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#1 red stick

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 14:53

4/1/20 EDIT:  NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES SINCE THIS OP WAS POSTED:

 

1.  THE TIME HAS CHANGED TO 2:30 PM U.S. ET.

2.  THIS WILL AIR ON U.S. TELEVISION ON NBCSN.

3.  UNLIKE LAST WEEK'S STREAMING OPTIONS, THIS WEEK STREAMING IS VIA THE NBC SPORTS APP AND NBCSPORTS.COM.

 

 

Prologue

MIRANDA
Oh, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in it!

PROSPERO
'Tis new to thee.

Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1
 

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Yea, verily, 'tis new to us all!

A brave new world that looks remarkably like our own, yet lacks, so far, the presence of a five-time IndyCar champion, but where a journeyman driver left everyone in the weeds in Round One's event at virtual Watkins Glen, and where a man who otherwise has not been in a race car since Pocono 2018 will challenge for victory this weekend at virtual Alabama.



The Event

The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, a virtual racing event featuring a full field of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers, continues this weekend with Saturday's race at Barber Motorsports Park beginning at 2:30 p.m. U.S. ET.

 

The event, which last week was streamed through INDYCAR.com while INDYCAR's YouTube and Facebook platforms as well as iRacing's Twitch served as additional outlets for viewing, is this week available on television on NBCSN and streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App.

 

Time conversions for European and Asian viewing left to others wise enough to graduate with something other than a liberal arts degree. 

 

 

The Place

Probably your living room, although any area where you may maintain proper social distancing and with a feed to one of the above will suffice. As the Governor of Alabama has, to date, refused to acknowledge that any particular action is necessary in the face of an international pandemic, going to Barber itself is not advised.

If you could, or can in the future, by all means go. (I've been four times for IndyCar, twice for vintage racing events, and once for Grand-Am.) Instead of knocking down every tree to create a facility, then hoping to plant enough flora in the aftermath to eventually create a park, Barber was carved out of existing forest, which means there's actual shade--indeed, the favored method of viewing a race is to park a chair in the woods and enjoy the view. Barber is often said to have a park-like setting, and it's true--it's easily one of the most beautiful racetracks in the United States. (Cf. NOLA, COTA)

Personal photos.

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Turns 1-2, with pit out to the right.

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Part of the viewing area from along the south backstretch. Most of the track action can be viewed from here, particularly the Turn 5-6 passing area labeled "Charlotte's Web."

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Track Maps

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Also, there's actual topography. Elevation changes are part of the challenge at Barber, which has earned the label, "The Alabama Roller Coaster." (Not to be confused with other Alabama sporting traditions frequently featuring a perceived need to "Roll") :smoking:

And the 14-15-16 complex is basically blind. Courage!
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The Field
 

DIXIE'S BACK!

 

Also Jack Harvey and Ed Carpenter.  Presumably, James Hinchcliffe will make it this time. 

 

Still no Sato . . .

 

More than two dozen INDYCAR drivers are expected to compete in this weekend’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, including five-time series champion Scott Dixon, two-time and reigning series champion Josef Newgarden, and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud.  Last Saturday, 2013 Indy Lights champion Sage Karam won the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing Challenge American Red Cross Grand Prix at the virtual Watkins Glen International.

 

NBC Sports’ lead INDYCAR broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Paul Tracy (analyst), and Townsend Bell (analyst) will call the action.

 

https://racerdigital...r-entrylist.pdf

 

Jimmy Johnson returns, and, assuming all the technicalities can be worked out, expect the return of Robert Wickens!

https://www.indycar....Wickens-iRacing

 

 

The Spotter's Guide

https://www.indycar....potterguide.pdf

 

 

The Threatened Promised Verse


Dairy Heir*
With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Or, on the threshold of a dream. A Fragment


