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(IndyCar)   Last week Justin Wilson won in Texas and was given a pair of guns. Today 26 drivers will try and win in Milwaukee where they will give a nice cheese plate. It's your official Milwaukee IndyFest thread   (indycar.com ) divider line
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2012-06-16 12:47:05 PM  
I believe there were six engine penalties, including drivers with fast times like Wilson, Dixon and Power, so it will be interesting to see if they can charge through the field, and if Dario can handle the tire wear drop off this week after a less than successful go of it last week.

Also, how about Rubens, qualifying in the top six on a oval? How cool would it be to see him win?

I'm really excited for this race.
 
2012-06-16 12:50:26 PM  
Broadcast starts at 1ET. I guess no one thought to submit a thread before now. I guess I may be talking to myself during this race.
 
2012-06-16 12:55:22 PM  
Looks like some rain will delay the start of IndyFest.
 
2012-06-16 01:28:27 PM  
I don't think this thing is going to go off for a while from that radar view
 
2012-06-16 01:38:42 PM  
It's going to be pretty damn hard to judge how successful Andretti's efforts to save the race have been because of this rain.
 
2012-06-16 01:39:17 PM  
per @curtcavin - ABC hasn't made any coverage decisions but will likely have to cut to Michigan when the green drops there and move Indy to ESPNNews. At least I can watch both in full and then back to LeMans.
 
2012-06-16 01:45:48 PM  
2 hours?
 
2012-06-16 01:46:53 PM  

mikaloyd: 2 hours?


Just in time for the start of the NNS race
 
2012-06-16 01:47:30 PM  
blah blah why don't they put rain tires on blah.

/got that out of the way for everyone
 
2012-06-16 01:47:53 PM  
Glad to see the rain has stopped.
 
2012-06-16 01:51:40 PM  
Ambrose just laid down a blistering qualifying lap at MIS.
 
2012-06-16 02:01:01 PM  
So now that China is off the schedule, where do you guys think they should race to fill the slot?

Rumor has Michigan, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Road America, and Laguna Seca as different possibilities.

/unless they've already made a decision
 
2012-06-16 02:05:09 PM  

Jensaarai: So now that China is off the schedule, where do you guys think they should race to fill the slot?

Rumor has Michigan, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Road America, and Laguna Seca as different possibilities.

/unless they've already made a decision


I'm praying for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (I have to mention our sponsors) seeing how I work there. It can piggy back on the Rolex race.
 
2012-06-16 02:07:15 PM  

Jensaarai: So now that China is off the schedule, where do you guys think they should race to fill the slot?

Rumor has Michigan, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Road America, and Laguna Seca as different possibilities.

/unless they've already made a decision



Michigan and Pocono are out. Road America most likely because it fits with the ALMS weekend. Another rumor is Chicagoland is in play. Laguna would be great.
 
2012-06-16 02:11:17 PM  
At least it's stopped raining. Hopefully we can light this candle soon. It would be swell if my car made it all the way to the end this week too, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
 
2012-06-16 02:13:54 PM  

Jensaarai: So now that China is off the schedule, where do you guys think they should race to fill the slot?

Rumor has Michigan, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Road America, and Laguna Seca as different possibilities.

/unless they've already made a decision


As long as it's not the IMS road course, I'm fine with it. That aid, I'd prefer an oval, just because we have plenty of road courses already.
 
2012-06-16 02:14:00 PM  
Did he GARONTEE a win?
 
2012-06-16 02:18:25 PM  

WhoIsWillo: Jensaarai: So now that China is off the schedule, where do you guys think they should race to fill the slot?

Rumor has Michigan, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Road America, and Laguna Seca as different possibilities.

/unless they've already made a decision

As long as it's not the IMS road course, I'm fine with it. That aid, I'd prefer an oval, just because we have plenty of road courses already.


Speculation earlier in the week was Texas, and than rumors of Michigan the last few days. An oval is probably easier to schedule on short notice.

NH to see if Power is entertained?
 
2012-06-16 02:19:12 PM  

Jensaarai: So now that China is off the schedule, where do you guys think they should race to fill the slot?

Rumor has Michigan, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Road America, and Laguna Seca as different possibilities.

/unless they've already made a decision


Ha! It's IndyCar ... Decision paralysis is what they do best. It will take weeks to make a decision, and when it happens it will be the result of throwing a dart at a dartboard.
 
2012-06-16 02:19:57 PM  
It's amazing how that old dude can pour salt, sugar, pretty much anything into his palm and have exactly the amount his recipe called for!
 
2012-06-16 02:22:17 PM  

Ed_Severson: Ha! It's IndyCar ... Decision paralysis is what they do best. It will take weeks to make a decision, and when it happens it will be the result of throwing a dart at a dartboard.


