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Indycar 1995 WatchParty Round 2: Surfers Paradise IndyCARNIVAL (Sunday 7.30pm GMT start!)


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#1 Risil

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 21:22

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Round 2, everybody! After an entertaining and attritional race around Bicentennial Park in Miami, the series moves onto, er, another seafront street circuit at Surfers Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast. Last time out, Jacques Villeneuve led home the unexpectedly rapid Mauricio Gugelmin after early contenders Michael Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi hit trouble. Paul Tracy won everyone’s hearts by crashing out of his Newman-Haas debut almost immediately, and then being subjected to a televisual dressing-down by what seemed like the whole Indycar fraternity but was in fact just Bobby Unser, Sam Posey and Paul Page.

The track itself is pretty unusual, featuring four straights punctuated by chicanes that look very much like traffic-calming measures, and then squiggly bit at the end of the lap. If you can imagine the Baku circuit but more likeable and with no castle, you’re in the right area. At 2.8 miles it’s also long for a street circuit, especially one on the CART trail. All this is to say 1) the powerful Indycars get a chance to stretch their non-literal legs, and 2) it’s a little bit scary.
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As of 1995, there hasn’t been an uneventful race: 1991 saw John Andretti’s only Indycar victory after the two favourites Michael Andretti and Al Unser, Jr collided while fighting for the lead. 1992 saw Emerson Fittipaldi survive a last-lap downpour, and in 1993 Nigel Mansell stormed past the Penskes to take a debut win. And in 1994, Michael Andretti finally scored a win in Australia, surviving a rain-delayed caution-fest to take the chequered flag in the twilight. Mikey and Emmo will naturally be hoping to prevent a fifth winner in five years.

What happened in qualifying?
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Michael Andretti makes it two pole positions from two, with more than a tenth in hand over Miami GP winner Jacques Villeneuve. A stronger showing for Penske too, who lock out row number two.

1. Michael Andretti 1:36.770, Newman-Haas L/F/G
2. Jacques Villeneuve +0.138, Team Green R/F/G
3. Al Unser, Jr +0.205, Team Penske P/M/G
4. Emerson Fittipaldi +0.327, Team Penske P/M/G
5. Teo Fabi +0.365, Forsythe R/F/G
6. Gil de Ferran ® +0.573, Hall R/M/G
7. Stefan Johansson +0.872, Bettenhausen P/M/G
8. Jimmy Vasser +0.883, Ganassi R/F/G
9. Paul Tracy +0.930, Newman-Haas L/F/G
10. Mo Gugelmin +1.032, PacWest R/F/G
11. Scott Pruett +1.287, Patrick L/F/F
12. Adrian Fernandez +1.289, Galles L/M/G

Rahal 13th, Christian Fittipaldi 14th, Gordon 15th, Sullivan 19th.

A couple of absences: general scapegoat Dennis Vitolo has not made the trip to Australia and the Miami GP’s unexpectedly essential Christian Danner is also not returning. On the other hand, we get Buddy Lazier racing Danner’s car instead. He starts on the twelfth row in 24th position.

I’ve got a Youtube video – let’s get this underway at 7.30pm GMT on Sunday 22 March, if everyone's up for it!



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#2 jonpollak

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 21:44

Oh noes...
Not Buddy Lazier.
Jp

#3 bargeboard

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 22:42

Still convinced Newman Haas has put together the hottest line-up since Al and Bobby teamed up a couple years back. Bobby and Al may be more consistent, but Michael and Paul should be good for a half-dozen wins each if things go well. 



#4 Luca Pacchiarini

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 23:39

that mag is one of the most 90's things I've ever seen  :clap:  :up:



#5 PayasYouRace

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 23:47

This is a good idea but I actually watched the 1995 season over the winter so I won’t be joining you guys this time.



#6 Risil

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 23:49

This is a good idea but I actually watched the 1995 season over the winter so I won’t be joining you guys this time.


Do you have any tips for us?

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 00:06

Do you have any tips for us?

Put your feet up and enjoy a cold drink. It’s good stuff.



#8 paulb

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 00:56

Who hooooze!

Post link please, Risil.

#9 rghojai

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:17

Omani IndyCat says that's damn late for the Muscateers,

 

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#10 Christbiscuit

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:54

Sweet. The last one was great fun. Let’s do this!

I hope that Jawg Filnefff guy is racing again. He looked like a decent driver.

