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#351 OvDrone

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 21:26

Rossi, Newgarden, and Dixon are rapidly making this a 3-guy show.  Happily, Alex and Josef learning from the Old Master will leave us with a pretty impressive rivalry over the next 20 years after Dixon finally decides to stop beating up on everyone.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay can make it a foursome if he'd have just 5% more fortune or one less Honda blowout.

 

Will Power would be in it too, if he wouldn't be Will Power.



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#352 juicy sushi

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:02

Ryan Hunter-Reay can make it a foursome if he'd have just 5% more fortune or one less Honda blowout.

Will Power would be in it too, if he wouldn't be Will Power.

But the universe is as it is, so we have a three-way title fight.

#353 jonpollak

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 01:01

28 drivers confirmed for the April24th test at the Speedway

https://www.motorspo...y-test/4372122/

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Edited by jonpollak, 17 April 2019 - 01:02.


#354 prommer

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 03:00

AlonsoMania at the speedway part deux? Will we have 2 million viewers on the livestream?



#355 jonpollak

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 03:36

Good Question.
Why is it I don't think so?


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#356 maximilian

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 11:16

Good Question.
Why is it I don't think so?


Jp

 

Because NBC Gold IndyCar Pass doesn't have 2 million subscribers?  :p


Edited by maximilian, 17 April 2019 - 11:17.


#357 Frood

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 12:18

Floyd takes Roger’s side when it comes to full-time entries being guaranteed a spot in the 500:

https://eu.indystar....day/3472899002/

As I said before, can understand the argument - doesn’t mean I agree in the slightest.

#358 Radoye

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 13:36

As I said before, can understand the argument - doesn’t mean I agree in the slightest.

 

Yep, 25-8 all over again.



#359 Joseki

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 13:44

Floyd takes Roger’s side when it comes to full-time entries being guaranteed a spot in the 500:

https://eu.indystar....day/3472899002/

As I said before, can understand the argument - doesn’t mean I agree in the slightest.

 

Maybe Chip and Roger can create their own series...



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#360 HistoryFan

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 13:57

28 drivers confirmed for the April24th test at the Speedway

https://www.motorspo...y-test/4372122/

Jp

 

Looks like there won't be more than 33 drivers at the Indy 500...

 



#361 loki

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:14

Because NBC Gold IndyCar Pass doesn't have 2 million subscribers?  :p

The test is streamed free just like last year when they hit the 2 mil mark.  The activity after the road race will need to have a subscription.



#362 jonpollak

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:24

Indycar.com and also on the NTT indycar YouTube page.
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#363 Peat

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 12:41

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Finally, a nice livery for Marco!


Edited by Peat, 18 April 2019 - 12:42.


#364 juicy sushi

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 14:36

It's nice.  But honestly, there wasn't anything wrong with the paint job he was already running this year.  It looked nice as well.



#365 maximilian

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 15:08

Yeah, the livery is Marco's least problem   ;)

 

The cool thing though is, it was apparently introduced at the NBC Today show - I'm liking the exposure/promotion.

 

All facetiousness aside, an Andretti winning the 500 would be REALLY good for IndyCar.


Edited by maximilian, 18 April 2019 - 15:09.


#366 boomn

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 15:34

Yeah, the livery is Marco's least problem   ;)

 

The cool thing though is, it was apparently introduced at the NBC Today show - I'm liking the exposure/promotion.

 

All facetiousness aside, an Andretti winning the 500 would be REALLY good for IndyCar.

And if this were Nascar it would happen, by perfect 'coincidence'

 

Thankfully this is Indycar and who knows crazy thing may happen!


Edited by boomn, 18 April 2019 - 15:35.


#367 juicy sushi

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 15:39

Yeah, the livery is Marco's least problem   ;)

 

The cool thing though is, it was apparently introduced at the NBC Today show - I'm liking the exposure/promotion.

 

All facetiousness aside, an Andretti winning the 500 would be REALLY good for IndyCar.

Ah.  And looking at the photo with Mario in the background, I now get the motivation for the colour swap.  It now sports a shade pretty close to Mario's winner.  I guess I hadn't had enough coffee at that point in the morning to notice.



#368 jonpollak

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 16:09

In pictures it reminds me of this years Ferrari Barça testing color.
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#369 racinggeek

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 18:59

SAGE GETS FOUR MORE RACE DATES WITH DREYER REINBOLD!!!

 

(However, it's in American Rallycross, not IndyCar)

 

Oh well, at least it's a series where bouncing off things is perfectly acceptable ...


Edited by racinggeek, 18 April 2019 - 18:59.


#370 Frood

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 19:19

SAGE GETS FOUR MORE RACE DATES WITH DREYER REINBOLD!!!

