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#1 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:01

We got a busy two weeks and lots of paintjob mania, so this will be a low-funny OP. It's like, Opening Posts Pause. Get down with OPP.

 

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Sup Sup!

 

Welcome to my favourite race in the world. Just, period. And you get Monaco to warm-up with. Though most of us are dying by the 300mile mark in Charlotte(maybe we should give Kurt some advice).

 

Schedule(it's gonna be race cars all the time basically)

Sunday(Today) - 12-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Practice

Monday - Same

Tuesday - Yes...

Wednesday - Still here

Thursay - If anyone hasn't done any laps yet, you're welcome to start

Friday - MORE MORE MORE though now we call it Fast Friday

Saturday - Qualifying*, phew

Sunday - More Qualifying. 

Monday - Oh we practice now!

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday - One hour of practice, Indylights race (last year was karazeee) and the pitstop competition.

Saturday

 

Race Day - Several hours of keeping an eye out for JP while we wait for the last 50 miles or so.

11:00am Est - Coverage begins on ABC and Nigerian Streaming Club.
 
11:33 - Indianapolis 500 Driver Introductions
 
11:45 - 12:00 pm - Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies
 
12:05 - Back Home Again in Indiana - Performed by Jim Nabors(for the last time, I am getting a tear tattoo)
 
12:15 - 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500(not sure if this is Start your Engines or Start the Race)

 

 

For all on-track sessions http://racecontrol.indycar.com/ is your friend. Live timing, video, sometimes commentary, etc.

 

Uhm, qualifying rules update/change/grab bag:

 

  • On the first day of time trials (Saturday May 17), all cars entered will make an attempt to qualify. Qualifying will be scheduled from 11:00 am to 5:50 pm. The fastest 33 cars will be locked into the starting field. Actual grid positioning, however, will not yet be assigned. The top nine cars from Saturday will be eligible for the Fast Nine Shootout.
  • On the second day of time trials (Sunday May 18), the cars that posted times from 10th–33rd will each make a qualifying attempt, beginning at 10:15 am. Saturday times will be erased, and the Sunday times will determine the starting lineup.
  • At 2 pm on Sunday, the top nine cars from Saturday will participate in the Fast Nine Shootout to determined the pole position as well as starting positions 2–9.

 

So Saturday is kind of pointless, but whatever.

 

Who's in the race? No one, technically

Fine, who's entered WELL

 

Foyt Honda
14 Takuma Sato
41 Martin Plowman
 
Andretti Honda
25 Polo Andretti
26 Kurtis Busch
27 EJ Viso*, for the moment
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
34 Carlos Munoz
 
*James Hincliffe went to the hospital after the Grand Prix of Indy(yesterday) with a concussion from a crash no one has figured out yet. Under Indycar rules he can't drive for a *minimum* of seven days. If we count Sunday/Practice 1 as the first day, he couldn't be in the car until second qualifying(Sunday). At Indianapolis the car qualifies, not the driver so Hinchcliffe could step into the car at any point before the green flag, he'd just go to the rear of the field.
 
 
Bryan Herta Honda
98 Jack the King of the North Hawksworth
 
Ganassi Chevrolet
8 Ryan Briscoe
9 Scott Dixon
10 Tony Kanaan
83 Wilford Kimball
 
Dale Coyne Honda
18 Justin Wilson
19 Caros Huertas
63 Pippa (Woah)Mann
 
Dreyer&Reinbold Chevrolet
22 Sage Karam(Ganassi development driver, expect this car to have some 'help')
 
Ed Carpenter Chevrolet
20 Ed Carpenter
21 JR Hildebrand
 
KV Chevrolet
6 Townsend Bell
11 Sebastien Bourdais
17 Sebastian Saavedra
33 James Davison
 
Lazier Partners Chevrolet
91 Buddy Lazier
 
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
15 Graham Rahal
16 Oriol Servia
 
Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda
67 Josef Newgarden
68 Alex Tagliani
 
Schmidt Honda
5 THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD JACQQQQUEEEES VILLENEUVE(Jack Villnoof </Paul Page)
7 Mikhail Aleshin
77 Simon Pagenaud
 
Penske Chevrolet
2 John Paul Montana
3 Helio Castroneves
12 Will Power
 
Past Winners: Jacques Villeneuve, Buddy Lazier, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan
 
 
 

I am officially opening the thread, and the event, with the weirdest paintjob I've ever seen on a race car.

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It's like that *inside* too 

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Bring on the magical mystery tour. Thread is verde verde verde.


Edited by Ross Stonefeld, 11 May 2014 - 15:07.


