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Meijer Indy 300 *live* race blog

Ok kids, we are live and go.

Awful fricken start. Awful fricken restart.

Mario Moraes up 8 spots by lap 3.

woah! Carpenter is racey! 7 positions gained and a battle with Moraes.

Dixon running his own race. Briscoe catching Franchitti, with Helio close in tow.

Moraes up to 6th.

Are they using “the button”? NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!! But it’s would appear that some are or have.

According to the broadcast, Carpenter is using ALL of the available new options for the oval aero package.

Scheckter in the pits. They disconnected the rollbar and torked 3 turns out of the wing, Scheckter is loose an unhappy with that car.

Briscoe continues to stalk Dixon, while the pit window opens.

OH clusterfuckage in the pits!
Conway & Moraes into it. No replays yet, but conway’s front wing is toast and Moraes was ass backwards on pitlane.

Dixon managed to stay out an extra lap and maintain the lead.
Both Penske cars came in at the same time, Briscoe got out ahead. (despite Helio lighting up the tires in an attempt to get out first…LOL)

saw the replay. bad calls all around there. Looked like both Conway and RHR got into Moraes as he was entering his pit stall.

um… Carpenter is up to 3rd. ?!?!

Woah, Franchitti got waaaaaaaaaay high and almost kissed the wall. Dropped way back.

Lap 66: Dixon, Briscoe, Carpenter(!!!), Castroneves, Kanaan, Patrick, Franchitti, Andretti, Rahal, Power.

Bobby D in 17th racing Franchitti (7th) hard

Tidbit: Power has not used the button to this point (lap 74) (he is in 10th)

Twinkletoes and Carpenter battling for 3rd. Let’s hope that Helio plays nice. (hmmm… apparently that is exactly what he is going to do, according to his radio) (at least until it comes to the last couple of laps)

Sir Jackie Stewart in da house!! He is awesome!! (spilling the Penske secrets over the air though)

Lap 92: we are warned that the second fuel window is coming up.
At the same time Briscoe and Dixon are coming up on traffic.

RHR: Briscoe high, Dixon low split. Advantage Briscoe

Mutoh: Mutoh dives down pit entry, B & D side by side

Carpenter in out clean. (just misses Rahal on his pit in… zoinks)

Briscoe forced Dixon to burn off fuel, Dixon blinked, ducked in for fuel first.

Lap 107: Briscoe leads Dixon.

Bad news for Bobby D: couldn’t get right rear tire off, drive pins pulled off, now can’t get tire back on. Could be the end of his night.

Lap 121 yellow out. why? who knows.
uh oh, Wilson is having issues. Smoke coming out of his car (he’s the reason for the yellow)

He’s in the pits, seriously smoking, over the radio he said he “tried to pull up and it wouldn’t go” or something to that effect.

The iron hand of justice has come down on Matos. Improper Pit entry or somethingl. Has to drop back in formation, and has a drive through coming up…

Power takes them to the green (stayed out) Dixon jumps the green, falls back on his own, Briscoe gets waaaaaaaaaay high, skims the wall about as close as you can without touching. Carpenter (!!!!) up to second on the restart. Challenging Power for the lead now!

Carpenter is holding his own with Power, Kanaan and Castroneves battle for 3rd. (Castroneves took fuel only on this stint to gain position)

The race is getting racy finally! (up to now, the Lights race had kicked the IndyCar races ass) Apparently the new aero stuff is working like it was meant to. No idea whether the push to pass thing is working as we have no really idea if anyone is actually using and/or when.

5 leaders, 14 lead changes by Lap 154.

Power getting ready to come in for the pits. Almost drove into the wrong pits… oops. In and out clean. Back out in 11th.

Ed Carpenter is leading (legitimately) the race now. (looks around for swarm of locusts…)

Lap 169: Carpenter, Castroneves, Briscoe, Kanaan, Rahal, Franchitti, Dixon, Patrick, Andretti, Wheldon

Kanaan up to 2nd! Woot

Final stops coming up:
Carpenter into the pits. Not a full fuel, tires. (7seconds)
Kanaan (6 seconds)
Dixon in (fuel only)
Penskes both in both out. Briscoe wins the battle

20 laps to go, Carpenter leads. Kanaan second, Dixon 3rd

The deciding factor could come down to who had the most push to pass in the final laps…. This could be interesting.

