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(IndyCar)   With only three races left in the season, it's Race 1 of the final doubleheader weekend and IndyCar's first visit to Houston. Who will come out on top? It's the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston (3:00 PM ET, NBCSN)   (indycar.com) divider line 123
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2013-10-05 03:06:44 PM  
Sato on pole? Nice.
 
2013-10-05 03:14:09 PM  

Jensaarai: Sato on pole? Nice.


WHUT
 
2013-10-05 03:16:48 PM  
holy shiat, the man did it. now don't screw it up
 
2013-10-05 03:20:54 PM  
Is there any chance of this series ever being meaningful on the national stage again?
 
2013-10-05 03:24:12 PM  
The start's gonna be fun.
 
2013-10-05 03:28:52 PM  
Anyone knows the actual start time?  Looks like the pre-race is going to be extra long, but haven't found the true race start time anywhere.
 
2013-10-05 03:36:19 PM  

Joe Peanut: Anyone knows the actual start time?  Looks like the pre-race is going to be extra long, but haven't found the true race start time anywhere.


Start is delayed until they find a large enough emery board to fine tune the bumps.
 
2013-10-05 03:37:03 PM  

Joe Peanut: Anyone knows the actual start time?  Looks like the pre-race is going to be extra long, but haven't found the true race start time anywhere.


I have a source that said 3:40 but it looks to be nowhere near that now.
 
2013-10-05 03:41:15 PM  
Another Indy race in May next year ? What kind of sorcery is this

/standing start too
 
2013-10-05 03:44:12 PM  
THAT guy???
 
2013-10-05 03:46:57 PM  

DanZero: Another Indy race in May next year ? What kind of sorcery is this

/standing start too


I'm not a fan of the Indy roval, but I have many, MANY reasons for that. I think the road course race will suck for this car.
 
2013-10-05 03:51:14 PM  
Wally is having a great weekend!
 
2013-10-05 03:53:09 PM  
Course preview It's a parking lot race !
 
2013-10-05 03:55:21 PM  
can't wait until Quicken adds Montoya to the roster. engineered to hit jet dryers.
 
2013-10-05 03:58:19 PM  
How does it feel?
We d-d-on't have a-a-anything like this in O-o-klahoma
 
2013-10-05 04:00:29 PM  
Will we have another standing fail?
 
2013-10-05 04:01:44 PM  
Dammit Flexpen don't ruin this
 
2013-10-05 04:01:58 PM  

Jensaarai: Will we have another standing fail?


So far, yes.
 
2013-10-05 04:03:42 PM  
BOOGINDY

dammit
 
2013-10-05 04:03:47 PM  
Oh, man. That sucks.
 
2013-10-05 04:04:01 PM  
Fuzzy's Vodak!
 
2013-10-05 04:05:04 PM  
Man, Sarah Fisher has some rotten luck.
 
2013-10-05 04:05:23 PM  
That car got a drive-by buzzcut.
 
2013-10-05 04:06:12 PM  
no more standing starts i guess
 
2013-10-05 04:06:40 PM  
Who was the yellow car that brushed him as well?  It looked like it stopped up the road.
 
2013-10-05 04:06:42 PM  

crotchgrabber: DanZero: Another Indy race in May next year ? What kind of sorcery is this

/standing start too

I'm not a fan of the Indy roval, but I have many, MANY reasons for that. I think the road course race will suck for this car.


I'm not a fan either, but they are using this to make changes to the track for both Indycar and MotoGP. Someone on /r/indycar of the Reddits made a gif of the changes.

So at least there's that.
 
2013-10-05 04:07:02 PM  
gah forgot about this, what I miss so far?
 
2013-10-05 04:07:37 PM  
@JennaFryer
The start is under review.
 
2013-10-05 04:10:05 PM  

crotchgrabber: DanZero: Another Indy race in May next year ? What kind of sorcery is this

/standing start too

I'm not a fan of the Indy roval, but I have many, MANY reasons for that. I think the road course race will suck for this car.


I'm willing to reserve judgment until we actually get the cars out there.  The series/IMS is taking an interesting approach by stating this new race is a springboard for the month of May while severely limiting seating to what looks like 40K or so.  Stand E in Turn 1 will be open as will most of the 4th Turn.  They are really pushing the general admission seating on existing and new spectator mounds.
 
