So here we are, finally, Race 1, or “Race Uno” of the 2010 IndyCar season. Once again, I have no cable, so I’m at the mercy of online coverage. (I refuse to pay a redonkulous amount of money so I can get ONE specialty channel every other weekend. Bullshit. )
My uber sweet link from last year appears to have vapourized. I’m guessing the provider had Direct tv. Oh well. Work computer appears to run the Race Control gizmo this year, so :knock on wood: I’m good to go.
I have a Brazilian tv feed, with no sound but at least it will provide more angles than the leader cam. I have the ICS radio feed, which I usually listen to over the tv broadcast anyway, so for now I’m a happy camper.
Cars are gridded, drivers strapped in, and rain is falling on pitlane. Lot’s of will they or won’t they with regards to rain tires and changing them.
Story of the weekend: the Ice-rink that was the start/finish straight. Qualifying got turfed yesterday while they resurfaced the concrete to provide some grip. Wise choice with rain now a factor.
And now that you’re all filled with anticipation, hold that thought. We are on a hold for rain while they determine with it will be a wet start or a dry start. I smell carnage on the first lap either way.
*cars on the move…. off to watch the start*
Well, I certainly called that. It was like a dust storm behind the leaders, and immediately turned into a shit show. (and that was WITH the diamond grating)
Castroneves, Dixon, Moraes, Sato and Andretti get tangled up, apparently Sato got hit from behind, causing the chain reaction with Moraes and Andretti getting the worst of it, Moraes driving over Andretti, both cars coming to a stop in a pile.
Mario showed his impeccable sportsmanship, casually hoping from his car and sauntering off to the side. LOL! Guess I’m used to seeing drivers practically ripping the car apart to get to their competitors who are in trouble.
KV racing down to 1 car now, go EJ!
So, what was I about to say before the start…
Oh ya, I don’t really have a dog in this fight. With Paul watching from the sidelines my excitement level is at “meh”. I will however be pulling for J-Wil, my little EJ, and Simona of course. I would love to see Bia make some strides, but she hasn’t really been a factor at all this weekend.
Geesh, looking at the reply, it’s lucky that Mario didn’t end up ass over tea kettle on his head.
On the brightside, Milka had nothing to do with that. LOL!
*still yellow*… (lap 6) *tap tap tap*
Sorry, experiencing some technical difficulties here.
Back to green on lap 9. Some of the heavy hitters were shifted to the back of the pack and are now having to make their way back to the front, which should make it interesting.
oh ya, remember that Milka comment….? She is sitting in the middle of the track. Why? no idea. I had to refresh for the 40th time to get sound and picture. (lap 21 btw)
Festival of pitting! some excitement perhaps?!
Big excitement was a side by side drag race by Tony Kanaan and someone coming down pitlane.
Simona has stayed out, so will lead the pack on the restart. Nothing like leading in your first race. (even if it is fabricated)
For some reason Milka’s car was unrestartable and so they have taken 47 laps to to load it onto a flatbed truck and move it.
In the meantime, a monsoon/slash tornado looking cloud has moved over part of the course. This could get messy.
Green Green Green on lap 26. Simona takes them down the front stretch, with Dashley hot on her tail. (that sounded dirty hehe)
RHR gets Franchitti (without the assistance of being held up in traffic), then picks off Simona. Dario is now behind Simona.
Tags takes it to Kanaan, both are damaged.
ugh…. lost my feed, lost my sound, lost my timing….
Here comes the rain. The race has turned into a shitshow..
I have no idea who has rain tires and who doesn’t. I’m assuming the folks that are now parked on track are the ones without.
If I understand correctly Simona has stayed out again? You go girl!
Princess Sparkle pony is sitting in the run off. LLoyd is parked on track. And the rest of the field is crawling around this course.
Well, DCR can start packing up and head to the airport.
RHR is securing a few more rides with Andretti Autosport running out front, while Princess Sparkle pony gets in some hydroplaning practice, TK is a lap down & The Least are drinking hot chocolate back in the trailer.
It’s now officially a boat race, as the course has turned into a lake. I have no idea what the actual order is as T&S doesn’t appear to be cycling through.
and RED flag.
Zoinks what a cluster.
Gonna see if I can figure out what the hell is going on.
Tags chimes in: blah blah blah… whatever
Bridgestone Joe chimes in: “quite a few puddles out there” thanks Capt. Obvious! 😉
ok… pee break
Sun is coming out, many track workers have their brooms out… once we go back to green it will be a timed race. 45mins or so.
good lord… some of those corners are like small ponds
Drivers are putting their kit back on, and strapping in. My T&S is still borked, despite refreshing a zillion times… *sigh*
Ok, cars are rolling, a bunch of cars ducked int to take on slicks, including Race leader Ryan Hunter Reay. gamble gamble gamble…
we’re still yellow, the clock is ticking, and only the Ganassi boys & Conway I think have remained on rain tires.
Ok… green green green with 36 mins to go.
Franchitti, Dixon, Conway, Wilson, Castroneves lead the pack.
Mike Conway up 16 positions
EJ up 12 on the day
30 mins to go, the Ganassi boys are in and out on slicks.
26 mins… RHR, Matos, Briscos, Power, Meira, Wheldon, Dixon, Conway, Franchitti, Wilson, Castroneves, Viso, Beatirz, Kanaand, Romancini,
23 to go….
Romancini into the wall. Bad day for the Dolly car.
no yellow… keeps it going and drives back to the pits on his own steam.
20 mins to go, it’s the battle of the Ryans.
Briscoe gets RHR , but RHR gets him right back! dayum kids! We got ourself a race!
lap 54 Ryan Briscoe, who had stolen the lead, stuffed it into the tires and threw away any hope of a podium. shades of, well every season….
Meira and Matos are battling for the top finishing Brazilian.
Will Power takes the lead with a handful of laps to go and the time ticking away on the clock. (under 3 mins to go)
Wooooooot!!! Will Power!! Ya baby!!!!
Power, RHR, Meira
Matos, Wheldon, Dixon, Franchitti, Conway, Castroneves, Kanaan.
OK… Off to write this up. Technical bullshit aside, that was a fun race at the end.
I’ll be live from the next one, so woot!