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Indycar 1995 WatchParty Round 14: Miller 200 @ Mid-Ohio (Start 6pm BST Sunday)


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#1 Risil

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 20:46

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The weekend rolls in and we return to 1995 for another memory-sojourn in a most excellent season of Indycar racing. Last week, our favourite bunch of Indycar drivers tackled 250 laps of Michigan International Raceway, although owing to various mechanical failures including seemingly every Reynard, only two drivers actually completed mile 499 and 500. These were Scott Pruett and Al Unser, and in the canonical example of it only taking two cars to make a motor race, they battled it out for the entire second half and in the end could only be separated by 0.056 of a second. Naturally this was enough to declare Scott Pruett the winner, giving Firestone their first Indycar win in forever, and the former Trans-Am champ his first Indycar win ever.
 
This week, it’s 13 August and the racing is happening at CART’s second-twistiest road course, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, set in green hills midway between Columbus and Lake Erie. After some very fast and smooth left turns at the Michigan 500, drivers must prepare for such exotica as going left, right, up and down, corners with whimsical names, and the standard book of rationalizations for why they’re not passing everyone. Last year the Penskes lapped everyone and finished 1-2-3, with Al Unser, Jr winning from pole in his usual 1994 way. This is unlikely to happen this year, not least because there are only two Team Penske cars, . Sadly, Danny Sullivan has driven his last Indycar race, calling it a career after receiving serious injuries from a nasty crash with Lyn St James in the closing stages at Michigan. PacWest have signed IMSA GTP champiom and illustrious nephew Juan Fangio II as a stand-in for the remaining races. Any later than 1995 and that seat would undoubtedly have gone to Roberto Moreno, but at present he is still being detained in F1 testing the limits of the Forti team’s competitiveness.
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How’s the championship looking? In a word: good (for Jacques Villeneuve). With 140 points and a maximum score of 22 points on any weekend, his 31 point lead over Bobby Rahal is looking pretty solid with four races to go. Bobby not having won a race all year (and only ever looking like winning one, when he finished directly under Michael Andretti’s gearbox in Toronto), Jacques’ more plausible championship rivals Unser, Gordon and Andretti are even further in arrears, with 98, 98 and 94 points respectively. Paul Tracy should be higher than 7th but hasn’t finished enough races, and Gil de Ferran and Andre Ribeiro are somehow 20th and 21st in points (behind Eliseo Salazar, for crying out loud) despite the sight of their day-glo yellow often troubling the leaders. Anyway, plenty of opportunity to change that. Starting now!
 
Qualifying?
Jacques Villeneuve scoops his fourth pole of the season with a gap of more than half a second over the opposition, which this week was led by the frequently-unfortunate Bryan Herta. Man of constant sorrow Michael Andretti was a few hundredths back from Herta, and the only other guy within a second of the Quick Quebecois. These results in tabular form, plus others, below:
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1. Jacques Villeneuve 1:06.836, Team Green R/F/G
2. Bryan Herta +0.580, Ganassi R/F/G
3. Michael Andretti +0.627, Newman-Haas L/F/G
4. Mo Gugelmin +1.045, PacWest R/F/G
5. Robby Gordon +1.172, Walker R/F/G
6. Gil de Ferran +1.209, Hall R/M/G
7. Paul Tracy +1.244, Newman-Haas L/F/G
8. Al Unser, Jr +1.312, Penske P/M/G
9. Bobby Rahal +1.343, Rahal-Hogan L/M/G
10. Jimmy Vasser +1.378, Ganassi R/F/G
11. Adrian Fernandez +1.518, Galles L/M/G
12. Andre Ribeiro +1.609, Tasman R/H/F
 
New guy Juan Fangio II is 12th, Fabi 16th, last week’s hero Parker Johnstone 20th, last week’s other hero Scott Pruett 21st. A full field of 28 starters, with Road America’s Hubert Stromberger failing to qualify his Reynard for Andreas Leberle’s Project Indy team. Bachelart and Greco are back with Payton/Coyne and the second Galles car respectively. Indy near-misser Scott Goodyear is also back in the field, albeit eight-tenths of a second down on his Tasman teammate Ribeiro in P20.
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So that’s Mid-Ohio. We’ll do this at the normal time, starting 6pm BST on Sunday. Video below!

 



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#2 paulb

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 00:51

Correlates nicely with actual, live Trans Am racing at Mid Ohio.

Thanks, Risil.

#3 rghojai

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:01

Risil comes through again!!

