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#551 jonpollak

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 14:38

Andretti reveals possibility of entering fourth car for Bia throughout the 2013 season Indy [translated]


oohh !!! :clap:
Lemme check up on this..
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#552 Risil

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 14:43

How are Andretti going to afford to run cars for both Ana Beatriz and Bia Figueiredo? :confused:

Edited by Risil, 18 January 2013 - 14:43.


#553 Victor_RO

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 15:06

How are Andretti going to afford to run cars for both Ana Beatriz and Bia Figueiredo? :confused:


Not sure if serious... :lol:

#554 Kyo

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 15:35

How are Andretti going to afford to run cars for both Ana Beatriz and Bia Figueiredo? :confused:

Well, not sure if it is a genuine question but Ana Beatriz Caselato Gomes de Figueiredo is also known as Bia Figueiredo. ^^

#555 HaydenFan

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 15:45

Not sure if serious... :lol:



Well, not sure if it is a genuine question but Ana Beatriz Caselato Gomes de Figueiredo is also known as Bia Figueiredo. ^^


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#556 billm99uk

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 16:44

Lack of cash and lack of talent ;)


Oh, he's got talent. It's the application thereof which seems to fail him...


#557 jonpollak

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 17:19


My research declares the 'Bia full season' story is conjecture.
Jp

Edited by jonpollak, 18 January 2013 - 19:09.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 19:49

My research declares the 'Bia full season' story is conjecture.
Jp


A shame...Bia missed a race in 2011 so she's not driven a contiguous season yet (though she does have 22 Indycar starts).

Edited by Prost1997T, 18 January 2013 - 19:55.


#559 jonpollak

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 20:26

This does NOT mean it won't happen.
Her primary sponsor has beaucoup gas station bucks as do her 2 associate sponsors.
(shampoo and vacation rentals)

I really hope it happens...
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#560 Prost1997T

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 20:34

This does NOT mean it won't happen.
Her primary sponsor has beaucoup gas station bucks as do her 2 associate sponsors.
(shampoo and vacation rentals)

I really hope it happens...
Jp


Yet she was only able to buy 2 races with Conquest last season... :confused:

#561 Rob G

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:49

Keith Wiggins is working on a 2013 Indycar program after all.

HVM has been linked with running a few different drivers I know of—two of whom are interested in an ownership stake—and another who could be farmed out to Wiggins’ team as part of a complex satellite program with a current IndyCar entrant.


I'm guessing one of the former could be Viso, who has been trying to start a team of his own, while the latter might be a link with Andretti and Ana Beatriz. But that's just a hunch.

#562 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:55

Ana Bia makes sense because I can't see why else you'd have such a weird arrangement. But you could easily farm her out again to Conquest or whatever.

That Viso hasn't landed anywhere seems a head scratcher.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:30

IndyCar : Sky Sports renews rights for 2013 [translated]

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:40

IndyCar : Sky Sports renews rights for 2013 [translated]


Erm...confirmed by the Sky Sports Indycar commentator Carlo Vanzini?!

That report doesn't sound like it's referring to Sky Sports UK.

#565 Risil

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:59

That report doesn't sound like it's referring to Sky Sports UK.


Indeed it is not. However, good news for Italians. :up:

The last paragraph of the article seems to indicate that requests from subscribers were a factor in taking up Indycar in 2013. So get writing!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:56

Who exactly is going to commentate for NBCSN when Diffey has a scheduling conflict with F1 coverage? Those being

St. Petersburg // Malaysia
Long Beach // Bahrain
Sears Point // Belgium
Reliant Park // Korea

I sincerely doubt he's into double duties, even if the timetables allowed it.

Perhaps Brian Till at Long Beach as he is also doing the ALMS broadcasts there but I don't know about the rest (he's free for St Pete and Sonoma but not Houston as there's ALMS Virginia then). Varsha is not going to do it but I guess there is also Greg Creamer... or they just give a call to Marty Reid's horrific talents, or use the Indy Lights commentator, whatever his name was. I don't know.

#567 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:00

He could, those races don't clash in time. Malaysia and St Pete would be 6 hours apart.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:54

That's suicide... doing F1 during the night/morning (US time) and ICS during the day. He's obviously going to the domestic Indy races himself with the NBCSN crew so the equipment to commentate F1 "properly" would probably not be there either (and if they're not fancying Skype commentanting that would require Hobbs and Matchett to travel to those Indy races too = pointless)

Edited by SonnyViceR, 19 January 2013 - 12:57.


