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Tank621
26-02-2018, 19:27
Well it's only a couple more weeks until the season opener at St Pete. My favourite racing series is nearly back with new cars, new drivers and new teams, this is shaping up to be a great season

I'm still a bit sad about Helio being shipped off to IMSA but I look forward to seeing him back at Indy, I really hope he brings home his 4th Indy 500 title. As for the overall Championship I think I'm going to be rooting for Hinchcliffe this year

Tank621
26-02-2018, 19:28
Not going to lie this is one of the sexiest loading screens I've ever seen
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Rambo_Commando
26-02-2018, 20:48
I'm really excited for Indycar. Too bad there isn't a full game that we could play along during the season.

Tank621
26-02-2018, 20:52
I'm really excited for Indycar. Too bad there isn't a full game that we could play along during the season.

Well 7 rounds is a pretty good comprimise atm

Stewy32
26-02-2018, 21:54
I think Scott Dixon and the #9 Chip Ganssi Raxing Dallara-Honda IR-18 will be champion.

Tank621
26-02-2018, 22:06
I think Scott Dixon and the #9 Chip Ganssi Raxing Dallara-Honda IR-18 will be champion.

Well if we continue the recent trend it will probably him or a Penske driver but I guess we'll have to wait and see how much the new aero kit shakes things up. Should make things even more competitive with the new level playing field

MillsLayne
27-02-2018, 00:10
The new aero kit really is the x factor this year and who adapts the fastest. The cars look great, so now I'm just hoping the racing is as good as it has been the last few years. With no JPM or Helio in the series anymore, I like Taku and Alexander Rossi, but honestly, Penske will be strong again and you can never count out Scott Dixon.

r_outsider
27-02-2018, 03:01
This year might provide some of the best (four wheeled) racing in years. My prediction? It's anybody's game at this point, but with the way the new cars drive, I wouldn't bet against Will Power becoming a two-time champion.


<edit>
This is exciting news for the future of the series...https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/indycar-aiming-for-100-to-150hp-power-boost-from-next-gen-engines-1009319/

Tank621
27-02-2018, 08:16
Who do we think is most likely to join as a new engine manufacturer?

My money would be on Mazda but it seems like are quite a few interested

Tank621
27-02-2018, 20:02
It seems Continental Tire are interested in becoming a tire supplier for Indycar


http://youtu.be/ADlY9RqXcP8

Stewy32
27-02-2018, 21:44
I really want a Tyre War.

r_outsider
28-02-2018, 03:33
Who do we think is most likely to join as a new engine manufacturer?

My money would be on Mazda but it seems like are quite a few interested


Could be. Cosworth is actively looking for an OEM partner to get back into Indy, Mazda is one of the few manufacturers actively developing ICE engines, so, I could see a Mazda-Cosworth partnership in Indycar.

As for Continental, I like that there's interest, that's a good sign for the health of the series, but I worry what effect a tire war might have on the current competitive parity.

MillsLayne
28-02-2018, 22:47
You know what would be great? If, at some point, we could get 40-50 entries back for the Indy 500, making bump day very relevant again.

CassielLight
01-03-2018, 01:04
Well, St. Pete is next week...out of curiosity, is anyone going?

And a tire war ought to be off the table. I mean, hey, it worked SO well for Formula One in Indianapolis, yeah? :dispirited:

Rambo_Commando
06-03-2018, 01:29
Who do we think is most likely to join as a new engine manufacturer?

My money would be on Mazda but it seems like are quite a few interested

Mazda for sure.

Smoked_Cheddar
08-03-2018, 18:00
Alfa romeo has hinted at getting involved too.

Tank621
08-03-2018, 18:47
Cosworth are also interested http://en.f1i.com/news/292255-cosworth-eyeing-engine-role-indycar.html

Tank621
08-03-2018, 18:59
Seems like Andretti's Indycar drivers want to get involved at Bathurst https://www.autosport.com/sup/news/134729/indycar-drivers-begging-for-bathurst-chance

Looks like the Indycar guys want to try something new

MillsLayne
09-03-2018, 02:38
I love seeing drivers jumping to other disciplines, even if only for one race.

Casey Ringley
09-03-2018, 03:38
Well, St. Pete is next week...out of curiosity, is anyone going?

And a tire war ought to be off the table. I mean, hey, it worked SO well for Formula One in Indianapolis, yeah? :dispirited:

I'll be out there Friday. Can't wait to see the new aero kit and some of these liveries. A little PWC action plus MRTI on top and it should be a great opening day for racing season.

Agreed on the tire war; they always get one-sided too fast and that's no good for anybody.

Tank621
09-03-2018, 22:46
http://youtu.be/7MlVlESrLSk

r_outsider
11-03-2018, 20:04
After race one, this is going to be one heck of a season!

MillsLayne
11-03-2018, 22:01
That was an insanely fun first race of the season, and while I hate it for Wickens on that last restart, I can't blame Rossi for going for it. We need more aggressive racing like that, tbh.

Tank621
12-03-2018, 12:55
Great race, Wicken's absolutely deserved to win but got unlucky on the restart. Certainly was a racing incident between the two


And the British commentators we get when the American's are on ad breaks are still providing their usual insight with such remarks as "Charlie Kimball is probably on a first name basis with most of the corner marshalls in the Indycar Series" and "Rene Binned it as he will now be known for the rest of the season"

Tank621
12-03-2018, 17:24
http://youtu.be/8UC2CujL0nw

Tank621
15-03-2018, 21:25
http://youtu.be/aluGixg8-Hk

Interesting speculation on Alfa Romeo's possible entry into Indycar

Rambo_Commando
18-03-2018, 13:01
Id be surprised to see Alfa in Indycar. I think the whole 4 commercial thing has more to do with Alfa trying to promote their cars for sale in North America rather than anything else. Pretty much an Indycar fan has more of a likely hood to purchase a Guilleta rather than a NASCAR fan.

Would be nice to see Ferrari in Indycar however, even McLaren.

