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- 24th February 2012, 21:09 at 9:09 pm #193989
With the drivers so reliant on spotters, McMurray might not have known he was alongside Almirola. Danica just qualified on the pole for tomorrow’s Nationwide race, it’s safe to assume there will be Danica-mania tomorrow and Sunday at Daytona.
On the subject of Danica, the real work for her will start next week at a downforce track in Phoenix. That’s when we’ll know how she is progressing by driving normal tracks.23rd February 2012, 11:08 at 11:08 am #191215
Ah, Bristol is delayed coverage – thanks for letting me know. I appreciate that Nationwide is being televised; it would be great if all races were shown live – but I understand that’s not difficult. To get more viewers, I would suggest showing all three road course races live. That includes Road America, Watkins Glen and Montreal. I think European viewers will find those races entertaining, as it’s what they are familiar to.22nd February 2012, 19:37 at 7:37 pm #191211
Will every Nationwide race be live, or will some be shown as delayed? If so, which races are you planning to show delayed coverage?22nd February 2012, 19:35 at 7:35 pm #193974
Cannot wait for the Daytona 500, if the Budweiser Shootout was anything to go by, the 500 should be a great race. The Cup Series is on Premier Sports (subscription required).
Before the 500 are both Gatorade Duals tomorrow, and the Nationwide race on Saturday – televised live on Motors TV.
Kyle Busch was epic in the Shooutout last Saturday, the tank slappers he saved was super driving.18th February 2012, 15:58 at 3:58 pm #187941
Justin.tv usually has a live stream for the races, free of charge. Otherwise Sky Sports broadcast it.17th February 2012, 12:56 at 12:56 pm #187939
Iowa produces great IndyCar and NASCAR Nationwide Races, its a bit under Underrated compared to Milwaukee, but it’s a great track. Richmond has a good chance of returning in 2013, which is great news. The more flat, short ovals the better. The decline of high banked 1.5 mile ovals has been fantastic – less full throttle racing.
With the downforce of open wheel cars, its flat and short ovals where the drivers have to drive the cars with finesse.16th February 2012, 13:10 at 1:10 pm #187935
Iowa is less than one mile in length, quite flat too.30th December 2011, 16:14 at 4:14 pm #188262
Hmm, four cylinder Chevrolet Cruze’s, Seat Leon’s and Lada’s – riveting…30th December 2011, 11:33 at 11:33 am #188226
^^^ Your ultimate road car would be a poxy Honda Integra???
One of my cars would be a BMW 1-Series M Coupe. I love the outrageously wide wheel arches, and it would be a seriously quick everyday car. Another would be a BMW M3 Saloon for practicality, and I’d have a Ferrari 458 Italia for that heavenly noise at high RPM’s.
If I’m really being greedy, A Porsche Carrera GT would also be in my garage. It’s my favourite looking car of all time and that screaming V10 is glorious.29th December 2011, 0:03 at 12:03 am #183100
The ironic aspect of some people thinking that the size of the field was too large for a small track, is that a 1.5 mile oval in USA is considered big – one mile or less is considered a short track.
NASCAR runs 43 cars at Bristol and Martinsville which are half mile circuits – and they manage just fine. When IndyCar ran as a unified series in 2008 at Richmond and Milkaewee, both of which are one mile or less in length, there were 26 entries. There were no issues with the size of the field because the drivers properly raced each other in the turns – thus creating separation. It goes back to drivers properly driving the cars with finesse, and there being a limit of cornering speeds, not just steering the car whilst running wide open – the former can realistically only happen on flatter ovals.
I hope that IndyCar’s top brass knew that the size of the field had nothing to do with the accident before the report, it’s incredibly basic and obvious. The accident was a product of what’s happened for years; drivers that cannot get away from each other, running whichever groove they like, with all drivers running full throttle for endless laps.
To me, the bigger issue of ridiculous racing on 1.5/2.0 mile ovals needs to be looked at – it would be too short-sighted to only look the causes of Wheldon’s tragic death. Whether it’s Wheldon’s accident at Vegas or Dario’s flip at Michigan. In general, all 1.5/2.0 mile highly banked ovals are unsuitable; with cars that have virtually limitless levels of grip because of the progressive banking in the corners and cars that don’t have enough horsepower.
I was watching the 2008 Richmond race the other day, the drivers lifted off the throttle for the entry of corners, and would only get back to the throttle of exits of corners. The drivers braked into the corners whilst in traffic too. That’s called real driving, and that kind of oval racing is what IndyCar badly needs. Even with the underpowered IndyCar’s, the turns were tight so drivers had no choice but to back off in the turns.24th December 2011, 12:29 at 12:29 pm #187134
I really hope that GP2 is shown by Sky Sports with every round live. It would perhaps sweeten the deal for those who are contemplating subscribing to Sky. Sky would then have F1, GP2 and IndyCar all live – a pretty decent line-up of motorsport.
Like others have said, Eurosport’s coverage of GP2 was appalling this year. They even had the nerve to advertise that GP2 was “live all season long”, when barley any of the feature races were broadcasted live.22nd December 2011, 17:22 at 5:22 pm #187918
I seem to remember Detroit producing very messy CART and IndyCar races, should be a laugh though. The addition of Fontana is odd, as IndyCar seemed to move away from 2 mile ovals which are not quite as banked as 1.5 ovals. The thought of Fontana bores me a little; the NASCAR races have been very vanilla over the years. Also, I cannot see how a lap won’t be anything other than totally wide open with the radius of the turns.
I agree with Keith about 1 mile ovals, they produce the best IndyCar oval races imo. On flat 1 mile tracks, the drivers have to blend off the throttle and beat each other into corners, not just drive in whichever groove they feel like to overtake. Milwaukee was just brilliant, along with Richmond, Phoenix and Loudon.
I’m most interested in IndyCar stating that two additional rounds could be a possibility; I wonder what they may be? Really hope those possible rounds are not more road courses; short, flat ovals please!22nd December 2011, 17:07 at 5:07 pm #184403
As soon as the dismal attendance for this year’s race was apparent and no race promoter or sponsor wanted to pay the sanctioning fee.22nd December 2011, 11:26 at 11:26 am #184400
The race at Texas is going to be a single race, as opposed to that crappy gimmick this year: http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-indycar-set-for-15-race-schedule-in-2012/
It’s interesting to note that an additional race might take place after Fontana, wonder what it might be? I’m really pleased to hear that Phoenix and Richmond may return in 2013, two ovals that are well suited to IndyCar racing. If Randy can add Milwaukee and Road America for 2013 – that would be superb. One can only be optimistic!21st December 2011, 15:36 at 3:36 pm #184399
I think that’s an okay schedule considering what has happened this year. The Sao Paulo race has been a bit of a disaster on both occasions, with heavy rain stopping both events held there. I always had a strange attraction to the Detroit track, even though it’s too twisty –I guess the low-speed chaos it caused was a laugh.
Really don’t see the point of going to Fontana, it’s flatter than 1.5 mile ovals, but the straights are longer and the radius of the turns aren’t as tight – meaning they’ll probably still be flat out for the whole lap, in whichever racing groove. Fontana is similar to Michigan’s banking and length, and races at the latter were just the same as at other 1.5 mile ovals.
I hope IndyCar decides to use a different configuration at Infineon, the current one has few straights to allow for slipstreaming and out-braking manoeuvres into corners. Not running the final hairpin was a big mistake this year, eliminating about the only decent passing opportunity that exists. I’d try using the NASCAR layout, it’s short but frantic. Road America needs to be on the schedule, it’s a great course for any series.
I’m glad that the Iowa Speedway was retained; it’s the only short oval now.