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#51 Muppetmad

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:50

I'm thinking about last year's race as well.

His record at Barber isn't very good though, he averages about 13th.


Ah, fair enough!

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#52 Risil

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:53

I'm thinking about last year's race as well.


Oh! My apologies. I thought you were talking about Indycar competition in general. Hinch's record at Barber isn't remarkably strong.

Bourdais was incredible at Barber last year. It's a shame Dragon don't seem to have a handle on car setup yet.

Could be a bit early to say, but who was the last Indycar rookie as strong as Vautier? Dixon? Tags? Danica?

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:54

Looks like AJA will be getting another race outing in the Indycars before the 500, apart from this race.


:up: :up:

Allmendinger's a star -- I really hope this is a prelude to a full-time drive in the series.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:09

:up: :up:

Allmendinger's a star -- I really hope this is a prelude to a full-time drive in the series.


Seems an awful long time since when he was the "Great White Hope" of US auto racing :well:


#55 Prost1997T

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:16

Oh! My apologies. I thought you were talking about Indycar competition in general. Hinch's record at Barber isn't remarkably strong.


I guess not, but he did qualify 2nd last year and ran up front until the last stint. RHR was about 15th for most of it.

Bourdais was incredible at Barber last year. It's a shame Dragon don't seem to have a handle on car setup yet.

Could be a bit early to say, but who was the last Indycar rookie as strong as Vautier? Dixon? Tags? Danica?


If we're counting just IRL, then Hinchcliffe (he got a few 4th places like Danica but was better on road courses overall). CCWS it would have to be Allmendinger, and before that Dixon in CART.

Edited by Prost1997T, 06 April 2013 - 14:33.


#56 Muppetmad

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:23

Could be a bit early to say, but who was the last Indycar rookie as strong as Vautier? Dixon? Tags? Danica?


Without wishing to sound facetious, I'd say Pagenaud from last year :p

Edit: ...and on that note, I tip Pagenaud for a top 3 in qualifying!

Edit 2: Bourdais' drive last year at Barber I'd say was drive of the year. How he managed to pull that thing into the top 10 is beyond me.

Edited by Muppetmad, 06 April 2013 - 14:27.


#57 Risil

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:33

If we're counting just IRL, then Hinchcliffe (he got two 4th places like Danica but was better on road courses overall). CCWS it would have to be Allmendinger, and before that Dixon in CART.


Good shouts. Interesting how hard a time rookies have had making an impact on IRL, relative to CCWS/CART. Guess those ovals take a little longer to learn.

Without wishing to sound facetious, I'd say Pagenaud from last year :p


Year of Champ Cars in 2007. Get with the reuniforganisation programme! :p

#58 jonpollak

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:42

Practice 3 times
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#59 Prost1997T

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:44

Good shouts. Interesting how hard a time rookies have had making an impact on IRL, relative to CCWS/CART. Guess those ovals take a little longer to learn.


If anything, rookies have been good on ovals historically in both series but less so on road courses (Mansell's CART championship was won on the back of his oval wins\podiums early on). Which is odd given how many of them came from road racing backgrounds.

Edit: I'm not sure whether to put JPM or Zanardi ahead of Dixon, as they drove for the best team, but they did place higher so deserve a mention.

Edited by Prost1997T, 06 April 2013 - 14:47.


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#60 Risil

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:48

If anything, rookies have been good on ovals historically in both series but less so on road courses (Mansell's CART championship was won on the back of his oval wins\podiums early on). Which is odd given how many of them came from road racing backgrounds.


Greg Moore too. Nearly won his first Indycar race at Homestead, but he was a threat to win at three or four ovals that year. And Tags, and Montoya.

Whole world of difference between the amount of testing any of those names got, and what happens nowadays.

#61 Prost1997T

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 14:50

Greg Moore too. Nearly won his first Indycar race at Homestead, but he was a threat to win at three or four ovals that year. And Tags, and Montoya.

Whole world of difference between the amount of testing any of those names got, and what happens nowadays.


True, but we've had a rookie test at Texas already, and Indy will have the usual ROP.

#62 Luca Pacchiarini

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 18:07

Could anyone enlighten me on the meaning of that spider?

