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#51 HaydenFan

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 20:47

Anyone figure we're going to get a clean race/Death Race 2000 binary in Houston? Do you think they agree which will be which at the drivers' meeting?

 

 

Clean race? It's a race in the parking lot of an NFL stadium during the off-week. 

 

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#52 Risil

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 20:48

I am now patiently awaiting the OvDrone Book of Racing Poetry. It's gonna be great. Just don't use any goofy poem words like "thou".

 

We can't say who'll win the month of May

But it probably won't be Hunter-Reay



#53 OvDrone

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 20:49

Bah!  If Indycar is a girl, she's the one down the bike sheds doin' it for the entire football team, and a few teachers as well.  I say this as one not invited to partake...

 

Neil

 

STOP HAVING BLUE BALLS



#54 OvDrone

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 20:54

I am now patiently awaiting the OvDrone Book of Racing Poetry. It's gonna be great. Just don't use any goofy poem words like "thou".

 

Thou shan't be left distraught or lackluster but instead blossom and flourish thou shall, basking in the light ov the Mallevs Maleficarvm - Sato.


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#55 Andrew Hope

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 21:01

Well, you can use a bit of Shakespeare talk and get away with it. He did have some good lines. You could sum up my entire high school life with "The lady doth protest too much".

We can't say who'll win the month of May

But it probably won't be Hunter-Reay

Nor can it be Pagenaud

Who will surely, sadly, get Sato'd


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#56 Risil

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 21:07

Or Viso, who will drive too hard 'n
Surely collide with Newgarden



#57 Andrew Hope

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 21:14

Victory shall elude Bourdais from the start,

until Dragon makes a car that won't fall apart



#58 Risil

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 21:19

Stars shall go dim and empires may fall

Before Victory Lane sees Graham Rahal



#59 OvDrone

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 21:23

Kanaan finally won the Five Hundred

While Dixon will forever be haunted



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#60 stewie

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 21:25

And try not to kill people who can't shut up about how everything was better in the 90s.

 

Everything was defineltly better in the 90s, for one I was still at school so wasn't having to bust my ass working for a living!

 

Indycar is a funny one, as I have loads of mates who are into their motorsport but I just can't get them to get interested in Indys. They just race ovals (er, no they don't), cars aren't fast enough (225mph at Indy not fast enough for you?!), the cars have crappy turbo engines (wow you are going to love F1 in 2014 then), I don't like how it's presented on TV (fair point, on BT/ESPN it's a bit rubbish with all the ads and US commentary. Least Sky tried) is many things I hear.

 

No one seems to notice it's more competitive with alot better racing (when they aren't dive-bombing up in the inside of each other Sato style on tight street circuits), but everyone does notice that it's not run particularly professionally on race days. Hopefully Mr Walker will sort that out, as he does seem to know what he's talking about and care.



#61 Prost1997T

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 22:20

The fan base is good for a laugh on here, and not in the way Andrew intended. :)  Still, I suppose it passes the time while we're waiting for the race.

 

On a more serious note... the complaining about the yellows\officiating. A quick statistical glance appears to show lower percentage of caution laps in 2013 Indycar vs 2001 CART. Last season is arguably an even more favourable comparison, as 2 races were 100% green flag and 3 others had a mere handful of caution laps (the majority of yellows were thrown for a single car incident on ovals). Despite the perception of bad driving in 2011, the caution percentage was not significantly different. Again, most caution laps were for oval incidents (particularly at the short tracks). Looking at Montoya's CART championship year of 1999, the caution percentage seems higher than 2011. For example, Gateway had 81 laps of 236 under yellow - this is relatively greater (34.3% vs 30.7%) than at New Hampshire in 2011, despite the rain in the latter. Cleveland (in spite of its huge width) had 22% vs 10% at Edmonton 2011.

