Round 5: Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 *live* Blogno

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”
er… no wait! We are in Kansas!

After 4 exciting street/road races, (ok… 3 and Barber), we are here in sunny, ok not rainy, Kansas Speedway, in front of tens of… fans… to sit on the edge of our seats for the first roundy round of the season!

That’s right kids! We’re into the oval stretch of the season, where we take bets on which red car will win, and who of  the other coloured cars will hit the wall first.

Command has been given, warm up laps done, we’ve lined up 2 by 2 (well, the first 3 rows did, the rest all caught up eventually)

Clean start! Newbies dropping like stones, veterans in command…

meet you at the end….

wow… Helio and Vitor battling, looking a little loose

Soon to be seatless RHR passes the princess live. See ya! (oh, don’t forget to check out P-Dog’s interview with Ms. SparklePony where she talks about… well, herself… captivating… *good job P-dog*)

Dashley slingshots by Dixie and gets the spot. (Dashley always drives better in the blue cars… just an observation)

Why do the booth guys SCREAM the entire time they are calling oval races? Is that to make it seem more exciting than it really is?

Dixie woke up from his nap and took his position back from his teammate, and is now on the attack on Briscoe.

I’m impressed by the KV boys. 7, 9, 11th right now. :thumbsup:

And the leaders hit traffic.

We’re is all the indignant entitlement?! Come on! That’s all they could talk about last race! Damn back markers!

I’m thirsty.

Wow! Sato battling with Moraes!  (imagines the radio chatter from Jimmy Vasser to the cars)

Ooooh! Change in the lead!! Red car passed a red car!

*commercial*

back… Wondering how bad the ABC broadcast is. Can only imagine Snotty Goodsnooze and Marty Pay-attention-to-Me bantering about… well, nothing interesting.

Festival of Pitting… ™pressdog

How is it that Team Penske, who are usually meticulous with their pitstops, ALWAYS has their biggest fuck ups on Will’s pit stops?

Baguette, Viso and Howard get pitlane violation drive thru penalties on their first pitstop. Pretty sure the only one affected adversely by that is Viso.

*sorry, got distracted…*

ok… so the Princess is about to be lapped. Will there be controversy? Will she be demanded to pull over like Alex Lloyd? Will there be a convenient yellow and a lucky dog?

LOL! no contest! Dixie looked like he was shot out of a canon! Danican’t! Clear! Parko! Clear!

uh oh… Viso in trouble, brings out the yellow on Lap 74. Got up into the wall lightly, and bent the car up real good.

Questioning the yellow. Seems a little over kill considering he drove himself back to the pits cleanly, with all his parts in tact.

Ah well… here they all come into the pits!

Three wide exiting the pits! LOL! Sato & Duno make contact and extend the yellow.

Alert the Clown car! Briscoe is driving around on 3 wheels!

That is the SECOND fubar by the Penske crews on Pitlane.

[conspiracy] Guess Helio got the call for this race too [/conspiracy]

RHR continues to show up his Andretti Teammates. (while his seat time ticks down…)

It really is making me PUKE that the same dudes in the booth that were practically spitting fire towards Alex Lloyd last weekend for blocking cars while protecting his position (he was one the fucking lead lap at the time!), are pretty much cheerleading  Japanica showing such “spunk” while blocking and already a lap down . Fucking bullshit. Ugh…

fuck, I am SO bored.

I really really wish I could enjoy these races more. But I just don’t. I know for a fact that they are more exciting in person, I’ll give them that… but boy oh boy. What a snoozer today.

Let’s see, what can I talk about…

Bunch of new faces in the race this weekend. (well. not new, but first appearances this season) Sarah is back in action (solidly midpack in 14th currently), her teammate Jay Howard is also in the car for the first time this season (25th), John Andretti trying to sneak into the top 10 (currently 11th)

Making their oval debuts Sato (8th?! woot!), de Silvestro ( 20th) and Baguette (23rd)

LOL… my timing is only showing Howard and Duno. Riveting!

is it my imagination or is Tags dropping like a stone? Wrong way mon ami! Mon dieu!!

Takuma! Givin er today! Side by Side with Helio!

42 laps to go, the feed is sketchy at best… keeps dropping out. I do have a another feed currently, but it’s in Portuguese… :raises eyebrow: lol!

wow, car number 2B8BE23 is in 8th place on T&S! you go 0 0 ! (what team does he/she drive for?)

