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#1 paulb

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 15:47

What Happened Last Year (Cliff Notes version)
JoNew on pole with Dixon leading over half the race.

Typical Indycar action
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Familiar victor (not our Victor)
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The Indycar wayback machine takes us to Mark Blundell’s win in 1997. An upstart driver earned his first pole at that race. Can someone tell me how to embed the video?
https://youtu.be/d3KjRjIvNr0

2019
Expect to see the current strongmen vying for the top spots, that is, any Penske driver, Dixon, and Rossi. Hinchcliffe could be up there too, he was good last year and he has the Wickens factor behind him. Speaking of whom will be driving with hand controls in a badass Acura NSX, modified by Arrow. The question is, will Robert complete more laps than Sage in a Carlin?

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Detailed Track Map
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Indycar track blurb: The tight 11-turn, 1.786-mile Exhibition Place street circuit offers great views of downtown Toronto and often leads to cars attempting to squeeze past each other in turns. Many times, only one car makes it out unscathed. The long frontstretch leading into the Prince's Gate at Turn 1 and the Lakeshore Boulevard straight leading into a hard 90-degree right-hander at Turn 3 are the best places for overtaking.


Weekend Schedule (all times EST) [Telecast Info]

FRIDAY, JULY 12
COOPER TIRES USF2000 – PRACTICE 8:00A – 8:30A
INDY PRO 2000 –PRACTICE 8:45A – 9:10A
INDY LIGHTS – PRACTICE 10:10A – 10:50A
NTT INDYCAR SERIES –PRACTICE 1 11:05A – 11:50A [NBC GOLD, Indycar live timing]
INDY PRO 2000 – QUALIFICATIONS – RACE 1 2:05P – 2:25P
COOPER TIRES USF2000 – QUALIFICATIONS – RACE 1 2:40P – 3:00P
NTT INDYCAR SERIES – PRACTICE 2 3:15P – 4:00P [NBC GOLD, Indycar live timing]
INDY PRO 2000 – QUALIFICATIONS – RACE 2 6:30P – 6:50P

SATURDAY, JULY 13
COOPER TIRES USF2000 – QUALIFICATIONS – RACE 2 8:05A – 8:25A
INDY LIGHTS – QUALIFICATIONS – RACE 1 8:40A – 9:10A
INDY PRO 2000 –RACE 1 9:25A – 10:05A
NTT INDYCAR SERIES – PRACTICE 3 10:20A – 11:05A [NBC GOLD, Indycar live timing]
COOPER TIRES USF2000 – RACE 1 11:20A – 12:00P
INDY LIGHTS – RACE 112:45P – 1:40P
NTT INDYCAR SERIES –QUALIFICATIONS 2:00P – 3:15P [NBCSN, Indycar live timing]

SUNDAY, JULY 14
INDY LIGHTS – QUALIFICATIONS – RACE 2 8:15A – 8:45A
COOPER TIRES USF2000 – RACE 2 9:00A – 9:40A
INDY PRO 2000 – RACE 29:55A – 10:45A
INDY LIGHTS – RACE 211:00A – 12:00P
NTT INDYCAR SERIES – WARM UP 12:15P – 12:45P [NBC GOLD, Indycar live timing]
THE HONDA INDY TORONTO (85 LAPS) 3:35P – 5:45P [3:00P - 6:00P NBCSN, Indycar live timing]

Don't forget to get your fantasy pics in at FanTrax.com.

Good Indycar and good luck!

Edited by paulb, 12 July 2019 - 20:10.


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#2 sblick

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 15:54

Quick and good OP.  Please Seb win one :clap:



#3 red stick

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 15:56

Hinch does seem to come alive for this race.  And fun fact--Marco has finished in the Top Ten each of the last three years.  Now granted, two of those were 10th, but you could do worse.



#4 BuddyHolly

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 16:02

Bring it on!!  Can't wait



#5 Spillage

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 19:33

I realised today that I've now been posting ill-thought out nonsense on this forum for over a decade. How depressing. I look forward to spending the entirety of this Sunday doing the same.

#6 red stick

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 19:39

Better out than in?

 

Or does that rule of thumb not work in this context?

 

 ;)



#7 maximilian

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 22:04

Best OP for a Canadian IndyCar race this year, well done!  :up:  :up:

 

FINALLY another IndyCar race!  It seems like months since the last one.  Can't wait!!  :love:  :love:  :love:



#8 bargeboard

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 22:10

Mark me down for Wickens over Karam in laps completed!

#9 jonpollak

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 23:06

Is it cuz I picked him?... fifteen bucks, call me cheap.
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#10 red stick

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 00:55

You're cheap . . .

#11 king_crud

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:12

I love this race, mostly because it was on the calendar when I started watching Indycars almost 30 years ago

#12 MikeV1987

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:25

Forecast says thunderstorms for Saturday so qualy could be fun, or not...

#13 PayasYouRace

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:29

That 1997 race was the first I saw here. Mark Blundell at the height of his success. Great stuff and the track has hardly changed since then.

#14 paulb

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:25

Three car mess in USF2000 first practice. Red flag. Hopefully not a weekend omen.

#15 FLB

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:27

Well, it's better to get it out of the way now.



#16 SenorSjon

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 14:02

For Dutchies, broadcasting starts Sunday at 21.30 on Ziggo Sport Extra



#17 Jim Thurman

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 16:29

Mark me down for Wickens over Karam in laps completed!

