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Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for the first round of the 2019 IndyCar season!
Here’s a run-down of the grid for today’s race:
1. Will Power 2. Josef Newgarden 3. Felix Rosenqvist 4. Scott Dixon 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay 6. Alexander Rossi 7. Jack Harvey 8. Charlie Kimball 9. James Hinchcliffe 10. Graham Rahal 11. Colton Herta 12. Ben Hanley 13. Simon Pagenaud 14. Zach Veach 15. Ed Jones 16. Spencer Pigot 17. Marco Andretti 18. Marcus Ericsson 19. Sebastien Bourdais 20. Takuma Sato 21. Tony Kanaan 22. Matheus Leist 23. Santino Ferrucci 24. Max Chilton
That bug where it logs you out upon entering the live blog is rearing its head again
OK I’ll look into it.
Good job I checked racefans as I had it in my head this would be later on tonight for some reason. Got a nowtv week pass to take me right through Melbourne :)
Ah I’m logged in now it seems!
Excited to see what Felix can do here
Power got the jump at the star, Rosenqvist away well in second.
Got to get used to the overhead cockpit cam shot w/out the halo.
Aaaaand there goes the ads. Dammit. Was hoping to hear you interject there K!
At least these extended ads will provide plenty of time to compose a complaint about their poor coverage versus BT Sport
coverage is great for me as i can now actually watch indycar again as i never had bt sport so haven’t been able to watch indycar live since 2012.
So two Honda engine failures in the first 20 laps.
What a pass by Rosenqvist!
Perfect move. Great start to his Indy career so far. Also great to see Wickens back in the paddock and looking well!
That was a pretty hard hit
Here’s hoping it’s Power’s year.
It’s the crash-fest that is typical for this race but I expected the cars to be closer together with the reduced down-force.
Power didn’t leave much room for Felix to rejoin
Fantastic move by Dixon. Rosenqvist’s losing his grip on this one, mixing it with the big boys.
Still not bad from him, hanging in the top 5 so far, right?
Sky sports feed pathetic Seen about 1 min of racing in last 15 minutes With fault and adverts
The race tv broadcast is down right now. They are trying to get it back up. That’s why they been in break so long
Watching Indycar coverage on sky f1
Race is good but is coverage always this bad.
Felt like I was watching advert breaks mostly and now it seems to have stopped working pretty much altogether
I’m glad Indycar is back on Sky as it means I can finally watch live again for the first time since 2012.
Ad breaks can be annoying but i’d take coverage with ad’s over not been able to watch it live on TV at all.
With the technical issues i saw it may be an issue with the international feed rather than just Sky so maybe it is not there issue.
It’s everyone not just you guys. The tv system went down at the track. It’s back now
I doubt the 2 ex Ganasi drivers are going to let Dixon by easily.
So, guess Newgarden would have liked an F1 blue flag rule there with Andretti.
Not quite the barnstormer that was last year’s start to the season, but a lot of great action in that one. Here’s the race report:
Shame Dixon never got back to Newgarden who had a bit of good fortune when the rest hit traffic, but he made his own luck by staying out and checked out afterwards so well deserved
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for today’s IndyCar race at the Circuit of the Americas!
Here’s how the 24-car grid will line up for IndyCar’s first visit to COTA:
1. Will Power 2. Alexander Rossi 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay 4. Colton Herta 5. Felix Rosenqvist 6. Scott Dixon 7. Josef Newgarden 8. Patricio O’Ward 9. Zach Veach 10. Graham Rahal 11. Santino Ferrucci 12. Matheus Leist 13. Max Chilton 14. Takuma Sato 15. James Hinchcliffe 16. Marcus Ericsson 17. Sebastien Bourdais 18. Ed Jones 19. Spencer Pigot 20. Marco Andretti 21. Kyle Kaiser 22. Simon Pagenaud 23. Jack Harvey 24. Tony Kanaan
So good to finally see Indycars at COTA
Power got a huge jump at the start.
Hi all, great clean start… I see Santino’s driving!
Wow, this is good, maybe Rossi stays there and saves tires ?
This no track limit -policy is absolutely ridicilous. I thought F1 was bad at COTA… This something completely different. Massive shame.
It’s a bit mad at the second last corner but I like it!
Kills the race for me. I really waited to see this one with great anticipation :(
The drivers are showing Tilke where the track should be.
@huhhii Does it really matter as long as it’s enforced consistently? I prefer to see these things enforced by where the boundaries of the track are.
It does, because where do you draw the line if there’s no limits at all? Penultimate corner makes no sense now and in theory drivers could just blatantly cut all the corners à la Verstappen with no penalty.
Indeed, although there is a kerb now where Verstappen cut. Like I say, that’s how I prefer these things to be.
I’d prefer them to stay between the lines but as long as the rules are consistent, it’s better than what F1 are doing. It has to be one or the other IMO. Free for all or rules that are enforced.
No track limit is ridiculous.
So Sky is just keeping the world feed running instead of ads this time. If only there were someone who could fill this silence.
Martin Haven perhaps
Wow Herta’s having a belting race so far.
Indeed, his dad was no slouch.
I’m loving these breaks when the USA goes to adverts and we get to watch the cars lap without constant talking.
It brings home how bad the US coverage is. More ads than racing.
