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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 67
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2013-10-06 12:08:19 PM
1 votes:
Will there be a new thread for race 2?

Anyway, starting grid is:

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2013-10-06 12:53:22 AM
1 votes:

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?

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But anyway, as entertainment goes it was pretty cool to watch with a fair bit of action!
2013-10-05 11:23:28 PM
1 votes:
Indy racing should be limited to the Indy 500 only...just have drivers from the professional circuits take part.
2013-10-05 08:49:33 PM
1 votes:

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


Oh boy! More clownshoes!
2013-10-05 06:53:07 PM
1 votes:
Um.... I'm back.

So who won?
2013-10-05 06:15:07 PM
1 votes:
LMAO @ Nationwide. Just flipped over for the last 20 laps, and Kyle just dumped Keselowski.
2013-10-05 05:57:30 PM
1 votes:
What a change from last year. Great job, Simona. You paid your dues.
2013-10-05 05:56:40 PM
1 votes:
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 05:53:11 PM
1 votes:
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 05:51:40 PM
1 votes:
Wait, no yellow... Guess Conway will just sit there to the end.
2013-10-05 05:50:39 PM
1 votes:
Emma Dixon shot, yellow out.
2013-10-05 05:47:18 PM
1 votes:
Dario gets spun, rages and starts driving backwards.
2013-10-05 05:46:11 PM
1 votes:

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 05:44:28 PM
1 votes:
Dixon with another big jump on the restart. Simona does slightly better though.
2013-10-05 05:40:47 PM
1 votes:
Helio derps a corner again. Full course yellow.
2013-10-05 05:39:51 PM
1 votes:

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 05:35:48 PM
1 votes:
Satofficial
2013-10-05 05:35:30 PM
1 votes:
Wilson and Helio derp out trying to miss Sato and the safety truck.
2013-10-05 05:32:44 PM
1 votes:
James Jakes makes a pass on Sato.

Sato gets tired.

Yellow out.
2013-10-05 05:32:44 PM
1 votes:

seelorq: Satoed!


What? NOOOOOO!!!
2013-10-05 05:31:57 PM
1 votes:
Satoed!
2013-10-05 05:31:20 PM
1 votes:
HP is running slow on reboot.
2013-10-05 05:30:30 PM
1 votes:
Double pass by Simona. Nice.
2013-10-05 05:28:40 PM
1 votes:
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 05:26:01 PM
1 votes:
Filippi luca'd out with the timing of that yellow.
2013-10-05 05:21:01 PM
1 votes:
Dammit Servia.
2013-10-05 05:20:09 PM
1 votes:
Sad RHR is sad.
2013-10-05 05:15:34 PM
1 votes:
Today has been a bad day for yellow cars.

Vautier clips the wall avoiding Hinch, RHR and Helio with gearbox clusterfarks.
2013-10-05 05:14:27 PM
1 votes:
RHR in pits with gearbox problems.
2013-10-05 05:10:33 PM
1 votes:
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 05:07:33 PM
1 votes:

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 05:04:00 PM
1 votes:

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.

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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 05:02:21 PM
1 votes:
I have to go for now but the way this is going I should be back for the end.
2013-10-05 04:50:59 PM
1 votes:
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 04:49:45 PM
1 votes:
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 04:47:51 PM
1 votes:
Dixon first of the leaders to blink. Simona (who was 11 seconds behind) follows into the pits.
2013-10-05 04:44:08 PM
1 votes:

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 04:38:17 PM
1 votes:
And apparently the track is eating tires.
2013-10-05 04:37:00 PM
1 votes:
Nice move by Simona. Damn, she's up to 3rd.
2013-10-05 04:36:27 PM
1 votes:
Nice move, Simona!
2013-10-05 04:35:01 PM
1 votes:
Helio to the pits with a problem. Sounds like gearbox.
2013-10-05 04:34:50 PM
1 votes:
Clusterfarked
2013-10-05 04:32:25 PM
1 votes:
Brakes out on Kanaan's car is the word. He limped back to the pits.
2013-10-05 04:31:01 PM
1 votes:
LOL @ Dixies crew lobbying for a penalty on Power.

Oh. Kannan stopped.
2013-10-05 04:19:27 PM
1 votes:
Justin.tv streamery.

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Robin Miller is such a hilarious ass.  "He's (Aj Foyt) off the Blue Bell ice cream three times a day."
2013-10-05 04:19:24 PM
1 votes:
BOOGINDY again
2013-10-05 04:16:44 PM
1 votes:

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 04:15:59 PM
1 votes:

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 04:15:55 PM
1 votes:
Dammit Sato
2013-10-05 04:13:16 PM
1 votes:

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 04:10:58 PM
1 votes:

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


clownshoes Indycar style
2013-10-05 04:10:05 PM
1 votes:

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 04:07:02 PM
1 votes:
gah forgot about this, what I miss so far?
2013-10-05 04:06:42 PM
1 votes:

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 04:06:12 PM
1 votes:
no more standing starts i guess
2013-10-05 04:04:01 PM
1 votes:
Fuzzy's Vodak!
2013-10-05 04:03:42 PM
1 votes:
BOOGINDY

dammit
2013-10-05 04:01:44 PM
1 votes:
Dammit Flexpen don't ruin this
2013-10-05 04:00:29 PM
1 votes:
Will we have another standing fail?
2013-10-05 03:58:19 PM
1 votes:
How does it feel?
We d-d-on't have a-a-anything like this in O-o-klahoma
2013-10-05 03:53:09 PM
1 votes:
Course preview It's a parking lot race !
2013-10-05 03:46:57 PM
1 votes:

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 03:41:15 PM
1 votes:
Another Indy race in May next year ? What kind of sorcery is this

/standing start too
2013-10-05 03:37:03 PM
1 votes:

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 03:16:48 PM
1 votes:
holy shiat, the man did it. now don't screw it up
2013-10-05 03:14:09 PM
1 votes:

Jensaarai: Sato on pole? Nice.


WHUT
2013-10-05 03:06:44 PM
1 votes:
Sato on pole? Nice.
 
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