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#1 jeze

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 20:55

The 24 Hour event accross the pond started in its earnest today, with free practice sessions, showing Allmendinger, Patterson, Valiante and Frisselle topping both sessions, with Ganassi surprsisingly a bit down the packing order.

Who do you predict will win? I think the irregular Ganassi entry is still favourite, namely because of its astonishing line-up with Dixon, Franchitti, Montoya and McMurray. The first three of them are road-course heroes as well...

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#2 stevvy1986

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 21:26

No idea who'll win personally, anything can happen in a 24hr race, even if there are strong favourites, all it takes is a mechanical proble, crash with a backmarker or another car, badly timed safety car, changing weather, etc. Not happy that I'll only get to see about 4hrs of it (9-11pm Saturday night UK time, then 6.45-9pm Sunday night on British Eurosport 2)

Edited by stevvy1986, 28 January 2010 - 21:27.


#3 pingu666

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 21:31

http://radiolemans.com/ have a preview for the event, right underneath where it says top pod casts :)

(the link to the left of that, doesnt do anything xD )

#4 jeze

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 22:08

No idea who'll win personally, anything can happen in a 24hr race, even if there are strong favourites, all it takes is a mechanical proble, crash with a backmarker or another car, badly timed safety car, changing weather, etc. Not happy that I'll only get to see about 4hrs of it (9-11pm Saturday night UK time, then 6.45-9pm Sunday night on British Eurosport 2)


Yeah, it's a shame that the night is not broadcast in Europe :well:

#5 potmotr

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:04

JPM, Scott Dixon and Franchitti must be favourites.

Anywhere to watch this race online?

#6 Youichi

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:38

JPM, Scott Dixon and Franchitti must be favourites.

Anywhere to watch this race online?


Live timing :- http://grandam.racer...i...92&VN=24337

From :-
http://www.grand-am.com/

#7 potmotr

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:46

Live timing :- http://grandam.racer...i...92&VN=24337

From :-
http://www.grand-am.com/


Brilliant, thank you.

For those on Twitter, Juan Pablo Montoya (www.twitter.com/jpmontoya) is a maniac with his BlackBerry.

Has been giving pre-race updates, like this: http://twitpic.com/10bsnk - The car getting ready after the engine change!!!

#8 Youichi

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:49

JPM, Scott Dixon and Franchitti must be favourites.

Anywhere to watch this race online?


It's on Speed In the US, and according to this it will be streamed, last year the stream was on ustream.tv.

http://my.speedtv.co..._Live_Streaming

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:58

JPM, Scott Dixon and Franchitti must be favourites.

Anywhere to watch this race online?


During the race or when it's about to start try searching Livestream.com, ustream or justin.tv, there's bound to be someone showing it. Prolly will apear here when all's about to go ready.

And thankfully JPM answered the question we all had. What does a driver do to prepare the evening before a 24h race?

JPM: "watching Lara Croft. Tomb raider"

#10 potmotr

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 13:32

JPM: "watching Lara Croft. Tomb raider"


JPM's is a total kid!

Judging by his his Twitter feed he basically spends his time racing cars, building model planes, flying model planes, wind surfing and making babies with his beautiful wife.

Sweet life!


#11 wewantourdarbyback

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 16:00

During the race or when it's about to start try searching Livestream.com, ustream or justin.tv, there's bound to be someone showing it. Prolly will apear here when all's about to go ready.

And thankfully JPM answered the question we all had. What does a driver do to prepare the evening before a 24h race?

JPM: "watching Lara Croft. Tomb raider"

So he'll be asleep come race time then....

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 17:12

JPM's is a total kid!

Judging by his his Twitter feed he basically spends his time racing cars, building model planes, flying model planes, wind surfing and making babies with his beautiful wife.

Sweet life!


Yep.
And add to that, his charitable foundation is very active and he and his wife are very committed to it.

#13 Risil

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 19:03

Not a really big follower of sportscar racing, but I've just read that this is probably going to be Hurley Haywood's last ever race. What a career. :clap:

#14 jeze

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 19:04

Not a really big follower of sportscar racing, but I've just read that this is probably going to be Hurley Haywood's last ever race. What a career. :clap:


Yes, a fantastic racing legend :up: To win there at Homestead at his age was just fantastic!

#15 Rob G

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 19:33

They may have to start the race in powerboats. There's a massive storm moving into Daytona Beach right now.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 19:46

Yes, a fantastic racing legend To win there at Homestead at his age was just fantastic!


Kinda crazy to think he's an active racing link the original Can-Am series ~40 years ago :stoned:

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 19:49

http://www.justin.tv...yodaz#r=UyVsl4I
speed tv feed

#18 Risil

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 19:58

Nice, thanks. :up: Although this does mean we have to look at the Daytona Prototypes... :p

#19 domhnall

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:23

Is the start delayed??

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#20 Risil

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:24

Nope. Sometime Atlas poster Vic Elford's just given starter's orders. ;)

#21 domhnall

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:26

Nope. Sometime Atlas poster Vic Elford's just given starter's orders.;)


Good :up:

#22 Sausage

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:32

Started under yellow

edit: going green soon

Edited by Sausage, 30 January 2010 - 20:48.