#569 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:32

Unless Hobbs and Matchett live in Charlotte(I think Matchett might) they're traveling anyways? And sitting in a kind of studio commentating on a race is sitting in State A in a kind of studio commentating on a race in State B.

They probably wont have him do both, but it's not far fetched.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:38

They will have different crews. Probably sub others in for Diffey when they conflict. Have been subbing people in for Wally Dallenbach Jr. that last few years with some really good guys.

But saying that, I could see NBC Sports using an F1 style commentating by keeping the broadcast crew in a central location.

#571 Risil

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:49

Low-level, ear-to-the-traintracks gossip for your weekend, from Curt Cavin:

** Cavin seems to have no concrete information on Briscoe other than that he's not negotiating with Penske. He'd be a "great fit" for Andretti's fourth car, is "rumored" for Dragon's third (!) entry, and a move to Bobby Rahal's team would be "logical".

** Simon Pagenaud's team seems to be called Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports again, or CC's made an error. A look on their website indicates that another one-percenter, Ric Peterson, has joined the Indycar owners' community. Since teams tend to get less successful the more surnames are added to their title, perhaps we should be worried at a potential Sam/Ric/Davey three-way.

** In a second piece of Schmidt Peterson Hamilton (or Team Schmeterton) news or speculation, Cavin tells us that their hiring of Andretti technical director Allen McDonald was done to give Pagenaud's as-yet-unannounced teammate a crew chief.

** Roger Penske what are you doing with Briscoe's seat. We have a right to know.

#572 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:49

That's an interesting point actually, where would the F1 broadcasts be done from?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:58

That's an interesting point actually, where would the F1 broadcasts be done from?


Comcast/NBC is very New York City based, with their sports studio located at the GE Building (where everything NBC related seems to be made), it makes sense that Hobbs and Matchett will be see a different locale from Charlotte.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 17:56

UK fans will be dismayed to know I asked Keith Huewen on Twitter today RE Sky Sports UK coverage and he advised he has heard nothing. There's time yet, but I don't buy a posting further back that it's early days. October was early days, now is Sky having a list of replacements not only ready but fighting their corner to be given the slot.

And for those pinning their hopes on Motors or ITV4, I don't think there is an Indycar bidding war, nor is Indycar a million £ mansion that may plummet to half the buying price overnight. If anyone wanted Indycar it's been available for months to any buyer.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:01

Do other sports have this issue in Europe with television rights? I mean F1 seems have have issue in different countries every year. WRC can't get someone to pick them up, same with IndyCar. Does football have that problem? Does one network try to only lock up rights to a certain league for x number of years?

Is this just more of an issue of being picked up for live, network (free to air for the UK posters) rights, or is that a fantasy and viewers just hoping for some semblance of the series on television?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:01

On the plus side, if it doesn't get a UK contract we can get the full races on Youtube again.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:38

On the plus side, if it doesn't get a UK contract we can get the full races on Youtube again.


Someone usually gets them up there regardless, though it would be nice to have a 100% legitimate option.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:07

On the plus side, if it doesn't get a UK contract we can get the full races on Youtube again.


Not likely, Romania has no TV contract for Indycar and the races are still geoblocked on Youtube here. Don't see why losing the TV contract in the UK would determine them to unblock them in the UK, honestly. :|

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:15

Not likely, Romania has no TV contract for Indycar and the races are still geoblocked on Youtube here. Don't see why losing the TV contract in the UK would determine them to unblock them in the UK, honestly. :|


Hmm. Irritating.

Had a job interview at Sky Sports last month, told one of the panel I found their headquarters "unassuming", which perhaps wasn't the great compliment it sounded like in my head. Needless to say I didn't bump into Keith Huewen in the staff canteen so I couldn't pester him about the Indycar deal. I did mention their Indy 500 coverage in the application though. :lol:

Edited by Risil, 19 January 2013 - 19:16.


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#580 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:27

Oh bravo.

I worked on the Sky Sports magazine once, stuff is added and dropped from the schedule all the time. If there's a slot(or more importantly nothing else to show) and Indycar is cheap, it might happen.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 21:10

Do other sports have this issue in Europe with television rights? I mean F1 seems have have issue in different countries every year. WRC can't get someone to pick them up, same with IndyCar. Does football have that problem? Does one network try to only lock up rights to a certain league for x number of years?

Is this just more of an issue of being picked up for live, network (free to air for the UK posters) rights, or is that a fantasy and viewers just hoping for some semblance of the series on television?

I suspect "live" may be the key here.