2013-10-05 04:10:58 PM  

WhyteRaven74: gah forgot about this, what I miss so far?


clownshoes Indycar style
 
2013-10-05 04:13:01 PM  
Just thinking about how much fun Wind Tunnel would have had with Hinch's "I have to pee" interview.
 
2013-10-05 04:13:16 PM  

Jensaarai: crotchgrabber: DanZero: Another Indy race in May next year ? What kind of sorcery is this

/standing start too

I'm not a fan of the Indy roval, but I have many, MANY reasons for that. I think the road course race will suck for this car.

I'm not a fan either, but they are using this to make changes to the track for both Indycar and MotoGP. Someone on /r/indycar of the Reddits made a gif of the changes.

So at least there's that.


One of the reasons I hate the Indy roval is MotoGP. The USA is being reduced to two MotoGP events and they made the decisions which ones to keep on who could pay the most. COTA has millions of dollars per year of state tax breaks and Indy getting 40 million in guaranteed loans kinda leaves a non-profit track in a cash strapped state out in the cold. I'm really hoping for some good news on the 2015 schedule, because 2014 is not going to be the best year for Seca.

Sorry for the thread jack, but I don't have a way of watching this race.
 
2013-10-05 04:15:55 PM  
Dammit Sato
 
2013-10-05 04:15:59 PM  

DanZero: clownshoes Indycar style


I gather there was a wreck after a car stalled on the standing start. Also Sato is on the pole. In other news, I just saw four men on horseback go past.
 
2013-10-05 04:16:44 PM  

crotchgrabber: One of the reasons I hate the Indy roval is MotoGP. The USA is being reduced to two MotoGP events and they made the decisions which ones to keep on who could pay the most. COTA has millions of dollars per year of state tax breaks and Indy getting 40 million in guaranteed loans kinda leaves a non-profit track in a cash strapped state out in the cold. I'm really hoping for some good news on the 2015 schedule, because 2014 is not going to be the best year for Seca.

Sorry for the thread jack, but I don't have a way of watching this race.


Oh man, that sucks about the reduction.

Do you not have streaming capabilities?
 
2013-10-05 04:17:21 PM  
Sato was on the pole.
 
2013-10-05 04:19:24 PM  
BOOGINDY again
 
2013-10-05 04:19:27 PM  
Justin.tv streamery.

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

Robin Miller is such a hilarious ass.  "He's (Aj Foyt) off the Blue Bell ice cream three times a day."
 
2013-10-05 04:22:32 PM  

Jensaarai: crotchgrabber: One of the reasons I hate the Indy roval is MotoGP. The USA is being reduced to two MotoGP events and they made the decisions which ones to keep on who could pay the most. COTA has millions of dollars per year of state tax breaks and Indy getting 40 million in guaranteed loans kinda leaves a non-profit track in a cash strapped state out in the cold. I'm really hoping for some good news on the 2015 schedule, because 2014 is not going to be the best year for Seca.

Sorry for the thread jack, but I don't have a way of watching this race.

Oh man, that sucks about the reduction.

Do you not have streaming capabilities?


Nothing streaming at work. Can't load any protection into these computers for some damned reason.

It sucks for next year, we have World Superbikes (which was freaking amazing last week), the reunion which is a huge cash cow for us and always fun, Ferrari racing days (a glorified club weekend, but good revenue as there is no sanctioning fee), USCC, should be good and the SCCA Runoffs. There has been some serious talk about Indycar coming here for 2015. And I've heard rumors about NASCAR Trucks. My dream schedule is MotoGP, WSBK, USCC, Indycar, Reunion, Trucks, and hell, Formula E in no particular order.

Trying to follow this race between Fark and Twitter.
 
2013-10-05 04:27:27 PM  
@JennaFryer
I'm told the early indication on Hinchcliffe was a clutch issue. Part electrical/part mechanical.
 
2013-10-05 04:31:01 PM  
LOL @ Dixies crew lobbying for a penalty on Power.

Oh. Kannan stopped.
 
2013-10-05 04:32:25 PM  
Brakes out on Kanaan's car is the word. He limped back to the pits.
 
2013-10-05 04:34:50 PM  
Clusterfarked
 
2013-10-05 04:35:01 PM  
Helio to the pits with a problem. Sounds like gearbox.
 