Well, there are 26 laps to go, I have no fucking clue what is happening as T&S has stalled. Everyone is in for their final stops… So I’ll wait until everyone rolls thru before doing a run down.

and the caution flies with 21 laps to go. Jay Howard finds the wall and makes a mess of his Sarah Fisher Racing car. Parts everywhere. He appears to be ok though.

ABC showing a fluff piece on Indy. Guess it is May now isn’t it Will?

OH NOES!!! Mutoh and Sato into the wall on the restart! Japan weeps! Much international swearing in the safety car I’m sure.

pretty sure Mutoh turned in over the nose of Sato and smooshed him into the wall…  but the Newman Haas Lanigan dude blamed Sato. *shrug* I must be watching a different hideously boring race.

ok, so we’re attempting to restart this abomination again, but once again we are waved off.

let’s try this again….

What lap are we on? None of your business! ™pressdog

6 to go according to my Portuguese feed.

Dixon leads by, well, he’s already in Indy preparing for qualifying…

And no surprise here… he wins by what seems like 4 laps.

then Dashley, , Kanaan, Castroneves, Hunter-Reay, Briscoe, Moraes, Tagliani, J. Andretti ?!, Meira

Happy for TK.

Dashley needs to get the fuck over himself with all the backmarker bitching. It’s called RACING Dario. The whole point is for you to find your way around those cars and prove you are the best. You’re starting to sound like your batshit crazy wife.

Dixon winning on an oval. :mocks surprise: On the bright side, we got to see his redonkulously cute little girl. Total ginger!!

Ok… never thought I’d be happy to have to go back to work… but wow… on to Indy I guess…

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6 responses to “Round 5: Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 *live* Blogno

  1. Mostly a pretty boring race imo. ABC’s coverage may get better ratings but they still are kinda ‘knob-like’ in their deal. The love-hate of too many commercials while wanting sponsors to put money into the series…what to do?

    Danica seems to run with a sense of entitlement about keeping someone from lapping her at times. There at the end with TK seemingly having a shot at Dario…I was imaging him saying ‘ah, #*@%’ when he saw her in the line in front of him. Wonder who Dario was speaking of when he talked about the backmarkers in the post-race? Hmmm…

    • “Wonder who Dario was speaking of when he talked about the backmarkers in the post-race? Hmmm…”

      I’m guessing anyone that wasn’t he other Ganassi car…

  2. Scott Scheller

    I’d always considered myself an oval fan…consider that attitude gone.

  3. So, quickly before the green at the NAPCAR race in Richmond…
    In retrospect, the reality is we’ve always had races that were boring during every season…but it is now happening moreso since the same cars have been around for sooo long. Some turn into barn-burners, others would be better shown at 4 am competing with the latest food processor. It’s always a disappointment when a race provides nearly NO excitement in terms of wheel-to-wheel competition. Meesh has been around enough races to know exactly what I mean here. If one car dominates, we gripe about it being an uncompetitive race. Sometimes it’d be best to just appreciate how superior a team and driver perform rather than giving up on one type of racing (ovals or roadcourses). There will be some races that’ll keep us on the edge of the seat at some point…I think…I hope…

    • I wish a racing series like IROC would be as big as IRL and CHAMP and F1 – DRIVERS and their TEAMS shine instead of the money in the pockets of the team and sponsors. Racing now just seems to be DRIVING the most expensive car to the checkers. Take away the team developments, put everyone in the same car, and then we would see who can REALLY drive – and no driver ‘aides’ to save them – let their mistakes cost them. Seat of the pants racing, not driving on their wallets!!

  4. So, quickly before the green at the NAPCAR race in Richmond…In retrospect, the reality is we’ve always had races that were boring during every season…but it is now happening moreso since the same cars have been around for sooo long. Some turn into barn-burners, others would be better shown at 4 am competing with the latest food processor. It’s always a disappointment when a race provides nearly NO excitement in terms of wheel-to-wheel competition. Meesh has been around enough races to know exactly what I mean here. If one car dominates, we gripe about it being an uncompetitive race. Sometimes it’d be best to just appreciate how superior a team and driver perform rather than giving up on one type of racing (ovals or roadcourses). There will be some races that’ll keep us on the edge of the seat at some point…I think…I hope…
    +1

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