Heheh. Speaking of, it sounds like Texas is pushing for a decision on Indycar's return next year within the next week or two. I assume in that case they'll just flip a coin.
 
2012-06-16 02:29:47 PM  

WhoIsWillo: As long as it's not the IMS road course, I'm fine with it. That aid, I'd prefer an oval, just because we have plenty of road courses already.


clear_prop: Speculation earlier in the week was Texas, and than rumors of Michigan the last few days. An oval is probably easier to schedule on short notice.


IMS flat out said no early on, and Michigan is out because of Penske's contract conditions with Belle Isle. Gossage already said no to Texas. Vegas offered and Indycar said no.

I think Road America most likely followed by Laguna.
 
2012-06-16 02:34:15 PM  

Outtaphase: IMS flat out said no early on, and Michigan is out because of Penske's contract conditions with Belle Isle. Gossage already said no to Texas. Vegas offered and Indycar said no.


Yeah, I imagine they figured it was hard enough to get the drivers to Texas, was going to be impossible to get them to Vegas. I know that Pocono is talking with IndyCar, but I imagine that's about next year.
 
2012-06-16 02:34:15 PM  

9beers: How does Indy car stay in business? With the exception of a few races, the stands are 3/4 empty.


Using hamsters to power the cars is cheap.
 
2012-06-16 02:36:35 PM  

9beers: How does Indy car stay in business? With the exception of a few races, the stands are 3/4 empty.


Heh, it doesn't.

See: CART, Champ Car
 
2012-06-16 02:40:44 PM  

WhoIsWillo: Yeah, I imagine they figured it was hard enough to get the drivers to Texas, was going to be impossible to get them to Vegas. I know that Pocono is talking with IndyCar, but I imagine that's about next year.


The best analysis I've heard is that the drivers can complain, and Indycar nods and listens, but with X seats and Y drivers wanting a ride, they will show up and drive where they're told at the end of the day. But saying no to Vegas seems obvious to me.
 
2012-06-16 02:46:38 PM  

Outtaphase: The best analysis I've heard is that the drivers can complain, and Indycar nods and listens, but with X seats and Y drivers wanting a ride, they will show up and drive where they're told at the end of the day. But saying no to Vegas seems obvious to me.


Running an IndyCar race without Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon would be exceedingly silly.
 
2012-06-16 02:52:50 PM  
I know we just saw it a couple weeks ago, but that segment on Kanaan and Rubens is really, really awesome.
 
2012-06-16 02:54:56 PM  

WhoIsWillo: Running an IndyCar race without Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon would be exceedingly silly.


Because these contenders would give up points, and Ganassi and Penske would leave those seats empty for the weekend? I doubt it.
 
2012-06-16 02:56:16 PM  
Damn, Jamie Little is getting FAT

and yeah, Road America would be a hell of a track for Indy.
 
2012-06-16 02:57:08 PM  
Michael Andretti just announced that IndyFest will return in 2013. Good news for IndyCar.
 
2012-06-16 02:58:03 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Damn, Jamie Little is getting FAT


If by fat you mean extremely pregnant, then yes, yes she is.
 
2012-06-16 02:59:52 PM  
Standings actually filled in pretty well. Kind of surprised.
 
2012-06-16 03:01:55 PM  
and now that the green is dropping, they need to decide what to do with this race and the NNS race

/i was about to say that Arie looked really good for his age. Then I saw it was Arie, Jr.
 
2012-06-16 03:02:58 PM  
www.corbisimages.com

I didn't know he raced!
 
2012-06-16 03:05:00 PM  

WhoIsWillo: Standings actually filled in pretty well. Kind of surprised.


Andretti's been super accommodating to fans. Cheap ticket prices, loose restrictions on coolers, community outreach. I almost considered road tripping out there to show my support, and I live halfway across the country. Fans seem willing to reward that sort of behavior, even after the rain.

/boogity
 
2012-06-16 03:08:41 PM  
"Power is trying to get under her"

/useless without pics
 
2012-06-16 03:09:59 PM  
Scott Dixon looking racey.
 
2012-06-16 03:10:45 PM  
Marco you suck
 
2012-06-16 03:11:35 PM  
Not even having daddy promote the race can save Marco from his own inconsistency.

Will Power's turbo seems to be set to whine.
 
2012-06-16 03:12:50 PM  
Passing the Hamster gal
 
2012-06-16 03:14:23 PM  
More Indycar pit road antics.
 
2012-06-16 03:14:25 PM  
retard pits again
 
2012-06-16 03:14:33 PM  

Jensaarai: Not even having daddy promote the race can save Marco from his own inconsistency.


