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Indycar 2022 Round 10: Honda Indy Toronto featuring Alex Palou and both his contracts


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#1 Risil

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:17

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Welcome back! This weekend is a very exciting weekend. 1) Indycar returns to Canada and Canada returns to Indycar for the first time since the just yesterday/ancient past of 2019. 2) Alex Palou is definitely racing this weekend, which everyone, especially him and especially his Lionel Hutz-esque agent, is totally OK about. For the championship-winning, chicken-eating Spanish wizard has taken a turn towards sorcerer’s apprentice, after an instruction to his agent (the magic mop) to go out and get him a Grand Prix seat, or failing that, more money, set off an uncontrollable chain of events leading to possibly two 2023 contracts, maybe an F1 test, a jeopardized Ganassi seat, and a big stink detectable from Pennsylvania to Woking. This latest idiot wind to blow through Indycar follows hot on the heels (?) of Andretti Autosport: Civil War at Mid-Ohio, which was, you know, also very funny. If I were you, I’d put your money on Team Penske. What, you already have?

 

Absurd personnel carry-on aside, the other exciting aspect of this weekend is that we are back at the august and mostly beloved street circuit at Exhibition Place, Toronto, a circuit almost as old as the Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal but 1000% more Ontarian. The 1.7-mile layout is pretty simple and defined by its long back straight along Lakeshore Boulevard, which is followed by a hard stop into Turn 3 and then a technical complex of lefts and rights that normally punishes any driver who tries to contest a position much further than Turn 3. Then it’s single-file past the stadium and winding back round to the pits. There are 85 laps of this. It’ll be fun!

 

Race times are below. Toronto is on your normal Eastern time zone so add 5 hours if you’re in the UK and 6 hours if you’re in western, but not too far western, Europe.

 

Friday, 15 July

10.15am: NASCAR Pinty’s Series (?) qualifying

12.35pm: USF2000 qualifying 1

1.55: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying 1

2.30: Indycar practice 1

4: NASCAR Pinty’s Series race

 

Saturday, 16 July

8am: USF2000 qualifying 2

8.35: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying 2

9.10: Porsche Carrera Cup qualifying

10: Indycar practice 2

11.15: Sports Car Championship Canada qualifying

12 noon: USF2000 race 1

1pm: Indy Pro 2000 race 1

2: Indycar qualifying

3.30: Porsche Carrera Cup race 1

4.30: Sports Car Championship Canada race 1

 

Sunday, 17 July

9.45am: USF2000 race 2

11.05: Indycar warm-up

11.40: Indy Pro 2000 race 2

12.35: Sports Car Championship Canada race 2

1.30: Porsche Carrera Cup race 2

3.30: Indycar RACE RACE RACE

 

Post your Toronto highlights, and indeed your thoughts about the unexpectedly controversial Indycar series, below. Here’s one to start you off:

 

 



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#2 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:22

I reckon if we all join hands and chant at the right frequency we can manifest Palou into victory lane for maximum awks. 



#3 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:24

I reckon if we all join hands and chant at the right frequency we can manifest Palou into victory lane for maximum awks. 

I'll take slowly and awkwardly tangling with a Mclaren for the visual metaphor we all need.



#4 GlenWatkins

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:25

GREAT OP!!! You have outdone yourself, Risil! The CGR Macca drama will make for an event filled wekend. No F1 this weekend so expect Zak to motor up in the Winnie.

#5 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:26

I'll take slowly and awkwardly tangling with a Mclaren for the visual metaphor we all need.

 

How about like, hip checking Rossi and turning Pato around in the hairpin to take the lead.



#6 Risil

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:28

I'll be out getting sunstroke at Donington Park on Sunday but should be back for the race or failing that, dead.

#7 GlenWatkins

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:33

I will miss the race as well, this is the time of year to be outdoors! That and I refuse to pay for peacock

Edited by GlenWatkins, 14 July 2022 - 21:33.


#8 jonpollak

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:35

What’s on at Donington?
Heavy Metal rock weekend?
Jp

#9 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:40

I will miss the race as well, this is the time of year to be outdoors! That and I refuse to pay for peacock

 

We're all cutting back but it's like 5 bucks a month?



#10 FLB

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 21:43

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#11 OvDrone

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 22:18

The race I am most looking forward to this Indycar season! 

Miss Exhibition Place so much... See y'all on Sunday.

 



#12 Risil

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 22:30

What’s on at Donington?
Heavy Metal rock weekend?
Jp


World Superbikes!

#13 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 22:35

How about like, hip checking Rossi and turning Pato around in the hairpin to take the lead.

If you can throw in Zak Brown storming to the Ganassi pitwall a la Schumacher in Spa then I'd give some cold hard American dollars to see it happen.



#14 Frood

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 22:36

World Superbikes!


Enjoy Risil! I went to Brands when I was a kid to watch WSBK. Wasn't ever a huge bike fan but I came away from that weekend a huge fan of a certain Nitro Nori... still my favourite two-wheel rider of all time.

#15 FLB

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 22:37

If you can throw in Zak Brown storming to the Ganassi pitwall a la Schumacher in Spa then I'd give some cold hard American dollars to see it happen.

With Michael Andretti in tow, playing Stefano Domenicali's role  :lol:



#16 OvDrone

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 22:41

I'll be out getting sunstroke at Donington Park on Sunday but should be back for the race or failing that, dead.

 

Anyone you're rooting for ? World Superbikes is back to a very strong, quality state right now. Enjoy yourself ^^



#17 PayasYouRace

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 22:50

25 years since Mark Blundell won here.