Near Birmingham, a dairy heir
A stately auto-drome decreed:
Carved out of hillsides o’ so fair
A verdant park for those who dare
To test the bounds of speed.
Eight hundred acres of fertile ground
Soon paved, and sculpture girdled round;
To reverence speed, and its splendid thrills,
While he kept many a shade-bearing tree;
From old growth forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that mass of asphalt which slanted
Down the green hill amongst velocity’s lovers!
A savage place! By Hermes haunted
As e’er beside an anxious crowd enchanted
By engines wailing ‘neath their molded covers!
And from this vale, cycles and sports cars seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A thought arose, from the emboldened heir:
Swift IndyCar might make it there!
Though positioned deep in NASCAR land,
Open-wheelers couldst soon command
Amid these pine-laden hills at once and ever
A following worthy of this grand endeavor.
Two and a-third miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale Dallaras bold soon ran,
Ninety laps to gauge the measure of a man,
To plumb the limits of Nike’s devotion;

That sunny drome! Those matchless machines!
And all who follow should look with awe,
And all should cry, Huzzah! Huzzah!
The victor stands with triumphant mien!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And place the laurel upon his head
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.



* Yes, I am aware than the pun is the lowest form of wit. And? :smoking:


The Oddities

. . . and sculpture girdled round; Barber abounds in sculpture and other forms of public art--part of the fun of walking the track is noting the odd sense of humor of the proprietor.

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One of the track gates. Originally built for motorcycles, Barber boasts a museum containing over 1000 displays chronicling the entire history of bikes, and, scratching another itch, a decent collection of Lotus racing cars.

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THEM!  THEM!

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Leaving the main paths, or engaging in off-course excursions, is not advised.


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Long before Progressive Insurance's ad wizards dreamed of Motaur . . .


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Long since sold and transferred to another location, from 2010, Barber's famed Lady in the Lake. (er, pond)


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In retrospect, the maiden fair bears a passing resemblance to our Karen . . .  ;)


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And, if you've made it this far, a quiz. The Sisyphean struggle portrayed here represents:

A. IndyCar's quest for a third engine manufacturer.

B. Man's impotence in the face of all-conquering Nature.

C. Helio's quest for an IndyCar championship.

D. All of the above.

E. None of the above.



Fantasy

And finally, don't forget to update your entries. I, for one, shall not disparage Sage Karam again!

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:cool:


Edited by red stick, 04 April 2020 - 12:02.


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#2 maximilian

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 15:25

Can't wait!!!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

 

PS: drain that pond...



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Posted 30 March 2020 - 15:46

Can't wait!!!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

 

PS: drain that pond...

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#4 paulb

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 16:58

Why do I feel the OP should be in Times New Roman or script font?


Edited by paulb, 30 March 2020 - 16:59.


#5 Peat

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 17:12

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Just getting my i-in on iRacing


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#6 maximilian

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 20:01

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Just getting my i-in on iRacing

 

This should be allowed as a late entry in the livery contest!



#7 prommer

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 20:42

I do miss her. I think she should be known as Amy of the Pond henceforth.



#8 Branislav

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 20:44

Wake me up when comes oval



#9 red stick

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 21:07

They dream of ovals

Who wouldst not stay awake to 

turn the wheel to right . . . 



#10 jonpollak

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 22:14

No day of race BS here. We have serious build up NAO.

I voted B.

‘It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature’
Jp

#11 GlenWatkins

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 22:31

Hello everyone,

 

My name is Glen & I joined the forum a short time ago.  I watched the last irace and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it, I think that it was the lack of yellow flags and commercials (2) that kept my attention to the racing.  I will be attending this next one albeit virtually, see you there!

 

Oh, and I want to say thanks to the folks at IndyCar, their partners who streamed the event, and to  Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, and Paul Tracy for calling the event. 

 

Any IndyCar is better than no IndyCar



#12 red stick

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 22:51

No day of race BS here. We have serious build up NAO.
I voted B.
‘It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature’
Jp

Each method has its advantages. Waiting would have meant fewer TBAs, but less BUILDUP.

That, and the poem was largely done three weeks ago. I was beginning to fear I'd have to wait a year.

Edited by red stick, 30 March 2020 - 23:01.


#13 red stick

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 22:55

Welcome, Glen.

You are correct, sir. :)

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 23:32

You can see that Barber is one of the older tracks in iRacing, but none the less I would like to share some shots of the nice sculptures  :)
 
 
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#15 paulb

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 23:35

Welcome, Glen!

You have found the humble, yet mirth-filled home of the best fans in racing.

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 23:36

Boulder guy has no leverage in iRacing.

Thanks for the preview, jee.

