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(IndyStar)   Weirdest day in 500 history: Letterman's car wins Indianapolis 500 for Rice, rain shortens race and now two tornadoes heading towards Speedway   (indystar.com ) divider line
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2004-05-31 12:01:46 AM  
Is it just me, or is the $20 infield ticket a much better way to see the race than the $100 seat ticket?
 
2004-05-31 12:06:43 AM  
MattMonay

No, F1 nowadays is basically TGF finishing (literally) miles ahead of everyone else, a few small battles between blockheads (*coughjpmcoughralfcough*) that result in said blockheads crashing out, both Mclarens retiring because their crap engines a sploded, and the Minardis being lapped at about lap 20, because they're just that goddamn slow.

Now, if every race were like Monaco from last week, I'd have much more incentive to get up at 7 in the farking morning for races. I mean, who doesn't like seeing TGF not win for a change (besides the tifosi)?
 
2004-05-31 12:20:51 AM  
Just out of complete curiousity, where's the fun in watching this kinda thing? Its just a whole bunch of laps around the same oval.
 
2004-05-31 12:24:29 AM  
We were doing some shiattin' and gittin' up here in Lafayette, too. We had a tornado or two up here. I still haven't heard from my parents yet. They had a tornado rip through Mooresville where they live.

Although nothing beats the F5 I lived through as a kid. Scariest moment....evar!
 
2004-05-31 01:54:34 AM  
I was watching Channel 8 for most of the day, and Mooresville looked like hell. :(

I live in Lawrence now, and luckily, all the nasty shiat was 5 minutes to the south of us.

Also, I guess the sportscaster from 8 was telling Letterman about the storm and asked him what he thought about his team winning the race, being a former weatherman, and the tornados heading for them; Letterman said something about things coming "full-circle" now.
 
2004-05-31 02:39:17 AM  
It goes like this:
F1>Indy>Nascar
 
2004-05-31 02:47:21 AM  
No one has mentioned Letterman started out as a weatherman....?

No, it actually goes like this:

karts>F3>F3000>F1

or the long shot

karts>euro prototype/touring series>F1
karts>Formula Mazda/Ford>Champ>F1


Note: Nascar and Indy Retirement League has nothing to do with the above...
 
2004-05-31 02:56:01 AM  
F1 is awful. When you have one guy who wins basically every race, how is it at all entertaining. At least with Indy and Nascar, there is some degree of unpredictability. Granted, the Nasacar race today didn't display that, but they've atleast got decent racing in the pack. Indy car racing in general sucks because they cant really race side by side, half the cars dont even finish and half of those that do are at least 2 laps down, and (at least with IRL) they only race like once a month. I've been to both an IRL race and a NASCAR race, and the NASCAR race was by far the better show. IRL cars are so high pitched, its like sitting next to a crying baby on an airline for 4 hours. Nascar has a good blend of actual competitive racing, decent crashes, and the likelihood for unpredictability. The only thing F1 has going for it is that they can race in the rain, other than that, the racing sucks.
 
2004-05-31 03:23:10 AM  
I would take out a bunch of the automated shiat from f1... and kill schumacher
but i'm drunk
so don't listen to me
 
2004-05-31 04:46:42 AM  
"The IRL debuted rule changes that should be praised. Unlike last season, when a half-dozen cars got airborne, none did Sunday."

This is supposed to be a good thing?
 
2004-05-31 06:21:35 AM  
Jensaarai
there wasn't nearly as much relevant passing going on as there was in the Coke 600.


Didn't Johnson lead like every lap except for the few that pit stops made him wait for the lead to come back to him due to differing strategies? The Coke 600 was about as big a runaway as any race can get (aside from the F1 Schumi victory parades)
 
2004-05-31 07:23:26 AM  
theres a reason schumacher wins so much.

ferrari is the shiat and michael schumacher is god of open wheel road racing.

/another michael of german descent
 
2004-05-31 08:30:48 AM  
Gotta semi-agree here REDARMYVODKKA. Never seen anyone like Schumacher, not even the great Jimmy Clark had has concentration, control, balls,etc. He may be the greatest that ever lived.
But to call Ferrari the shiat? Not this year, or the year before or the year before that. Better engines, tougher engines. Nah - they just better all the way around.
Other boys are trying to catch up, but someone at Ferrari must have made a deal with the Devil because them babies is amazing.
(OK: I am prejudiced - I am a former Ferrari owner. Loved it, just couldn't pay the freight to keep it well maintained.
 
2004-05-31 09:12:57 AM  
Man, that was a lo-o-ong day at Indy yesterday. Both my cooler and all of the beer stands near me ran out of beer by mid-afternoon. Oh, the humanity!

And then those storms -- we got out of there with them right behind us.
 
2004-05-31 12:36:50 PM  
Yeah, Schumacher wins everything. But see, unlike Neckcar, there's more to it than that....

You've got Montoya going through the backfield, Coulthard moving up to 9th from dead last, teammates Trulli and Alonso fighting each other, Sato the banzai missile driver thinking he's in Neckcar, the "When will the McLarens blow up?" contest, on and on... it rules.

... and watching Schumacher drive is wonderful, flawless over and over. It's not like he hasn't had battles this year, and it's not like there isn't a ton of passing - REAL passing - going on in the rest of the field as well.
 
2004-05-31 03:40:12 PM  
Man, that was some shiatty weather last night!! the tornado skipped over my parents' house, where i was for a cookout. A different tornado hit the kmart down the street (not the building, but knocked the shiat out of the garden center - flowers all over the parking lot). then, about 10pm, as i was getting ready to leave, dad heard the sump pump come on and we went downstairs and the water was coming in. not as bad as last september (thank God), but still fast nonetheless.

BTW, the final word is - F1 is ok, but can't match the excitement of NASCAR. That being said, due to financial considerations, I will be skipping the USGP this year and going to the Brickyard 400 in August.
 
2004-05-31 04:59:04 PM  
[image from mirageport.com too old to be available]

I was at the INDY500 back in like, '97, the year that guy wiped out on the last lap into turn 4. I was right there and was showered with metal debris.

We had several severe Tstrms that year too, downpours with marginally severe hail. At one point the ditch there was a sea of beer cans and chicken bones.

I also saw COPS TV walking around that year, they arrested some naked guy wearing only suspenders and a race car.
 
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