. So what do they do? They shrink the window down, put up Danica Patrick's mug, and the announcers ignore all of the on-track action for the last 5 minutes, and instead babble with Patrick, who has just got off the plane from Motegi. Not a peep as cars slice and dice through the corners and change position in the closing laps of the race. Instead we get the Danica colonel lingus show.

I was pissed at the same. :evil:
There was no need for DP at that stage of the race.
They totaly lost the plot.

#86 CWeil

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 00:03

That and the coverage in general was pretty bad- almost no mention of anyone except Tagliani and Power (and Tracy, despite him being nowhere), hardly a word about the new guys who ran a fantastic race (Montagny, Perera, Bernoldi, et al) and a whole slew of inaccurate statements ("Perera was the Toyota F1 test driver last year"...that was Montagny, even if Perera was a Toyota development driver a couple years ago).

Yeesh.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 00:13

I just came back from the event. It was sad to see Champ Car's last ever event, but I'm glad I went. Man, those cars are still sweet looking...

#88 Crazy Canuck

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 03:45

Originally posted by MattPete
ESPN/ABC sucks. During the last 5 minutes, they go to a commercial. Then when they come back, there is crazy action all over the track. So what do they do? They shrink the window down, put up Danica Patrick's mug, and the announcers ignore all of the on-track action for the last 5 minutes, and instead babble with Patrick, who has just got off the plane from Motegi. Not a peep as cars slice and dice through the corners and change position in the closing laps of the race. Instead we get the Danica colonel lingus show.

Oh, and DP-01s are noticeable quicker and more nimble than the IRL cars were in Saint Pete.


Thanks. Somebody else with the same view as me. Thought I was a loner.... What a waste of 1/3 of my screen and 5 of the final 7 minutes of the race.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:49

Oh good lord. Indycar.com lists Franck Perera as finishing both 2nd and 6th at Long Beach. Classy.

I think it's odd that they're listing everyone's points as zero if they aren't one of the ones that have crossed over yet. I lot of those guys will end up running the Indy500, so if they do are they going to retroactively give them their Long Beach points back? Weird.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 16:45

I persevered with the pretty shitty radio broadcast (which had long gaps of silence after the commercials ended - weird/annoying) until Wilson went out then switched off as I was rooting only for Wilson. It doesn't sound like I missed much to be honest.

Champ Car went out in true recent Champ Car style though, with a whimper rather than a bang....

(referring to zero coverage etc)

#91 milliepuppy

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 17:10

.. the only few bits that were interesting was some of the archive footage they showed throughout the race .... but it only served to make you miss the good old days up to the mid 90's even more !!! .....


.... oh yes and apparantly Will Power is a 'road racing legend' ..... according to his team owner ... boy the bar has been set so low !!!!

#92 shaggy

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 20:04

Those fools almost lost the final lap of the race while drooling over Danica. One of the pit reporters had to step in and mention that the white flag was waving :down:

Well, that is it. F1, ALMS, GrandAm and Atlantics from now on. Although I plan to go to Mexico next year for the A1GP race, too.

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#93 Dave Ware

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 20:25

I thought the race was pretty good. Not great, but not terrible. A few great performances.

CART was a great series, and provided this fan a lot of pleasure for many years.

The coverage sucked. I had expected more on CART/Champcar's history, and the fact that this was last race of a formerlly great series.

I totally agree with:

>>ESPN/ABC sucks. During the last 5 minutes, they go to a commercial. Then when they come back, there is crazy action all over the track. So what do they do? They shrink the window down, put up Danica Patrick's mug, and the announcers ignore all of the on-track action for the last 5 minutes, and instead babble with Patrick, who has just got off the plane from Motegi. Not a peep as cars slice and dice through the corners and change position in the closing laps of the race. Instead we get the Danica colonel lingus show.

I had taped the race to watch again in some future year. Given the fact that they couldn't stop mentioning Danica's name every 10 minutes, and putting her on screen for the end, I might just tape over it.