2013-10-05 04:36:27 PM  
Nice move, Simona!
 
2013-10-05 04:36:51 PM  
MUTHERFARKER!!!!

/Brasilian
 
2013-10-05 04:37:00 PM  
Nice move by Simona. Damn, she's up to 3rd.
 
2013-10-05 04:38:17 PM  
And apparently the track is eating tires.
 
2013-10-05 04:38:29 PM  
I feel like the rich old white guys in 8 Men Out who "watched" the ball game by having the updates read to them by a butler and moving pieces around a giant game board on the wall. Except for the rich and old part.
 
2013-10-05 04:41:30 PM  
quick, someone ask Will Power if his arm itches when the 9 is next to him.
 
2013-10-05 04:44:08 PM  

crotchgrabber: I feel like the rich old white guys in 8 Men Out who "watched" the ball game by having the updates read to them by a butler and moving pieces around a giant game board on the wall. Except for the rich and old part.


We don't mind.

Marco came out of his pit stop, splitting Power and Dixon. Dixie obviously not happy.

Helio's team changed the gear cluster on pit road. He rejoins in 20th, 9 laps down.
 
2013-10-05 04:44:35 PM  
@JennaFryer
Helio back out on lap 32, 9 laps down and almost all of his points lead gone.
 
2013-10-05 04:47:51 PM  
Dixon first of the leaders to blink. Simona (who was 11 seconds behind) follows into the pits.
 
2013-10-05 04:49:45 PM  
Power in a lap later, slightly slower pit stop. Jack problem. Dixie beats Power for the lead. Pag beats Simona for 8th, which will likely be a top 5 spot soon.
 
2013-10-05 04:50:51 PM  
Pace car out.
 
2013-10-05 04:50:59 PM  
AJ Foyt requesting a black flag for Sato. His radio isn't working, and they can't get him to come into pits.

Dario around. Looks stalled in the middle of the track. Full course yellow.
 
2013-10-05 04:52:33 PM  
Helio, Hinch, & Dario... problems for some big names out there, huh?

I'm happy TK landed the Ganassi ride for next year.
 
2013-10-05 04:52:41 PM  
caution out for Dario losing his 4G network
 
2013-10-05 04:52:59 PM  
Should be a lengthy yellow. They're using this opportunity to sweep the track. Probably in hopes of preventing more cut tires like Sato and Wilson had.
 
2013-10-05 04:54:45 PM  

Jensaarai: Should be a lengthy yellow. They're using this opportunity to sweep the track. Probably in hopes of preventing more cut tires like Sato and Wilson had.


If it's a lengthy caution I want to take the time to ask if anyone else saw Rush yet? farking incredible movie.
 
2013-10-05 05:02:21 PM  
I have to go for now but the way this is going I should be back for the end.
 
2013-10-05 05:04:00 PM  

crotchgrabber: Jensaarai: Should be a lengthy yellow. They're using this opportunity to sweep the track. Probably in hopes of preventing more cut tires like Sato and Wilson had.

If it's a lengthy caution I want to take the time to ask if anyone else saw Rush yet? farking incredible movie.


My two small town theaters didn't get it. Pretty pissed. I'd probably have to go to Roswell to see it.

Missed the restart. Was putting some soup on.

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

Robin Miller speculating they'll move this race earlier in the year, and talking about hopes of running it at night so you don't fry the fans. I'm down.
 
2013-10-05 05:07:33 PM  

DanZero: I have to go for now but the way this is going I should be back for the end.


You mean tommorrow?
 
2013-10-05 05:07:56 PM  
Marshall Pruett just said that Dixon is saving tons of fuel into turn 2, lifting 50-75 ft before Power.
 
2013-10-05 05:10:33 PM  
Pag passes Simona for 5th.

Vasser says he has enough sponsorship behind him to go hire "the best guy, or girl" for the seat TK is vacating.
 
2013-10-05 05:12:03 PM  

Jensaarai: Pag passes Simona for 5th.


He's burning up his PTP faster than anyone else. The timing and scoring page is pretty good for Indy.
 
2013-10-05 05:14:27 PM  
RHR in pits with gearbox problems.
 
2013-10-05 05:15:34 PM  
Today has been a bad day for yellow cars.

