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(SB Nation)   As the NASCAR boys out in California nervously watch for rain, Indycar kicks off a new season with the funky looking DW12 on the streets of St. Pete. Coverage starts at 12:30 PM ET on ABC   (indiana.sbnation.com) divider line 160
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2012-03-25 12:32:39 PM
Open wheel and NASCAR in the same thread? This should be, umm, interesting...
 
2012-03-25 12:33:32 PM
I can't wait to hear what the new Indycar engines sound like!
 
2012-03-25 12:36:35 PM
Now THIS has been what I have been waiting for!

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2012-03-25 12:37:20 PM
My buddy and I have the over/under set at 5 for how many times we'll hear Dan Wheldon's before the race starts. We're at 2 right now.
 
2012-03-25 12:37:39 PM

clear_prop: Open wheel and NASCAR in the same thread?


No, the NASCAR thread will come later. This is the IndyCar thread.
 
2012-03-25 12:40:46 PM

Moderator: clear_prop: Open wheel and NASCAR in the same thread?

No, the NASCAR thread will come later. This is the IndyCar thread.


Ok, cool. I was just pre-snarking before the go fast, turn left trolls showed up.
 
2012-03-25 12:40:52 PM
Go Danica!!!

Say what?
 
2012-03-25 12:42:46 PM

rhiannon: Go Danica!!!

Say what?


Did you see Hinchcliff(sp?) in the wig? What a great troll.
 
2012-03-25 12:47:38 PM

fatalvenom: My buddy and I have the over/under set at 5 for how many times we'll hear Dan Wheldon's before the race starts. We're at 2 right now.


If you just count 'Dan Wheldon' we are over 5 I think. If you count 'Dan' I lost count about fifteen chugs ago.
 
2012-03-25 12:48:22 PM
it was so bizarre to get the Wheldon news in the Sunday NFL thread. i had watched a bit of the pre-race covereage, started watching the NFL slate, and then at a point someone's like, "have the game and the Vegas race on split screen, humongous crash OMG" and then people start switching over, and word filters in about Wheldon.

oen guy said his website had been taken down, which we all toook as ominous. and then later it is cofnirmed. anyways.
 
2012-03-25 12:49:51 PM

clear_prop: fatalvenom: My buddy and I have the over/under set at 5 for how many times we'll hear Dan Wheldon's before the race starts. We're at 2 right now.

If you just count 'Dan Wheldon' we are over 5 I think. If you count 'Dan' I lost count about fifteen chugs ago.


You'll be finishing an entire case before all this even begins.
 
2012-03-25 12:52:27 PM

rickythepenguin: it was so bizarre to get the Wheldon news in the Sunday NFL thread. i had watched a bit of the pre-race covereage, started watching the NFL slate, and then at a point someone's like, "have the game and the Vegas race on split screen, humongous crash OMG" and then people start switching over, and word filters in about Wheldon.

oen guy said his website had been taken down, which we all toook as ominous. and then later it is cofnirmed. anyways.


I saw the whole thing live. My game wasn't until later that night (I believe) or it was played earlier. At first I thought it was a massive crash but then a silence and an uncertainty as what was to happen. They didn't even officially announce it until hours later.
 
2012-03-25 12:53:42 PM
Nice tribute to Dan
 
2012-03-25 12:53:57 PM

fatalvenom: My buddy and I have the over/under set at 5 for how many times we'll hear Dan Wheldon's before the race starts. We're at 2 right now.


I'm wondering if there'd be more tributes today or at the Indy 500.
 
2012-03-25 12:54:54 PM
Alright. No disrespect but these guys know the risks when they get into the cars. Dan Wheldon is not a hero.

It's a dangerous sport. He knew this. He got killed.


This sad music montage bullshiat needs to stop.
 
2012-03-25 12:58:17 PM
Race becomes official when EJ Viso wrecks.

Race becomes F1 when Ferrari calls up Rubens and tells him to move over.
 
2012-03-25 12:58:27 PM

DanZero: I saw the whole thing live.



wow. yeah i switched over moments later, and the covereage as i rcall was "he's been taken to hospital, no word yet, our thoughts and prayers" and then they showed some of the racer's reactions; i think it was Franchiti that was openly sobbing.

tremendously emotional moment. powerful.

yeah that was a sad day. and no think just what, barely three months earlier he heisted Indy so amazingly. and then he's gone.

what a sad story. the whole, "no sponsorship after Indy", his mom's alzheimer's or parkinson's, this amazing human interest story, and then.....poof. game over.
 
2012-03-25 01:01:29 PM
Going to be exciting with the new car types and more engine options
 
2012-03-25 01:04:04 PM

DanZero: Going to be exciting with the new car types and more engine options


I'm pretty sure Lotus just handed out little hamsters in wheels to power their cars.
 
2012-03-25 01:07:33 PM

Jensaarai: DanZero: Going to be exciting with the new car types and more engine options

I'm pretty sure Lotus just handed out little hamsters in wheels to power their cars.


That's hard to put on a picture :D

They're SOUNDING nicer for sure
 
2012-03-25 01:11:59 PM
Take a Wheldon drink!

The cars sound great. And they look like monster go-karts from behind, heh.
 
