Getting myself set for an afternoon of racing! Nothing but deafening silence coming out of the IMS radio feed. Woot! off to a good start. At least I have clear picture.
I would try to find a bar to watch it on tv, but alas, the race isn’t deemed important enough to air live up here in Canuckdia, so it’s been relegated to TSN2 (which most don’t get on their cable package) at 7pm tonight. Long after it happens.
Anyway… off to find some snacks… brb
OK… finally some sound just as we go to green!
Power easily and cleanly through turn 1, RHR gets squiggly but gets 2nd spot over Wilson. Kanaan on the button gets up one spot.
Debris on the track somewhere from someone, but it’s none of our business who! (tm P-Dog) Apparently it’s from Marco (contact w/Tags)
What lap is this? none of my business as I am no longer allowed to view T&S. :bangsheadondesk:
Why do they make it so hard to be a fan of this series?
RHR is determined to catch and pass Will Power.
hmm… Milka in the pits. Is this where they pretend there is a problem with the car?
ok, well that was the worlds longest commercial break. I now have managed to boot up T&S. It appears to be working.
Looks like they’ve parked Milka. I have some thoughts on this, but I’ll save it for another day. At least they let her start and gave her fans and sponsors some face time.
Unlike the lights race, the IICS completely misses the boat on showing the action midpack. Do I really need to spend the entire race viewing experience from RHR in car camera?! Fuck. Gimme something more interesting to watch.
Commercial… dialing up the fan…
hmmm… will power is struggling. ouch. RHR just shot by like a slingshot
geesh… Power seems to have great luck leading up to the race, then it all goes to rat shit on race day…
It appears “brain fade” was the technical difficulty with the Number 12 car. Power hit the speed limiter by accident. I believe this is the second time he has done this.
And Princess Sparkle Pony is the first to go off strategy. Followed by Matos and De Silvestro.
Pit windows are now officially open, so now the rest of the field is starting to cycle in.
Just for reference, I’m showing the leader on lap 25.
Franchitti is driving backwards today.
ENOUGH WITH THE RHR HELMET CAM! CRIPES! Show the dicing mid pack.
RHR on pitlane. Where will he cycle out.
Sato & Alex Lloyd getting a little racy, leading to Sato doing a little off roading and spinning.
Power & Briscoe both come in for their first pitstop.
First round of stops complete.
RHR, Wilson, Power, Kanaan, Briscoe. are your top 5 as we cycle through Lap 31.
They just showed the replay. Kanaan and Briscoe have a nice battle with Kanaan getting the better of it. Go TK!
(nothing like seeing everything after it happens…)
Apparently there is quite the battle going on in the field, but we have breathtakingly exciting camera view of RHR driving around by himself up front…
no change… all RHR… all the time…
lets see what’s happening on T&S… Justin closed the gab a bit on RHR. It was under 2 seconds, but it’s now up to 2.2 seconds.
“the battle for 19th” is there such a thing? And is it something to get that excited about? LOL!
43 laps in. Race half over. Pretty clean race so far. Apparently there are some super secret battles on track. I’m sure we’ll be able to read about them later….
If anyone wants to donate a contraband Versus feed… I would be accepting of that. email me.
Ok… here’s the thing radio commentators: It’s called RACING!!! you have to EARN the pass. It’s NOT up to the backmarkers to LET YOU BY! Make the goddamn pass.
I love that the IMS guys are screaming about the action while we watch Princess Sparkle Pony’s pit stop… :bangsheadondesk:
I seem to remember races last season where RHR was the backmarker holding up the back and trying not to go a lap down.
OH!!! No! Wilson makes contact with Lloyd!
I disagree with all the finger pointers. I think both drivers share the blame there. If Justin had given it another corner or two, he would have gotten by him cleanly.
As it stands, he is still on the podium.
Woah! big hit by Rahal and Romancini! They both went into that corner hot. Romancini got under Rahal, and put them both into the tires. Rahal, NOT impressed. Oh to be a fly on the window in that safety vehicle…
Green green green after a lengthy clean up.
We are on Lap 65.
Wilson gets around Will Power! Woot!
Apparently a lot of people tuned in to watch “pull-overing” today, with all the bitching about people not letting the leaders by, just cuz. Guess they needed another scapegoat with Milka out of the picture.
I personally tune in to watch racing.
If you are still on the lead lap, you have every right to protect your position and keep racing. When the Princess does it, she’s being “spunky” and showing gutsiness! When Lloyd does it, he’s being unsportsmanlike?!
I call bullshit.
Oh, and they keep referring to Lloyd as a lapped car. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t lapped until Hunter-Reay got by him. So he was lapped for about 30 seconds by the time Wilson got to him. Otherwise he would be more laps down than he is at this moment. (which is down by 1 lap)
Alex Tagliani retired with technical issues (broken tow link or something to that effect)
We are on Lap 81 now… RHR is just a tick under 5 seconds back of Justin Wilson. The catch 22 of course being that the only way that Justin was able to catch up to RHR was because of Lloyd holding him up. That of course bit him in the ass at the same time. Bet his wishing a backmarker was in front of RHR again… just sayin…
Helio and Moraes are getting racy in the battle for 6th spot.
And Ryan Hunter-Reay wins pretty much unchallenged.
Gee, ya think RHR may have secured his ride for the season yet?
Happy for Ryan and his sponsors this weekend. Couldn’t have scripted it better with the big IZOD sponsored party this weekend. Come to think of it, *conspiracy theory* he won the race that IZOD announced their personal sponsorship of him at the Glen in 2008 and threw a big party. *conspiracy theory*
Wilson, after all the hoopla, still gets second on the podium, which is HUGE for Dreyer & Reinbold and him, and Will Power, after his brain fade, adds another trophy to his collection this season.
Well, other than the technical glitches at the start, and the usual “leader cam” bullshit that we who are relegated to watching online have to deal with (please VERSUS, find a way to put your feed online for international viewers!) that was a little more entertaining of a race than last weekend.
The return of Andretti to the podium, by a part time driver no less, (not for long I’m sure)
Dreyer & Reinbold making a name for themselves with Justin Wilson in second and Mike Conway rounding out the 10th spot.
Will Power, the adopted Penske child, besting his teammates yet again! (you can smell Briscoe’s flop sweat from here)
How about Mario Moraes who started 15th and finished 6th? Good job Mario!
um… Ganassi who? *snicker*
Dan Wheldon quietly drove to a top 10 finish (9th) apparently on fumes. Good on ya mate!
I managed to watch the race, live blog, get into some heated Twitter convo, all in all, a pretty good afternoon. Best part is. It’s gorgeous and sunny out still, so I get to enjoy a little fresh air before heading home to do chores! lol!