Tank621
21-03-2018, 21:01
Indycar's TV deal from 2019

http://youtu.be/WMDGzQ-EBR0

r_outsider
23-03-2018, 03:09
Robin Miller's take on the TV package. (http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/148235-miller-indycar-s-prayers-are-answered)

Stewy32
30-03-2018, 13:01
Long Beach coming up soon

Tank621
30-03-2018, 20:32
Long Beach coming up soon

We've got Phoenix before then this year

Stewy32
03-04-2018, 17:35
We've got Phoenix before then this year

But if Phoenix is a night race again it will be on to late for me to watch.So for me:Next race-Long Beach Street Circuit.

And also I am really looking forward to another IMSA race so in reality I am counting down to that more than the IR18s.

r_outsider
08-04-2018, 04:46
So, this Wickens guy might have a future...

Tank621
08-04-2018, 11:05
So, this Wickens guy might have a future...

Yeah he is proper impressive, that 1st time oval performance is truly something to behold

r_outsider
09-04-2018, 04:45
Only got a chance to watch the highlights, sadly. Nice move by Newgarden at the end for sure (and some nice driving by RW to hold him off on worn tires). But, yeah, Wickens is going to be a force. Or the next coming of PT. Either way, it's going to be fun to watch! I'm trying to figure out which racing god Power pissed off, but I'd be looking to sacrifice a chicken right now or something if I were him.

r_outsider
09-04-2018, 04:48
I also want to mention how nice it was to see drivers actually risking it to pass for the win, rather than settling for the points.

Tank621
16-04-2018, 11:02
Can we just talk about Bourdais' pass into turn one cos that was awesome

Stewy32
16-04-2018, 20:24
Can we just talk about Bourdais' pass into turn one cos that was awesome

It was slightly less awesome when he got pinged for it but still one of those once in a lifetime things,like Kobayashi's Le Mans lap last year or Hamilton not complaining on the radio if Bottas is faster than him...

Stewy32
16-04-2018, 20:25
Anyway Rossi dominated this weekend.

The commentators were talking of him as a title contender but I'm going to wait until after the month of May for that.2 road courses,2 street courses and 2 ovals should give us a reasonable indication of who has got the pace and concistency to challenge.

Tank621
16-04-2018, 21:02
It was slightly less awesome when he got pinged for it but still one of those once in a lifetime things,like Kobayashi's Le Mans lap last year or Hamilton not complaining on the radio if Bottas is faster than him...

Or maybe 'the pass'

r_outsider
18-04-2018, 04:26
Heckuva race again, I think the new cars have done exactly what they were supposed to. Nice drive by Rossi. Thought race control was a bit harsh on Bourdais, a bit strict. Marshall Pruett had a good piece that broke it down nicely (http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/148746-racer-video-did-indycar-gets-bourdais-long-beach-penalty-right), I thought, Robin Miller had a good article, too. (http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/148750-miller-when-the-rulebook-collides-with-sanity) That was a great move.

https://youtu.be/PhyrN4w9HM4?t=15m56s

sas5320
20-05-2018, 00:40
Wow 2016 polesitter Hinchcliffe out! Competitive field this year

Tank621
20-05-2018, 14:04
I'm absolutely staggered, I never even considered the idea that Hinch wouldn't make it

bporion
20-05-2018, 15:08
I'm absolutely staggered, I never even considered the idea that Hinch wouldn't make it

I think that is what he thought .

Tank621
20-05-2018, 15:36
Wonder if they will buy out another car car for him to drive, I wouldn't be at all suprised if they did

bporion
20-05-2018, 16:35
they could put him in another car that is in the race . at Indy the car is qualified not the driver .

Tank621
20-05-2018, 16:46
And it certainly wouldn't be unprecedented, and if they are taking championship points into account it would seem like a logical choice

Stewy32
20-05-2018, 17:50
I think Jay Howard should be worried.

sas5320
20-05-2018, 21:54
Ed Carpenter wow wow 230!

Jezza819
21-05-2018, 15:42
I'm absolutely staggered, I never even considered the idea that Hinch wouldn't make it

Did Leena Gade just miss his setup that badly? Or is she strategy and someone else actually sets the car up? I haven't really been keeping up with practice times and speeds.

Tank621
21-05-2018, 16:09
Did Leena Gade just miss his setup that badly? Or is she strategy and someone else actually sets the car up? I haven't really been keeping up with practice times and speeds.

Well he was 1st out to qualy on a green track so was fairly slow, then he had a vibration on his 2nd attempt so had to abort and then he didn't have to do a 3rd qualy attempt

Smoked_Cheddar
21-05-2018, 16:30
Well he was 1st out to qualy on a green track so was fairly slow, then he had a vibration on his 2nd attempt so had to abort and then he didn't have to do a 3rd qualy attempt

James also mentioned he thought the gun fired at 6pm EST, so there were a few mistakes on their part for that day.

Honestly most of the SPM team was out to lunch this month of may. I do feel they will bounce back at Detroit though.

Tank621
21-05-2018, 16:36
I'm going to have to watch the 500 on the Monday afternoon, cos I'm at Brands Hatch this Sunday and I have work Monday Morning

So it'll be a social media blackout for me until I watch it

bporion
23-05-2018, 20:41
Hinchcliffe officially out .

Tank621
23-05-2018, 21:22
As much as I really want to see Hinch in the race, I think that it is the most honourable and fair thimg to do

sas5320
23-05-2018, 21:27
Danica will fill the grandstands, regardless how you feel about her as a driver she is a headline

Tank621
23-05-2018, 21:43
It's the 500 the grandstands would probably be filled anyway

Jezza819
24-05-2018, 12:27
Leena Gade splits with Hinchcliffe and SPM.

https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/leena-gade-splits-from-schmidt-peterson-after-five-indycar-races-1040946/

I was afraid something like this might be the fallout of missing the 500. Either the team or Leena herself felt like it was her fault, who knows why but somebody had to go. But it was really just a string of bad luck like I was told earlier in this thread. Still a shame though for everyone involved.

sas5320
24-05-2018, 13:20
Someone had to answer for that f*ckup

Jezza819
24-05-2018, 15:56
Marshall Pruett says she was fired and the tension had been building before this.

https://racer.com/2018/05/24/schmidt-peterson-motorsports-parts-ways-with-engineer-gade/

Stewy32
25-05-2018, 06:41
I'm surprised Gade would be fired since she is usually very good.