FTFY

He and Rahal should just stick to WWE.
 
2012-06-16 03:16:11 PM  
And suddenly, the Hamsterlander isn't in last place!

/Won't last
 
2012-06-16 03:18:11 PM  

Jensaarai: Will Power's turbo seems to be set to whine.


i45.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-16 03:21:18 PM  

9beers: Anybody happen to know the how much money the winner gets? How does the prize money compare to a NASCAR race?


I know the Indy 500 winner pulls about 2.5 million. The rest of the races are designed to help keep lower tier teams operational for now, so they can pull in about that much if they run the whole year. As a result, I think the winner of a race like this doesn't get very much at all. They changed the structure this year, so I'll try to look up more up to date info.
 
2012-06-16 03:27:40 PM  
Holy cow, Justin Wilson!
 
2012-06-16 03:28:00 PM  
My Google fu on updated purse info is weak for the moment. Perhaps Ed_Severson could clue us in after the face.

Either way, the TL;DR is that other than the Indy 500, purses in the series are pretty bad compared to NASCAR. Hopefully if Indycar continues to rebuild, that will improve.

-------------------

WHOA WILSON!
 
2012-06-16 03:28:23 PM  
HP car needs to update its BIOS
 
2012-06-16 03:28:54 PM  
We've secretly replaced Pagenau's tires with F1 Pirelli's.

Let's see if anyone notices.
 
2012-06-16 03:29:54 PM  
Wake TK. Tell him to build a Dario Idol.
 
2012-06-16 03:31:10 PM  
Hamster Dance!
 
2012-06-16 03:32:02 PM  
Wow. Huge break for Power and Dixon, as well as Rubens.
 
2012-06-16 03:33:50 PM  
That should put... Rubens into the lead, correct?
 
2012-06-16 03:35:05 PM  
I feel so bad for Simona. She had to race a Franken-car last year (that she did well in at times) and now she's with the only team that won't ditch Lotus. Hopefully some day she'll actually get to compete.
 
2012-06-16 03:39:19 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-16 03:41:11 PM  
Calling a caution for Justin Wilson?

I gar-awn-tee it!
 
2012-06-16 03:46:02 PM  
Great, gotta watch these guys instead of Nationwide.
 
2012-06-16 03:47:53 PM  
Wilson's got something cookin'
 
2012-06-16 03:48:10 PM  
JUSTIN WILSON IS EN FUEGO!!
 
2012-06-16 03:48:40 PM  
BOOM! Goes the motor!
 
2012-06-16 03:50:44 PM  
Aaaaannnddd we going to see NNS in 10 minutes... time to check on a feed, I guess...
 
2012-06-16 03:52:00 PM  
Honda's homage to Lotus
 
2012-06-16 03:52:55 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: JUSTIN WILSON IS EN FUEGO!!


MUY CALIENTE
 
2012-06-16 03:54:06 PM  
psyche! staying yellow

HAHA
 
2012-06-16 03:54:09 PM  
Heheheheh. There's the sort of Indy restart we used to know and love.
 
2012-06-16 03:55:04 PM  
Cit-won't-go
 
2012-06-16 03:56:06 PM  
Wait.. race swap?

Guess Danica-mania is still screwing these guys over.
 
2012-06-16 03:56:18 PM  
And instead of just being on ESPNnews, it will also be on ESPN3... woot! Legal feed!
 
2012-06-16 03:56:50 PM  

Jensaarai: Heheheheh. There's the sort of Indy restart we used to know and love.


I do love the amateur hour feel to Indy though.


Race official Sato slaps the wall.
 
2012-06-16 03:57:33 PM  
And we get us a wreck.
 
2012-06-16 03:57:42 PM  
Sato is dangerously close to making these things official from now on.

He had such a great start to the year.
 
2012-06-16 03:58:22 PM  

Jensaarai: Wait.. race swap?

Guess Danica-mania is still screwing these guys over.


They wanted to see a professionally run race I guess.
 
2012-06-16 03:59:21 PM  
Do I sense a new meme?
 
2012-06-16 04:02:39 PM  
Looks like Hildebrand's blown motor may have exacerbated Sato's whole not-being-in-control-of-his-car problem..
 
2012-06-16 04:04:41 PM  
BoogityX3
 
2012-06-16 04:05:22 PM  
LOL Danica.
 
2012-06-16 04:05:36 PM  
Danica is makin it exciting right off
 
2012-06-16 04:08:03 PM  
Awww, Princess got slidey.
 
2012-06-16 04:08:17 PM  
IndyCar race is now LIVE on ESPN3.com.
 