#63 Andrew Hope

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 18:12

Could anyone enlighten me on the meaning of that spider?


I would like to know this too!

#64 Dolph

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 18:28

Found this from wikipedia:

Sculpture

The infield of the track is has a number of large sculptures, including a series of large steel spiders and dragonflies, a pair of lions and a sisyphean figure pushing a boulder. HealthSouth Corporation, based in Birmingham donated its "Pulling the Wagon" statue to the park in 2009. The statue used to sit at the front of the HealthSouth's Corporate Headquarters on Highway 280. The statue served as symbol for HealthSouth's corporate slogan "Pulling the Wagon", which was created in 1984 under former founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Scrushy. The statue was removed in March 2003 from HealthSouth Corporate Headquarters Campus. Today one of the statue's figures holds up a motorcycle.

#65 Risil

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 18:29

Could anyone enlighten me on the meaning of that spider?


It means what it is.

#66 Prost1997T

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:37

Interesting qualifying session. RHR on pole, Vautier third and Kimball fifth. Bourdais outqualified by Saavedra.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:41

Interesting qualifying session. RHR on pole, Vautier third and Kimball fifth. Bourdais outqualified by Saavedra.

Ugh....you mean the TV coverage isn't live?

#68 Prost1997T

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:45

Ugh....you mean the TV coverage isn't live?


Not in the UK it isn't.

#69 Watkins74

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:47

Not in the UK it isn't.

I'm in the USA, I thought it was live at 5:00EST on NBC. That's OK......I need to do some work in the yard....or take a nap instead. :D

#70 Prost1997T

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:52

I'm in the USA, I thought it was live at 5:00EST on NBC. That's OK......I need to do some work in the yard....or take a nap instead. :D


You were about 6 hours off :p nevermind.

#71 SR388

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:57

Just got into Alabama. Hot.

#72 PayasYouRace

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 09:12

Qualy results: http://www.autosport...t.php/id/106551

1. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m07.0871s
2. Will Power Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m07.3304s + 0.2433s
3. Tristan Vautier Schmidt Dallara-Honda 1m07.3616s + 0.2745s
4. Scott Dixon Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m07.3642s + 0.2771s
5. Charlie Kimball Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m07.4987s + 0.4116s
6. Helio Castroneves Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m07.5106s + 0.4235s
7. Marco Andretti Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m07.4893s Round 2
8. Justin Wilson Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m07.4964s Round 2
9. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Dallara-Chevy 1m07.6317s Round 2
10. AJ Allmendinger Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m07.6962s Round 2
11. James Jakes Rahal Dallara-Honda 1m07.8832s Round 2
12. Takuma Sato Foyt Dallara-Honda 1m08.9560s Round 2
13. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Dallara-Honda 1m07.2409s Group 1
14. Simona de Silvestro KV Dallara-Chevy 1m07.7291s Group 2
15. Alex Tagliani Herta Dallara-Honda 1m07.2886s Group 1
16. EJ Viso Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m07.7337s Group 2
17. Dario Franchitti Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m07.2965s Group 1
18. Oriol Servia Panther/DRR Dallara-Chevy 1m07.7474s Group 2
19. Tony Kanaan KV Dallara-Chevy 1m07.3671s Group 1
20. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m07.7774s Group 2
21. Graham Rahal Rahal Dallara-Honda 1m07.4184s Group 1
22. Josef Newgarden Fisher Dallara-Honda 1m07.7830s Group 2
23. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Dallara-Chevy 1m07.4567s Group 1
24. JR Hildebrand Panther Dallara-Chevy 1m07.8367s Group 2
25. Ana Beatriz Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m08.9108s Group 1
26. Ed Carpenter Carpenter Dallara-Chevy 1m08.6362s Group 2

Will Power is not on pole :eek: Something weird is going on :well:

Very impressed by Vautier and Kimball up there. :up:

Edited with corrected times.

Edited by PayasYouRace, 07 April 2013 - 12:50.


#73 Risil

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:42

Very impressed by Vautier and Kimball up there. :up:


Honda power! Sato was top-six on pace as well. Looking forward to this one. :up:

#74 SR388

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:44

Happy race day to you all! About to go to an authentic Alabama hotel buffet, then off to the track.


