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NTT IndyCar Series 2022 - Official Season Thread


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#1 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 03:54

Twelve weeks.

 

To the faithful, it seems an eternity, but, short of the arrival of the Omega variant, according to IndyCar's official 2022 schedule, the human drama of athletic competition begins once more in just twelve weeks.

 

Synchronize your watches.

 

IndyCar 2022 schedule

February 27 – Streets of St. Petersburg (NBC)

March 20 -- Texas Motor Speedway (NBC)

April 10 – Streets of Long Beach (NBC)

May 1 – Barber Motorsports Park (NBC)

May 14 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (NBC)

May 29 – Indianapolis 500 (NBC)

June 5 – Detroit Belle Isle GP (USA)

June 12 – Road America (NBC)

July 3 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (NBC)

July 17 – Streets of Toronto (Peacock)

July 23-24 – Iowa Speedway doubleheader (NBC)

July 30 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course 2 (NBC)

Aug. 7 – Streets of Nashville (NBC)

Aug. 20 – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (USA)

Sept. 4 – Portland International Raceway (NBC)

Sept. 11 – WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway (NBC)

 

Questions, so many questions . . .

 

Will IndyCar actually race in Canada this season?   :well:

Will people rediscover where USA is located in their cable/streaming menu?   :well:

Will Alex Palou recover from his sophomore slump?   :smoking:

Will Dalton Kellett remain committed to ending his races somewhere in the vicinity of Turn One?   :smoking:

Will Romain Grosjean's move to Andretti mean he'll be known for racing again, instead of for penning an oft-criticized-but-not-yet-read book?   :smoking:

Will Power?   :cool:

 

More seriously . . .

Will AMSP put together a two-car effort?  A three?

Will Alexander Rossi rediscover his mojo?  

Will Castroneves and Pagenaud raise the game at Meyer Shank Racing?

Will teammates stop answering Palou's questions?

Graham.  Jack.  Christian.  Who's fastest?

Will this be the last year in IndyCar for SAAATTTTTOOOOOO?  For Rosenqvist?  For Kanaan?  For Johnson?  For Power?

Will a long-awaited third engine manufacturer finally appear? 

 

Stay tuned.


Edited by red stick, 05 December 2021 - 14:50.


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#2 Radoye

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 03:58

You mean omega variant like this? https://en.wikipedia...i/The_Omega_Man



#3 jonpollak

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 04:19

I am a member and alumni booster of Delta Psi Omega
https://www.alphapsi...titution_11.pdf

All hail.
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#4 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 04:25

And . . . we've lost the thread already. :D

#5 krapmeister

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 04:33

I am really hoping for ol' Scotty M to step it up in his second season. He was a lot better in the last part of the season and I think going back to tracks he now has experience of should see him start to figure a lot more - assuming he has worked the tyres out for qualy...



#6 paulb

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 12:23

Gotta admit, this is the first time I have heard Indycar referred to as the human drama of athletic competition. Its very Wide World of Sports-esque.

https://youtu.be/Vv368yWOSas

#7 FLB

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 12:26

Gotta admit, this is the first time I have heard Indycar referred to as the human drama of athletic competition. Its very Wide World of Sports-esque.

https://youtu.be/Vv368yWOSas

0:55 to 0:57 looks like Phoenix? Maybe? I can make out Donohue's Penske McLaren?



#8 paulb

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 12:37

0:55 to 0:57 looks like Phoenix? Maybe? I can make out Donohue's Penske McLaren?

Doh! Two excuses: 1) In my mind, the skier going off the jump is the end of the intro and 2) I did not watch the advertising segment. Doh!

#9 FLB

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 12:38

Doh! Two excuses: 1) In my mind, the skier going off the jump is the end of the intro and 2) I did not watch the advertising segment. Doh!

:lol:  :up:



#10 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 14:34

Gotta admit, this is the first time I have heard Indycar referred to as the human drama of athletic competition. Its very Wide World of Sports-esque.

https://youtu.be/Vv368yWOSas

 

First time?

 

https://forums.autos...-season-thread/



#11 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 14:37

I am really hoping for ol' Scotty M to step it up in his second season. He was a lot better in the last part of the season and I think going back to tracks he now has experience of should see him start to figure a lot more - assuming he has worked the tyres out for qualy...

 

McLaughlin.  May his

second run through IndyCar

tracks be Palouesque.



#12 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 14:43

Also, while we're discussing improving one's form, it will be interesting to see if the long offseason layoff adversely affects 7X, who was showing real progress at season's end.  And, with Ilott, Kirkwood, and Lundgaard, IndyCar's youth movement proceeds apace. 


Edited by red stick, 05 December 2021 - 14:43.


#13 FLB

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 14:45

And, with Ilott, Kirkwood, and Lundgaard, IndyCar's youth movement proceeds apace. 

And possibly Jack Aitken.

 

Aitken hoping race opportunity will follow ECR IndyCar test | RACER



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Posted 05 December 2021 - 14:46

0:55 to 0:57 looks like Phoenix? Maybe? I can make out Donohue's Penske McLaren?