The rookies came to race today
so far its sort of showing that moving towards ground effects may not be the silver bullet many f1 fans seem to think it is because this has not looked any different to a typical f1 race here in terms of the racing and overtakes.
that first stint was very static with no overtaking after the 1st lap and it was not until pit stops occurred and you had drivers on cold tyres mixing with those on hot that you saw a brief period of action. then once that settled down it is back to single file. that is pretty identical to your average f1 race at this venue.
and from the onboard cameras on the indycar app it also seems the cars are more sensitive to dirty air than i often see people saying as cars are dropping back a lot and picking up noticeable understeer in the faster turns while behind another car just as happens with f1.
the trackside camera angles and tv directing is poor compared to f1 as well. i also find this silly rotating onboard camera to be annoying, glad that f1 uses the static onboard cameras.
Personally, I’m loving the overtaking so far. Exciting battles rather than DRS down the back straight.
I think it’s been a great race also. I’d rather have this then in F1 you are penalized for hard racing which is another reason there’s no real on track fighting in F1 most races
Bla bla bla
Great move from Pato! Someone give that man a full time drive
It looks like Newgarden is saving his tires to go long this stint. He’s been lapping about 0.3s slower than the 3 in front of him.
the lack of track limits is ridiculous. i can’t watch this as it annoys me everytime they go off so far.
But if everyone’s doing it ? Ah clarification ….”the wall’s the limit”
Some people can’t be happy with stuff. In F1 you get people complaining about all the penalties and incompetency of call but then you have this which is making it so you don’t have that problem and people are still unhappy
it just looks really silly seeing them all not even attempting to stay on the track.
i have no issue with the way it’s enforced in f1, yes it can be inconsistent at times but i would much rather watch them trying to stay within the white lines instead of just driving off at the corners into the runoff. it just looks ridiculous and is making this series look a bit amateur.
if your going to just ignore the track limits then just redraw the track and move the white lines into the runoff. it is just really absurd looking with the way it is. the track is between the white lines, anything behind the kerbs is runoff which you should not use.
i hope this is not giving f1 any ideas.
I’d rather no track limits than the way F1 does it personally. In an ideal world, I’d like track limits to be enforced if they aren’t going to be, I’d rather the rules were clear like they are in Indycar as opposed to 50 shades of grey in F1.
Great pass from Rossi. I really wish he could have got with HAAS and been a American presence in F1 but I love him in Indycar right now
I have to say I find ‘The IndyCar Classic’ an odd name for a race. When I first heard it I thought they were getting some old cars out for a support race or doing a NASCAR-style ‘throwback’ race.
They were predicting what the prevailing opinion of the race would be.
I’m enjoying the race but I’m finding it a bit difficult to accept that they’re allowed to to completely ignore the track limits. To quote the commentator: “…the fences are the track limits…”. A little tight on that inside pass? No problem, just barge across the run off area!
You know what the biggest problem with what there doing is which nobody (Other than Karun Chandhok) is mentioning?
The size of the runoff & way the barriers in that runoff is constructed is done so based on the speed of the corner & distance from the track.
By ignoring track limits there making the corner faster & the ‘racing line’ is also now closer to the barriers which may result in the rest of the runoff & barrier setup no longer been as effective as it’s designed to be in the event of somebody actually going off there.
Right at pit entry!
The goes Power’s payday
This will be a really interesting restart!
if they had been enforcing track limits at t19 that likely would never have happened as they wouldn’t have been able to stay side by side while staying within the track limits through there.
this lack of track limit enforcement really has been absurd. just looks so ridiculous & is making that part of the track less of a challenge because they can just straighten up the steering & run off rather than having to slow more & use there skill to stay within the white lines.
So the ridiculous no track limits decided the race. Why a professional racing series with prefessional drivers can’r stay inside the track?
Every series that has run at CotA has had track limits issues. This is just the first time drivers haven’t been arbitrarily penalized for it.
Yeah, makes zero sense. Hopefully IndyCar will learn from this or never visit permanent circuits again. Or only go to Mid-Ohio and other similar old-school tracks.
I expect them to make changes to turn 19 before next year. I would make the gravel trap on the outside bigger.
This safety car is way too long. Like several Laps too long
No penalty for Hinchcliffe? Yeah, not a good day for IndyCar’s reputation as a pro-series.
Hell of a day for it’s reputation and an exciting series to watch though. So many close battles without the need for DRS.
Nothing new for those who’ve followed the series the last few years. It was entertaining for sure, but far from perfect.
Yea, I’d like to hear race control’s reasoning for not giving Hinch a penalty.
Great hussle from Rossi
I really feel like everyone came on here to complain rather then watch what was a pretty good race with some surprises and passing. It was nice not seeing drivers randomly penalized while others arnt for the same moves. The rules were the same for everyone so I don’t see the issue. Same with the yellows and pit road. It sucks that the leaders got caught out but again the rules were the same for everyone and they were gambling and lost out. I do wish they would change the pit road closed rule tho. All in all I don’t get the hate bc Indy puts on way better races then F1 most weekends yet people wanna hate. This is my feeling to why motor sports in general are getting less popular and it’s bc no ones happy no matter what with it. All in all it wasn’t the best race but it was still fun to watch these guys push at 100% on the edge most of the race and not ride around like F1. These cars are much harder to drive which makes them fun to watch
Shame about the pit road rule indeed. Seems theres a few races every year someone gets screwed by the lottery. I liked the no track limits at the start but given that it caused that yellow I hope they police it at the penultimate corner next year. All in all an entertaining race and looking forward to more Indy at COTA
Screwed Montoya out of a championship in ’15
There were lot of tire and fuel saving there. To claim it was full-throttle from start to finish is just lying.