 



#18 juicy sushi

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 01:15

10/10 for the thread title.  I hope the race will be decent, although development over the years has reduced the track greatly from what it once was.  Alex putting Pato in the wall for the win would be the ideal end to the weekend.  



#19 Afterburner

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 05:00

25 years since Mark Blundell won here.

https://www.youtube....h?v=d3KjRjIvNr0

I know it wasn’t but this car looks like it was powered by Motorola. :lol:

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#20 prommer

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 05:28

Another race where we get two anthems!



#21 H0R

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 06:57

But will we get bilingual thoughts and prayers as well?



#22 GlenWatkins

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 08:20

 There may even be a RCAF fly over!



#23 Risil

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 09:15

Anyone you're rooting for ? World Superbikes is back to a very strong, quality state right now. Enjoy yourself ^^


Definitely Jonny Rea. Not least because he's probs the only one who was there last time I went to see the superbikes.

Gutted to see Superstock 600 and 1000 are gone, they used to be great schedule filler!

#24 LolaB0860

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 09:52

Heads up for supports

NASCAR Pinty's Series = NASCAR Canada

Porsche Carrera Cup = IMSA Porsche Carrera Cup North America

Sportscar Championship Canada = (Non-Radical version) Canadian equivalent of Michelin Pilot Challenge

Edited by LolaB0860, 15 July 2022 - 09:54.


#25 red stick

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 09:53

10/10 for the thread title.  I hope the race will be decent, although development over the years has reduced the track greatly from what it once was.  Alex putting Pato in the wall for the win would be the ideal end to the weekend.

Or vice versa.

"Welcome to McLaren." BAM!

#26 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 10:29

Miss Exhibition Place


Oh yeah…HAWT !!
She’s been hanging around for over 2 years down there at CNE
I see her crown has slipped just a tiny bit.

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#27 Alfisti

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 13:50

About to head down to watch Porsche Cup and Indy practice, first time my 6 year old will see racecars in anger. Oldest (10) has been looking forward to it. Hopefully there are more activities than a few years back, 5 or so years ago there was so much to do for kids but it slowly whittled down to near nothing in 2019. 



#28 FLB

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 13:52

P1 is at 14:25 ET, I think?



#29 Risil

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 14:41

About to head down to watch Porsche Cup and Indy practice, first time my 6 year old will see racecars in anger. Oldest (10) has been looking forward to it. Hopefully there are more activities than a few years back, 5 or so years ago there was so much to do for kids but it slowly whittled down to near nothing in 2019.


Best of luck!

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 15:19

I will miss the race as well, this is the time of year to be outdoors! That and I refuse to pay for peacock

Me three. I am traveling to Lost Wages on Sunday for a week of training.

 

I hope to at least catch-up with race highlights.

 

Once again, Risil demonstrates his singular ability to highlight the latest Indycar drama in literary melody.


Edited by paulb, 15 July 2022 - 15:22.


#31 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 15:24

About to head down to watch Porsche Cup and Indy practice, first time my 6 year old will see racecars in anger. Oldest (10) has been looking forward to it. Hopefully there are more activities than a few years back, 5 or so years ago there was so much to do for kids but it slowly whittled down to near nothing in 2019.


Have a ball. !!!!
Jp

#32 markpenske

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 15:52

I just checked for tickets. All grandstand sits are sold out. They have GA but good luck finding a decent viewing spot



#33 loki

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:11

Oh yeah…HAWT !!
She’s been hanging around for over 2 years down there at CNE
I see her crown has slipped just a tiny bit.

 

I’m pretty sure drinking Coors in Canada is a felony.  Or should be anyway…



#34 FLB

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:26

We P1 NAO.



#35 FLB

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:28

And mic issues on IndyCar Live/The Cock...



#36 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:28

I’m pretty sure drinking Coors in Canada is a felony. Or should be anyway…

Yet it’s now owned by a Canadian company. Molson.

Anyhoo…
“Ok Sky Q play INDYCAR Practice.”
Jp

Edited by jonpollak, 15 July 2022 - 18:31.


#37 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:32

Palou’s body language… wow
Jp

#38 FLB

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:33

I think we know what the weekend's theme will be...  :kiss:  :lol:



#39 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:36

Sounds like Alex’ lawyers told him to STFU
Jp

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#40 prommer

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:37

Palou's like... I know nothink!

 

Fair enough, they'd probably have more luck interviewing a member of the legal profession. We should set up a Zoom for red stick to have an AMA.



#41 prommer

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:38

Where you at these days, JP?  Also, Coors sucks.



#42 prommer

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:39

I miss Tatiana...



#43 FLB

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:39

Green!



#44 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:40

I’m at home ( Reigate ) till Thursday.
Coors..yuck, definitely sucks.
Jp

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:41

Yet it’s now owned by a Canadian company. Molson.

Anyhoo…
“Ok Sky Q play INDYCAR Practice.”
Jp

 

Yep.  There’s a lot of money in selling hop flavored water to Yanks.



#46 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:41

Palou's like... I know nothink!

Fair enough, they'd probably have more luck interviewing a member of the legal profession. We should set up a Zoom for red stick to have an AMA.


PPV and I’ll pay !!
No probs.
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#47 FLB

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:42

The pit stalls are... small.



#48 jonpollak

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:42

Think I’ll crack an ASAHI Japanese Beer
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#49 loki

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:43

Palou's like... I know nothink!

 

 

I’m going with Chip as Col. Hogan and Zak as Col. Clink.



#50 prommer

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Posted 15 July 2022 - 18:43

Palou was having Nunavut.

 

 

(thanks to that street sign for teeing me up)