 

 

Don't scare me like that.



#371 rghojai

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 21:28

Git yer Harding-Steinbrenner gear, kats and kittens

 

https://shop.hardingracing.com/

 

Hot hot prices on Gabby Chaves shirts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!111111111112!!!!!!!!!sato

 

 

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#372 jonpollak

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 02:15

Love me some Gabby.
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#373 Henri Greuter

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 10:23

Floyd takes Roger’s side when it comes to full-time entries being guaranteed a spot in the 500:

https://eu.indystar....day/3472899002/

As I said before, can understand the argument - doesn’t mean I agree in the slightest.

 

 

Yep, 25-8 all over again.

 

 

OMG....

 

I understand why they want it.

I know of at least one kind of ` one race only ` deals for a certain purpose of which I hate it if such drivers would make the field at the expense of a team that supports the full series.

But that would be truly ironic given the fact that in the past when such a rule was implemented it drove them away from the track and made the split even more definitive for the time being... And now they want that rule to help them?????



#374 paulb

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 13:59

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If I squint a little, it looks like a traffic cone.



#375 PayasYouRace

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 14:20

I do like the retro livery, but with the modern shape of the cars it looks more Lotus turbine than Mario's Brawner.



#376 red stick

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 14:44

STP red is STP red--the details here are what make it interesting, like the metallic colors on the wings aping the original metal.  These were good looking cars, whether it was the turbines, the Hawk, or even Johncock's '73 Indy 500 winning Eagle. 



#377 paulb

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 16:15

STP red is STP red--the details here are what make it interesting, like the metallic colors on the wings aping the original metal.  These were good looking cars, whether it was the turbines, the Hawk, or even Johncock's '73 Indy 500 winning Eagle. 

 

Excuse to post pic of said car

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Edited by paulb, 19 April 2019 - 16:16.


#378 PayasYouRace

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 16:40

Pre-ground effect aero days were fascinating in any series. So many different and bizarre shapes were tried. It all got a bit similar once the Lotus 79 came along.

#379 FLB

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 16:53

Excuse to post pic of said car

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A funny story. 

 

 

I went with my parents to the Indy Museum in July, 1989. We took several pictures of the cars on display, still on film of course. When we got the pictures, there was a sticker at the back of the picture of the car presented as the 1973 winner apologizing for the (over) brightness and not getting the colour quite right.

 

It was *exactly* the right shade of day-glow red.


Edited by FLB, 19 April 2019 - 16:54.


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#380 rghojai

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 19:29

Excuse to post pic of said car

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Excuse to enjoy good memories of going to IMS in 1982, sitting in Turn 1....



#381 prommer

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 02:28

If you've ever wanted to argue with an Indycar owner, now's your chance as Chip Ganassi (and Mike Hull as well) has been on twitter for the past half hour engaging with fans who aren't happy with his anti-bump stance. 



#382 Jeeves

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 04:07

If you've ever wanted to argue with an Indycar owner, now's your chance as Chip Ganassi (and Mike Hull as well) has been on twitter for the past half hour engaging with fans who aren't happy with his anti-bump stance.

Some of the comments are downright nasty.

Doesn't seem like they (the powers that be) are working towards a compromise. Maybe allow the top 5/10 in points to get a free ride, and have the rest of them deal with the bump day?

Edited by Jeeves, 20 April 2019 - 04:09.


#383 noriaki

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 08:37

I would be happy with some form of guarantee on that the sponsors of those Full Time cars who did not make it, can freely be transferred on some of the 500 only entries for the race day.

I get the sponsorship argument that it could be a major funding disaster for the FT entry if their sponsor missed out on the TV exposure, and its not usually like all the Oriol Servias, JR Hildebrands and James Davisons of the world have cars fully plastered with adverts anyway.. so surely they would find a way to do that.

Giving guarantees to the cars themselves is a big nono though. The beauty of Indy Q is that when you're too slow, you sit out, as nobly demonstrated by Hinch last year.

Edited by noriaki, 20 April 2019 - 08:39.


#384 Henri Greuter

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 09:09

I would be happy with some form of guarantee on that the sponsors of those Full Time cars who did not make it, can freely be transferred on some of the 500 only entries for the race day.

I get the sponsorship argument that it could be a major funding disaster for the FT entry if their sponsor missed out on the TV exposure, and its not usually like all the Oriol Servias, JR Hildebrands and James Davisons of the world have cars fully plastered with adverts anyway.. so surely they would find a way to do that.

Giving guarantees to the cars themselves is a big nono though. The beauty of Indy Q is that when you're too slow, you sit out, as nobly demonstrated by Hinch last year.