#17 jonpollak

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 00:07

Wait a minute.....
This looks fishy.

Jp

Hello everyone,

My name is Glen & I joined the forum a short time ago. I watched the last irace and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it, I think that it was the lack of yellow flags and commercials (2) that kept my attention to the racing. I will be attending this next one albeit virtually, see you there!

Oh, and I want to say thanks to the folks at IndyCar, their partners who streamed the event, and to Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, and Paul Tracy for calling the event.

Any IndyCar is better than no IndyCar



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:37

Mea culpa. ...It take it all back.
Just read Glen’s post on the introduction thread.

I was worried that his sentence structure was too good and he was a journalist or someone of that ilk.
But no !!! Genuine Race Fan !!!

I apologize Glen.
Jp

#19 red stick

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:35

I realize that racing of any sort is thin on the ground.   :(

 

And that we've elevated, with substantial help from IndyCar, sim racing to a level formally reserved for the real thing, down to elaborate OPs.   :stoned:

 

I further realize that extended stay-at home orders are probably very trying to some.   :|

 

But have we really reached the point that we're worried whether someone's sentence structure is too good?   :eek:1

 

The run-up to the season was vaguely criticized for being too TNF.  If we don't get real racing soon I'm afraid we'll be too New York Review of Books . . .   :smoking:

 

Mp

 

 

 

 

1.  And aren't the rest of us just a little insulted to have evidently passed this test?    ;)


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#20 red stick

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:38

P.S.

 

I thought that one of the long-running inside jokes of these fora were that we suspected journalists were already here, and that we were, thereby, INFLUENCERS!

 

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#21 GlenWatkins

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 16:34

Mea culpa. ...It take it all back.
Just read Glen’s post on the introduction thread.

I was worried that his sentence structure was too good and he was a journalist or someone of that ilk.
But no !!! Genuine Race Fan !!!

I apologize Glen.
Jp

I have neve been accused of being a journalist, perhaps I was channeling my inner Chris Economaki?

No worries Jon, I am rather skeptical of journos as well. 😁 nice meet you as well!

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 21:21

Ha.. one of my favorites was Chris.
I should have known better.

Today ‘journalists’ have terrible grammar, bad sentence structure and zero punctuation.

Shavenaugh Glick was a family friend and took us to loads of races at Riverside and Ontario.
Now THERE was a journalist!!

Jp

#23 GlenWatkins

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 22:08

One of the things that I remember is that Chris was the guy that was always down in the pits/paddock.  He's the first one (I think) that clipped a radio to his belt, donned a headset, walked around with a microphone and a roamed pit road with a camera guy.  



#24 maximilian

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 22:12

Chrissie Conn-O'Mackey.  I remember her...



#25 paulb

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 23:26

Ha.. one of my favorites was Chris.
I should have known better.

Today ‘journalists’ have terrible grammar, bad sentence structure and zero punctuation.

Shavenaugh Glick was a family friend and took us to loads of races at Riverside and Ontario.
Now THERE was a journalist!!

Jp

So that was his full name! I do remember his work for the L.A. Times. Actual newspaper coverage of racing. Good times.

#26 maximilian

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 21:11

So this will be televised on NBCSN, and apparently ONLY on there.  I say it's a MISTAKE not to stream this simultaneously on YouTube and Twitch! When will they ever learn??? Limiting their audience for NO reason. It's just stupid.


Edited by maximilian, 01 April 2020 - 21:12.


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Posted 01 April 2020 - 21:17

Not happy about that - talk about shooting yourself in the foot when all the PR has been so good.



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Posted 01 April 2020 - 21:21

Disappointing, and does not appear to be April Fool's Day related.  Will update.


Edited by red stick, 02 April 2020 - 13:30.


#29 red stick

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 21:22

Also, note time change to 2:30 PM U.S. ET.



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Posted 01 April 2020 - 21:34

So this will be televised on NBCSN, and apparently ONLY on there.  I say it's a MISTAKE not to stream this simultaneously on YouTube and Twitch! When will they ever learn??? Limiting their audience for NO reason. It's just stupid.

 

Oh, there's a rea$on.

 

NBC probably trying to $alvage $omething out of thi$ $ea$on.