It was a good race, but this series really needs some stricter rules regarding track limits and collisions. For me Formula E is probably the most entertaining series, followed by F2. But I also love to follow both F1 and Indy. They all have their own charms.
This is the only track where Indycar has track limit issues, and guess what its the only track they share with F1. Pretty much every other track they race on is old, school where you don’t have track limit issues, because there isn’t 500m of paved runoff.
I do hope Indycar and Cota can make some changes to turn 19 and turn 9 to a lesser extent before next season.
Good race. Enjoyed that.
It was a good race and a new young star is awesome. Drivers pushing 100% most of the race in cars hard to drive is fun to watch!
Great win for Herta, that’s a classy debut win, not just handed to him by Power’s misfortune, he had genuine pace. Great to see. Thanks for joining in this evening guys!
Evening all across the pond, lunchtime here, Penske looking a little frasil….in qualifying.
@Live Timing. https://racecontrol.indycar.com/
Make that frail…
Surprised this race has lasted this long at this venue in the heart of NASCAR country
Funny you should mention that, how is NASCAR still in business, the Bristol race is still on and the stands are maybe 40% full, it looks embarrassing.
Licensing and merchandise with big broadcast contract
The big broadcast channel that highlights the plight of the series by putting Darrell in front on mostly bare concrete… :)
We’re racing at Barber Motorsport Park! Very late start, Sato keeps his lead. Rosenqvist looked aggressive but got held up badly by one of the Foyt cars.
The start is under review which is hardly a surprise…
No exceeding track limits here
2 stops or 3?
Early first pit stop for Newgarden – lap nine – suggests a three-stopper for him.
It may be 3 after all
Top 11 haven’t pitted yet! Could get interesting…
Hunter-Reay out behind Newgarden – Penske’s strategy looking good so far…
COTA winner Herta suffering from engine problems?
Tough luck for Herta.
And not great luck for Sato either – very slow pit stop.
Rahal stuck in the pits with a throttle problem – it’s all going wrong for RLL.
Slow pit stop for Sato
Really hoping that didn’t cost a win for Sato :(
Rossi pitting now. Still too early for a 2 stop race
The series should bring the push to pass indicator back on the cars’ LED displays.
Rossi having some big snaps of oversteer but still getting off the corners pretty well.
Will Power’s tires are done.
Guess we’re going to see the PO’d Power after the race
Nice pass on the outside by O’Ward on Felix
Beauty of a pass by O’Ward. Meanwhile, what on earth has happened to Power? ‘mare of a race.
All the Penske cars are struggling on this track. Fine by me.
Chevy ‘power’? The top 7 are Honda.
I don’t mind seeing a top team having a bad day at the race
Herta’s car sounds very sick.
Sweet pass by Pato on Simon Pagenaud
How far can Seb’s tires take him ?
Sato in the pits. Remains on scuffed primary tires.
Ericsson very feisty move on Power.
Since there has been no yellow flags(so far), it may become a fuel conservation race near the end.
The first Indy race I’ve watched. TV coverage very different from F1. Helmet cams are awesome. I like the red/black scuffed/stickers tyre terminology. Otherwise…I don’t know. Is this a dull track? Very little action. A few overtakes but nothing exciting. Doesn’t make me want to stay up late to watch till the end!
Broadcast misses some of the passes. Barber track was designed for motorcycles but Indycars have been coming here for 10 years.
Barber usually produces good race sand I suspect this will liven up towards the end.
Power in the pits. A possible 4-stopper or bad handling car.
This is a rare performance by Sato. Never seen him turn up and show the field a clean pair of heels like this. It makes me think of Detroit ’17 when Rahal was suddenly much more competitive for RLL.
I’m expecting Sato to throw it all away but he is consistent in his driving today.
Sato’s been remarkably clean for the past couple of seasons. More often than not, he has either suffered mechanical failures or been collected in other wrecks.
Chilton’s binned it and they’re all pitting.
We got FCY! And everyone is breathing a sigh of relief.
Rahal stopped on track
Sticker reds and he has to save fuel !!!
Not a good day for the Chevrolet-powered cars.
Much as I love IndyCar the amount of time wasted under caution for, in this case, a single-car incident, is bonkers. (OK they had to recover Rahal too but that should have just been stick it in neutral and push it behind the wall).
Rahal’s car stopped on the front straight but these FCY times last a bit too long
“Ericsson is driving like he used to back in GP2.”
My abiding memory of Ericsson’s GP2 career is he joined the team Grosjean and Valsecchi had won the title for in the two previous seasons and finished sixth. So surely this isn’t meant as a compliment?
Maybe driving more aggressive than before in past races? Interesting choice of words since we in the USA don’t see GP2 races
I can’t help but think that Safety Car period spoiled this race rather than made it. Can’t fault Sato though he’s done a terrificjob.
Sato almost threw it all away
Good drive by Ericsson today.
Not a bad race, not a thriller. Not a perfect drive by Sato but one of his best.
