Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 *Live* race blog

“I’ll get you my pretty…and your little dog too!”

We’re live from from Kansas. (well, I’m not, but the series is)

I’m tuned into a horrible stream of the Versus broadcast. (better than nothing) as the race airs here in Canada at the following timeslots:
3am & 6am Monday.

Yup, you read that right. Fuck TSN. Moving on…

Penske spinning the Power situation. Love how he brought Rick Mears in as a prop. LOL…

So… here’s what we know…
Two of the big three guys got sent to the back… Helio was dead last in Chicago and won the race… don’t count FROchitti or Twinkletoes out just yet.

Most are calling for Dixon to win and Doornbos for the first timer. (with a nod to Wheldon and Carpenter)

Ok…. gotta get everything running… brb…

Drivers start your engines!

Strategy with Arute:
Get to the half way mark (150 miles)
Fuel strategy (blech)
plan for cautions
Watch the radar

Here we go kids! Green green green

Rahal shot out of a canon!
Bobby D dropping like a stone
Dixon by Bobby D for 2nd

The AGR cars not playing nice… Patrick throwing block parties all over the place.

EJ. carving his wa throught the field with the more experienced Helio and Dashley. All three are up several positions.

Dixon inhales Rahal.
“Thanks for warming up the track little buddy! See ya!”

Bobby D holding strong in 3rd

CAUTION Lap 14!
Vitor and Helio get into each other. Vitor lifts BIGTIME and Helio slams into the back of him. Major damage to Twinkletoes schnozzola. E.J caught up too. Front wing damage.

Festival of pitting! Entire field to the pits.
Bobby D out first!
The entire Netherlands breaks out into spontaneous happy dancing!
He may have hit something coming out of the pits however (rahals tire I believe) (hard to tell, I’m watching a grainy 4×4 inch box)

OH, Iron Hand of Justice! Doornbos sent to the back. The dancing comes to an abrubt end.

Restart lap ? (can’t read it)

Poor E.J. he’s a lap down now after making up all that ground. Stoopid Meira.

back from commercial, E.J in the pits again. fucking stream froze. No idea why EJ was in pits again.

feed back…

Vitor crying big crocodile tears. What a fucking baby. Suck it up man, christ. Is it EVER your fault?

commercial

I’m actually surprised (pleasantly) that Rahal is holding his own out there.
(she types as he gets inhaled by Tony Kanaan… LOL) (I’ll shut up now as Bricoe creeps up on the son of the stache)

Apparenly E.J. had gear box issues?

Bobby D now being lapped. Welcome to the roundy rounds Bob. Sucks doesn’t it?
and now about to be lapped by his teammate. Play nice boys.

commercial
Pitstops happening druing the commercial break…
Dixon (leader) in now. Made great fuel.
Castroneves in now.

Jack Arute: Weatherman! …

hmmm… ovals…
not really anything to talk about I’ve realized. LOL!

Apparently there was a 2nd “big one” in the Talledaga race which is also running right now. That got the chat beside the video box all fired up.
and … commercial. oooh, not even a side by side.

and we’re back. (really wish I could read what lap we are on) If I boot up the t&s I’m convinced it will crash my browser.

Briscoe and Kanaan battling it out for 2nd spot. Briscoe FTW!

Matos kisses the wall, brings out the caution. Bitten by the Turn 4 wall that snapped up all those kids in the lights race.
“wiggle wiggle chase it up the track”
Thanks for repeating that twice Robbie… LOL

Festival of pitting!
Briscoe wins the race off pit lane! Briscoe, Kanaan, Rahal.
What the fuck happened to Dixon?

commercial… *yawn*
Apparently there was another crash at Dega. Pretty scary.

and we’re back. And still driving around under yellow for no apparent reason.

Green green green
Dixon up to second. Everyone getting racy and three wide. Trying to get up into that lead pack before the rains come.

Getting dicy between Helio, Rahal, Patrick

Arute using props to describe the “egg under your foot” theory…. as P-Dog would say, my viewing is enhanced. (not really, but we’ll go with that)

Commercial Lap 115/200! I can actually read the numbers!

back from commercial… I actually just zoned out for a minute. No idea what they were talking about, but they gave kudos to the spotter.

TG gets air.

BWAHAHAHA… Marco and Mario “battling” for 10th. The rear view from Moraes car, you can barely see Marco! hardly a battle.

more driving in circles…. and commercials…

we’re back. Recapping all of the “action” in this race. Beekus doing a great job of forcing the enthusiasm. I’m almost convinced it’s been exciting to watch….