 

Beats me that people can say ICS is full of yellows when Nascar throws them for invisibris twice a race, and CART had more cautions than Indycar's *2011* season, never mind 2012 or 2013. Take away the double file restarts on street circuits, and most of the remaining Indycar cautions would be eliminated. As for the officiating, it's not perfect (arguably the rulebook used isn't perfect) but I'll take it over the way penalties are handled in F1. Certainly a huge step forward from the Barnhardt\Cotman era.



#62 Andrew Hope

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:47

That is something to keep in mind for sure. Total caution laps won't tell the whole story. You might get 10 laps under yellow for a totally understandable spin into the wall at Iowa, but only 2 under yellow for a 4-car pile-up of Viso-tier shitheadedness at Mid-Ohio.



#63 teejay

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 03:32

The exposure of the sport is nowhere compared to 15/20 years ago.

 

I could watch the race on tv in Australia in 1995/6/7/8/9 as a teenager.

 

I now have to download the race 24 hours after its finished and social media has told me the result.

 

"oh just dont look until you have seen the result"

 

Sure - who here will put their entire online life on hold for a day until they illegally download a race to watch.



#64 Deluxx

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 03:50

I miss this commercial. I've been dvr'ing past most of them lately :(

 

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#65 billm99uk

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:54

I could watch the race on tv in Australia in 1995/6/7/8/9 as a teenager.

 

I now have to download the race 24 hours after its finished and social media has told me the result.

 

"oh just dont look until you have seen the result"

 

Sure - who here will put their entire online life on hold for a day until they illegally download a race to watch.

 

Apart from the Mansell years, i think in the UK it was mostly on at 3am in the morning 6 months after the event (if you were lucky!) until Sky picked it up. I remember having to get up at that time to watch the likes of Danny Sullivan as I couldn't afford a VCR! I'll forever associate DS with falling asleep at work. The BBC did brief highlights of Indy a week after the event sometimes, but that was about it. So you were lucky.

 

By the way, can't you find a stream (Nigerian or otherwise) in Australia these days then :confused:


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#66 Andrew Hope

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:30

So with Baltimore gone next year, these are the 100% confirmed events for 2014:

 

30 March - St. Petersburg

13 April - Long Beach

27 April - Barber

25 May - Indy 500

1 June - Belle Isle

20 July - Toronto

3 August - Mid Ohio

? - Pocono

? - Sonoma

? - Iowa

 

The more I think about it the more I'd love to see the Indy road course. How has this not happened before? It's pretty God damn obvious.

 

As ever, good tracks continue to be rumored to be on the calendar. Road America, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock, ♥Mosport♥, Phoenix, Milwaukee..



#67 Deluxx

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 19:36

YES ROAD AMERICA!



#68 Andrew Hope

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:18

Road America and Watkins Glen would be amazing. But supposedly they're death traps for IndyCars.

Sato I back in the lead..



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:53

So with Baltimore gone next year, these are the 100% confirmed events for 2014:

 

30 March - St. Petersburg

13 April - Long Beach

27 April - Barber

25 May - Indy 500

1 June - Belle Isle

20 July - Toronto

3 August - Mid Ohio

? - Pocono

? - Sonoma

? - Iowa

 

The more I think about it the more I'd love to see the Indy road course. How has this not happened before? It's pretty God damn obvious.

 

As ever, good tracks continue to be rumored to be on the calendar. Road America, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock, ♥Mosport♥, Phoenix, Milwaukee..

 

I'd take all five of those in a heartbeat, if only to see these things on more road courses.

 

Road America in particular would be special, though. Too bad they can't get a gig going at Road Atlanta. Can you imagine those things in Turn 12? :p


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#70 Andrew Hope

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 00:37

The more you think about it the more irritated you get. You could make a damn fine calendar of 15 races entirely out of tracks they didn't go to this year.