Thanks for joining in today guys, here’s the race report:
Hello RaceFans and welcome to our live discussion during the fourth round of the IndyCar series from Long Beach!
Evening Keith, Rossi for the win?
Good evening everyone. Bootigy boogity boogity let’s go racing. Hoping be a nice counterpoint to this morning’s snoozefest
No I’m going with… Power. His miserable luck has surely got to change. I feel I may have said this before, however…
With Indys lax approach to track limits this year, I wonder will anyone run the Max Chilton line from last year, inside the kerb through the 90 right hander
Don’t think anyone will be trying the Jack Harvey line through the Fountain.
Harvey in the rough.
He’ll have trouble getting it up and down from there
Evening all across the pond, welcome to our Monaco (with passing) :) Live Timing..hopefully it works over there https://racecontrol.indycar.com/
Thanks bud. It does indeed :) wish F1 would go back there
+1 Long time since I saw Jonesy win there.. :)
Long Beach turned F1 down in 1984 because Indy was $500K instead of about $2m for F1. Have to wonder how much bigger F1 would be in the States now if Ecclestone had lowered his price…
Chris Pook tried again a few years ago… https://lbpost.com/life/the-grand-prix-experience-somewhere-between-steak-tartare-and-a-bubba-burger/
@They’d have to extend the track I guess.
Alonso should be running here….
He really should it’s a bucket list race
I can’t see it happening, unfortunately. I think he just wants Indy.
I forgot we had Lacuna Seca to look forward to that’s going to be awesome! I’ll never forget Rossi Vs. Stoner’s epic duel on the bikes round there
There’s no better place to spend a race weekend, bikes or cars. Driving up though the marine layer into the sunshine’s worth the price of admission.
Good work from Penske
Canny stuff from Penske on the strategy. I must admit I thought it was odd Ganassi brought Dixon in right away when he presumably had 6s of clear air in front of him before the traffic.
I think most of the teams are terrified of being caught out by a yellow, especially on a street course.
I hereby reconsider my tip for victory…
Jeez not again Will!
Lots of carbon dust from Power’s front-left brake, I wonder if it’s overheating.
What the hell was the guy on the front-left doing in that stop?
Yeah, smart or luck not to run over the hose, that would have been a disaster..
Too many bloody commercials!
Wondering what place Scott Dixon is?
Fair play to Rossi he is crushing them. it’s not making for the most thrilling race but no one can touch him today.
He’s really made a great show of himself in his post F1 career
Nice fight developing between King Taco my two favourites Seabass and Felix
I jinxed it
No free Tacos!
Hunter-Reay turning up the heat on Rahal with the laps ticking down.
Ah. Not so much. Dixon’s through. The curse of the commenter is strong today.
Great race by Rossi. Rahal dinged for blocking Dixon on the last lap – he falls to third.
Total domination from Rossi. Not a classic weekends racing in any format. One for the purists
Rain expected later in the race…Hopefully not ! @Presumably there no golfing going on during the race….
Hello everyone and welcome to today’s sixth and final RaceFans Live, for this evening’s IndyCar race. We’ve got a chance of rain at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and some inexperienced drivers at the sharp end of the field, so this could be an exciting one…
Good start by Harvey, disaster for Rossi, not much going right for the Andretti team this weekend.
Thought that damage would put Ericsson out but he’s back in the pits!
No such luck though – he’s out.
So one Schmidt Peterson full-time driver causes a full-course caution… Then the other one Schmidt Peterson full-time driver causes another…
Meanwhile the part-timer’s doing alright!
If Newgarden can pull off a podium today, I’ll be shocked. Happy but shocked.
Kanaan first to gamble on wet weather tyres. Don’t think the track looks wet enough.
I do like the fact IndyCar don’t have intermediates.
I’m less keen on spending a dozen laps under caution because of a single car stoppage…
That was a great pass by Simon!
Pagenaud hacking two seconds a lap out of Dixon, we’re set for a terrific finish.
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for the Indianapolis 500!
Hopefully they can get all 500 miles in.
Hello, my fellow hard rockin’ Indy 500 geeks!!!!
The cars look a lot racier than last year already. Penske’s moving to the front. Oh no problem for Herta.
Ah no. Early trouble for Herta
Don’t forget that the Indycar Android app gives you live in car cameras and radio.
Fun start. Power and Newgarden great stuff
A bit too much action in the pits today.
Oh dear and just after I post that someone’s been hurt at RLL during King’s pit stop. Not good to see.
Kaiser into the wall.
Nasty hit for Kings wheelman hope he is okay. I wonder how much fuel Felix has left here. He was Rossi-ing his way back into the race
Aaaand he’s in lol
Cool to see Junior at the Indy
Always like that they give Bourdais the respect of calling him a 4x champion despite being in the Champ Car side of the split 👏
I’m glad I don’t have to watch the American broadcast. How many ad breaks?
At least mostly they’re going ‘side by side’.
Fair play to Ferrucci, that was quite a pass!
Rossi caught the leader in no time. This race is heating up nicely!
“Radar looks good racing looks good” Hell yeah, go Rossi!
He has 7 laps advantage on pit stop window..
Another pit lane incident! Ericsson now.
No way!!! Damn Rossi
Hope he can recover those 10 seconds
Aaaagh, bad stop for Rossi!