LOL… we are talking about how great Ana Beatriz is in the chat room. Talking about another series driver during a live race is never a good sign.

Sarah Fisher finally gets air! (with 54 laps to go) Shout out to the sponsor!

Jack “weatherman” Arute, updates us on the impending rain and then we go to a plethora of Danican’t commercials.

back:
Briscoe coming into the pits just as FROchitti slams hard into the wall. Shit luck for Briscoe who was pitting from the lead. He drives thru, to cycle back in with the field. (power karma tickles Penskes ass…)

Replay shows Rahal and Franchitti coming into the pits, Dashley’s car will NOT stop, locks it up, barely misses slamming into the back of Rahal. Holy crap! Evasive maneuvers STAT!! slides up the track into the wall. Out and ok. That could have been nasty.

commercial for clean up….

We’re back with 157/200 complete. A little IZOD Indy 500 package while we clean….

back to green with 41 to go!
Full rich, balls to the wall, petal to the metal! Go go go!

nothing much happening… so we’ll go to commercial again. No side by side. Apparently we don’t deserve these last laps… :shrug:

we’re back and everyone is actually racing now.

We are giving a shout out to Hideki Mutoh. I don’t know why, but there ya go.

Wind speed has died down, making it a little easier for the drivers in the waning laps.

woah! Graham and Hideki split high/low around Roth 2.0. For the first time this entire race, I got excited and made an audible “woah” sound.

commerical….

back… Lot’s of chit chat in the booth…. it just feels like we are waiting it out.

ooh… the brats could make this interesting… battling for 5th. Marco got squirrelly, lost air, couldn’t make the move on the Princess.

Final lap…. Looks like Dixon has finally shaken the bad mojo monkey off his back.

LOL at Emma! “he’s been grumpy for 3 weeks”

Commercials… (just how many commercials is the Princess in? geesh)

Interview with Dixon, who is now up to 4th in the standings as he goes into Indy to defend. “of course I was grumpy, I wasn’t winning!”

Commercial….

Twinkletoes came across in second. See… never count him out even starting from the back. Wow… replay on the Meira incident. Nice control from Helio keeping it off the wall.

Kanaan across in third. Now the points leader by one over Briscoe.

commercial…

wow… I just realized there was not one comment today. Maybe it is time to hang it up… šŸ˜¦

Interview with the Princess (finished 5th) Guess 4th place doesn’t count…

Rahal gets some air. Talks about the sandwich maneuver. The Versus interview is barely over and Bruce sweeps in with this digi recorder! LOL! That man is everywhere!

commercial…

recap of the race…
There we go, Briscoe finally gets some air.
Ed Carpenter gets air! nice!

and that’s it… we’re done.
Thanks for playing… or not as the case was.

ciao for now…

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23 responses to “Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 *Live* race blog

  1. I enjoyed reading your account of the race. It’s funny when you cuss.

  2. Hang it up? Hell no!! You just need to take your laptop down to NY every race weekend so you can see the race on real tv!

    Now if you’ll pardon me, I have to go over to the ‘dog’s site and eat a little crow for my slam of AGR yesterday…

  3. I watch the race rather than sit at my computimer…I miss things pretty easily, so I try to cut down on how much “multi-tasking” I’m doing. šŸ˜€

    • well, since I’m relegated to watching via computer most times, it’s handy… plus I have to take notes to write the race recap for OOW, so I have no choice but to multi task. (sort of takes the fun out of it somedays…)

  4. The American Mutt

    Good thing we “finally” got to an oval so we weren’t subjected to long parade like lines of cars, or had to wait for the pits to hopefully get a lead change, or watch cars win based on how well they conserve fuel, or…I can’t even keep this up. Gimme another St Pete or Long Beach over that “race”.

    • LOL! thank you! I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me. I could barely stay focused at times. I was almost hoping for rain to put it out of it’s misery. Even the booth was struggling for something to talk about near the end.

  5. Sorry, my sister was doing homework all afternoon, so couldn’t comment. Don’t hang up, only 3 people live blog indycars! I agree, not an intersting race at all, this isn’t good for everyone who said oval racing is the best.

    • no worries. Just having a bit of a pity party for myself this weekend. It’s hard when you put your heart and soul into something only to have someone tear it down. blah blah blah… oh woe is me and all that… fuck I’m boring myself now.

      I ain’t going nowhere damnit!

      and you’re right, this wasn’t exactly the “poster race” for the oval party. I have seen better. (both on tv and in person) so I know there is a legitimate case/argument for ovals. Today’s race wasn’t either. First roundy round of the season, so lots of cobweb shaking I’m sure.