Stewy32
25-05-2018, 06:41
I think Castroneves will win,and Dixon will win in 2019.

Tank621
25-05-2018, 08:38
I want Helio to win, and he has been pretty fast but the other Penske's will be a formidable challenge and if the ECR cars can maintain their pace in the race itself they too will prove to be another strong threat

sas5320
25-05-2018, 09:10
I'm surprised Gade would be fired since she is usually very good. very good at roar circuits but sucks at ovals apparently and that's critical for Indycar.

I'd like to see Danica win, not a fan of hers but I think it would be a cool headline and good for Indycar.

sas5320
27-05-2018, 16:22
That ZR1 pace car!

Edit: congrats Mr. Power!

r_outsider
27-05-2018, 19:29
WILL...FREAKING...POWER!!!!

FS7
27-05-2018, 21:12
Interesting that most accidents were drivers spinning on their own, I bet there will be people asking for more downforce next year.

Alan Dallas
27-05-2018, 22:15
This new car sucks mega butt in traffic for rear down force. Dirty air = spin.


Ed Jones: Spun
Danica Patrick: Spun
Sebastian Bourdais: Spun
Sage Karam: Spun
Helio Castroneves: Spun
Tony Kaanan: Spun

Every one of those instances the rear of the car let go when it's in dirty air.

Edit: Been reading through some post race comments from the drivers. A lot of them are already complaining that there is something horribly wrong with the cars in traffic basically.

sas5320
27-05-2018, 22:26
Yeah that rear just lets go, unsavable. Even Bourdais couldn't catch it. Took out like 6 decent drivers today. Edit: ninjad

MillsLayne
28-05-2018, 00:53
The near record heat played a huge part today, too, so I wouldn't expect a huge change for next year, if at all. Not a bad race, considering, and some crazy racing in parts. Rossi showed how aggressive and insane he can be with his outside passes, too. Love that guy.

dault3883
28-05-2018, 14:40
there wasnt nearly as many passes as we have seen in years past kinda disappointing

bporion
28-05-2018, 20:01
the most boring 500 I have ever seen , no passing exept on restart .

Tank621
28-05-2018, 20:54
Not sure how they've managed to get the speedway aero to have totally the opposite effect to what they intended

Looks like they are losing a ton of grip in traffic which is really hindering close racing, do they maybe need more wing?

dault3883
28-05-2018, 21:30
Not sure how they've managed to get the speedway aero to have totally the opposite effect to what they intended

Looks like they are losing a ton of grip in traffic which is really hindering close racing, do they maybe need more wing?

that was my thinking we had tons of passes the last couple of years when we had tons of grip and wing

Stewy32
29-05-2018, 11:20
It wasn't the best race I have ever seen at Indy.Shame about Castroneves and Wilson and well played to Mike Hull and Scott Dixon for trying something different that sort of work(better position) and I have to say Power deserved to win it-either him or Carpenter.

Also, with so many experienced guys crashing out could it be that they need to look into the car to see if someone is up as I doubt Castroneves,Bourdais and Kanaan would all crash on the same day without an issue.

sas5320
29-05-2018, 14:26
McLaren top dogs meeting with Indycar execs in Detroit. Would be good to see McLaren in Indycar with Alonso. Maybe it's just a scare tactic against F1? Still, USA is their biggest road car market, maybe they would like to push the brand further.

dault3883
29-05-2018, 14:36
McLaren top dogs meeting with Indycar execs in Detroit. Would be good to see McLaren in Indycar with Alonso. Maybe it's just a scare tactic against F1? Still, USA is their biggest road car market, maybe they would like to push the brand further.

just because mclaren are meeting with indy car does not mean A: that they are coming or B: that Alonso will be the driver they are finally turning their F1 ship around and i guarantee they are going to want the best driver they have as their Lead driver and that is Alonso

ramm21
29-05-2018, 18:19
Congrats to Will Powers wife. I wasn't sure she was going to make it those last few laps. She probably could have chewed through a metal oxygen tank if someone had one sitting around...

Even though he didn't win, Rossi had the drive of the day IMO. Besides his passing, the most boring race weekend so far taking Monaco's snooze fest into account.

sas5320
31-05-2018, 18:01
Scuderia Corsa recommits to 2019 Indy500, would be great to get Ferrari engines into the league
https://racer.com/2018/05/31/scuderia-corsa-commits-to-2019-indy-500/

Also rumors of McLaren and Indycar continue.

dault3883
31-05-2018, 18:40
Scuderia Corsa recommits to 2019 Indy500, would be great to get Ferrari engines into the league
https://racer.com/2018/05/31/scuderia-corsa-commits-to-2019-indy-500/

Also rumors of McLaren and Indycar continue.

i think mclaren is coming to indy car question is who will be the drivers

i doubt you will get ferrari motors in it i wont say it wont happen but i dont see it. Scuderia Corsa is an american Ferrari customer team not a Ferrari manufacturer team.

Tank621
31-05-2018, 18:48
Alfa Romeo will probably join in at some point and Cosworth want in as well (though current Indycar regulations mean that they would have to be tied to another manufacturer to do so) but I wouldn't expect anyone new before 2021 as that's when the new engine regulations will come in and developing an engine for at most 2 years isn't really worth it

Scuderia Corsa's close ties to Ferrari are certainly indicating a possibility of Ferrari joining but even though I don't think Ferrari are still part of Fiat-Chrysler it could be that Scuderia Corsa will join with Alfa Romeo as part of a joint venture or something

ramm21
31-05-2018, 20:30
I don't see too many reasons for manufacturers to join Indycar. Its a spec series that uses twin turbo V-engines, its not useful for carryover to production vehicles like development in F1 or FormulaE is...