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Posted 01 April 2020 - 22:30

So this will be televised on NBCSN, and apparently ONLY on there.  I say it's a MISTAKE not to stream this simultaneously on YouTube and Twitch! When will they ever learn??? Limiting their audience for NO reason. It's just stupid.

 

I sure hope that Penske shares the same sentiment of fans like us, Max.

 

Oh, there's a rea$on.

 

NBC probably trying to $alvage $omething out of thi$ $ea$on.

 

 

It's always about the Benjamins, sadly.



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Posted 02 April 2020 - 00:38

All that good publicity from the first race, and all that goodwill, all those new and/or international fans who gave it a look on free stream - wasted.  :down:  :down:  :down:   Extremely disappointing and asinine decision.

 

RedStick, I HOPE it's an April's Fool joke!!  But I am afraid it's not.


Edited by maximilian, 02 April 2020 - 00:39.


#33 jonpollak

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 08:45

Looks like it’s time for the resurrection of the Nigerian Broadcast Company.
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Posted 02 April 2020 - 09:12

Disappointing if they don't put it out on YT. That's where the audience is. If they think 400k odd people are about to hurry to buy a cable sports package (when there is no sport on!) for a computer game race they're deluded. 

I can see that NBCSN want to extract, some, any, value from the sports they cover. But they are shooting this golden goose after it laid 1 egg. 


Edited by Peat, 02 April 2020 - 09:12.


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 10:46

Yeah, this is a poor call.



#36 thegamer23

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 13:21

Well, my interest for this just skydived to ground level...

It was too good, they had to ruin it!  :lol:


Edited by thegamer23, 02 April 2020 - 13:22.


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 14:04

Nosedived not skydived  :lol:

But yeah...it sucks.

 

I sent a few emails to some peeps at both Indycar and NBC to see if they will let us furriners have a geo-blocked feed or something.

 

Here is the response.....

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#38 red stick

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 14:33

Few streaming options
confirm new iRacing world
not yet Brave enough!

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 14:54

3.  UNLIKE LAST WEEK'S STREAMING OPTIONS, THIS WEEK STREAMING IS VIA THE NBC SPORTS APP AND NBCSPORTS.COM.

Stupidest thing since the outbreak in Hubei.

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 15:16

Ed Carpenter to compete--first road course since, (checks notes) 2013.

 

https://racer.com/20...-iracing-event/



#41 maximilian

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 15:27

Well, my interest for this just skydived to ground level...

It was too good, they had to ruin it!  :lol:

 

Yeah, me too.  So excited initially, but now just deflated by the stupidity of it all.  I expected more from IndyCar, and especially from Penske.



#42 PedroDiCasttro

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 16:24

Oh, well. Guess F1 will end up winning the battle of the quarantine e-sports events after all.  :down:



#43 maximilian

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 17:40

Entry list grew to 29, including Wickens, Dixon, Harvey and Carpenter, as well as a return for JJ:

 

https://racerdigital...r-entrylist.pdf

 

"The event, which will last approximately 60 minutes, will be televised live on NBCSN. Additional viewing options are still to be confirmed."

 

I SURE HOPE they will relent and add the streaming coverage back!  Apparently there is hope.  :mad:



#44 H0R

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 18:20

Scandalous. We need digital nigerians by the looks of it. 

 

On a more positive note: first opportunity to pick Robert Wickens in one and half years or so. I don't give a wet fart if he's competetive, I think it is awesome he's back. WICKÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄNS! (and yes, that was german)



#45 Luca Pacchiarini

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 18:22

Well, my interest for this just skydived to ground level...

It was too good, they had to ruin it! :lol:

mine just scubadived

On a lighter note, why isn't Mark Plourde in this? It's his chance!

Edited by Luca Pacchiarini, 02 April 2020 - 18:23.


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 18:27

Got a reply!!!
“We’re looking into that”

So fingers crossed
Jp

#47 maximilian

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 18:43

Let's hope so.  Fan response has been hugely negative, so there is a need to mitigate quickly.



#48 red stick

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 19:11

The fantasy league is now permitting picks for this weekend.  Good luck!



#49 red stick

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 19:37

Bourdais pouring on sim hours; Dixon, not so much.

 

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 20:26

I hope drivers are still allowed to stream at least