This is starting to look like its going to be a three way shootout among Simon, Carpenter, and Newgarden.
Come on, what are we waiting for, they sure like dragging out the caution period
Yeah Seabass’ fault
Shame was set up for a great green flag run to the end between the top 4
OK let’s get this finished!
Love IndyCar. Hate how long they spend under caution.
It was raining carbon fiber after that shunt..
Why didn’t they send the lapped cars through pit lane 2 laps ago?
Wow, Sato’s going for it.
Well deserved winner
Yep, a great drive, Chevy power?
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for the first of two races from Stroit this weekend.
At least, we hope so – it’s streaming down at Belle Isle at the moment and for the time being it isn’t clear when the race will start.
At least I can watch the Champions League final while I wait.
Certainly looks like the conditions there are brightening up so hopefully we’ll get the race started soon.
Liverpool/Spurs during the rain…
Cars heading to the pit area ready for the start procedure to begin shortly, with any luck
Race due to start in four minutes, will be run to a 75 minute time limit.
Hmm, single file start…
I must admit I thought the conditions were better than this from the static shots. It’s clearly very wet.
Jolly good boating weather!
Wow that Veach spin. There is just no grip.
“polished concrete” It’s drying out real fast, they’ll be looking for wet spots soon..
Hunter-Reay spins out of eighth place!
Very brave choice from Andretti to go on slicks. This is why I like championships that don’t have intermediate tyres…
Yeah, could get interesting. Full course caution..just as others were coming in. @ Live timing.. https://racecontrol.indycar.com/
I just hope race control doesn’t have them putter around for another 10 laps, which will take fuel out of the equation.
So much for a short yellow.
Oh man, why did they let Will go! Lack of communication.
Dixon in the wall! Wow, that’s rare.
And here comes Takuma .. again!
Man, Rossi and Newgarden are lapping 1.5 sec faster than everybody else.
Shame they’re not good enough for F1…. No doubt Lance would have been in that battle. Looks like good weather tomorrow ! :)
Hello everyone and welcome back to RaceFans Live for the second IndyCar race from Detroit.
Here’s a reminder of how yesterday’s rain-affected race unfolded:
Formation lap underway in considerably better conditions than yesterday…
Big mess at the start – Power concerned about his gearbox after being hit from behind by Chilton.
Power’s miserable luck hasn’t changed, it seems.
Wow the alternate tyres have no pace at all.
Nasty crash at pit entry for Bourdais and Pigot.
Must admit, I’m impressed by Ferrucci in IndyCars so far. I was firmly expecting him to be a liability…
AFAIR he’s a FaceFans fave.. :)
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Wow! That was very silly..but Rossi drives off! How bad’s the damage ?..Sebs in 7th!!
G’day, reckon that’s going to take awhile to clean up. Could they get Seb back out there!?
Hey RaceFam, finally getting some of this weekends action in at last. Surprised to see Ferucci leading, he’s been annoyingly impressive of late!
Whoa! Great action until that smash what a shame
Should be here…
I thought it was Hinch’s fault but on the replay it’s Newgarden just dropped it. Wouldn’t mind seeing Felix’s onboard, he didn’t have much time to react to Rossi driving off
Sato not Felix even
Looks like Newgarden and Rossi lost it by themselves and Hinch was stuck in the middle…
Hinch may not have broken any rules, but Indycar should make the blend line longer. Allowing cars coming out of the pits to cut off cars at speed is just asking to have a car launched in the air and into the fence.
Marcus Ericsson could be in with a shot here if Hinch can be a roadblock
Great! NBC’s lost the picture..
The Indycar Radio feed is still going in the app.
Thanks, we’re back :)
Dixon! one heck of a driver, well played Scott, Chip and the boys.
Sato screws up big, luckily it looks as if the crew member he hit is ok.
That was a pretty dumb move by Herta. I told my sister he’d end up in the wall before the race was over with the way he’s been driving. That is a move you try in the last 2 or 3 laps.
Hopefully, if I’m reading the radar correctly, the rain stays to the West, fingers crossed
Live Timing..already a pass for the lead https://racecontrol.indycar.com/
Can you imagine today F1 race at this track!!
One can only dream…also I much prefer the one guy a wheel pit stops, it’s fun watching them work.
Going to be a harsh yellow for Rossi here
I digress but for me these kind of tracks are the ultimate race venues. Set up a picnic area with pals on a grassy knoll under the trees..what better way to watch.
Robert Wickens going to drive a specially modified Acura NSX on the parade lap before the Honda Indy Toronto! Now that’s super cool!
Awesome! The fans sure showed a lotta love and his lady passenger was hilarious, as PT said, “worth the price of admission”.
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for today’s IndyCar race from Mid-Ohio!
That’s a bad one, hope Sato’s OK!…aah.. he is.
That was of the dumbest moves I’ve seen by any racing driver in a while! Sato just drove straight into the side of Rossi and RHR. Indycar should seriously consider making him sit out the next race. There’s a reason why my sister calls Sato “Wreckin-Ralf”.
Yep, it’s a 500 mile race…
That was carnage, lucky no one was seriously hurt
Ok. Were done with Pocono.
They were going bonkers 5/6 wide before the lead cars crossed the start line, I dunno about this place, looks like Takuma caused it.