McLaren is already in Indycar technically, they provide the telemetry setup that drivers look at on their steering wheels, if I remember correctly.

Tank621
31-05-2018, 20:49
The advantage is brand awareness, I think Alfa Romeo have been really pushing their brand in the US market so having their name in a high profile series such as indycar would be really good for them, I mean the alternative could be IMSA for them, maybe a DPi, but from what I've heard about Alfa Romeo advertising during Indycar commercial breaks it looks like that is the direction they are going

Alfa Romeo have historically been well involved in both Prototype and Open Wheel racing so it's not unprecedented by any means either

ramm21
31-05-2018, 21:53
US market so having their name in a high profile series such as indycar would be really good for them

They should get into NASCAR then... Its quite sad but here in USA nobody knows much about motorsport besides knowing NASCAR races on ovals and half of them still think Dale Jr is a driver. No one I work with can name an Indycar driver, most don't even know what Indycar is lol.
Not one person I know watched Indy 500 or even knew it was on last weekend. And reading about it Monday morning from sports writers who were there- basically a day long drunk fest. The spectators come for the beer and country concert, not much for the racing apparently..

dault3883
31-05-2018, 22:02
They should get into NASCAR then... Its quite sad but here in USA nobody knows much about motorsport besides knowing NASCAR races on ovals and half of them still think Dale Jr is a driver. No one I work with can name an Indycar driver, most don't even know what Indycar is lol.
Not one person I know watched Indy 500 or even knew it was on last weekend. And reading about it Monday morning from sports writers who were there- basically a day long drunk fest. The spectators come for the beer and country concert, not much for the racing apparently..

The last place a manufacturer wants to go right now is NASCAR. They can barely get any one in the stands. Indy car actually packed more people in the stands at indy for the 500 than NASCAR did for its Daytona 500. Both races being for their series the TOP race of the year. Fact of the matter is right now NASCAR is dying.

dault3883
31-05-2018, 22:04
The advantage is brand awareness, I think Alfa Romeo have been really pushing their brand in the US market so having their name in a high profile series such as indycar would be really good for them, I mean the alternative could be IMSA for them, maybe a DPi, but from what I've heard about Alfa Romeo advertising during Indycar commercial breaks it looks like that is the direction they are going

Alfa Romeo have historically been well involved in both Prototype and Open Wheel racing so it's not unprecedented by any means either

yes iv seen lots of alfa commercials on tv over the last couple of years they and fiat are trying to get a foot hold in the us market fiat with its Abarth brand (yes i know fiat owns both but abarth's actually look like what you think a fiat would look like if you are from america being tiny cars)

Tank621
31-05-2018, 22:33
Indycar has been rapidly growing in the last few years unlike Nascar which has been in decline for a while, plus it like Nascar might end up with a spec engine anyway which isn't really going to attract new manufacturers if their only contribution is building a body shell that barely looks like one of their road cars

Plus NASCAR os hardly a place Alfa Romeo would fit in and doesn't really fit the image they want to present

dault3883
01-06-2018, 00:03
Indycar has been rapidly growing in the last few years unlike Nascar which has been in decline for a while, plus it like Nascar might end up with a spec engine anyway which isn't really going to attract new manufacturers if their only contribution is building a body shell that barely looks like one of their road cars

Plus NASCAR os hardly a place Alfa Romeo would fit in and doesn't really fit the image they want to present

agreed LOL i hope other manufacturers do come to indy car. I was kinda hyped up when lotus came and then extremly disapointed when they failed the way they did. It almost seemed as if they only gave it a partial attempt. They weren't from the looks of it actually giving it a real attempt.

Stewy32
01-06-2018, 14:20
My big problem with NASCAR fans over the weekend is the amount of hate messages I got on Social Media and YouTube for saying that Le Mans,Indy and Monaco is the Triple Crown for they were insisting that the Coca-Cola 600 was in it.I am a fan of NASCAR,but not of NASCAR fans.

dault3883
01-06-2018, 15:14
My big problem with NASCAR fans over the weekend is the amount of hate messages I got on Social Media and YouTube for saying that Le Mans,Indy and Monaco is the Triple Crown for they were insisting that the Coca-Cola 600 was in it.I am a fan of NASCAR,but not of NASCAR fans.

its more than a triple crown though so in my opinion both are wrong

Rolex 24 hours of daytona
Daytona 500
12 Hours of Sebring
F1 Monaco
Indy 500
Le Mans
24 Hours of Nurburgring
24 Hours of Spa
Bathurst 1000
IMSA Petit Le Mans

those are the biggest races in racing as far as im concerned

what they are trying to refer to is the Classic Double when drivers would try to do the double they would race the Indy 500 then fly to Charlotte NC and race the Coke 600 but yes nascar fans are the most judgmental fans it seems like and im speaking as a former fan

Stewy32
01-06-2018, 18:08
its more than a triple crown though so in my opinion both are wrong

Rolex 24 hours of daytona
Daytona 500
12 Hours of Sebring
F1 Monaco
Indy 500
Le Mans
24 Hours of Nurburgring
24 Hours of Spa
Bathurst 1000
IMSA Petit Le Mans

those are the biggest races in racing as far as im concerned

what they are trying to refer to is the Classic Double when drivers would try to do the double they would race the Indy 500 then fly to Charlotte NC and race the Coke 600 but yes nascar fans are the most judgmental fans it seems like and im speaking as a former fan