#23 Victor_RO

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:50

Nope. Sometime Atlas poster Vic Elford's just given starter's orders.;)


(unmoddish OT) Can you provide some details on that, please? :)

#24 stevvy1986

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:55

Not impressed in the slightest with British Eurosport. They haven't even shown the start of the race (currently showing live futsal). Glad there's a live feed too, as we barely get 4hrs of the 24 live here. Any idea of the forecast? Obviously it's wet at the moment, but what about later?

#25 Risil

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:57

(unmoddish OT) Can you provide some details on that, please? :)


The man posted on some TNF threads relevant to himself, a good few years ago.

But as a mod I thought you had your brain wired up to the BB's whole post history. :D

#26 Risil

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 20:59

Not impressed in the slightest with British Eurosport. They haven't even shown the start of the race (currently showing live futsal). Glad there's a live feed too, as we barely get 4hrs of the 24 live here. Any idea of the forecast? Obviously it's wet at the moment, but what about later?


Apparently there'll be rain for another two and a half hours, and then it'll hold off for the rest of the race.

#27 rolf123

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:03

I expected a boring oval Nascar race. Forgot this was prototypes and an infield section. Thanks for the link!


#28 Victor_RO

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:05

The man posted on some TNF threads relevant to himself, a good few years ago.

But as a mod I thought you had your brain wired up to the BB's whole post history. :D


Well I'm not familiar to some of the depths of TNF, let's put it that way. :)

Okay, back to the DPs, sorry for the short divergence.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:14

http://www.justin.tv...yodaz#r=UyVsl4I
speed tv feed


Only getting a black screen with sound with this one. Does this happen to anyone else?

#30 stevvy1986

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:17

Safety Car out

#31 wewantourdarbyback

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:28

Only getting a black screen with sound with this one. Does this happen to anyone else?


Fine for me... just wish I could unhear that last advert..

#32 stevvy1986

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:28

Back to green, and already some good racing on the first lap back under green.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:29

Fine for me... just wish I could unhear that last advert..


Appears to be a bug with Flash 10.1. Running the stream in through VMWare Fusion instead, at least there's some reason to keep Windows installed.

#34 JPW

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:33

Looking at the grandstands there seem to be very few people there :confused:

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:33

Eurosport's coverage is a joke. Schedule to miss the start completely, then still go to the coverage late. And then have 4 advert breaks in the first 25 minutes. Complete laughable. Not sure why they are even bothering.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:38

Not sure why they are even bothering.


Especially as during the night they're showing TV Shop, and Eurosport News. Why not show the race overnight? Thank god for a live stream.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:38

Full course caution again after the 2 car suffers a right rear blow out, pitching it into a spin, and also removing the rear wing in the process.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:40

Looking at the grandstands there seem to be very few people there :confused:


Most of the fans are in the infield section, i think the infield holds up to 50,000 people

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:41

JPM's is a total kid!

Judging by his his Twitter feed he basically spends his time racing cars, building model planes, flying model planes, wind surfing and making babies with his beautiful wife.

Sweet life!

Well he spends most of his time either on the road or at his warehouse. Don't forget customizing karts for his kids (his daughter got one tricked out in Hello Kitty style) and dropping off Sebastian at school.

I think he spends more time working on his planes than he does flying them!

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:44

Especially as during the night they're showing TV Shop, and Eurosport News. Why not show the race overnight? Thank god for a live stream.


TV rights, I'm guessing they don't have a contract to show the whole race live. Just as they have a deal with the ACO to do exactly that for Le Mans.

#41 domhnall

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:47

Why are speed's ad's so bad?? ):

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:47

thank god rain stopped.

#02 setting the benchmark in the pits.

#43 JPW

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:50

Most of the fans are in the infield section, i think the infield holds up to 50,000 people

50,000 that's not really much imo, it's weird to see all those empty grandstands.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 21:55

50,000 that's not really much imo, it's weird to see all those empty grandstands.


I agree, compared to sebring, le mans or the nurburgring 24 hours it really lacks atmosphere, at least on the television screens.

#45 Sausage

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 22:09

Daytona is a huge complex though. Great racing btw

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 22:12

Wow Calvin Fish has an odd accent great commentator though, racing is brilliant I have my bets on Ricardo Zonta and co. I don't think the Chip Ganassi is quick enough.

#47 domhnall

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 23:34

3 hours in, Franchitti, wilson and johnson all on track now :)
interesting stint coming up

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 00:59

Watching Speed's coverage, 125 laps completed, David Hobbs really likes to say "boy oh boy"! :rotfl:


Roger Yasukawa's race didn't go exactly to plan:

Had major techical issue with the car and will not be able to start the race. I'm gutted...


http://twitter.com/RogerYasukawa

#49 domhnall

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:08

Franchitti looks very strong in the #2.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:16

50,000 that's not really much imo, it's weird to see all those empty grandstands.


That's a pretty good crowd for an American sports car race. It's one of the bigger, if not the biggest, crowds the Grand-Am series will see all year. I could be totally wrong on that though since I don't follow it much at all. I do know that they don't get near that amount at the tracks in Virginia and New Jersey and I remember watching a race at Watkins Glenn last year that was under 50,000 as well.