Belle Isle Grand Prix (not so) *live* blog

Ok…So, obviously, since I was there, I am well aware of what happened and the outcome, but as I said in my last entry, I miss so much of what happens while I’m in pitlane, that it’s like seeing it for the first time. So, since I’m watching it anyway, I might as well fire up the blog and follow along.

blah blah… pre-race all about Dixon and Castroneves. But Justin and Graham get some nice face time.

Green green green!! WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT??? Wow. That was so not impressive. Do they not wave off ridiculously non-lined up starts?? I remember standing and watching the monitors in the Conquest pit box and asking if they actually went green for that. It looked just as bad on tv. wow. just wow.

I’m impressed that race control is already laying down the “iron hand of justice”.

woohoo… a little attention for Tags! Snotty Goodyear shows his research prowess by dropping a little bit of trivia about Tagliani… except it was actually about PATRICK CARPENTIER. dumbass.

LOL… because the entire ESPN team is camping at the other end of pitlane in the Penske/Ganassi pits, they haven’t got a fucking clue what happened to Scheckter. I on the other hand was over there before Tomas got out of the car, asked one of his crew what happened and ran back to Conquest to tell them. (maybe ESPN should have stuck a mic on me! LOL!)

The camera angles are much better for this race. The onboards are great (especially the rear view) They really show the speed.

I like the look of this track. It reminds me of Toronto. Hey speaking of which, I ran into Charlie Johnstone (prez of the Toronto GP) on the grid pre-race. He is super stoked for next year. YAY! I’m now super stoked for next year too!

wow… Dixon and twinkletoes are in their own little race. I now see why Dixon was so pissed after the race. That was his race to lose. He should have been holding onto the Championship Trophy yesterday afternoon.

ahh… Snotty corrects his trivia blunder.

wow!! sweet fucking pass by Power!! holy crap! BANZAI!! LOL! What a wild man! The Princess must have piddled a bit with that one.

The grandstands look pretty impressive. Not a lot of GA walking traffic however. Of course not being familiar with the layout, I don’t know just how much of it is accessible to walking around.

Ah yes… the incident when both Camara and Wheldon ran out of talent. At the time I was convinced both were in the wrong, but looking at it again, Camara had the line, Wheldon had the brainfade.

And this is the pit stop where Dixon’s strategist opened the door to the championship… (hindsight is everything eh?)

Again I have to wonder why there is so little passing amoungst the IndyCar’s when they were passing like crazy people in the ALMS cars, which are actually wider…

Dixon attempting to carve his way through the field from 18th! I can only imagine how much he is screaming at his crew.

ooh… Tags got squiggly in front of Dixon. That’s when Tags gearbox started go. The gear would just just slip out all of a sudden.

LOL! Carpenter let’s Tags by, but not Dixon… bwahahaha!

Oh, nice… just as Dixon makes the pass, they cut to commercial. Dumbass moment two for this broadcast.

wow.. that’s not much of a front straightaway. Thought it was longer.

Up to Speed… or “lets talk about/make excuses for the midpacker/back-markers”

festival of pitting… leaders in.
ew… that was an ugly grandstand shot. Apparently that one wasn’t full. (or even close)

I love that at this point Tags is behind the wall, with his crew tearing his car apart but there is NO mention on the tv broadcast.

Nice pass on the Princess by EJ!

Ooh… who was that!? LOL! Rahal and Meira split around the Princess (who was way off the pace) Rahal pulls it off, Meira doesn’t. Suspension toast. Now the Princess runs straight and stalls it. Possible damage to car.

Oh EJ!! Ouch. That looked like it rung his bell a bit.

and still no mention of the fact that Tags is not running and his crew is rebuilding his car at the end of pit lane. Oh, there we are, an update finally.

Sad when Gustav gets more of an update than Tags…

ooh… Justin just got squiggly. Nice save.

LOL… Goodyear is prattling on and on about something while there is some serious passing going on on track! Holy fuck. The IMS radio guys must have been going ballistic! (*note to self* figure out way to play IMS radio broadcast tape delayed as well)

Justin is all over twinkletoes’ gearbox!

Wow, another penalty enforced! Manning is playing the role of Blocky McBlockerson today, much to the chagrin of Junky and race control. Did Barnhart find the rulebook in the same box as his cajones? Impressive.

Lap 45 and they are yacking about the possibility of a timed race.

btw… STILL no coverage of Tags or the rebuild. Unbelievable.

oh gawd… the touching story of Scotty’s Grandma on her deathbed waiting for him to win the championship… (hold on another week Grandma!)

All Dixon, all the time.

Woah! There was the contact with Power and Hunter-Reay. Ryan tried the shut the door on Will and paid the price. Actually both did. Flat tires and broken wings. (sounds like a country song)

Hey Dixon coverage! what a shock! LOL… he drives by Tagliani in the pits on his way to his pit, and yet still no mention.