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#2 Rob G

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:06

Weather permitting, I'll be at the speedway either Wednesday or Thursday for practice. This will be my first time seeing cars on track there, so I am pumped!



#3 Peat

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:09

Ooooooh! It's that time of year!



#4 Risil

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:09

Indy 500! FANTASTIC. I LOVE OVALS. AND HOLIDAY WEEKENDS.

 

Townsend Bell's paint scheme is a little frightening.

 

Hildebrand, Tags, Karam and Busch in the 500 is good news to me. Villnev is a total IDFK what to think.

 

With Panther gone, am I right in thinking that Ed Carptenter and Buddy Lazer are the only links back to IRL of old?


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#5 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:13

Hmm, Dreyer and Reinbold I guess. And Foyt were the first ones to bail on CART.



#6 Andrew Hope

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:16

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Oh yeah.

 

Full-res shot (like 9 monitors wide).



#7 Bloggsworth

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:20

Katherine Legge - Pointy-pointy car or Indy 500, you know which to choose...



#8 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:23

 

With Panther gone, am I right in thinking that Ed Carptenter and Buddy Lazer are the only links back to IRL of old?

 

If you're counting teams then you can include Dreyer & Reinbold and Foyt.



#9 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:25

 

Oh yeah.

 

Full-res shot (like 9 monitors wide).

 

I was reluctant to click on that as the URL has "Flavio" in it.

 

It's about 4.5 monitors for me. :cool:


Edited by PayasYouRace, 11 May 2014 - 15:26.


#10 LB

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:29

If I get off this boat wedn...er now thursday I'll be flying out wednesday after hopefully at the track friday saturday and sunday :)

#11 Rob G

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:29

If you're counting teams then you can include Dreyer & Reinbold and Foyt.

 

I'd include Sam Schmidt and Sarah Fisher too, even though they're technically not the same teams as in the IRL days.



#12 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:37

I'd include Sam Schmidt and Sarah Fisher too, even though they're technically not the same teams as in the IRL days.

 

Well they're definitely IRL people.



#13 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 16:17

Practice has begun, and with it the official wait for the Simon Pagenaud visor-cam.



#14 Risil

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 16:42

Yaaaay

 



#15 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 17:33

I like that as cars come down the front straight you can see all the tire marks on the grid from the start shunt and Montoya-Rahal integration  :p



#16 Prost1997T

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 17:35

Karam getting more laps in, good to see him get up to speed. Tagliani setting out just now.



#17 paulogman

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 17:54

how are you seeing practice?

is there a live stream?

I checked on the indy500 website and there is a live stream link but no on track action.

is there any live timing?



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 18:33

http://racecontrol.indycar.com/

 

or http://www.livestream.com/indycar for just video. As for cars on track, the #22 just left the pits so there'll be action soon enough.


Edited by Prost1997T, 11 May 2014 - 18:34.


#19 JHSingo

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 18:37

A close friend of mine is going for the first time. I'm very envious.

 

For anyone else on these parts who are also attending, have a blast.



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#20 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 18:39

I've got the 100th pencilled in to attend.



#21 Prost1997T

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 20:22

Practice times so far:

 

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#22 Richard T

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 21:39

I'm watching practice, this is the first time I see indycars at IMS.

I'm amazed by the smoothness of both driving and car behaviour. Everything the driver do seems so calm and you could even distinguish Hunter-Reays chest moving from a pretty calm breathing, while going at warp speeds!

Must be an awesome feeling

#23 Andrew Hope

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 21:45

I've got the 100th pencilled in to attend.

 

Me too. I'm going to be there or I'm going to die trying. Either way, somebody wins.



#24 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:03

Me too. I'm going to be there or I'm going to die trying. Either way, somebody wins.

 

I'd definitely prefer the former, but if it must be the latter, make sure you make it spectacular.



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:04

I'd definitely prefer the former, but if it must be the latter, make sure you make it spectacular.

 

If the worst comes to the worst, I've got a plan.

 

Fastest six speeds of the day, fresh off the print screen:

 

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#26 prommer

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:07

This tweet fascinates me.

 

The “Munoz Line” through T1 has become popular. A few drivers below the white line. Kurt Busch getting very close to the grass. #Indy500

 

 

 

Drivers feeling the need to run in the higher-risk style of Munoz just to keep up? Supposedly after this race, the apron gets put back in for the Brickyard 400; no word whether it stays for Indy next year. If it does... yipes.



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:08

slowly the speeds are creeping up.

wasn't the peak quali speeds around 230?



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:11

painful press conference



#29 PayasYouRace

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:12

If the worst comes to the worst, I've got a plan.

 

Fastest six speeds of the day, fresh off the print screen:

 

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Serious spacing issues.

