IZOD Indycar Series Round 2 of 19: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Location: Birmingham (not the one in the Midlands)
Circuit: Barber Motorsports Park (the one with the giant insects)
Turns: About 17 - depends on who numbered the map you're looking at
Turns right?: Yes. It's even a clockwise track.
Elevation changes: Plenty
Who are you and what have you done with Risil?
I won the honour of starting this thread by correctly guessing the demise of Will Power in the St. Petersburg race last time out. Unless I manage a similar feat this time, it'll be someone else next time. If I do guess correct again, I'll start sending you numbers for the lottery of your choice.
What happened in Russia?
The Mayor of Hinchtown won the race in Danica's car. I'm sceptical of his actual political qualifications but this boy Jim sure can handle the wheel. Will Power was run over from behind by JR Hildebrand who wasn't paying attention under the
What about the last few years?
Past winners have come from the Penske stable.
2012 Will Power
2011 Will Power
2010 Helio Castroneves
What times are things on?
Friday 5th April
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Indycar practice 1
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM Indycar practice 2
Saturday, 23 March
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Indycar practice 3
10:25 AM - 11:30 AM Indycar qualifying
Sunday, 24 March
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Indycar warm-up
3:30 PM - 5:45 PM Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
Full weekend schudule here: http://www.indycar.c...WeekendSchedule
What about TV?
For the US
NBC Sports Network supposedly begin their broadcast of the race at 2pm at what I assume is Eastern time. Someone else will be able to provide more details, because I am lazy.
In the UK, the schedule is as follows:
ESPN - 8/Apr at 00:30 (Re-Run as live) // 9/Apr at 20:00 (Highlights) British Summer Time
Your options are neatly summed up by billm99uk
So this weekend either I have to
(a) stay up to 3-4am Monday morning and spend the day at work trying to stay awake ; or
(b) record it and avoid using the Autosport site and my iPad & iPhone for a whole day (yikes!); or
© find one of the aforementioned dodgy streams and spend the evening closing random pop-ups for penile implants and Chinese brides (which will no doubt appear just as a pass for the lead is about to be made or Will/Dario decides to back it into the wall)
It's a hard life being a British Indycar fan these days
What sort of racing will we expect?
After St. Pete this season seems to be shaping up to be quite competitive. Barber has shown itself to be quite overtaking friendly over the past few years. Expect fireworks into the plunging T5 hairpin and into the blind downhill chicane at T-7. These races are often dominated by fuel strategy but I think the race length has been changed to avoid that kind of thing happening. Expect Will Power to still dominate and then be robbed by some (no so) freak occurence, while the rest of the order behind him will be anyone's guess.
Enjoy the race, if you can watch it.