2012-06-16 04:09:06 PM  
She went full Sato on the 1st lap
 
2012-06-16 04:10:09 PM  
Dixon gets a pointless drivethru penalty for "jumping" the restart.

Indycar just wants to see him pass the whole field again.
 
2012-06-16 04:13:00 PM  
Sato has an 88% DNF rate this season. I don't think even Mikey Waltrip was ever that bad.
 
2012-06-16 04:16:38 PM  

clear_prop: Sato has an 88% DNF rate this season. I don't think even Mikey Waltrip was ever that bad.


He was actually performing quite well in those races where he had the mechanical failure. But it certainly seems like he hasn't gotten over the Indy 500.

Interesting drafting dynamics in the Nationwide race.

Castroneves's tires just went to shiat. RHR to the lead, Viso has recovered to second.
 
2012-06-16 04:24:20 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-16 04:28:24 PM  

mikaloyd: [i.imgur.com image 491x369]


Well, considering Michigan seems to be driving more like Talladega than Michigan, I expect one of these tomorrow in the Cup race as well at lap 20.
 
2012-06-16 04:29:49 PM  
Rubens has been running a hell of a race. At this rate, he'll have his first win before the season ends.
 
2012-06-16 04:31:11 PM  
Kimball's blood-sugar level must be getting low.
 
2012-06-16 04:34:05 PM  
Rain in turn 3.

Indycar can't catch a break.
 
2012-06-16 04:40:35 PM  
Restart. Let's see if Will Power can entertain us.
 
2012-06-16 04:41:36 PM  

Jensaarai: Restart. Let's see if Will Power can entertain us.


No, but Dario can.
 
2012-06-16 04:41:59 PM  
Wow, you do not expect to see Dario in a 1-car crash.
 
2012-06-16 04:46:07 PM  
Ashley Judd must not be here. They haven't started obsessively focusing the camera on her reaction.
 
2012-06-16 04:50:16 PM  
It's disgusting the way Jamie has let herself go. She looks like she's pregnant, fer chrissake.
 
2012-06-16 04:52:45 PM  
Meanwhile, in Nationwide, Brad Sweet was moving along at a Great Clip, until he got Krashalotski'd.
 
2012-06-16 04:56:03 PM  
RHR drove a hell of a race! Nice win!
 
2012-06-16 04:58:21 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: RHR drove a hell of a race! Nice win!


i.imgur.com

 
2012-06-16 04:59:29 PM  
RHR married Robby Gordon's sister?

Is she gonna do the Sundrop dance in victory lane for us?
 
2012-06-16 05:06:02 PM  
"I'm actually very excited to see what the hell they're talking about." - Dixon, on his penalty
 
2012-06-16 05:53:13 PM  
Dadgum car just took off.

/not a repeat of 2011 Darlington Cup post-race
 
2012-06-16 05:53:58 PM  



i.imgur.com

 
2012-06-16 05:55:14 PM  
How long before someone puts that runaway car to Yakkity Sax?
 
2012-06-16 06:11:29 PM  
Nice win, Joey! My daughter will be thrilled.
 
2012-06-16 07:22:37 PM  
Sorry I couldn't make it today all. Bit too early for me on a Saturday :(

So let's see, Lotus is still at the bottom, Sato crashed once again, Justin Wilson was showing the Milwaukee crowd his cajun cooking, Power was entertaining everyone during a rain delay sans double deuce, Dixon gets penalized and RHR gets a well-deserved win? Damn. Missed a good one.

I'll hopefully be on time for the NASCAR thread tomorrow.
 
2012-06-16 08:22:17 PM  
Solid race for us. I think we had a car better than P5 but got burned a little bit on the last stop. Overall a pretty good weekend, though. Proud of the little guy today.
 
2012-06-16 08:26:39 PM  

Ed_Severson: Solid race for us. I think we had a car better than P5 but got burned a little bit on the last stop. Overall a pretty good weekend, though. Proud of the little guy today.


Ed, I seriously hope to meet you at laguna seca one of these days.
 
2012-06-16 08:52:28 PM  
You just might get a chance in a couple months ... Anything is possible with this bunch.
 
2012-06-17 12:40:06 AM  
Watching SPEED's Le Mans coverage. SPEED Center just reported that Indycar admitted that their ruling against Dixon was "a mistake."

While that's some refreshing honesty from an officiating body, I wonder if there's anything they can do to "fix" it. Obviously they probably shouldn't tamper with the results of the race any more than they already have.

Maybe they can do a reverse of the unapproved engine change grid penalty, and reward him 5 starting spots next week? Or pay him Justin Wilson's illegal car fine from Texas?
 
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