 

I wonder if it is about cars (thus no matter who drive them....) or if the driver is a matter of concerrn as well.  In example: If a Penske hotshot has a Hinchcliffe "version 2015 experience" or something like that and not longer able to race, let alone qualify, can a Peske backup car take over the guaranteed starting spot  and be driven by another driver? So mr. Penske's sponsor still has exposure on race day guaranteed?

 

We have seen sponsorship of DNQ cars been transferred onto qualified cars. The most bizarre example I recall from personal experience is the Hardees sponsorshop for (initially) Pancho Carter. It was on his primary car that was wiped out, the backup car that was wiped out too, then put on the replacement car bought by the team (A Scott Brayton Backup car)  that they couldn't bring up to speed anymore on Bump day alone, and finally went onto Tony Bettenhausen's qualified car. And on race day: Bettenhausen and Brayton crashed out in the second corner of the first lap!!!



#385 Joseki

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 17:24

I've rarely seen IndyCar fans (or motorsport fans in general) agreeing so much on something.

 

Everyone hates this. :up:



#386 jonpollak

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 17:57

Sense may be prevailing.....

https://www.indystar...500/3507127002/


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Edited by jonpollak, 20 April 2019 - 18:23.


#387 Joseki

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 19:26

Personally I think the way forward is giving teams on the bubble more chances of being safe. Bigger teams should have the resources and the ability of getting into the race if they deliver one clean quali attempt. With the current system a crash on Saturday and a puncture on Sunday could exclude even a car capable of being on pole.

 

Maybe giving 3 attemps to every car in the bump session is something they should consider.


Edited by Joseki, 20 April 2019 - 19:26.


#388 prommer

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 20:36

The only compromise I can see coming from this would be Hulman & Co. writing a little "thanks for your time" check to all of the bumpees.  Perhaps maybe that's what Chip, Roger and Michael are bargaining for.

 

Has Sam Schmidt weighed in on this topic yet? I mean, he's the one (and his sponsor) who actually suffered this last year?



#389 maximilian

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 20:55

 

Has Sam Schmidt weighed in on this topic yet? I mean, he's the one (and his sponsor) who actually suffered this last year?

 

And I still feel that the DNQ actually got them MORE attention and exposure if they had been IN the race...   ;)



#390 Ben1445

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 19:16

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*double take* 

 

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 19:22

We had a thread about that sort of thing recently. Weird.

 

 

This popped up on reddit:
*shudders*

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I suppose it does explain what happened to some of the old crapwagons.



#392 noriaki

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 08:29

It's weird but somehow the NAPA livery does fit the IR-05. It looks 2005 enough. The Ferrari livery, otoh, is way too 2010's to fit a 90's car.

#393 Joseki

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 16:57

Adam Stern says Porsche could enter the series as an OEM.

#394 boomn

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 17:25

Adam Stern says Porsche could enter the series as an OEM.

Eeenteresting.  I wouldn't have guessed Porsche, but then again they sell a lot of V6's relative to their flat-6's and flat-4's


Edited by boomn, 26 April 2019 - 17:25.


#395 johnwilliamdavies

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 18:47

Wish there was an Indy race this evening to entertain me, after sitting through that Baku borefest.



#396 maximilian

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 21:41

Adam Stern says Porsche could enter the series as an OEM.

 

Well, it didn't sound too good in that RACER article from yesterday...



#397 jonpollak

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 13:06

If any of you intend to go to the GP there’s half price admission as long as you bring a kid under 12. (They go free )

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#398 PayasYouRace

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 13:54

Please make sure the child’s guardian consents to you taking them too.

#399 sblick

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 17:15

After Baku I don't think I will watch an F1 race until someone other than Mercedes, Red Bull, or Ferrari win.  On merit not on some fluke of a safety car or crashes.  So predictable and unexciting.  40 years of fandom gone from the Three Pointed Star



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#400 PayasYouRace

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 18:37

After Baku I don't think I will watch an F1 race until someone other than Mercedes, Red Bull, or Ferrari win.  On merit not on some fluke of a safety car or crashes.  So predictable and unexciting.  40 years of fandom gone from the Three Pointed Star

 

How did you get through 1988-1996 (McLaren, Williams, Ferrari and Benetton only winning)? Or did you stop watching and then start again when Panis won at Monaco? Actually that definitely wasn't on "merit" by your standard either, so you must have started watching again when Hill won at Spa? No wait that was a bit fluky too. Well perhaps any of those Jordan wins were in slightly exceptional circumstances, with a lot of rain or leaders dropping out. Must ignore Herbert in the Stewart too. So you must have stopped watching F1 for a good 20 of those 40 years when those top four teams were the only winners on "merit".

 

Then again, what does that have to do with Indycar?