Go Sato.

#75 Prost1997T

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:46

Payas fails at copying :p pole was 1:07.0871, and pretty much everyone was in the 1:07s.

#76 PayasYouRace

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:49

Payas fails at copying :p pole was 1:07.0871, and pretty much everyone was in the 1:07s.


No, Autosport fails at reporting. I just Ctrl+C'd the entire table from the website.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:53

No, Autosport fails at reporting. I just Ctrl+C'd the entire table from the website.


They edited it then? The article reads correctly right now.

Just for fun, a shuffle of the second half of the grid based on pure pace:

13) Pagenaud
14) Tagliani
15) Franchitti
16) Kanaan
17) Rahal
18) Bourdais
19) de Silvestro
20) Viso
21) Servia
22) Newgarden
23) Hinchcliffe
24) Hildebrand
25) Carpenter
26) Beatriz

#78 billm99uk

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 13:20

Just got into Alabama. Hot.


You were expecting snow? :p

#79 SR388

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 13:30

You were expecting snow? :p


No. But in TENNESSEE, it was only 70, yesterday it was 80 in Bama.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 13:43

Anybody know when/where this race will be shown in Canada?


Nevermind, I found it.

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Edited by Crazy Canuck, 07 April 2013 - 13:50.


#81 SR388

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 14:07

Eh?

#82 Deluxx

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 15:14

take pics tea!


gah I mean I love the quali format they have now... It has character and uniqueness which is what Indycar needs... but I can't read the timing blocks at the top. The font is just..... yeah....

#83 billm99uk

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 16:13

No. But in TENNESSEE, it was only 70, yesterday it was 80 in Bama.


Lucky you :love: I'm in the UK and it's a balmy 50. The last last of the snowmen just finished melting.

#84 Muppetmad

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 16:16

Does anybody know when green flag is? I've only got a ballpark time of 7:30pm BST at the moment.

#85 Risil

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 16:21

You're an hour off, I think. It's 11.21 in Alabama now, and the race starts at 2:40 there.

Edited by Risil, 07 April 2013 - 16:23.


#86 billm99uk

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 16:32

You're an hour off, I think. It's 11.21 in Alabama now, and the race starts at 2:40 there.


Yeah 6:30 - 6:40 BST I think?


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 16:43

Yeah 6:30 - 6:40 BST I think?


Oops! Other way 8:30 - 8:40 pm BST :blush:

I was thinking of the NASCAR!

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 16:59

Does anybody know when green flag is? I've only got a ballpark time of 7:30pm BST at the moment.


Starts in about 2 hours from this post

#89 Muppetmad

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 17:18

Thank you :) Gosh, that's a late start.

#90 SR388

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 17:28

take pics tea!


gah I mean I love the quali format they have now... It has character and uniqueness which is what Indycar needs... but I can't read the timing blocks at the top. The font is just..... yeah....


I'm taking some. The museum is so-so. I'm not a huge motorcycle fan.


The track isn't great for spectators.

#91 SR388

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 18:50

Some brats in S2000s are parading the drivers around.

#92 billm99uk

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:01

I'm taking some. The museum is so-so. I'm not a huge motorcycle fan.


Is it a big bike track then? Confess I only watch the Indycars there.


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:05

Hi Gang
:wave:

Jp has the day off in Providence RI and is watching both races on his hotel room TV.
:eek:
Jp


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:06

Will Power doing his best fly impression.

#95 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:06

I got green flag in like 40 minutes, so I'm watching MotoGP until.

#96 SR388

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:15

Not the most learned crowd at the track. Just some folks looking to spend a day outside drinking.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:17

Hi Gang
:wave:

Jp has the day off in Providence RI and is watching both races on his hotel room TV.
:eek:
Jp

:wave:

I'm watching in Somerset. On a stream from Sky New Zealand! :lol:

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:21

:wave:

I'm watching in Somerset. On a stream from Sky New Zealand! :lol:


GRID RUN
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#99 PayasYouRace

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:21

Anyone got a stream?

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:24

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