 

Surfer's Paradise

Sebring

Road America

Phoenix

Mosport

-

Mont Tremblant

Virginia

Chicagoland

Hermanos Rodriguez

Interlagos

-

Watkins Glen

Charlotte

Lime Rock

Road Atlanta

Laguna Seca



#71 Deluxx

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:31

I'd love to see Mosport and the Glen if not RA



#72 Deluxx

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:06

The more you think about it the more irritated you get. You could make a damn fine calendar of 15 races entirely out of tracks they didn't go to this year.

 

 

 

If only they paid the fans a million dollars to consult what we wanted...



#73 Andrew Hope

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:22

They can pay me in a million dollar's worth of ketamine. Then I can take it all at once and travel to a distant galaxy where IndyCar just races at Spa and the Nordschleife 20 times every season.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:39

They can pay me in a million dollar's worth of ketamine. Then I can take it all at once and travel to a distant galaxy where IndyCar just races at Spa and the Nordschleife 20 times every season.

 

And I thought I had good drugs! :p



#75 Deluxx

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 15:58

They can pay me in a million dollar's worth of ketamine. Then I can take it all at once and travel to a distant galaxy where IndyCar just races at Spa and the Nordschleife 20 times every season.

Couldnt they just pay you in CAD and you could buy it? :o 

 

Execs prolly keep all the good tranqs to themselves



#76 Andrew Hope

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:05

Sadly, you may be right. One time I had to survive off nothing but food and water for two weeks. Those were dark days.

 

Pagenaud put this on his Twitter recently, it's from the last race in Houston:

 

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I forgot how nice those cars looked.



#77 B Squared

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 17:02

 

 

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I forgot how nice those cars looked.

As an official old-timer of Indy Car, it is something that I never forget.



#78 Andrew Hope

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:13

As an official old-timer of Indy Car, it is something that I never forget.

Well, you're one of the "old-timers" who can appreciate a beautiful car no matter what era it comes from. There are some nutters on this site that think every race car with an engine at the back is ugly automatically.



#79 Deluxx

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 22:28

That aero kit is just  :love:



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#80 HaydenFan

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 22:39

That aero kit is just  :love:

 

The simplicity of the car is just, smiley-sex020.gif

 

 

(Mods I expect a warning for that) 



#81 Andrew Hope

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 22:51

2007%20Las%20Vegas%20Champ%20Car%20RuSPO

 

It's so pretty. Photo credits to the.. pff.. Milka Duno Racing Club.

 

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#82 Andrew Hope

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 22:16

OP updated with dem pit lane assignments. 35' long boxes at Houston: how many crewmen can you run over in 35 feet?



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:58

 

The simplicity of the car is just, smiley-sex020.gif

 

 

(Mods I expect a warning for that) 

 
:eek:
 

OP updated with dem pit lane assignments. 35' long boxes at Houston: how many crewmen can you run over in 35 feet?

 

Depends how many crew members will just grab a tire and walk into cars without looking



#84 Andrew Hope

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 16:12

Whoa now. That's conspiracy talk.



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Posted 23 September 2013 - 19:50

11 days away. I keep checking IndyCar.com for interesting Houston-related news, but there isn't even boring Houston-related news. I'm a huge butt for making the thread so early. The only Indycarish thing that's even happened in the last week that I know about was a fat guy who looked a bit like Will Power in front of me in line at the grocery store today. He didn't have an accent, which is the best kind of accent.

 

Watch this video from the IndyCar site and see if you can find anything funny at all.

 

 

If you can't, then submit some of your own racing-related slang and kill two minutes of misery from the next 11 days until the first race gets under way.



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Posted 23 September 2013 - 20:06

Well, I'm facing a dilemma - the second race falls on the day I move in for freshers' week at university. Should I be antisocial and watch the race, or should I skip it and make friends? I could try a combination of the two, but I don't know how successful that would be :lol:



#87 Andrew Hope

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 20:08

Well, I'm facing a dilemma - the second race falls on the day I move in for freshers' week at university. Should I be antisocial and watch the race, or should I skip it and make friends? I could try a combination of the two, but I don't know how successful that would be :lol:

Come on man, that's an easy decision. You have all semester to make friends. You only have one chance to watch race 2 and cry yourself to sleep because of it.