 

I don't think Karam will go out on lap 1, he's not Maldonado. Maldonado isn't even Maldonado...

 

...BUT, I do think we should make picks on who it is that Karam runs into, with when (what lap) being a tie-breaker. We can wait until qualifying is set to peruse the grid to select his most likely victim(s).



#18 paulb

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 18:53

USF2000 has a red flag during qualifying, single car incident.

#19 paulb

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 19:33

Ruh roh, Rossi into the barrier at T11. Red flag. 26 min to go in P2.

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#20 jonpollak

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 19:36

Hello!!!.. From Athens Greece where Jp’s work day starts at 1am.
Found a Nigerian here for P2 and OMG.. who’s NOT in the wall??

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 19:39

Sorry folks, you can blame me for that; Rossi is among the unfortunate souls to be my picks this weekend.



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 20:52

They have given Santino Ferrucci the visor cam: https://twitter.com/...728759148425216 The track looks even bumpier than Silverstone!

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 21:05

I love these gritty indycar street tracks, long beach and Detroit, try 2019 F1 around those  :cat:



#24 paulb

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 21:38

They have given Santino Ferrucci the visor cam: https://twitter.com/...728759148425216 The track looks even bumpier than Silverstone!

Looks like a lot more work than in 1997.

#25 Alfisti

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 22:01

As usual went to fan Friday with my eldest, was a good day.

Sat right on turn 11 and it's a ****ing mess. Super bumpy, different surfaces from asphalt to co create to mystery surface, water grates, sewer caps.....jeeeeezus. saw 2 IndyCar's and 2 porsche cup cars lose it there when not really pushing.

Sage karma's car looked AWFUL through there, like visibly ****. Not riding the bumps at all. His hands were working overtime

#26 Risil

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 22:30

Thanks for the reportage Alfisti!

#27 Risil

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 22:32

Also I swear Pagenaud's monochrome livery this weekend is a meta-dig at his normal Menards eyebleed.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 03:06

As usual went to fan Friday with my eldest, was a good day.

Sat right on turn 11 and it's a ****ing mess. Super bumpy, different surfaces from asphalt to co create to mystery surface, water grates, sewer caps.....jeeeeezus. saw 2 IndyCar's and 2 porsche cup cars lose it there when not really pushing.

Sage karma's car looked AWFUL through there, like visibly ****. Not riding the bumps at all. His hands were working overtime

 

I second that. The track is embarrassingly bad through 9-10-11. :eek:



#29 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:39

Qualifying day bump.

#30 sblick

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:55

Sage Karam runs into Graham Rahal on Lap 21.  My prediction.  Time for a re-pave of Toronto circuit?



#31 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 12:02

Sage Karam runs into Graham Rahal on Lap 21. My prediction. Time for a re-pave of Toronto circuit?

I hope Sage surprises with success. But because I picked him, that is guaranteed not to happen.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 12:48

He could run around in last place and keep his nose clean...

Yeah right Jp

#33 MikeV1987

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 12:54

Headed down to the track soon, weather is nice but’s it’s supposed to rain around qualifying time.

Also very stoked to see the stadium trucks! Will post some pics If my phone doesn’t die.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 12:57

Headed down to the track soon, weather is nice but’s it’s supposed to rain around qualifying time.

Also very stoked to see the stadium trucks! Will post some pics If my phone doesn’t die.

Have a blast, Mike! Trucks are a riot, they catch NASA-class air.

Edited by paulb, 13 July 2019 - 12:58.


#35 Alfisti

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 12:58

Headed down to the track soon, weather is nice but’s it’s supposed to rain around qualifying time.



Also very stoked to see the stadium trucks! Will post some pics If my phone doesn’t die.


Bah we should have met up.

#36 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 13:11

Exciting Lights qualifying.

#37 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 14:23

Practice 3 is underway.

#38 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 15:06

Rahal causes a late red flag.

Qualifying could be chaotic.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 16:10

Sadly I'm going to miss qualifying as the wife wishes to go out tonight so I'll put a smile on my face but I'll be miserable inside.  :p



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#40 MikeV1987

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 16:27

The Porsche’s sound absolutely amazing. Wandering around the pits right now.

https://imgur.com/gallery/XPRnTvF

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 17:15

My work schedule means I miss everything ... consarnit..
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#42 MikeV1987

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 17:19

it was supposed to start raining around this time but the weather is still nice here.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 17:33

Sage Karam runs into Graham Rahal on Lap 21. My prediction. Time for a re-pave of Toronto circuit?

Damn, I saw this and almost thought the race was on Saturday. :drunk:

#44 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 17:47

Qualifying in less than 15min. Giggity.

#45 Alfisti

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 17:50

Yeah the cup cars sound awesome. If you wa der way out the back porsche has a few new 911s on display. Not sure about the back end tbh.

#46 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 17:52

Ok, how do they pick qualifying groups?

Group 2 is far more stacked than Group 1.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 18:02

Place in FP 3, odd and even numbers goes to the different quali groups



#48 milestone 11

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 18:05

Jeez, that surface! Great interlude with Bourdais and Sato. A chin strap choker. :lol:

#49 paulb

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 18:05

^Thanks!

Anyone see what happened on track between Sato and Bourdais?

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 18:08

Sato got eventful weekend includes a pit lane scuffle with Sebastian Bourdais