Vautier clips the wall avoiding Hinch, RHR and Helio with gearbox clusterfarks.
 
2013-10-05 05:20:09 PM  
Sad RHR is sad.
 
2013-10-05 05:21:01 PM  
Dammit Servia.
 
2013-10-05 05:26:01 PM  
Filippi luca'd out with the timing of that yellow.
 
2013-10-05 05:28:40 PM  
Power can't make it. He's merely looking to deny Dixie the most laps led bonus, and then pit for primes to save a set of Reds for Qualifying tomorrow.
 
2013-10-05 05:30:30 PM  
Double pass by Simona. Nice.
 
2013-10-05 05:30:45 PM  
I wanna see Simona on the podium.
 
2013-10-05 05:31:20 PM  
HP is running slow on reboot.
 
2013-10-05 05:31:26 PM  
GO Iron Maiden!
 
2013-10-05 05:31:40 PM  

seelorq: I wanna see Simona on the podium.


You probably will.
 
2013-10-05 05:31:57 PM  
Satoed!
 
2013-10-05 05:32:44 PM  

seelorq: Satoed!


What? NOOOOOO!!!
 
2013-10-05 05:32:44 PM  
James Jakes makes a pass on Sato.

Sato gets tired.

Yellow out.
 
2013-10-05 05:33:56 PM  
Damn shame about Sato.
 
2013-10-05 05:34:16 PM  
I'm dreamin', but I want the Swiss Miss to pop DIxon.
 
2013-10-05 05:35:16 PM  

Outtaphase: I'm dreamin', but I want the Swiss Miss to pop DIxon.


Rule 34 in my Indycar thread? It's more likely than you think.
 
2013-10-05 05:35:30 PM  
Wilson and Helio derp out trying to miss Sato and the safety truck.
 
2013-10-05 05:35:48 PM  
Satofficial
 
2013-10-05 05:38:48 PM  
Dixon Tire down?!
 
2013-10-05 05:39:51 PM  

Outtaphase: Dixon Tire down?!


Maybe. That looked like some bad debris he ran over.

He's definitely pulling away from Simona on restart.
 
2013-10-05 05:40:47 PM  
Helio derps a corner again. Full course yellow.
 
2013-10-05 05:41:24 PM  
Oriol's blistered hand reminded me of a scene in Rush.

/good movie
//was expecting more
///was hopped up on cold meds
////I still am
 
2013-10-05 05:42:38 PM  

Jensaarai: He's definitely pulling away from Simona on restart.


Yeah, he has an annoying habit of being Dixon like that.

//Great Driver
 
2013-10-05 05:44:28 PM  
Dixon with another big jump on the restart. Simona does slightly better though.
 
2013-10-05 05:44:52 PM  
HOLD ON SIMONA!!!
 
2013-10-05 05:46:11 PM  

seelorq: HOLD ON SIMONA!!!


She's on rather old tires. So here's hoping she doesn't overwork 'em like she did at St. Pete.
 
2013-10-05 05:47:18 PM  
Dario gets spun, rages and starts driving backwards.
 
2013-10-05 05:47:24 PM  
Meanwhile, in Kansas, caution # 10.
 
2013-10-05 05:47:31 PM  

Jensaarai: seelorq: HOLD ON SIMONA!!!

She's on rather old tires. So here's hoping she doesn't overwork 'em like she did at St. Pete.


The gap is increasing on P3, Justin Wilson.

You may be a TK fan, or a Will Power fan first and foremost, but I think just about everyone around here is a Simona fan.
 
2013-10-05 05:49:12 PM  

Jensaarai: seelorq: HOLD ON SIMONA!!!

She's on rather old tires. So here's hoping she doesn't overwork 'em like she did at St. Pete.


She's a couple seconds ahead of P3...so far so good.
 
2013-10-05 05:50:39 PM  
Emma Dixon shot, yellow out.
 
2013-10-05 05:51:40 PM  
Wait, no yellow... Guess Conway will just sit there to the end.
 
2013-10-05 05:53:11 PM  
Now we get the yellow. That's probably it, folks. Looks like Simona will get that podium unless they move Conway in record time.
 
2013-10-05 05:53:19 PM  
Simona owes Conway a big sloppy kiss.
 
