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Miscellaneous motorsports thread
« on: October 05, 2021, 08:14:44 PM »

For various types of motorsports aside from NASCAR and F1: open-wheel, sports cars, grassroots, etc.

IndyCar: Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson are scheduled to run their Indianapolis Motor Speedway rookie test Wednesday.
https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/grosjean-johnson-to-take-indy-500-rookie-test-on-wednesday/6681243/
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Re: Miscellaneous motorsports thread
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2022, 08:20:33 AM »

I will be attending my 7th Indy 500 Sunday.

My first one was 1989, when Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser Jr. got together right in front of me while battling for the lead. Little Al's car was wrecked and Fittipaldi won the race under yellow.

Next was 1992, when Michael Andretti absolutely dominated, building a lead of almost a full lap before his fuel pump failed in the final laps. Al Unser, Jr. held off Scott Goodyear in the closest green flag finish ever.

My wife and I started going together in 2017 and have been to every race (that has had fans) since. My mother-in-law grew up a mile from the track and her mom worked in the ticket office for 40 years.

As someone who lived near Churchhill Downs for 11 years, I love sharing this photo showing how massive IMS is. If you've never been there, or to Daytona or Talladega, its' hard to comprehend.

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Re: Miscellaneous motorsports thread
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2022, 09:51:31 PM »

When I worked at Firestone, our local Interstate Batteries rep (before the company switched to DieHard) gave us a NASCAR-themed calendar, and one month had a size comparison among the tracks, with several of them fitting inside Talladega.

Iíd love to go to Indy one day. The history there is second to none. In the meantime, Iíd like to just go to another IndyCar race in general. I went to most of the Richmond races in the 2000s, when the IRL was seriously struggling, and was planning to go again in 2020. It wasnít added to the schedule afterward, and thus the only east coast spot the series goes to is in Florida. In various IndyCar groups Iíve been outspoken about how the series needs to expand its east coast footprint. Unfortunately a lot of the east coast tracks are owned by NASCAR, who, it currently seems, doesnít want series it doesnít own on tracks it owns.
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Re: Miscellaneous motorsports thread
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2022, 09:41:50 AM »

I've been to Indianapolis twice and both times did the tour of the IMS. Like cabiness42 said, it's very impressive to see how large the speedway is in person!

I watched the Indy 500 on TV for the first time (and my first Indy race for that matter). I have to say it was pretty exciting, especially that ending! Ericsson really earned that victory with his defending on the final two laps. I felt terrible for Dixon getting that stop and go penalty from speeding in the pit lane.

One thing I didn't understand was Palou getting in trouble for entering the pits while they were closed. 1) Why did the pit lane close? Was the exit blocked by the accident? 2) The closure happened right before he was entering. Was he expected to move back onto the track when he already slowed down? That seems very dangerous.

While the race itself was great, watching on TV really sucked with all the ads! I guess I've been spoiled by F1TV, but lord, it felt half of the race had ad breaks, and even in the race there still seemed to be more ads (ex: the timing board and the car names). If I could pay $10-15 a month for an ad-free way to watch Indy, I would definitely consider it, but watching on NBC/Sportsnet was painful. Two of the crashes happened during the side-by-side ads and it sucked waiting for 2-3 minutes to get a confirmation and who's car crashed and what happened.

I'm thinking of getting tickets to the race in Toronto in July. They're a fair bit cheaper than the F1 race in Montreal, and of course it's much closer to home. Two in-person races in one summer would be cool.
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Re: Miscellaneous motorsports thread
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2022, 10:02:18 AM »

I've been to Indianapolis twice and both times did the tour of the IMS. Like cabiness42 said, it's very impressive to see how large the speedway is in person!

I watched the Indy 500 on TV for the first time (and my first Indy race for that matter). I have to say it was pretty exciting, especially that ending! Ericsson really earned that victory with his defending on the final two laps. I felt terrible for Dixon getting that stop and go penalty from speeding in the pit lane.

One thing I didn't understand was Palou getting in trouble for entering the pits while they were closed. 1) Why did the pit lane close? Was the exit blocked by the accident? 2) The closure happened right before he was entering. Was he expected to move back onto the track when he already slowed down? That seems very dangerous.

While the race itself was great, watching on TV really sucked with all the ads! I guess I've been spoiled by F1TV, but lord, it felt half of the race had ad breaks, and even in the race there still seemed to be more ads (ex: the timing board and the car names). If I could pay $10-15 a month for an ad-free way to watch Indy, I would definitely consider it, but watching on NBC/Sportsnet was painful. Two of the crashes happened during the side-by-side ads and it sucked waiting for 2-3 minutes to get a confirmation and who's car crashed and what happened.

I'm thinking of getting tickets to the race in Toronto in July. They're a fair bit cheaper than the F1 race in Montreal, and of course it's much closer to home. Two in-person races in one summer would be cool.

Pits closed - the pits close immediately upon a yellow flag being thrown, until the pace car gets the field lined up, in order to avoid cars ducking into the pits and being able to get back out before the pace car gets out on track. It was just very bad luck for Palau to have been almost to the line when the yellow hit. Being too late to get back out on the track, he had to just drive through at pit speed, which cost him a lot of spots, then pit when the pits opened.

Ads - welcome to American TV. No sports without loads of commercials. Perhaps Peacock will consider running an ad-free version of the race next year.
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Re: Miscellaneous motorsports thread
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2022, 12:22:58 PM »

We took the speedway tour in 2017 and I highly recommend it. We even got to go up on the podium and to the top of the tower. Really interesting stuff. Our friend from Indianapolis went with us despite not being interested in auto racing and she admitted it was much more interesting than she thought it would be.
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Re: Miscellaneous motorsports thread
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2022, 09:11:35 PM »

Kyle Kirkwood will be replacing Alexander Rossi at Andretti next year. Kirkwood came up as an Andretti junior, but lost out on a seat there in IndyCar this year because Devlin DeFrancesco brought more money.

Rossi is widely expected to be confirmed as the full-time driver of the third Arrow McLaren SP car that JPM drove at Indy this year.
https://racer.com/2022/06/01/andretti-autosport-confirms-kirkwood-in-rossi-out-for-2023/
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