#11 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 10:23

Omani IndyCat says that's damn late for the Muscateers,

 

I see where IndyCat is coming from. I want to keep this a decent time for the western hemisphere guys too. Might 6-6.30 GMT work better in future?



#12 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 11:01

Who hooooze!

Post link please, Risil.

 

Here's the video for later:



#13 rghojai

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 12:19

Irked Omani IndyCat says 6 might be barely tolerable.

 

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#14 djparky

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 13:10

I was at that race, my first ever Indy Car race.

had seats in the grandstand across from the pitlane. I dont remember who won but I remember Andretti being held up by back markers.

#15 djparky

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 13:10

I was at that race, my first ever Indy Car race.

had seats in the grandstand across from the pitlane. I dont remember who won but I remember Andretti being held up by back markers.

#16 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 13:22

Michael Andretti and backmarkers! Like Captain Ahab and the White Whale.

#17 red stick

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 15:26

That Andretti photo speaks volumes about why I was an Al Jr. fan back in the day.    :cool:

 

Even before he drove for Penske!



#18 B Squared

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 15:31

^^My Dad has seen the "500" since 1957, and when asked to name his favorite driver from all of those years, his answer is Al Unser, Jr. My brother and I loved the guy too and still do. I still call his mom from time to time to chat and have her give him our best.



#19 jonpollak

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 17:03

I was friends with Shelly...

What a lovely woman she was.

Jp



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#20 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 17:13

Al Jr seemed to me so gentle and unguarded in his interviews. Unlike Michael he seemed more comfortable with not winning flat-out, as well. It's a shame he and Penske entered a decline in the second half of the 1990s as he could definitely have given Andretti, Zanardi and the gang a run for their money.

Still, for the purposes of this thread that's all in the future. He's still on top of the world in March 1995!

#21 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 18:33

One hour, everyone!



#22 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 18:35

To get you in the mood, here's Al Unser, Jr and Jackie Stewart driving round the track while a camera crew presumably crouches in the back seat

 

 

Bonus: the clips of Al Junior show his rather beautiful 1992 Galmer chassis.



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 18:58

I don't want to spoil the races by looking at the season page on Wikipedia, so can anyone tell me what the road/street/oval track division was this year?



#24 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:01

From memory, it's about an even three-way split.



#25 Collombin

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:05

Yes, looks like 6 ovals, 6 street, 5 road.

#26 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:05

This was also back when the racing on the short ovals was still really good. Lots of power, ground effects and slow traffic to work around.



#27 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:25

5 minutes!



#28 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:30

Go!



#29 rghojai

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:31

and we're off like a prom dress.



#30 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:33

"Punish the brakes to go fast."



#31 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:33

"We have a camera in Paul Tracy's car, so we'll be the first to know if he goes off." Oh god they've started early.



#32 red stick

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:35

"We have a camera in Paul Tracy's car, so we'll be the first to know if he goes off." Oh god they've started early.


Sometimes past performance is a key to future results . . .

#33 midgrid

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:36

And I thought Alonso's pronunciation of "chicane" was amusing.

#34 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:36

The AGFA Film car has gone the way of, er, AGFA Film.



#35 ANF

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:37

Bachelart... I believe that's one of the Papyrus ICR2 backmarkers.

#36 midgrid

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:38

Nice colourful field.

#37 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:38

Hey, there's a car sponsored by Subway sandwiches!



#38 midgrid

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:40

IndyCar had a Mercedes safety car before F1!

#39 red stick

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:41

Prescient Posey on JV to F1.

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#40 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:41

Andretti outbrakes Villnev into the first chicane. And then hangs Al Jr out to dry!



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:42

Haha, oops.

#42 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:42

I think Gil de Ferran definitely gained time there, lol.



#43 ANF

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:43

Villeneuve looks heavy.

#44 midgrid

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:44

Villeneuve sinking fast! Was his car damaged in the touch with Unser on lap one?

#45 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:44

Teo Fabi's one of those drivers I sort of forgot was competitive for as long as he was.



#46 red stick

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:44

Fabi!

#47 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:45

"Improved position in violation of steward's edict." Bailiff, pass me the black cap!



#48 Risil

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:45

"Front nose" -- drink!



#49 midgrid

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:45

Front nose.

Edit: Trivia - has a racing car with a rear nose ever been built?

#50 paulb

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 19:47

I like Teo Fabi.