2012-03-25 01:12:09 PM
The new car is SEXAY
 
2012-03-25 01:15:11 PM

tequilasundae: The new car is SEXAY


Those back-sides are a little funky, but as they said earlier, it prevents a car from behind from flying up. Rest of it's pretty neat, it's the FUTURE!

Oh, and FOX, take a hint! Lap 8 and they're doing SIDE BY SIDE already
 
2012-03-25 01:15:20 PM
Oh hey, side by side from the first break. Somebody at ABC still loves 'em some Indycar.

tequilasundae: The new car is SEXAY


It was weird when they were working on the prototype, but all painted up and going all out, I definitely agree.
 
2012-03-25 01:15:41 PM
Hurray! An Indy thread. The cars are sounding pretty good today. What have I missed so far?
 
2012-03-25 01:16:46 PM

catastrophe averted: Hurray! An Indy thread. The cars are sounding pretty good today. What have I missed so far?


Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon.
 
2012-03-25 01:16:57 PM
Will Power has got to be the coolest racing name ever. Just typing it makes me smile :)
 
2012-03-25 01:17:16 PM

catastrophe averted: Hurray! An Indy thread. The cars are sounding pretty good today. What have I missed so far?


The Dan Wheldon drinking game (TM)
 
2012-03-25 01:17:46 PM

Jensaarai: catastrophe averted: Hurray! An Indy thread. The cars are sounding pretty good today. What have I missed so far?

Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon.


Can't say I'm sorry I missed (yet another) tribute. Saw it live and don't wanna relive that again.
 
2012-03-25 01:18:09 PM

catastrophe averted: Will Power has got to be the coolest racing name ever. Just typing it makes me smile :)


Have you met his brother?

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-03-25 01:18:21 PM

DanZero: catastrophe averted: Hurray! An Indy thread. The cars are sounding pretty good today. What have I missed so far?

The Dan Wheldon drinking game (TM)


Now, THIS I can be a part of!
 
2012-03-25 01:18:24 PM
Hyundai on Barichello's wing a sign of things to come? Could you imagine 4 manufacturers?
 
2012-03-25 01:19:14 PM
Yes, It's A Woman!

(and no, it's not Danica)
 
2012-03-25 01:20:13 PM
Uh oh! Replacement hamster on that Lotus car, stat!
 
2012-03-25 01:20:24 PM
I guess Katherine doesn't have a Legge to stand on.

First Lotus failure of the season!
 
2012-03-25 01:21:37 PM
ahhh second race of the day with one to go
 
2012-03-25 01:22:16 PM

DanZero: Uh oh! Replacement hamster on that Lotus car, stat!


I love how the flagship Lotus team (KV) is racing Chevy engines. They seriously almost farked the series by creating this engine shortage.
 
2012-03-25 01:24:16 PM
NA$CAR really needs to take a cue from ABC here with the commercial$
 
2012-03-25 01:25:54 PM
Sorry I missed the F1 race this morning, but I read the whole thread. These allergy meds are seriously kicking my butt. I slept 15 hrs straight. UGH!

Would have loved to watch the monsoon strategy.
 
2012-03-25 01:26:31 PM
Any reason why they pushed the season start up so early this year?
 
2012-03-25 01:27:12 PM
So, my local ABC affiliate is pre-empting the race today for a damn telethon. So I'm watching on a buddy's Slingbox. This thing is pretty cool.
 
2012-03-25 01:27:52 PM

DanZero: NA$CAR really needs to take a cue from ABC here with the commercial$


To think, these are the same people notorious for "While you were away..." So they *can* give competent coverage if they wanted.
 
2012-03-25 01:28:03 PM

catastrophe averted: Sorry I missed the F1 race this morning, but I read the whole thread. These allergy meds are seriously kicking my butt. I slept 15 hrs straight. UGH!

Would have loved to watch the monsoon strategy.


I'd love to see those but the start times are all sorts of crazy. The Sepang circuit is awesome-ness.
 
2012-03-25 01:28:32 PM
I like the new rule re: green flag. Will make restarts much cleaner.
 
2012-03-25 01:28:38 PM

cameroncrazy1984: So, my local ABC affiliate is pre-empting the race today for a damn telethon. So I'm watching on a buddy's Slingbox. This thing is pretty cool.


BOOOOO HISSS don't you hate that? We get pre-emptions to but fortunately never sports coverage.
 
2012-03-25 01:30:02 PM

Jensaarai: DanZero: NA$CAR really needs to take a cue from ABC here with the commercial$

To think, these are the same people notorious for "While you were away..." So they *can* give competent coverage if they wanted.


It's not so bad if they could just not wait till like the last 10 laps for all that to start.
 
2012-03-25 01:30:44 PM
Scouting the tire barrier.
 
2012-03-25 01:31:51 PM

Jensaarai: Scouting the tire barrier.


Was going to post something similar to that. That's no light tap either. Probably buried in that wall.
 
2012-03-25 01:31:54 PM

Jensaarai: Scouting the tire barrier.


The replay was amusing. Slow down BEFORE the turn, not during!
 
2012-03-25 01:32:49 PM
These cars sound good even under caution.
 
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