  6. The American Mutt

    Can anyone actually remember a good race at Kansas? I’m drawing a blank, as I seem to recall it being like this every year.

    • Prob’ly best not to get me started here, Mutt…I personally kinda detest the 1.5 mile ovals. I guess I might like Texas if it weren’t for the knob who runs the show there (still fuming from his comments last year about ‘the IRL won’, etc).

      I’m not anti-oval at all. I grew up on Indy cars running on all ovals, but ones that were conducive to good racing…PIR, Milwaukee, Hanford and Trenton in the ‘old days’. Superspeedways…obviously Indy, Ontario, Michigan and Texas World Speedway. There were some good races going on then. Note that none of those tracks are 1.5 miles. Also note that during that era, there was some room for innovation, build your own chassis, run a different engine…blah, blah, blah. Spec racing will just never, ever compete with that.

      My very first “in-person” Indy car race was at Riverside in 1968, one of the best road courses in the U.S. I appreciate both disciplines…but not the 1.5’s.

    • ha! seeing as that was only my second Kansas race viewing (4th if you count the Lights) I don’t think have enough experience to give an insight on that.

  7. The American Mutt

    The coverage sucks, but I go to SPARTA! (that’s Kentucky) every year. It’s a great time, and a great facility, but beyond that I haven’t been to any 1.5’s. Went to Nashville last year, and can tell you no amount of polish would make that turd look pretty, I ain’t sad to see it cut from the schedule. MIS though…man…there are no words. It’s just that amazing. Cleveland needs to be on the schedule.

  8. The thing that historically (if such a word can be applied to the last decade or so) makes the 1.5-mile ovals so much fun to watch is that cars often go three-wide and pass each other nearly every lap. Unfortunately the weather conditions – what, with the wind and the clean track from the rain – persuaded most drivers today to avoid going more than two-wide for most of the race. Consequently, the last 30 laps they were just holding position for some early season points.

    In other words, yes, it sucked for much of the race. I won’t say it was an entirely boring race, but the last 30 laps were, how do they say, “processional”. Such is life sometimes.

    And don’t fret on the LiveBlog. It’s more of a record than a live interaction now that we’re all a-Twitter. I’ve noticed WAY more people comment afterwards than during these deal.

    Peace, love and F-bombs, Meesh.

    • The American Mutt

      I’m sorry Jeff, but I don’t buy the weather excuse. Last year was picture perfect, and much the same processionally speaking. Part of it is going to be the fact that they’ve had the cars so long that they’re tweaked for just that perfect run, which regretably means they’re all going to take that ONE line, but they couldn’t even close in on each other. Motegi is the same way.

      A good schedule means the right races, be they oval, street, or road. I tend to think kansas doesn’t belong on this schedule. Nashville either. Having attended Nashville in person I can tell you it’s a turd. One line track, where you have to watch five laps of setting up to see a pass, and that’s cool in some cases. I can appreciate that on a road course, but it makes for some boring ass tv if you put that on an oval.

  9. It seems like the only real “edge of your seat” 1.5 mile races in recent seasons have been at Chicagoland although part of that might be given its space on the calendar (i.e. championship battles, drivers hoping to put in a great last impression, setups being close given development through the season). At least, that’s from watching on TV. I don’t mind them but I’m glad that there’s variety on the circuit. I do look forward to seeing Mike Ashmore’s vision and seeing if they could bring “safe excitement” if there’s such a thing in motor racing.

    The race was OK. Not terribly boring nor supremely exciting. There were a few “Paul Page” moments there particularly from Graham and that did enough for me. Maybe it’s me trying to find light after the way the Rangers and Yankees disappointed me this weekend but what can I do?

  10. Not wanting to be negative but–haven’t all three races so far been real boring?

  11. I am probably the only person who watches and enjoys IRL and Nascar, but from that perspective start times suck!!! I can’t watch both races!

  12. Nashville sucks, although the Nationwide race this year was pretty good. To narrow, like almost every track in North America! I disagree with the argument that Road racing will never be popular in the US. The problem is that Nascar spreads the lie that they are the best racing around. Most Nascar fans never see good road races. Also, US road race tracks and street courses are too narrow. A lot of the trouble is most new tracks are ovals, so road courses are out of date.

  13. Brassy as usual. No way anyone was going two-wide for long in the 25 mph wind at KS. Too bad Briscoe had crappy luck on the yellow. Him an Dixon might have staged an epic war during the last stint. Having said that, the big three winning every oval since mid 2005 is getting seriously old.

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