2013-10-05 05:54:14 PM  
I'm finding it hard to believe AJ doesn't still put boots up the crew's butts.
 
2013-10-05 05:56:40 PM  
Whoever designed and approved those trophies should get fired. Now the winning drivers will spend the rest of their lives explaining to dinner guests that they never actually won a rodeo event.
 
2013-10-05 05:57:30 PM  
What a change from last year. Great job, Simona. You paid your dues.
 
2013-10-05 06:01:22 PM  
Yeah Sim! She has one of the best attitudes in all motorsport.
 
2013-10-05 06:15:07 PM  
LMAO @ Nationwide. Just flipped over for the last 20 laps, and Kyle just dumped Keselowski.
 
2013-10-05 06:19:06 PM  

Jensaarai: LMAO @ Nationwide. Just flipped over for the last 20 laps, and Kyle just dumped Keselowski.


Tmrw should be interesting.
 
2013-10-05 06:22:58 PM  
Earlier Bestwick called this race the Kansas calamity.
 
2013-10-05 06:24:51 PM  
@brantjames
It would heighten the drama of these garage dashes greatly if nascar provided the drivers segways or fresh horses.
 
2013-10-05 06:25:35 PM  
@kaseykahne
Hey @keselowski will you please come run in my 5k next Sunday morning at 10am? Its a really good time!
 
2013-10-05 06:26:34 PM  
@jpmontoya 3m
Kind of funny how good of a liar is Kyle LOL


@KevinHarvick 7m
#cheapshot
 
2013-10-05 06:26:40 PM  

good_2_go: @kaseykahne
Hey @keselowski will you please come run in my 5k next Sunday morning at 10am? Its a really good time!


JPM just tweeted about it being funny how awful a liar Kyle is.
 
2013-10-05 06:53:07 PM  
Um.... I'm back.

So who won?
 
2013-10-05 08:40:19 PM  
@JennaFryer 18m
IndyCar will do a standing start for Race 2.
 
2013-10-05 08:49:33 PM  

good_2_go: @JennaFryer 18m
IndyCar will do a standing start for Race 2.


Oh boy! More clownshoes!
 
2013-10-05 10:35:34 PM  
Are we getting an F1 thread for the 1:30 AM Korean soap opera?
 
2013-10-05 11:23:28 PM  
Indy racing should be limited to the Indy 500 only...just have drivers from the professional circuits take part.
 
2013-10-06 12:53:22 AM  

MFAWG: Is there any chance of this series ever being meaningful on the national stage again?


Its a easy problem: The cars.

I hate to use a political term (and put into US terms) its race track socialism: Everybody has the same type of car, and the different engines rule it locked down to the point that it doesn't make that much of a difference...

...but the problem is if Indycar tried to open it with the very low amount of TV exposure and the budgets and lack of technology they have, it would kill the sport. They cant out F1, F1. Who cares if the racing is interesting and action packed? Second is second.

My personal gripe Indycar is the fact that you have Ovals and the design compromises it comes with, but I guess thats the way motor racing and its culture developed in the US.

A comment was made recently that its been over 30 years since a US designed and built car has one the Indy 500, the European (Mostly) British manufactures and designers since the late 70's just have wiped the floor. I always wondered if it had anything to do with the decline of the aerospace industry in the UK?

.
..
...

But anyway, as entertainment goes it was pretty cool to watch with a fair bit of action!
 
2013-10-06 12:54:16 AM  
*won the Indy 500....dammit!
 
2013-10-06 11:41:38 AM  
@JennaFryer
Indefinite weather hold in Houston, where the Daytona heat and humidity has been replaced by the Chicago wind and rain.


@JennaFryer
IndyCar qualifying canceled for race 2. Field set by entrant points. Dixon on pole, Helio starting 2nd. (Dixon does not get 1 bonus point)
 
2013-10-06 11:58:56 AM  
@JennaFryer
Scratch that: IndyCar now says Helio is the pole sitter not Dixon.
 
2013-10-06 12:08:19 PM  
Will there be a new thread for race 2?

Anyway, starting grid is:

pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-10-06 01:11:33 PM  

Joe Peanut: Will there be a new thread for race 2?

Anyway, starting grid is:

[pbs.twimg.com image 600x800]


It's in the queue, should be live soon, if not now
 
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