Kanaan is gaining on Ed big time. oops… now he’s dropped back. Briscoe is all over his ass now. Kanaan behind.

Woah!!! Helio pushes it too hard and goes waaaaaaaaaaaay high to the outside, dropping back to 5th…

Holy Schnikey!!

Yay for Ed Carpenter! Yay for Briscoe for finally getting the win!

“I could cry, we were so close to that win” – Ed Carpenter
Briscoe may hoist the trophy, but Ed was tonight’s big winner!

Lindy: What was going through your mind in that last lap?
Briscoe: “50 points baby!”

LOL! that’s what I like about Briscoe. He thinks about the points, but he actually races for them!

and how about TK? Finally a good race for him.

What the hell happened to the Ganassi boys?

Ok… gotta go write this thing up. Be back later …

The Meijer Indy 300 *LIVE* race blog

It’s that time kids! Racy Racy, Bloggy, Bloggy!

They are going thru their usual pre-race dog & pony show. Crazy X-treme boys jumping over ramps on vehicles of some sort, military blahdy blahs, and skydivers with flags n’such. Really… can’t they come up with something more… interesting?

oh and btw… I’m not so convinced about this “sell out”, unless about 50, 000 folks are milling about in the parking lot or in line at the bathroom or concession stands. WTF is it with oval fans and not arriving until the last possible minute?? You’re all weird.

Edit: We interrupt this IndyCar presentation to say WOOOOHOOOO!!! Congrats to Marcos Ambrose on his Watkins Glen Nationwide win!!!! Awesome drive! He’s such a nice guy! Ok… back to open wheel…

Edit: Driver intros…
LOL… Danican’t at the back of the pack…
WTF? who the fuck is… Ahhhh… I see, they are introducing both series drivers. Christ… that’s not confusing at all… πŸ™„

Edit: Memo to PR personnel… have driver hand you their sunglasses prior to intros.

Edit: whatever the announcer dude takes before the intros, I would like to know so I can buy some on those days when I need the energy of a lunatic…

Edit: I really hate Oriol Servia’s driver suit. Just thought I’d put it out there.

Edit: Richard Antinucci… hummina hummina hummina…

Edit: Arie Jr is sporting a Vinnie Barbarino look… not a good btw…

Edit: I’m bored… going to pee and make a drink… (wait… that came out wrong)

Edit: ok… back.. apparently we Canuckdian’s are relegated to watching the race on the web this weekend. Have I said Fuck TSN lately?

Edit: Sell out my ass! Where the fuck is everyone?? Themz some mighty sparsely populated grandstands there kids…

Edit: There’s crazy Carl, blessing the cars…

Edit: They appear to be duct taping Darren Manning to the inside of the car. The man is very skinny…. perhaps he flops about in there during the race.

Edit: parade laps… hey people! They really do show up at the last second. Weird.

Edit: Note to Vitor… you can’t win the race on the first lap.

Edit: Will Power brings out the first yellow kissing the wall, but not doing any damage. Good thing we’re still under yellow for absolutely NO APPARENT REASON…

Edit: Wheldon’s strange dark car is confusing me…

Edit: sorry, dozed off there for a second. Bobby’s baby batter is done for the night. Blowed up reeeal gud. Will Power apparently had more damage than originally thought, cause he is in the pits as well.

Edit: My little wildman is up to 13th!

Edit: The Nose suffering from severe oversteer, dropping like a stone… Rahal Jr’s engine may not have “blown up sir” (shout-out to P-dog) but rather a gear issue.

Edit: Mi corazon up to 12!

Edit: LOL… it’s clown school in the pits. Milk & Donuts holds up Wheldon and Meira. Dixon gets stuck behind Roth the Sloth on his in lap. Retains the lead despite the hold up.

