2013 IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston

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    Championship Standings-
    Helio Castroneves – 501
    Scott Dixon – 452
    Simon Pagenaud – 431
    Marco Andretti – 430
    Ryan Hunter-Reay – 427


    Last road cource races. The season has gone through to quickly :(


    Not off to a good start – hope we’re not going to get a repeat of Detroit last year:

    This is a track that’s supposed to hold up to two full-length IndyCar races in 48 hours…


    Friday highlights-

    That tire chicane looks really weird. Completely agreed with comments made by Dixon. Why rush and make a track in just 96 hours? n why race in a car park? hope everything gets fixed for the Saturday race. Fingers crossed for that standing start!


    A line from another one of Ron Howard’s movies springs to mind.


    Woeful stuff. That track doesn’t look like it’s any way suitable for holding a race – let alone two. And that tyre chicane is the worst thing I’ve seen since the ‘Beirut’ one at Barcelona in ’94.


    Seems they’re having to stick with the chicane:

    Euro Brun

    That chicane is gonna be a nightmare. They already announced that restarts would be single file because of the bumps in turn 1, and that was after the overnight work. Turning into a bit of a joke. The tracks not even anything special given the blank canvas of a car park to work with. I’m not a fan of the turn 2 chicane where high kerbs are just randomly in the middle of a vast expanse of tarmac.
    If that tyre chicane does come back, I expect at least 10% of the today’s race to be under full course caution. :(


    That track is farcical. Astounding that they’re racing round that


    Ok, so Power is currently in the lead of qualifying as Vautier crashes into the barriers at Turn 10…

    Euro Brun

    Apparently no chicane, but only one line thru turn 1. Dunno how a standing start into single file will work…

    Euro Brun

    Sato on pole with a 1:00.4535
    Power 2nd; Dixon 3rd; Bourdais 4th; Pagenaud 5th


    Less than two hours to the start of the race – we’ll be up on F1 Fanatic Live to see how this all turns out…

    Euro Brun

    Oh yeah, Castroneves starts down in 22nd. Very interesting for the title battle.

    Euro Brun

    Indy Lights were instructed to start the race single file. Hope we still get a standing start in Indy Car. Surely the speeds thru turn 1 would be safe enough for two wide if they’re launching from stand still?

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