For me their is the Triple Crown and then the Majors separately.The a Triple Crown is the 3 biggest races from them.And overall the big races of the season are probably:
Daytona 24
Sebring 12
Watkins Glen 6
Petit Le Mans
Le Mans 24
Spa 6
Silverstone 6
Spa 24
Nurburgring 24
Bathurst 12
Monaco GP
British GP
Belgian GP
Italian GP
Indy 500
Daytona 500
Bathurst 1000
(And a couple of others)

dault3883
02-06-2018, 01:42
For me their is the Triple Crown and then the Majors separately.The a Triple Crown is the 3 biggest races from them.And overall the big races of the season are probably:
Daytona 24
Sebring 12
Watkins Glen 6
Petit Le Mans
Le Mans 24
Spa 6
Silverstone 6
Spa 24
Nurburgring 24
Bathurst 12
Monaco GP
British GP
Belgian GP
Italian GP
Indy 500
Daytona 500
Bathurst 1000
(And a couple of others)

i think the triple is different for every one. Though to me the triple is the Rolex 24, 24 hours of Nurburgring and 24 hours of le mans. Its all a matter of opinion, i see some of those races you listed as majors and some as just regular races. The grand prix's other than Monaco and the 6 hour races to me are just other races. But that doesnt mean its that way for every one else. I know some people who to them the Triple is Daytona 500, Coke 600 and the Southern 500 at Darlington. So its really a matter of opinion and which races you favor the most.

Stewy32
02-06-2018, 07:20
Here is the generic/what the drivers and teams and manafacturer so followTriple Crowns:
Monaco/Indy/Le Mans
Daytona/Sebring/Le Mans
Daytona/Sebring/Road Atlanta
Bathurst/Nurburgring/Spa
Daytona/Charlotte/Darlington

No offence but whenever someone includes the Nurburgring 24 hours in the SportsCar Triple Crown it gets me mad.I have a few bad experiences on social media and YouTube(I'm good at those with the Triple Crown) so the race goes down in respect for me.

Tank621
04-06-2018, 13:46
Wow I feel bad for Rossi after that

dault3883
04-06-2018, 22:58
Wow I feel bad for Rossi after that

Both my favorite drivers won Scott dixon on saterday, and Ryan Hunter Reay on sunday. I was very happy, and i got to watch a pace car get wrecked

MillsLayne
05-06-2018, 00:11
Wow I feel bad for Rossi after that

That was crushing... He could've left with a win or at least a healthy point lead, but now he's in third, down by 11 and behind Scott Dixon and Will Power. Good luck making the ground back up now that those two seem to be gaining momentum.

skcusIHC
08-06-2018, 19:27
McLaren was visiting and having meetings at Indy during the month of May and at Belle Isle last week. This week Michael Andretti is in the McLaren pit at the Canadian GP, while his team is practicing and qualifying for tomorrow night's IndyCar race at Texas.

So many said it would never happen. It's looking like it's happening. Does Alonso come too? I'd say based on his recent negative F1 comments and his praise for IndyCar, it's likely.

dault3883
08-06-2018, 20:10
McLaren was visiting and having meetings at Indy during the month of May and at Belle Isle last week. This week Michael Andretti is in the McLaren pit at the Canadian GP, while his team is practicing and qualifying for tomorrow night's IndyCar race at Texas.

So many said it would never happen. It's looking like it's happening. Does Alonso come too? I'd say based on his recent negative F1 comments and his praise for IndyCar, it's likely.

i think if andretti is going to become a mclaren team they have a full lineup with good drivers right now so no i dont think alonso will come but you never know i think mclaren F1 needs a good lead driver right now and he is it

Tank621
08-06-2018, 20:31
Lando Norris I think has also been put forward as a suggestion by some

Tbh I think as part of the deal Mclaren will probably send 1 or 2 drivers over from their own ranks

dault3883
08-06-2018, 22:02
Lando Norris I think has also been put forward as a suggestion by some

Tbh I think as part of the deal Mclaren will probably send 1 or 2 drivers over from their own ranks

possibly but just because andretti are talking to mclaren doesnt mean they will be the works team. Mclaren might make their own team and supply engines to andretti just like honda supplies engines to many teams

Tank621
08-06-2018, 22:27
possibly but just because andretti are talking to mclaren doesnt mean they will be the works team. Mclaren might make their own team and supply engines to andretti just like honda supplies engines to many teams

I reckon they'll just make it part of the deal, I mean Andretti usually have the most drivers per year (especially at Indy) so I'm sure they can make space. Marco, RHR and Rossi probably won't go anywhere but Veach and the one off drivers could certainly be made to give up their seats

skcusIHC
08-06-2018, 22:37
Zak Brown said in a recent interview that they wouldn't be doing their own engines, but to never say never.

The hanging question seems to be whether they partner with an existing team (Penske already declined a request) or start from scratch. Both Penske and Mike Hull of Ganassi urged Brown and McLaren to do the gig on their own. Gil de Ferran has been hired as an advisor and immediately came to an IndyCar event. Autoweek reported that Brown stated that they would bring a world class driver to the series with it's team.

dault3883
09-06-2018, 02:19
Zak Brown said in a recent interview that they wouldn't be doing their own engines, but to never say never.

The hanging question seems to be whether they partner with an existing team (Penske already declined a request) or start from scratch. Both Penske and Mike Hull of Ganassi urged Brown and McLaren to do the gig on their own. Gil de Ferran has been hired as an advisor and immediately came to an IndyCar event. Autoweek reported that Brown stated that they would bring a world class driver to the series with it's team.

but that could be anybody from F3-F1 doesnt necessarily mean Fernando Alonso

dault3883
09-06-2018, 02:23
I reckon they'll just make it part of the deal, I mean Andretti usually have the most drivers per year (especially at Indy) so I'm sure they can make space. Marco, RHR and Rossi probably won't go anywhere but Veach and the one off drivers could certainly be made to give up their seats

normally many teams have more than their normal cars at indy but normally most teams have 4 or less cars the rest of the season including Andretti im not saying it wont happen but i would hope that mclaren would do their own deal and make their own motors as the only other option would be for them to pair up with either honda which i doubt would happen with the way that went down in F1 OR with Chevy which they did a LONG time ago in CAN AM

bporion
10-06-2018, 01:02
if anybody thinks that Alonso is going to IndyCar for a full season next year its not going to happen . im watching the race at Texas motor speedway and theres nobody in the stands and a car just caught on fire just going down the track ! he dosend need to do an entire season to win the Indy 500 .