Edit: Princess Blocksalot is up to her old tricks… Dixon finally gets around her. Oh to have a scanner….

Edit: The Least and The Princess are playing nice tonight…

Edit lap 76: geesh… Helio is running Roth like lap times…

Edit: ugh… EJ is being lapped by the leaders… *holds breath*….

Edit lap 82: yellow, yellow, yellow! “debris” apparently…

Edit: ahh… Fisher and The Princess banged wheels earlier… then there was debris spotted on track.

Edit: Festival of pitting… Dixon, Wheldon, The Least, Meira… RHR runs out of talent in the pits, slides in sideways like he’s running the bases. Something happened with Wilson… not sure yet what as I’m forced to watch the “leader cam” tonight, so I don’t get replays…

Edit: Five cars got the “lucky dog” … huh? guess that’s one way to clear traffic for the leaders. move them all to the back! LOL!

Edit: The Least got around Wheldon on the restart for second

Edit: going to make Kansas a true night race for 2009. Cool.

Edit: The Least is gaining on The Iceman… even/odds on him taking them both out?

Edit: ding ding… 100 laps complete… we’re over the hump and heading for home…

Edit: the commentary says: Marty Roth slowed coming into turn 3 my reaction: And?? that’s different from any other day/race/lap??

Edit: EJ becomes the spoiler for the lead battle momentarily, but it wasn’t his fault. He gave the leaders the bottom of the track, but The Least doesn’t like the bottom. (*snicker*… I won’t go there)

Edit lap 116: The Least is all over Dixon’s gear box as they come up on Oriol Servia.

Edit lap 122: Dixon gets the air sucked out of him by Bernoldi and drops back to 3rd! The Least slingshots to the lead, followed by Wheldon, and pulls away bigtime!

Edit lap 132: Yellow, Yellow, Yellow! Milk & Donuts stuffs it into the wall. Doesn’t collect anyonew with her

Edit lap 135: Festival of pitting. Looks like Dixon got by The Least on the pit out. Wilson is officially out of the race, gear box issues like his teammate. Bernoldi is also mysteriously now out.

Edit: PT won the tire-iffic move of the race for Edmonton!! That’s my boy!!!

Edit: after a short nap, we are back to green. I just lost my live timing, so I have no idea what lap we are on.

Edit: Mutoh has an uh oh! Drops like a stone to the back.

Edit 50 to go: The Least still trying to get the race back from Dixon. Manning is out. Car good in the corner, shite on the straightaway. Engine lost power after the last yellow… Done Sir!

Edit: Mutoh is in the pits. Shut er down kid, you’re done for the night.

Edit: the radio dudes are throwing out stat after stat… I’m too tired to type them all… but suffice it to say if Dixon wins, he earns a bunch of new stats for his career bio… hows that?

Edit: ooooh… the Least gets around Dixon. Now Meira is gaining on him. EJ is the spoiler again as Meira gets around Dixon while they all try to get around EJ.

Edit lap 164: Princess Blocksalot gets in between The Least and Meira, but not for long.

Edit: ooh… Vitor is looking racy! Could this finally be the night he tosses the clingy monkey off his back??

Edit lap 180: The Least is all over the track. LOL.. pick a line kid!

Edit: Festival of pitting: damn… that wasn’t a pretty exit LOL! Meira almost took out Wheldon and Junqueira on the out lap. All taking about 4 seconds of fuel.

Edit: Helio playing games in front of Dixon. But he takes over the lead of the race on some bizzaro world fuel strategy.

Edit: LOL… Helio is practically going backwards. Dixon blows by and takes the win! bwahahahaha! Poor twinkletoes, always the bridesmaid… another 2nd place finish (that’s 7 this year) He’s walking around the infield talking to himself… hehe… he’s a good sport though and hey, the strategy worked as he got some great points that he wouldn’t otherwise have been much better than 10th…

Edit: Well, I guess that’s that. Hopefully TSN will decide to air the race at some point this weekend so I can see all the battles I missed, but heard about in great detail. (thanks IMS radio dudes!!)

Off to write it up for real like for the site… then watch the Indy Lights.