Why am i not surprised
After watching the incident several times it looks to me that Sato was about to rear end that slower car in front on the outside, he came up to it real fast, panicked and corrected by turning left?
That is probably the race. It will probably be too dark by the time the weather clears out.
Starting the race at twilight is a great idea, the light looks amazing and makes the cars look so dramatic.
I had a lot of fun when I attended this race the two years ago, when they first came back to St Louis. It seems like the promoter has listen to fan feedback and added even more things to before the race starts. And yes the cars look awesome under the lights with the Arch in the background.
I so want Takuma to win this one…
Sweet! Karma ! :)
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for the penultimate round of the IndyCar season, the Grand Prix of Portland!
Dear me that absolutely stunk from Rahal. Awful move.
What on earth was Hunter-Reay thinking?
Hunter-Reay gets a 30-second time penalty when he’s already 13 laps down…
Drama for Dixon! Race leader stops in the pits.
Eight laps to go and Ferrucci has suddenly come to a stop on the start/finish straight. Restart coming up, not what Power needed…
Hello everyone and welcome to the championship-deciding round of the 2019 IndyCar season from Laguna Seca!
Terrific to see these cars back at Laguna Seca again.
Been looking forward to this all year!
It’s all going wrong for Rossi. Jumped by Power in the pits, then passed by Pagenaud when he rejoins.
Great pass by Pagenaud on Newgreaden. Pity the pit lane commentator was blathering on about who cares what else…
And now Rossi gets Newgarden!
Josef is just biding his time on the black tires, while everyone else is on reds.
Herta doing a top notch job, it must be said.
Yes, it must.
Important move for Pagenaud recovering a spot from Rosenqvist. If he gets Dixon, will Power let him by? Tricky one…
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for the first of IndyCar’s iRacing events. Tonight’s venue as chosen by a poll of fans is Watkins Glen.
Hey ya’all this is pretty darn cool…..
I like it really… its also that the event is on Watkins that i love… very good.
Great job IMO, interesting that the Glen won out over a bunch of tracks, sure got my vote, it’s going to get better when Robert and the other missing drivers get hooked up.
What time does the race kick off? Currently watching the 96 Monaco Grand Prix :)
G’day all, pre-race on NBCSN right now..nice job so far..
On an unrelated subject Bernie’s going to become a dad again ! :)
Nice idea from Scott McLaughlin I wonder if it will pay off
Not a fan of the competition caution idea. Pity they can’t do real cautions instead.
Yep it would be nice if they could throw the yellow in life-like situations. I had heard it would be lap 28, lap 15 is definitely better as 28 would have neutered the pit stop strategy battle
Yeah they changed it after the original release went out.
Felix needs to get a move on past slick Willy P here or Karam is going to romp it again. McLaughlin is still the wild card though!
Very impressed with Wickens.
Damn leaders came together :0
On Wickens’ Facebook feed they’re saying Karam disconnected
HOW DO I WATCH THIS!?
UK: Sky US: NBCSN
Sky are showing it on YouTube too
Ok Another good race. Slowly im used to this type of racing but i miss the real thing.
Another great race. These iRacing Indycar challenges are doing a good job of scratching the itch for real life racing. Great drives from Wickens and McLaughlin. I wonder how the championship table looks now
Hm… it seems they will run on oval next… lets see that in sim racing how it would be…
Thanks for joining in everyone – we’ll be back tomorrow for the Virtual Vietnam Grand Prix!
Shame for Rosenqvist at the start, but it will be interesting watching him come back through the pack. Lucky they are running cautions this time, although yellows breed yellows and too many make this race a bit of a shambles
The official Indycar channel is streaming this on YT if anyone is looking for a means to watch
The iRacing Challenge from Motegi is coming up shortly. Robert Wickens has pole position for today’s race.
Hi y’all, noon in LA… Great stuff with Kyle Busch, a real racer, Robert W on the front row!
Aargh Wickens. Kyle fan here too. Win it or bin it
Is it just me, but unlike F!’s offering this looks like a REAL race…lovin’ it! Lee Townsend and Paul doing stellar job…
@Oh, watching on NBCSN…
What lap did Kyle pit? Does he only need one more stop?
Not sure but here we go……Stops
Dixon took what 3 races to get to the front what a pro
Yeah, the cream rises to the top, damn shame Scott got nailed, me thinks he might be the next Indy star…
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for today’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge.
Lando Norris has taken pole position on his debut in the series, followed by Will Power, Felix Rosenqvist, Scott McLaughlin, Pato O’Ward, Sage Karam, Alex Palou, Josef Newgarden, Rinus VeeKay and Felipe Nasr.
If you can’t see the Circuit of the Americas race feed above, hit refresh and it should appear.
Warm-up’s done, Norris was quickest again but Karam much closer.
Mostert already out for some reason it seems.
Norris said hello to his chat on the back straight on lap two – then immediately locked up at the next corner…
Norris finally getting to show his esports class away from the codies clownshow. Verstappen racing in the nurburgring virtual 24h as well
So competition caution out now, Norris first among those who’ve pitted, trying to use the McLaughlin strategy from Barber to win.
Even if he two stops, given the pace he’s putting in I can’t see the guys who stayed out ahead winning at the moment
Norris spins! Big chance for Power to pull out a gap.
:0 Race on!!!