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Posted 23 September 2013 - 20:15

Oh man, combining the two is a no-brainer. Every dude will know how into bro stuff you are dude. You bring the booze and EJ Viso will bring the laughs.

 

But, for reals now... try combining it. Trust me, from my experience when I hang out with my dudebros and I leave a race going in the background, most if not all will take a glance at the race and start yucking it up. Go with the flow, ya know, just don't.forget.about.the.booze.



#89 Andrew Hope

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 20:56

That's a good idea. Best case scenario you get a bunch of race-watching pals. Worst case scenario no one ever bugs you on weekends again.



#90 OvDrone

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 21:12

It's either friends or Sato and Sato doesn't like friends.



#91 Andrew Hope

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 21:26

Car racing is the only friend you ever really need anyway.

 

And be careful with that Sato talk. Lonely Taku might become the next Sato meme around these parts.



#92 Risil

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 21:28

Well, I'm facing a dilemma - the second race falls on the day I move in for freshers' week at university. Should I be antisocial and watch the race, or should I skip it and make friends? I could try a combination of the two, but I don't know how successful that would be :lol:

 

Ooh. Which one?



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Posted 23 September 2013 - 22:25

And be careful with that Sato talk. Lonely Taku might become the next Sato meme around these parts.

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I've been saying that for years. 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 09:59

Ooh. Which one?

Which university, I assume you mean? If so, Cambridge - don't ask how I got in, I'll probably be asking myself that all the way through the course :lol:

 

Thanks for all the advice guys, I might have to try and suss out the motor sport fans and then work from there :p One way or another, I'll find a way to watch the race - even if it means watching it the next day, although of course that will be a last resort!


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#95 Andrew Hope

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 14:10

20 extra laps added to 2014 Texas race.

 

 

The Firestone 550 – won by Helio Castroneves on June 8 – has been retitled the Firestone 600. The June 7 race on the 1.5-mile oval will include 20 additional laps for a total of 248. Fans can simulate this extra 47 seconds of excitement by masturbating one extra time tonight. gm914 may need to do it twice.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 21:42

11 days away. I keep checking IndyCar.com for interesting Houston-related news, but there isn't even boring Houston-related news. I'm a huge butt for making the thread so early. The only Indycarish thing that's even happened in the last week that I know about was a fat guy who looked a bit like Will Power in front of me in line at the grocery store today. He didn't have an accent, which is the best kind of accent.

 

Watch this video from the IndyCar site and see if you can find anything funny at all.

 

 

If you can't, then submit some of your own racing-related slang and kill two minutes of misery from the next 11 days until the first race gets under way.

Well, that's a minute and ten seconds I'll never get back :rolleyes: Slightly less funny than a dose of the clap ,,,

 

Not necessarily interesting, but I think you'd have to be pretty sartorially challenged to want some of this stuff which turned up in my inbox earlier:

 

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And why is there a McLaren M8 CanAm car on the red socks? :confused:

 

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#97 Andrew Hope

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 21:58

At least the clap is presumably preceded by something fun. More than we'll be able to say about race 2!



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 00:00

gm914 may need to do it twice.

KLEENEX-LOTION-FACIAL-TISSUE-4-PACK-130.

 

Got 'em on sale at Target. :up:  



#99 Andrew Hope

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 01:17

This is going to get inappropriate in a big hurry. And it wouldn't be an IndyCar thread if it didn't.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 17:14

Apparently they did a seven hour test at Fontana for some reason. I don't follow IndyCar testing enough to know if people cry about unfair advantages in this series like they do in F1.

 

You can read about the test here, but a smarter way to spend 2 minutes and change would be just to listen to this cool song from a cell phone commercial in Canada.