#4 jonpollak

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:22

LookOut Bobby. It’s Zjak Feelenough
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#5 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:32

Spotter's guide:

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Additions and alterations: Tasman have entered a second Reynard-Honda (the #24) for Scott Goodyear. Juan Fangio II is in the #17 PacWest formerly occupied by Danny Sullivan. Hubert Stromberger came back for another go in the #64, but he didn't qualify.

 

Oh and there was an Atlantics race on the support bill (no Lights), which the young man Richie Hearn won from Lee Bentham.



#6 GlenWatkins

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:43

Here we go again, I can't wait for more verbose commentary from Sam Posey and savvy words of wisdom Uncle Bobby.  Remember dear Uncle informed us last week that "The sun shines on the track's surface and that's what it makes it hot"



#7 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:51

Get the basics right and the complicated stuff will look after itself!



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 11:21

Here we go again, I can't wait for more verbose commentary from Sam Posey and savvy words of wisdom Uncle Bobby. Remember dear Uncle informed us last week that "The sun shines on the track's surface and that's what it makes it hot"

Was there ever a more contrasting pair in the booth than Sam and Uncle Bobby? I think it was brilliant.

#9 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 16:55

5 minutes!



#10 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:00

Go! Time for the engine-starting close-up montage!



#11 paulb

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:01

Wooo hooo

#12 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:02

Every year at Mid-Ohio I wonder whether the audience at home cares about the cars starting the race on the back-stretch as much as the commentators do.



#13 GlenWatkins

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:02

Fangio is back from the dead!



#14 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:02

Jack Arute sounds a bit offended that Jacques won't do an interview about his decision to move to F1.



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:04

Sorry I'm late. I missed Sam and Bobby. :(

#16 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:04

Fangio is back from the dead!

 

The great man (as he was already known by the 1950s) had actually only died the previous month.



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:06

Wow, Stromberger made it into the field after all? Perhaps Forix was mistaken. Let's keep an eye out for Hubert on the 15th(!) row.



#18 GlenWatkins

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:06

THeerree Baaaaaack!

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#19 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:07

I don't think Stromberger is in the field.



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:08

Parker?

#21 ArchieTech

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:08

Danger Trouble Zone!



#22 rghojai

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:08

There's stormtrooper



#23 GlenWatkins

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:08

Strom ddn't make it thru qualifying?


Edited by GlenWatkins, 28 June 2020 - 17:09.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:08

Herta is predictably beaten up on the start, and drops back several positions. Mikey has Villeneuve in his sights!



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:08

Strom ddn't make it thru qualifying

 

So ESPN's graphics lied to us! Trust no one.



#26 paulb

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:10

Parker was born under a bad sign

#27 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:10

Bit cruel of Sam Posey to refer to Michael Andretti as a "Formula One aspirant" !



#28 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:11

Juan Fangio hit a woodchuck :eek:

 

Naturally the commentators find this hilarious!



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:12

Hit a woodchuck?  The exact same woodchuck.  He chucked a woodchuck!  LOL! :rotfl:



#30 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:13

Juan Fangio's uncle had to bump spectators out of the way on occasion while competing in the great road races of South America. Times change!



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:13

And it was the exact same woodchuck!



#32 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:14

So Eddie Cheever took out Pruett and Johnstone at the start. Nice work!



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:15

I have one with a burrow underneath my shed.  I'm either Elmer Fudd with a shotgun or Bill Murray in Caddy Shack battling that thing!



#34 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:16

That sounded like some unresolved tension between Bobby Unser and Jim Hall!



#35 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:18

"These drivers are not big muscular guys like football players"



#36 GlenWatkins

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:19

Paul page doing his Uncle Bobby imitation:  "you get paid to win"



#37 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:19

Parker Johnstone gratuituously mentions the movie Speed !!



#38 rghojai

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:20

Paul Page, anti-union!



#39 GlenWatkins

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:22

Inappropriate clearance means an entirely different thing these days!



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#40 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:23

This is a very detailed discussion of CART's appeals process.



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:23

Nice job by PP to explain the appeals process.

#42 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:23

Michael Andretti has an escaped gurney flap!



#43 paulb

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:24

You were saying Uncle Bobby? :) :)

#44 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:25

"No more wicker bill there!"

 

"It probably broke off from the... air."



#45 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:27

Typical Andretti to close in on Villeneuve despite a self-destructing wicker bill.



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:28

Interesting news from Posey that Newman-Haas have gone back to the earlier series of Cosworth engine after a series of blow-ups for Andretti and Tracy.



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:30

Why isn't JV ripping by king Hiro??



#48 Risil

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:30

Great battle for the lead through the backmarkers here. Bobby is spitting feathers about Villeneuve's blocking.



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:30

That's the Eliseo Salazar we know and love!



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 17:32

Low top speed for Villnev unlike at Portland?