And now Power has spun on his out-lap – twice!
Think 15 seconds is going to be hard going in 15 laps let’s see what traffic power gets maybe
Norris fifth, he’s told the cars in front of him have pitted.
Norris predicting Rosenqvist will win.
Norris told to pit opposite to O’Ward.
Norris has taken new tyres in his stop.
Anyone know the story with Norris’s helmet? Looks a bit like Anthoine Hubert’s from the top…
O’Ward might be regretting inviting Lando now
Another good showing from indy
What’s that other stream being heard on this page?
Well that was a cracking race. Here’s the report:
Hello everyone and welcome to this evening’s IndyCar iRacng round on the Indianapolis oval. Looks like being a fun one!
The presentation of this show is amazing, I jurist wish they were using yellow flags, so anyone who spins or crashes on the first lap has a chance to catch up
If the race is going to be anything like the practice, we’d see very little green running!
Haa ha that’s true!
Race control telling the drivers to do their best to ensure they at least get a clean start – which didn’t happen in Michigan – and give each other plenty of room.
If you’re not seeing the correct video stream, or if comments are not posting, hit refresh and that should fix it.
I’m so hyped for this, the quality of the grid is so good, go Lando!
Davidson and Norris just touched in turn two.
Rahal looking racy
Is it just me or is Power covering Norris way harder than any other driver?
He is. Norris seems to be to this race almost what Alonso was to it in his first Indy 500
Interesting that Pagenaud looks like he’s going to make the 1 stop work
So many different strategies at play.
Yep Willy P has boxed early this should be a really interesting finish
If power and the other top runners have to pit again, it’s surely his race
Norris lost time in his pit stop as he had to have repairs done.
That caution changes everything
This is going to be quite an interesting last 10 laps
It’s a mclaren roadblock
Don’t see much teamwork here Norris is driving a wide car
That was mental
Never expected any of the last 10 laps, bravo.
It’s fortunate the drivers are socially distancing, otherwise I imagine a few punches would have been thrown after that.
Preevning all, here’s hoping for a safe race, it’s hot as hell there.
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live – I’m very pleased to be able to welcome you to the first bit of proper motor racing action we’ve covered in six months as the IndyCar season begins at Texas Motor Speedway.
Let’s hope they don’t take the whole field out in turn one bc of nascar destroying the track and the top line is not race able
Unfortunately it looks like Andretti’s top two drivers might be at a disadvantage from the start – problems for both Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
And bad news for RLL as Sato’s car isn’t repaired in time following his crash in qualifying a few hours ago.
I don’t get why Sato didn’t goto the backup car. They had one with them
You’re not allowed to keep an engine already installed in a backup car in Indycar, so I’m assuming they were thrashing to get an engine installed.
Ahhh – open wheel racing – I have missed you
I know, right!
indeed Keith – although I wasn’t too popular when the alarm went off – c’est la vie!
Both the Andretti drivers who had problems managed to take the start.
Double diaster for RLL – Rahal had an ECU problem which hampered his getaway and he’s started a lap behind.
…and got a drive-through too.
I see after their virtual collision a few weeks ago, Ferrucci and Askew are now running together in 18th and 19th…
35 green flag lap limit on the tyres they say on commentary – doesn’t that work out to potentially a pit stop every 15 minutes-ish (I think)
First caution as two rookies collide: Veekay and Palou. Palou climbing out, Veekay driving back to pits.
He has cost that team a lot of money today
Seems this traction compound has reduced the track to a single line which has seemingly killed the racing.
And the mandatory 35 lap stint limit has killed all the strategy.
Race has been terrible so far.
You’re right, used to be two /three wide, thanks NASCAR. 120 degrees in the cars!
Other than Sato I think Veekay’e the first to get on the ‘traction compound’ strip…maybe not by choice but sooner or later it could well come into play again.
Dixon edging away, Rosenqvist all over the Penskes, Ganassi in good shape at the moment.
Hmm, so with everyone avoiding the kryptonite, is any overtaking highly unlikely ?
Obviously not..nice pass
Second caution of the race for debris.
Power holding up Dixon and bringing Rosenqvist in range.
An Aussie making life difficult for a Kiwi. Some things will never change.
Rosenqvist into the wall.
ouch – Ferrucci having a mare there
This traction compound is a complete joke.
Shame there for Rosenqvist – no contact I don’t think though
May not have been the most stunning race ever, but nice to have some live open wheel racing back – and worth the 1am start I think.
Decent race there, great drive from Dixon, a shame we never saw the showdown with Rosenqvist, though. I’m sure it will come.
Here’s the report: https://www.racefans.net/2020/06/07/dixon-dominates-in-texas-as-team-mate-rosenqvist-crashes-out-chasing-him/
Can any of you guys and gals outside the USA see the race on TV?
It’s on nbc in America. You can download the NBCSN app and watch it there
Live timing: https://racecontrol.indycar.com/
Darn Ollie, ouch! I’m rooting for these McLaren kids..
No offence to anyone on here but to see the amount of fans here at this race shows why the US is the best in the world at corona virus infections. Can’t believe how dumb Americans are.
The new two speed pit entry’s should be interesting, good idea if the guys get it right, the old ‘one speed’ took ages to get in and out.,,,(oops someone just blew it!) Darn Alex, not again!