dault3883
10-06-2018, 01:26
Wickens is by far the best rookie iv seen in awhile

bporion
10-06-2018, 01:58
Wickens is by far the best rookie iv seen in awhile

ya he makes me think of Villeneuve in a way …

dault3883
10-06-2018, 12:30
ya he makes me think of Villeneuve in a way …

yes and carpenter should of given him more room after all carpenter was many laps down

sas5320
12-06-2018, 02:19
"I watched the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, and the highlight was Daniel Riccardo jumping Lewis Hamilton on a pit stop. It was the only time the announcers raised their voice. There were more meaningful passes on Saturday night in Texas than there have been all season in F1, but those Ferrari fans didn’t seem to care that Sebastian Vettel led every lap and was never challenged.

And NASCAR? They’ve run out of gimmicks with caution clocks, lucky dogs and stage racing. None of it is compelling.

IndyCar has the best racing on four wheels (sans USAC sprints and midgets) in North America, with the most opportunity for a driver to shine and potential for the results to be unpredictable."

https://racer.com/2018/06/11/miller-best-in-show-not-always/

dault3883
12-06-2018, 02:24
"I watched the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, and the highlight was Daniel Riccardo jumping Lewis Hamilton on a pit stop. It was the only time the announcers raised their voice. There were more meaningful passes on Saturday night in Texas than there have been all season in F1, but those Ferrari fans didn’t seem to care that Sebastian Vettel led every lap and was never challenged.

And NASCAR? They’ve run out of gimmicks with caution clocks, lucky dogs and stage racing. None of it is compelling.

IndyCar has the best racing on four wheels (sans USAC sprints and midgets) in North America, with the most opportunity for a driver to shine and potential for the results to be unpredictable."

https://racer.com/2018/06/11/miller-best-in-show-not-always/

the indy car race was only on an oval yes there is passing in indycar on road coarses but not to the extent that you saw it at texas that was the outcome of high speeds high banked oval track

you totally forgot to include Sports car racing in that debate because IMSA has good racing too

Stewy32
12-06-2018, 06:39
I would personally rank the 3 big US series:
-IMSA SportsCar Championship
-Indycar Series
-NASCAR Cup Series

dault3883
12-06-2018, 12:33
I would personally rank the 3 big US series:
-IMSA SportsCar Championship
-Indycar Series
-NASCAR Cup Series

and you would be correct IMSA has from what iv seen on the tv the biggest crowds

Tank621
14-08-2018, 21:18
So Alonso is leaving F1 I hear

Wonder where he's headed?

Schnizz58
14-08-2018, 21:41
So Alonso is leaving F1 I hear

Wonder where he's headed?

Yep, you guessed it. https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/alonso-indycar-support-mclaren-plans/3158813/?nrt=86

Tank621
14-08-2018, 21:44
Maybe he won't even end up with Mclaren

Schnizz58
14-08-2018, 21:46
The only reason Miles is bending over backwards to get McLaren in the series is to bring Alonso to IndyCar. It would be huge for them to get a driver of his stature.

Tank621
14-08-2018, 21:50
I really hope it does happen would be such a boost to the series, and Indycar has been going from strength to strength the last few years

bporion
14-08-2018, 21:54
he is going to do what Mansell did .

Tank621
14-08-2018, 21:59
he is going to do what Mansell did .

Hey I hope so we might get even more F1 defectors that way

Stewy32
17-08-2018, 12:36
The thing is with Indycar next years Grid will be huge and we will probably see 5-8 drivers bumped at Indy.So many teams are growing or joining it is expected to be 26-28 cars for the full season.

Tank621
17-08-2018, 13:08
The thing is with Indycar next years Grid will be huge and we will probably see 5-8 drivers bumped at Indy.So many teams are growing or joining it is expected to be 26-28 cars for the full season.

Bump Day will be even more tense next year and that can only bring more excitement, more coverage and more fans

Synystr
19-08-2018, 20:51
https://twitter.com/champwebdotnet/status/1031245882119860224 holy fffffffffffffffffffff

https://twitter.com/i/status/1031260610296729602

bporion
19-08-2018, 22:33
ovals are frigen dangerous !

sas5320
20-08-2018, 02:01
Disaster

Schnizz58
20-08-2018, 16:01
Man that was a gruesome crash. I heard that Wickens suffered two broken legs, a broken arm, a spinal injury and a bruised lung. The spine injury is the one that scares me the most. Obviously he's out for the rest of the season (there are only a couple of races left anyway). Too bad because he was having a really good rookie year. Hopefully he makes a full recovery in time for next season.

Tank621
20-08-2018, 18:34
Thank fully he rode along the barrier for a bit and scrubbed off some speed before hitting the fence otherwise this would have been even worse

I could help but shout "****ing hell" when I saw that crash, that one really worried me for a bit there. Hopefully the spinal injuries aren't too serious and I hope he makes a come back from this. Wickens has been one of the most impressive drivers in the field this year and it would be a shame if he didn't get that first Indycar win he so definitely deserves

The AMR Safety Team and the Pocono guys did some great work yesterday, kept calm and did their job well

Schnizz58
20-08-2018, 18:51
I could help but shout "****ing hell" when I saw that crash, that one really worried me for a bit there.
You could tell the other drivers were pretty shook up about it too. I guess it would be impossible for them not to be.

Anybody hear anything about Hinch? He declined comment after coming out of the medical facility so I never heard if/how much he was injured.

Tank621
20-08-2018, 19:25
You could tell the other drivers were pretty shook up about it too. I guess it would be impossible for them not to be.

Anybody hear anything about Hinch? He declined comment after coming out of the medical facility so I never heard if/how much he was injured.