 

Interesting to see JRH up there. Well we know he'd decent at the brickyard and Carpenter's got good oval set-ups. Not surpised at all to see JPM up there though, despite how long it's been since his last (successful) attempt/



#30 JHSingo

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:13

painful press conference

 

"No one has any questions for Will?" :lol:



#31 Risil

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 22:27

Indycar is wasted on the Real Media



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:08

Miller's Day 1 review.


Miller and Monterier.


Kurt Loves his Mom.. :up:

Guess who's gonna be there?...from 4:45


Day 1 video

Jp

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:17

For the first time in years, I'm really excited about this race!

 

Would love to see Sato turn around his season here, but wouldn't mind if Pagenaud won, either.

 

 



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:58

Montoya v Miller

Awkward 



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 06:40

slowly the speeds are creeping up.
wasn't the peak quali speeds around 230?


Fastest I ever saw was a 242 mph lap in a Lola in 1990.

If you want to be ultra picky and disallow laps done on computer games, then Arie's 237 from 1996 remains the benchmark.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 18:55

Marco Andretti tops the chart at 224mph, halfway through the second day of practice. http://racecontrol.indycar.com/



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:10

So is the maximum starting grid 33 cars? How many will there actually be? In theory any number can turn up for practice and qualifying?
Thanks :) (this is only my second following of the 500) I love that race control website, do indycar only do that for the 500? Will the race be on it?

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:16

The maximum starting grid is 33 cars and to be honest it would be interpreted as a political disaster for Indycar if there were any fewer. There's been 11 rows of 3 starting every Indy 500 I can remember. I guess in theory they're only limited by garage space and entries in the 40s were common not very long ago.

 

Currently the hard limit on entries is the number of engines supplied by Honda and Chevrolet. Each unit is supplied at a loss so there's not really much incentive to support teams without a shot at victory.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:18

I love the long practice sessions too but I wish they had some exotica to test. But engineering exotica 2014-style is not cheap, as F1 and Le Mans are proving.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:27

But engineering exotica 2014-style is not cheap, as F1 and Le Mans are proving.

 

Going to need more manufacturer support for that. Though according to Will Power the tyres are better than last year.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:31

So is the maximum starting grid 33 cars? How many will there actually be? In theory any number can turn up for practice and qualifying?
Thanks :) (this is only my second following of the 500) I love that race control website, do indycar only do that for the 500? Will the race be on it?

 

33 cars start the race. For Indy alone there is a ceromonial 3-wide rows of 11 cars and in fairness it would look very bad for IndyCar if they failed to reach this number. I don't think there's any upper limit to entries allowed, but only 33 make the field. In the past 40+ entries was not uncommon. My first 500 was 1995, where 33 cars started while 12 cars failed to qualify.

 

Also note that at Indy it's the car that qualifies, not the driver. So you could have a guy qualify your car, but another guy drive it in the race, which might happen with Andretti if EJ Viso qualifies the car and James Hinchcliffe races it.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:48

If this Katherine Legge to Foyt rumor proves true, we may have 34 entries by the weekend.  Thus, Saturday could be called "Bump Day" again, as in one (1) bump.  Gotta love how AJ's ready to pounce whenever there's any weakness to be seen in the field.  Like two years ago when Pippa Mann and Jay Howard were helmet-in-hand waiting to take out Alesi and de Silvestro in the Slotii.

 

In other news...   :drunk:  :drunk:

 

Best story of the day from #Indy500 practice: Mario volunteered to shake down Hinchcliffe's car Sun. He's 74 and has no off switch. #IndyCar



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:39

I love that race control website, do indycar only do that for the 500? Will the race be on it?

Hey Bully..

NO, the race will NOT be on the racecontrol site.

It's only on when there is NO TV... so it 's on this week (No Sat/Sun) and maybe Monday after quals.

That's it.

 

Jp



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 21:01

Oh right. ESPN then.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 21:10

Last hour of practice, 30 cars have turned laps today. That turbo rumble never gets old :p



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 22:08

RHR ends practice day 2 fastest at 225mph: https://twitter.com/...8130816/photo/1



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 22:47

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#48 stewie

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 06:09

[quote name="prommer" post="6711748" timestamp="1399924112"]

Gotta love how AJ's ready to pounce whenever there's any weakness to be seen in the field. Like two years ago when Pippa Mann and Jay Howard were helmet-in-hand waiting to take out Alesi and de Silvestro in the Slotii.

How come they didn't try bumping in the end? Lack of engine deal?

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 11:32

so one mile an hour difference in lap speed is 18 hundreths of a second.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 13:21

so one mile an hour difference in lap speed is 18 hundreths of a second.


I think you will find it varies.