They’ve used a two stage pit speed limit before on some ovals in the past.
Ferrucci is one heck of a driver, I would love to see Haas take a chance on him.
Talented or not his toxic immaturity and entitlement belong nowhere near an indycar let alone an F1 car
Here we go again. Bet against Dixon at your peril
This is the youngest front row in probably several races if not a few years.
Rough first lap for several contenders
There is going to be a line a mile long of drivers who want to give Power a piece of their mind after the race.
Is sky sports delayed coverage?
Hey hey, I’m thinking kudos to Arrow McLaren for signing Ollie and Pato..
Oh dear! I’ll shut up…
Hello, my fellow hard-rockin’ Indy 500 geek amigos!
where are the facemasks?
What do you mean they all have them unless they are alone and talking away from people
;) just for fun of it I thought to watch Indy 500. Seems I’m watching a replay from a previous year.
found the correct stream now.
Ok good bc it confused me when you said that.
You will really enjoy the race if you have never watched before
Hello everyone and welcome to RaceFans Live for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500!
This is always such a tough race to predict. Who’s your tip for victory?
I think the Penskes will be stronger than expected and I’m going with Newgarden today.
It’s hard to bet against Dixon to win this.
Happy blulchtime all, should be a good one, here’s hoping for a safe, dry race.
@That would be blunchtime here in LA. Scotty’s looking very good, but I’m wondering if Helio’s going to pull a rabbit outof the hat ? That last win of his in the rain driving the Penske Accura prototype was memorable driving..
Gotta respect having so many fans sitting in the parking lot watching the race on tv since they can’t be inside the track. It shows how diehard a lot of fans of the 500 are
Must be so hard for some people who have attended for 30 years or so not being allowed in
100%. I still don’t get why they couldn’t let a few 1000 fans in. The place is huge you could keep them apart. If go out to the parking lot and tell them all to come in as long as they all sit apart
I know right, I live on one of the Great Lakes and they opened movie theatres up but the race tracks which happen to be outside still not allowing fans in, figure that one out
One of the best races to watch of the year along with Silverstone and the Daytona 500 for me
God Danica is such a rocket
Disappointing though it is there can’t be any fans there today, it’s nice not to have a clash with F1. This is the least stressed I’ve been during an Indianapolis 500 for about 15 years!
Enjoy the race everyone!
Wow! My Newman/Hass red 5 shirt still fits!!
Been to Indy a few times when I lived stateside (in Chicago), damn it looks bare with no fans.
Fernando should move up quickly
He is going backwards. Since the crash he hasn’t been happy with the car
He sure was
Hot Wheels IRL
How stupid to keep driving like that
Gotta love that he couldn’t get out of the car very fast. Shows how hard it is with these halos and screens. In a true fire emergency these guys are done for
That’s a really strange failure. Never seen anything like that.
Me either. The tim itself exploded
What could that have been
My guess is something got into the wheel and machined it till it failed
i had to double check the tyre manufacturer there, thought it might have been pirelli
The tire was fine it was a wheel failure
So unfortunate for Carpenter man, whenever he suits up he’s fun to cheer for
Ericsson out – second caution of the day.
I saw that happen at the top of the screen, thought I was seeing things at first
He will be sore for a few days
Grosjean hit him
They’re so slow getting out of the cars. Seems like they need help from marshals.
And Pit Road is absolute carnage. Clearly the US has quite different standards of safety compared to the rest of the world!
That was about as clean as a set up pit stops as you will see with a field of 33 cars under yellow. There’s no other way or you will lose out to everyone. It looks worse then it really is
The screen seems to minimize arm and hand movements, I sure as heck wouldn’t want to be in one with a fire going on but Justin Wilson sure could have used one, would have saved him
I’m sorry I like the screen but if there is ever a big fire these guys will die bc the help won’t be able to get them out of the car. These guys can’t even get out on their own. If they are hurt it’s game over
I feel the same about f1 halo also. It’s hard to get out on your own
They don’t have that issue with the halo though. They still have the mandatory minimum car exit time requirement. It looks more like they have trouble undoing the belts and unplugging the helmet.
They have that with Indy car also. I’m just scared if you are hurt and on fire you arnt getting out or being pulled out. I still feel the same about F1. They can maybe get out a little faster but not by much and it’s done in a perfect situation the minimum extraction time test
I’m not concerned about that because I expect the marshals would arrive in sufficient time – exactly as with the Halo in F1.
What concerns me more in IndyCar is the possibility fuel could enter the cockpit during a refuelling stop, but that was potentially a problem before as well.
It’s definitely slower though I’ve seen plenty of F1 drivers spring out of the car quickly with the halo. So far it’s two for two with Indycar with the drivers literally needing assistance to get out of the car. Very worrying.
#Charles managed undoing the belts in Spain.
Like him or not, Ferrucci has talent and enormous balls
Hell yeah. He seems to have a much better attitude now so he is doing great. It was prob best to get him out of the F1 system
Yep and he has that cocky confidence as well, a slight Kyle Busch personality
No guys, don’t fall for it. He is a disgusting petty cheating racist.
GP2 engine, GP2!
It’s not a #Honda
Didnt Alsono pitted at the same time as pagenaud? How is he 28th and Pagenaud 1st?
He must have made a big adjustment
He pitted again, I believe, along with the lead cars.