Hinch was checked and release a hurt his hands a bit but only minor injuries, nothing broken or anything lile that

He went straight to the hospital after being released and made these comments:

“Not the race day we were hoping for,” Hinchcliffe said. “I saw the accident happening in front of me. (Zach) Veach started sliding up, I tried to slow down and just kind of lost it in the fray. As I was going backwards, I think Pietro (Fittipaldi) had nowhere to go and came into me. Other than that, there was a bunch of stuff going on, I’m not sure exactly what happened.

“I took my hands off the wheel when I went backwards, and I think some piece of debris came in as I was holding them (my hands) in, kind of just smacked the top of them so I took of bit of beating, but nothing is broken, just some swelling and some cuts. We’ll rest it up and be fine.

“Obviously, I’m just hoping Robbie’s all right. Never good to see a car go up (into the fence) like that, but I know he is in good hands. Hopefully, we’ll see him back in the car soon.”

http://indy.vzw.com/article?id=14533

Stewy32
20-08-2018, 19:45
I hope Wickens can return ASAP,but of course as soon as he has recovered.He has been the star of the season for me,but because of this he may miss out on Rookie Of The Year.We value his welfare more,but I'm sure he'll be dissappointed.

Stewy32
20-08-2018, 19:46
What do you guys think of Ferrucci racing at Portland and Sonoma?I don't think it was on anything other than the "Stroll effect"-aka having a rich dad.

Tank621
20-08-2018, 20:20
What do you guys think of Ferrucci racing at Portland and Sonoma?I don't think it was on anything other than the "Stroll effect"-aka having a rich dad.

If he behaves himself then so be it, if not then he won't be around long enough for it for me to care

bporion
20-08-2018, 20:28
I hope Alonso thinks long and hard before he goes to IndyCar ! Schumacher even said that that kind of racing ( ovals ) was crazy .

Tank621
20-08-2018, 20:34
I hope Alonso thinks long and hard before he goes to IndyCar ! Schumacher even said that that kind of racing ( ovals ) was crazy .

I feel like Alonso is well aware of the risk, and lets be honest most race drivers have a few screws loose when it comes to their own safety sometimes

bporion
20-08-2018, 20:36
I feel like Alonso is well aware of the risk, and lets be honest most race drivers have a few screws loose when it comes to their own safety sometimes

yes but oval racing is best done in a closed cockpit car like Nascar those things are tanks .

Stewy32
21-08-2018, 07:36
I think Alonso knows the risk.Anyway,it is the last "stage" of his career he needs to complete that he has public ally stated he is interested in.

RacingAtHome
29-08-2018, 03:16
I hope Alonso thinks long and hard before he goes to IndyCar ! Schumacher even said that that kind of racing ( ovals ) was crazy .

Don't forget Alonso has already done an oval race.

Schnizz58
29-08-2018, 05:50
The craziest of oval races.

Shinzah
29-08-2018, 13:37
yes but oval racing is best done in a closed cockpit car like Nascar those things are tanks .

NASCAR also goes much slower, are much heavier cars, and are not without their own dangers. Granted a lot less injuries happen in NASCAR, I wouldn't go as far as to say oval racing is best done in one. Especially since NASCAR's focus is on closer and closer pack racing, which involves equalizing the cars specification (and often slowing them further) so they run in tighter groups. Everything that's been done to reduce the pack size by teams and drivers is nullified by the sanctioning body. This leads to spectacular wrecks that involve multiples of cars and greatly increase the chance for injury to the drivers.

The speed and the danger are part of what draws fans and drivers to the sport.

Indycar has problems outside of Ovals, too. Dario Franchitti's career ending crash was at a street course. Once the new windshield cars come and some improvements are made to the catch fencing, things might get better for oval racing. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

The good news for oval fans is that there's going to still be a fairly healthy oval season next year, but there's the unfortunate loss of Phoenix. The bad news for Oval fans - five races of a series that cut its teeth circletrack racing, per season, is pretty sad.

Bring back Chicagoland, Fontana, now Phoenix, Vegas (with less than 30 cars), Homestead, New Hampshire and Richmond.

Then there's a season.

Schnizz58
29-08-2018, 14:33
The good news for oval fans is that there's going to still be a fairly healthy oval season next year, but there's the unfortunate loss of Phoenix. The bad news for Oval fans - five races of a series that cut its teeth circletrack racing, per season, is pretty sad.
Rumors of COTA replacing Phoenix. That's a net win.


Bring back Chicagoland, Fontana, now Phoenix, Vegas (with less than 30 cars), Homestead, New Hampshire and Richmond.

Then there's a season.
I'd probably give up on IndyCar at that point.

Shinzah
29-08-2018, 14:35
Rumors of COTA replacing Phoenix. That's a net win.

I hate COTA.



I'd probably give up on IndyCar at that point.

Won't miss ya, tbh. "Oh the tracks with the most drama and closest finishes in Indycar history? No thanks, I'd rather have Portland back or something..."

Schnizz58
29-08-2018, 14:36
I hate COTA.
It's better than any oval.

Shinzah
29-08-2018, 14:37
Disagree.

I'd take Chicagoland over COTA any day of the week, ever.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvo7yZhu4s4

Schnizz58
29-08-2018, 14:40
Riveting.

Stewy32
29-08-2018, 16:50
Personally I'd like an even oval/road split(about 6 or 7 each) with 3 or 4 street races.

RacingAtHome
01-09-2018, 11:30
Personally I'd like an even oval/road split(about 6 or 7 each) with 3 or 4 street races.

Which is what they have in 2018.

Stewy32
01-09-2018, 12:47
Which is what they have in 2018.

Correct.

Tank621
03-09-2018, 09:42
Have they now had 3 1st lap crashes in a row?

Shinzah
03-09-2018, 13:12
I'm glad I missed this one due to an irrational hatred of all things Oregon.

The only good thing about this race was Sato's win.

dault3883
03-09-2018, 13:29
I hate COTA.




