2014 Indianapolis 500 (inc practice, qualifying, rookie orientation sessions)

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    Iestyn Davies

    Luckily, he hit the end of the SAFER barrier and not the concrete wall just past it. Not seen a hit that big for a few years at Indy.

    I like the position the race has now… the road course race was an excellent addition to the schedule, and somewhat a no-brainer as everyone turns up there anyway. Not sure I would have locked in the top 9 – from the outside, it looks to me like it watered down the pole position challenge.

    Razia for Saavedra sounds like an improvement. I hope Harvey can move up to Indycar, Hawksworth and Harvey would be a good British duo for the future, with Conway still doing road courses. Wilson probably only has a few years left as he’s 35. Plowman and Mann have done well to get a drive.

    Aleshin and Huertas I can only see sticking around if their backing stays strong.. sounds like Aleshin is not being hit by Russian sanctions. Will Munoz be rookie of the year? And can those below Sato be called ‘pay drivers’? I’m thinking Kimball and Rahal (who drives for Rahal :D).. although at the bottom any money coming in can help small teams stay racing.


    Graham Rahal isn’t, the team bidded for the National Guard sponsorship. Depending on how their sponsor talks go, I can see them putting a younger guy in for next season (Servia’s there more for his engineering degree than to compete for the win every week). Karam will probably slot in at Ganassi to replace Kanaan or Kimball (whose contract is up at the end of 2014). I’d be very surprised if there isn’t a notable “changing of the guard” next year as teams have been rather conservative in their driver choices from 2013-14.


    sounds like Aleshin is not being hit by Russian sanctions.

    I don’t share your optimism – he’s backed by SMP which is one of the banks which has been hit by the sanctions. If it hasn’t affected him yet it’s probably only a matter of time:–.html


    It won’t matter if SMP paid upfront, though. By the way, doesn’t this talk belong in the silly season thread? Let’s keep this one for the 500.

    Iestyn Davies

    Good point SP, although I thought I remembered Aleshin being in that SMP stable. I’m surprised to see Mika Salo is affected by it. Will Indy 500 ROTY be whoever finishes highest in the race?


    It can be, but not always (2010 being a notable example).


    The Ganassi cars are McLaren-esque (2007-13 vintage):


    That was one hell of a race. One on the best finishes ever. Well done RHR.


    Iestyn Davies

    Thoroughly enjoyed watching it, one of the best Indy 500s I’ve seen.

    Busch finished the highest.. though I’d like to see Karam as ROTY, he was hauling it as high climber.


    I do know one thing; I’m going to stream commentary next year. Enjoyed the racing, but the Dutch commentary made it hard to bear (as the people in the live chat will have noted..)


    Wish F1 did this – here’s what each driver earned:

    1. (19) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $2,491,194
    2. (4) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $785,194
    3. (6) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $585,194
    4. (7) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $449,194
    5. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $441,944
    6. (12) Kurt Busch, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $423,889
    7. (17) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $384,194
    8. (3) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $442,194
    9. (31) Sage Karam, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $270,305
    10. (9) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $366,194
    11. (18) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $247,305
    12. (5) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $374,444
    13. (24) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $368,694
    14. (27) Jacques Villeneuve, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $354,194
    15. (32) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $349,194
    16. (28) James Davison, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $341,194
    17. (21) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $339,694
    18. (30) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 200, Running, $344,444
    19. (23) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $342,444
    20. (13) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $346,194
    21. (15) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 198, Running, $340,194
    22. (14) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 198, Running, $339,194
    23. (29) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 196, Running, $225,805
    24. (22) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 193, Running, $226,805
    25. (25) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Chevrolet, 190, Contact, 226,805
    26. (16) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 177, Running, $343,194
    27. (1) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 175, Contact, $463,694
    28. (2) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 175, Contact, $376,194
    29. (11) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevrolet, 167, Contact, $390,694
    30. (8) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 156, Contact, $344,194
    31. (26) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevrolet, 149, Contact, $341,194
    32. (33) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevrolet, 87, Mechanical, $225,305
    33. (20) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 44, Electrical, $341,194


    Any idea how that is calculated? It seems strange that Oriol Servia who finished 11th should earn nearly $100,000 less than Graham Rahal who retired after 44 laps?


    Entries running the full season receive more (if they’re in the top 22 of the championship that is).

    I wasn’t aware the FIA awarded prize money for individual races?

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