I’m surprised they let Will run with that broken wing for so long. Ask Patreek about running too long with a sketchy wing. One of the scariest shunts on a street course I’ve seen. (Surfers) He was concussed and hospitalized overnight.

LOL… Tag just drove by the camera. Guess he was back on track by then.

Hey, is Marco Andretti in this race? BWAHAHA… just as I typed that they mentioned him! I’m psychic!

LOL.. wow… the director in the camera truck just had a stroke or something. They had NO clue what they were supposed to focus on there!

Junky is now playing the role of Blocky McBlockerson, much to the chagrin of Will Power.

How can these broadcasters be soooooooo bad at saying the names of the drivers. It’s not that hard!! Christ.

A montage of fence climbing into commercial.

oops! Wheldon ran out of talent for the second time in the race, and Moraes joined him around the next corner. Danny boy… have you signed on the dotted line yet? You might want to get on that.

LOL.. they mention that Tags is coming in to the pits to top off on fuel. Um NO. He is coming in because now his clutch has gone. This is after the team completely tore apart his car and rebuilt in pitlane, then sent him back out on track where he pulled off the 3rd fastest lap of the race before having to retire with clutch issues. As a wise man said to me recently: There are 26 cars in the race which means there are 26 stories. It would be nice if the broadcast team would remember this too.

Helio has clinched the the 3 points for leading the most laps. (3??… awfully generous here on the IndyCar side of the fence)

OH! LOL… ya, not so much sympathy for Helio. Holy Blocking batman! Bwhahaha!

ooh… Helio, not going gently into that goodnight… hehehe.

wow… the grandstands are emptying out. Weird. Mind you it was fucking hot yesterday afternoon. I can’t imagine sitting for the entire race on shiny aluminum without shelter.

Good thing they ran TWENTY commercials on that break. It’s not like there’s only a handful of laps left or anything.

Sure, The Least gets face time and a mention when he goes out, but Tags gets ignored. dumbasses.

White flag! (this is when I bolted down pitlane, never to see any of my race chums again… sorry guys and gals… duty called)

This was also when I was fighting back the tears and trying to snap pictures of the crew.

aww.. Carl…

LOL! Justin! Nice attempt at donuts.

Helio is a class act. He was clearly piiiiiiiiiiiiiissed off, and Arute sticks the mic in his face. I certainly respect him for smiling and thanking the crowd and letting Jack know he had “nothing smart to say”.
Arute, being part of the dumbass crew asks “why are you upset?” gee…why do you think Jack??
Helio should have hit him. LOL! Helio did the same thing at the Victory podium when the presenter questioned him about the penalty. He clearly knows when it’s appropriate to express your opinion (the media centre press conference for example) Even Cindric was incredibly poised in his post race interview. (young racers, take note)

Justin: “this one’s for you Paul” Oh cripes… here come the tears again.

Dixon also shows incredible poise and class.

Barnhart gives a concise explanation. It’s true, they are warned prior to the race.

Well, that was 150% more entertaining than the last race. Certainly couldn’t call that a parade.

and with that… we countdown to the showdown in Chitown (hehe… still a bit punchy post race weekend)

time to cut the wristbands off and officially bring my race weekend to a close… *tear*


6 responses to “Belle Isle Grand Prix (not so) *live* blog

  1. It stinks that they didn’t show more of Junqueira moving up the field. Same thing for Quattro.
    Then again, they’re not one of the “chosen”.

  2. Sounds like you had a great time in Detroit! Excellent result for Wilson, shame about the way it happened. I was pleased a ‘transition’ driver got the last road/street win of the year. The top teams from each ‘side’ were up there fighting each other and it was great to see. More please!

    I need to get over there for a race.

    As I said in the other comments a few days ago, I switched back to the international feed.. it was.. different!

  3. I did Pat! I was a little tired and grumpy by the end. (it’s that whole 2 day race weekend thing that got to me) but all in all, I’d rather be tired and grumpy at a race track than anywhere else ya know?!

    Transition drivers got the bookend finishes. 1st street course of the season and last of the season. (same team even!) As much as I was overjoyed for Justin and crew. (especially giving PN his last win) I would have liked to see KV break through this weekend. Servia definitely was up there, but Justin was the class of the field.

    You should definitely plan on coming over for a race next season!!

  4. Yeah I know what you mean, I was tired and grumpy at Silverstone on Sunday because of the journey and the incessant rain. It was only when driving home again that I realised I enjoyed it!

    Can’t say I’m sold on KV. The drivers are great and I expect the engineers are, the V part is all good too, and I want to like them. But.. I’ve never been a great fan of the K part and the big killer for me is what happened with the whole Walker thing. So no, I’ll be rooting for NHL over KVR every time. Though I’d like KVR to beat the likes of Vision.. 🙂

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