I think you are correct; year 1972. I'm confident I'm seeing teammate Gary B, Bill Vukovich, Jr. in the Sugaripe Prune Eagle and possibly Lloyd Ruby's Wynn's Atlanta-Foyt



#15 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 15:12

You mean omega variant like this? https://en.wikipedia...i/The_Omega_Man

 

Soylent.  Omega.

Apes!  Dystopian nightmares

kept Heston busy!

 

:cool:


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#16 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 15:16

 

In actual news, in addition to Aitken, the Winter test at Sebring tomorrow includes Stoffel Vandoorn (AMSP) and Nyck de Vries (MSR).

 

https://racer.com/20...g-indycar-test/



#17 GlenWatkins

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 16:10

12 long weeks...



#18 red stick

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 16:24

12 long weeks...

 

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#19 B Squared

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 16:49

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#20 FLB

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 17:30

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Lone Star JR, in 1984. He qualified with an engine that was blowing up, IIRC. Real balls-to-the-wall stuff.



#21 H0R

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 22:37

Unveil yourself, Ben Evans, you have to be an Indycar regular!

https://twitter.com/...559724795183105



#22 paulb

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 23:53

Unveil yourself, Ben Evans, you have to be an Indycar regular!

https://twitter.com/...559724795183105

Thats an insult to Indycar. The driving is not that shameful.



#23 juicy sushi

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 14:23

Me when St Pete actually arrives:

 

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But seriously, I do wonder how Scott will do with a full season under his belt.  And JJ was looking genuinely better late season.  Another year of testing and prep work and maybe he'll be showing some mojo.  How will Newgarden and Dixon fare on their revenge tours?  Will Pato and (no-longer) SPAM get their tire management issues under control?  Will Herta have the consistency he needs?  Will Rahal continue his tumble down the order as the quality of the field goes up and his one lap pace gets increasingly exposed?



#24 B Squared

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 15:38

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Let me know if you'd prefer that I don't mess with an IndyCar countdown in the thread.



#25 paulb

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 15:42

 

Let me know if you'd prefer that I don't mess with an IndyCar countdown in the thread.

Brian, that’s a silly thought.

 

I like the idea and enjoy the trip through American open wheel history.



#26 jcbc3

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 15:54

By all means, keep 'em coming.



#27 red stick

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 16:09

Countdown?
Bring it!

#28 Risil

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 16:11

Unveil yourself, Ben Evans, you have to be an Indycar regular!

https://twitter.com/...559724795183105

That post was so nearly a haiku!



#29 B Squared

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 16:16

Thanks on the countdown comments; anyone interested in helping out is encouraged. 



#30 noriaki

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 19:00

The countdown will only be appreciated.



#31 PayasYouRace

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 19:18

After recent events I'm looking forward to some straightforward, undramatic, clean racing.



#32 H0R

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 20:13

After recent events I'm looking forward to some straightforward, undramatic, clean racing.

Santino Ferrucci has entered the chat.



#33 PayasYouRace

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 20:22

Santino Ferrucci has entered the chat.

 

I thought he was driving in NASCAR.



#34 paulb

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 23:21

Some silly season update, Vasser-Sullivan break with Coyne, https://racer.com/20...car-partnership



#35 red stick

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 00:08

Sebring test results.
https://racer.com/20...msr-at-sebring/

#36 FLB

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 00:30

Some silly season update, Vasser-Sullivan break with Coyne, https://racer.com/20...car-partnership

I wonder if the root of that lays in what happened with Monsieur Bourdais?



#37 B Squared

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 10:03

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#38 FLB

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 11:17

Ziggy Snider, in 1966.

 

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 13:47

 

Because with all this internet writing people still can't format results into reports

 

deVries MSR 52.5526 62laps
Ilott Juncos Hollinger 52.8604 109laps
Vandoorne McLaren 53.1952 134laps
Aitken ECR 53.4361 104laps


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#40 juicy sushi

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 14:09

I will try not to read anything into headline times as I have no idea what the test program for each driver was, but it is interesting how many fewer laps deVries did.  I wonder if he found he wasn't as physically prepared for the "steering monster" as he thought he would be?



#41 sblick

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 21:33

I ma sure McLaren prepared their drivers the best they could but two or three weeks ain't going to bulk you up enough in the arms.  Also wonder since deVries in MCR if limited by budget and engine hours



#42 juicy sushi

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 21:50

Stoffel said he'd be training for this test since the summer, so he probably was adequately prepared, or at least, he claims he was.



#43 Risil

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 22:19

Good to see Ilott get some laps in.

Am I right in thinking that of those four, Aitken is the only one actively auditioning for a 2022 Indycar seat?

#44 GlenWatkins

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 22:33

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#45 Collombin

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 22:51

The last 56 days have flown by.

#46 krapmeister

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 22:54

Fun fact - a squirrel is worth precisely 16.2 days

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#47 rghojai

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 03:34

What about an echidna?

#48 jonpollak

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 03:47

The last 56 days have flown by.


I’ll say..
Haven’t caught my breath since July.

Jp

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 09:38

I ma sure McLaren prepared their drivers the best they could but two or three weeks ain't going to bulk you up enough in the arms.  Also wonder since deVries in MCR if limited by budget and engine hours

de Vries hasn’t had any connection with McLaren for years



#50 H0R

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 10:03

Oh, god.

 

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