Let's assume you are the series owner/ceo. Two broadcasters come knocking at your door. Broadcaster One offers you 1000 but no guarantee of a fixed schedule, live races or pre-race/post race content. Broadcaster Two offers 400 and an agreement to showcase an in-house pre-race, live races and victory lane.

Now let's assume only Broadcaster One has come this year. But you would like these guys to show the races live, Broadcaster One says he needs to slash down the offer as the live races would fill a valuable football slot and having people commenting live is expensive, which is well below what you would like to get in cash.

Edited by Red17, 19 January 2013 - 21:11.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:34

That Viso hasn't landed anywhere seems a head scratcher.

Why? He hasn't exactly set the world on fire, and Chavez is not long for this world.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:56

Unless Hobbs and Matchett live in Charlotte(I think Matchett might) they're traveling anyways? And sitting in a kind of studio commentating on a race is sitting in State A in a kind of studio commentating on a race in State B.

They probably wont have him do both, but it's not far fetched.


Matchett has been living in Charlotte for at least a few years, Hobbo lives in Wisconsin and Varsha lives in Atlanta. Except for Matchett is was a commute fest. I'd reckon they'll do it in NYC at 30 Rock but they could do it anywhere they had a sat up and down and a production facility. That could include the Indycar events but I doubt they'd schlep the other two amigos to the ICS race for F1 commentary.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:11

I don't see why Sky can't show it on the F1 channel. What can it interrupt? Besides, the race that was shown on the F1 channel last year had a higher number of viewers than the Indy 500! There's potential in the UK, they've just done a dreadful job so far of it.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:29

Why? He hasn't exactly set the world on fire, and Chavez is not long for this world.


I don't necessarily think the Citgo money disappears with the Great Leader. Although if it is that direct, maybe we should ring up the State Department and tell them to track Viso's statements since the end of last season. :p

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:53

I don't see why Sky can't show it on the F1 channel. What can it interrupt? Besides, the race that was shown on the F1 channel last year had a higher number of viewers than the Indy 500! There's potential in the UK, they've just done a dreadful job so far of it.


Somebody from Sky posted the reasons why on a certain forum members ratings website (URL forgotten).

Needless to say the reasons are contractual and are apparently the reason why their original 'Sky Speed' concept was a none-runner from the outset.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 13:21

It's on DMN's broadcasting blog
(URL Remembered)
Jp

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 13:40

Contractually speaking though, wouldn't re-negotiation with Indycar to allow their series to be broadcast on the non-Sky Sports F1 channel have been to everyone's advantage? Although I suppose when you're dealing with five-figure audience numbers you're sort of a low priority for the legal department.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 19:43

I’ve heard lately that Bernie might be interested in buying the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Robin Miller®
:eek:
Jp

Edited by jonpollak, 20 January 2013 - 21:14.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 20:04

Gott in Himmel

Edited by Risil, 20 January 2013 - 20:04.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:11

I know..Right?
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#592 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:23

Doesn't seem likely.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:39

He won't take F1 back there, the only reason to buy it would be to put Indycar, specifically the 500, in the ground.

I believe he stood in the way of CART ever picking up in Europe, when they tried Lausitz, Rockingham and Brands, then there was the talk of rounds at Imola and Monza, but all this is getting on for a decade ago now and he surely isn't looking so far down the road as to envisage a somehow miraculously resurgent US single-seater series as getting in the way of F1's US ambitions?

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:45

You wouldn't buy IMS and bury the place. You'd buy it to make money off it.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:47

It's a bit too late for Bernie. Maybe 10 years ago when he had TG rounding his boot. For me what stood out was this expression:

jungle of lepers

Miller seems to have no faith in the new order, maybe he feels there is need for new blood that is not tainted by the split.

#596 Risil

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:52

I think he's just renewed his vows with the team owners.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 22:00

Maybe he's seeing his time running F1 coming to an end and is looking at other options to keep his adult children fed.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 17:22

http://www.indycar.c...tement-for-fans

Changes in race lengths: St Pete 10 laps longer, Milwaukee goes to 250 miles, Mid-Ohio 5 laps longer, while Long Beach is abbreviated by 5 laps and Fontana seems to return to being a 400-miler.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 17:51

Looks like Iowa's going to go back to being a day race. Wonder if they'll do the heat races this time.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 18:18

Also reported here: http://www.autosport...t.php/id/105221

Glad they're changing the distances. Sometimes the different fuel strategies made races almost impossible to follow, though that wasn't helped by pretty poor TV coverage when it can to that kind of thing.