Won't miss ya, tbh. "Oh the tracks with the most drama and closest finishes in Indycar history? No thanks, I'd rather have Portland back or something..."

I love COTA doesnt hurt its in my home state of TEXAS either

dault3883
03-09-2018, 13:30
I'm glad I missed this one due to an irrational hatred of all things Oregon.

The only good thing about this race was Sato's win.

to bad it was a good race

Tank621
03-09-2018, 13:55
to bad it was a good race

One of the most exciting of the season, I had no idea who the winner was going to be until the final corner, bad luck for Rossi though, if the yellows fell differently he would have dominated that entire race

Shinzah
04-09-2018, 15:54
https://i.imgur.com/JkKwDbC.jpg

Mhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Stewy32
04-09-2018, 17:39
https://i.imgur.com/JkKwDbC.jpg

Mhhhhhhhhhhhh.

The calendar has improved...but we need the Glen back.

Tank621
04-09-2018, 18:16
Swap COTA for the Glen and I'll be happy

Though maybe needs a couple more international rounds too

Shinzah
04-09-2018, 18:23
The calendar has improved...but we need the Glen back.

We need the double header at texas back to balance out the double header at belle isle, and we need the Glen back and where the hell did Sonoma go..?

Also more ovals...

Schnizz58
04-09-2018, 18:48
We need the double header at texas back to balance out the double header at belle isle, and we need the Glen back and where the hell did Sonoma go..?
Unfortunately, this is the last year for Sonoma for a while. They were losing money and also now there is a race at Laguna Seca they're competing with. Too bad because that's a great track.

I'd trade Long Beach for the Glen. I'd trade Texas for a bag of Doritos. A race at Road Atlanta would be nice too and I wonder if they'll ever give NOLA another shot.

sas5320
04-09-2018, 20:51
NOLA had those drainage issues, that race sucked.

Long Beach is royalty, cannot be touched.

I'll miss the Glen but COTA is welcome substitute

Tank621
04-09-2018, 21:15
COTA just seems unnatural for Indycar to me, sure it certainly diversifies the calendar a bit but comapared to the more traditional road courses on the calendar it doesn't look like it'll be an exciting race to me. The never ending esses massive run off etc just don't appear like they will add up to a good race

Schnizz58
04-09-2018, 21:57
NOLA had those drainage issues, that race sucked.
That was a horrible race, agreed. But there are times when it doesn't rain every day in S. La. I think it just left a bad taste in everybody's mouth so I'd guess that it's probably unlikely that they'll try that experiment again. Nevertheless, I'd like to see them try when the weather isn't so wet.


Long Beach is royalty, cannot be touched.
I don't get it. Probably the worst non-oval race on the calendar. (Although St. Pete is giving them some competition.) It's the Monaco of IndyCar.


I'll miss the Glen but COTA is welcome substitute
At least it's a proper track. I'm not the COTA hater some are but I'd still rather have Watkins Glen. Much more character than COTA.

Shinzah
04-09-2018, 22:19
I don't get it. Probably the worst non-oval race on the calendar. (Although St. Pete is giving them some competition.) It's the Monaco of IndyCar.


I love long beach. I love it for sportscar racing though. Indycars tend to stack it far too much and it ends up being either a caution fest or a procession. Still, being as its the Monaco of Indycar, it's not going anywhere. I mean, imagine F1 getting rid of Monaco...


At least it's a proper track. I'm not the COTA hater some are but I'd still rather have Watkins Glen. Much more character than COTA.

I gave COTA a chance for a couple of seasons but I dislike it. It has a poor flow, infinite runoff space and open wheel and sportscar races alike are just boring because of the lack of track character. The only thing it has going for it is that massive hike into T1. That's a pretty good corner.

Anyway, I'd take the Glen over half the calendar. It being one of my favourite American road courses, right up there with Sonoma, VIR and Limerock Park.

Tank621
04-09-2018, 22:50
I think the Indianapolis Grand Prix should be swapped for something else too, it's honestly just dull to watch and just feels like a bit of a gimmick there are plenty more road courses in the US that are far better for racing

And the dual in Detroit should perhaps be swapped for a race at Michigan instead

And no more double points for the last round too, makes a mockery of the championship

I realise I am being very negative atm, so I'll finish this off by saying this has been an excellent championship Rossi and Wickens have been absolute stand out drivers this year and have inpressed me greatly. I truly hope Wickens recovers well enough to compete again he is a driver that will be sorely missed if he cannot return

As for Rossi he has proved be a wizard at fuel saving, a lightning fast driver and consistently one of the most exciting drivers to watch on track, hopefully that mistake in Detroit didn't cost him the championship

If he manages to claw back the points he lost I think he will have definitely deserved it, getting ahead of Dixon's unbelievable luck would be quite an accomplishment

Schnizz58
04-09-2018, 23:21
I mean, imagine F1 getting rid of Monaco...
I do. Every day, especially towards the end of May.


Anyway, I'd take the Glen over half the calendar.
Hell yeah...no question about it. It's probably my favorite venue on the IndyCar calendar. Barber is the only one that comes close.

sas5320
05-09-2018, 00:44
Indy GP kinda of a warm up for the 500. I think a couple of teams based in Indy and I know at least Hinchy lives there too. Ed too. So basically the whole Indy 'family' sets up shop at Indy for like the whole May.

sas5320
05-09-2018, 00:46
And right on cue, Mr.Land (worth a sub)


http://youtu.be/-gSzbDzJuM8

FS7
07-09-2018, 01:05
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NApBq0HFnDo

Stewy32
08-09-2018, 08:58
My Ideal Calendar[WIP]
MAR
St.Petersberg
Portland
APR
Long Beach
Barber Motorsports Park
MAY
Mid-Ohio
Indy 500
JUN
Texas
Road America
JUL
Iowa
Milwaukee
Mosport
AUG
Mexico City
Pocono
Gateway
SEP
Watkins Glen
Sonoma
Laguna Seca