It’s a beautiful, sunny day here, and a glorious sunny day there. Let’s get this show on the road!
I am in sunny T.O. at my office for today’s race. Someday I will get to travel to all the races on the circuit. I’m making that my goal.
The buzzwords for this race… “beautiful” “picturesque” “challenging”
It is gorgeous, no doubt. But very little room for significant passing. Or so we are being told by those who should know best, the drivers.
Clean start. Viso went off roading. Baguette toiling around on and off track at the back. (a little over his head this weekend me thinks)
Dixon driving backwards… apparently he got a penalty for jumping the start and had to drop back. This is news to the IMS radio guys as they are throwing a party in the booth celebrating a pass by Castroneves on Dixon.
wow… they are reeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaallly spread out. This is a disaster!
The race is so exciting (not) that they are already doing random lifestyle pitlane interviews and cutting to non essential pitstops from the “racing action”
Pit window is open, and the mid/back backers are coming in to try to gain an advantage. I have to say I really miss actual pit windows, when you knew who was in the lead at all times, and when the race was won/lost ON TRACK or on a bad stop, not on some bogus strategy of hoping for yellows.
Speaking of yellow. Sato is dead stick. KV needs to check the expiry on their gearbox parts. Let the pitting begin.
WOAH! Conway drag races to the end of pitlane, squeezing past Power. Unfortch for him, Power beat him to the cone, so BACK OF THE LINE BOY!
The impostor driving Marco Andretti’s car this season, got the jump on Castroneves on the restart (they are all on their own strategy now… :bangsheadondesk: ) throwing a huge subsequent block party in “Charlotte’s Web” and running twinkletoes into the rough.
Conway is all over the back of Power like a fat kid on a chocolate bar
I think I just dozed off…
ok… so the current top 9 have yet to pit. Thus the panty creaming over Marco leading. Since I have no idea about fuel strategies (cause I hate them) I don’t know what the ramifications are for everyone if there is a yellow.
Power is making mincemeat of the “already pitted” group. and has put 2 cars between himself and Conway (who is truthfully his only threat for the podium)
So… Helio was the last to come in to the pits. Curious. If he had such good fuel saving, why the hell did they bring Power in so early?
Hey, I just saw the Lotus car back on track. Cool.
The crowd is amazing. Gotta give them that.
The second round of pits is well underway for the first pitting group. Apparently Power is on a 3 stop strategy, so burn it if you got it. He is cycled in at 6th and I’m sure will start picking people off post haste.
Vitor Meira grew some serious stones over the winter too, pulling off a gutsy pass on Tags earlier.
Maybe there is something to the whole breaking your back thing as he and Power are definitely driving like different people. Hey… did Parko break his back over the winter and not tell anyone? 😉
Power is now up to 5th. Just got around Simona. (gotta be wickedly impressed by her. Going extra long on fuel then cycling back out into the top 5. I just love watching Shamica’s stock plummeting.
Justin has also been quietly making his way forward. Go CC boys Go!
Marco pits and gets back out just ahead of Power.
Ooh… speaking of Marco, the just got around Dashley, putting a car between him and Power.
so… if Helio is soooooooooooooo good with Fuel strategy… HOW THE FUCK DID JAPANICA WIN MOTEGI?? just sayin…. moving on…
I’m standing by my twitter comment. The big boys are pussies! The FIL drivers had the stones to make it interesting.. It’s called racing. Not “playing it safing”
Ok… we are on lap 73 of 90. Apparently AA fucked Marco’s chances due to fuel. Danica tried to crash Lloyd, but apparently he didn’t get the memo, and kept it on track.
I’m pretty sure Penske screwed the pooch with Power’s strategy too. Guess they needed to give the older kids some attention and love, cause the new adopted kid has been getting it all since the start of the season.
Ok… 11 laps to go, Marco stuck behind Rahal, which in turn is sticking Helio, Dixon, and Franchitti in the train.
Power needs to make a move around Franchitti if he hopes to be on the podium.
*edit: of course at this point we didn’t know from the indycar.com feed or commentary that there were a stack of off pace cars inbetween them…*
Marco gives up the battle with Rahal and his fuel gauge and goes in for fuel. Ends up out behind Power.Rahal then conveniently pulls aside for everyone else. Interesting. No animosity there huh? LOL
Woah! Simona spins and stalls on track. FCY! (damn girl!! so close!!!)
2 lap shootout.
What a bullshit end to this race. Fuck.
LOL… could they be more forced in their mock excitement in the bootch? Shootout my ass! How challenging is it when there are 5 off pace cars between the leaders and the real challengers? They need to have a rule to move them all to the back in proper order in this situation and make a real race of it!)
Bullshit. Meh. Fun sucked out completely.
Glad I don’t have to write this one up.