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Old 04-05-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Better late than never, right?

Montoya won the first race at St. Pete and Dixon won in Indycar's return to Phoenix this past Saturday.

Attendance for Phoenix was more than the goal of "an NBA crowd", but still nothing to write home about. TV ratings were also a paltry .29. They will still be back next year.

Next up is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 17th on NBCSN at 4pm ET.
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Old 04-05-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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As they say, "Indy Race League series is the best racing on television that no one is watching". I follow NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity, Camping World trucks, Formula One, NHRA and the IRL. The IRL is by far my favorite series to watch on television as well as at the race track. I like the mix of oval tracks and road courses as well as the international mix of talent. Since Dario Franchitti retired I've been an Helio Castroneves fan. I don't think I'll be attending the 100th Indy 500 this year but I'm going to attempt to make it to some other IRL venues that I haven't been to yet.
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Old 04-05-2016, 09:19 PM
 
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The racing in the series has been great. I'm not a fan of spec series racing, and the cars look like something Mattel designed, but they sound good, seem relatively fast, and the drivers are as good as anywhere. Hopefully Gene Haas will bring one of them over to F1 at some point. The top driver over there probably makes twice as much money as all the Indycar drivers put together, so it would be nice to see someone from Indycar get a drive at some point.

If Sato can, for once, drive cautiously, he might have another shot at a win at Indy. Probably just not gonna happen though LOL!
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Old 04-06-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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The racing in the series has been great. I'm not a fan of spec series racing, and the cars look like something Mattel designed, but they sound good, seem relatively fast, and the drivers are as good as anywhere. Hopefully Gene Haas will bring one of them over to F1 at some point. The top driver over there probably makes twice as much money as all the Indycar drivers put together, so it would be nice to see someone from Indycar get a drive at some point.

If Sato can, for once, drive cautiously, he might have another shot at a win at Indy. Probably just not gonna happen though LOL!
As stated previously I do enjoy and follow F1. I attempted to root for American Scott Speed until he got unceremoniously dumped by Toro Rosso following the 2007 race season. I've been following Lewis Hamilton since he made his debut into F1 with McLaren in 2007. Besides the variety of race tracks one of the aspects of American racing series that I enjoy more than F1 is the better access that fans have to teams and drivers. Unless I'm missing something F1 drivers don't mingle and sign autographs at pre-race events as drivers do at IRL and NASCAR events. My days of asking anyone for autographs are long over but I know that many young fans enjoy this connection with their favorite drivers.

My connection with the Indy Car Series goes back the days of Andy Granatelli and Mario Andretti during the 1969 Indy 500. I will always be an IRL fan.
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:57 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Default You gotta be there to compare.

Big NASCAR fan here but this year skipping Charlotte for Indy.
Indy after all is an "Event" like the Kentucky Derby and every single F1 race. People don't attend those races because they are big fans or in F1's case the races are exciting, they attend because it is a must see "event".

One big race a year does not make for an exciting series as is the case for F1 it's all about the "show".

Indy on the other hand is exciting racing because it does put on more than just one "event" in the USA.
Luckily we have fantastic seats for Indy and I know I will have a great time just because it's Indy.

I also know that I would have a great time at the Kentucky Derby or an F1 race because it's the place to be but to insinuate that F1 offers better racing is laughable.

My racing bucket list,

Dirt track modifieds X
World of Outlaw sprints X
Pavement modifieds X
NASCAR
Daytona 500 X
Coke 600 X
Dover X
Darlington Southern 500 X
Watkins Glen X
Martinsville X
Bristol X
Pocono X

Daytona Rolex 24 Hrs X

Indy 500 Next on list.

F1 someday maybe
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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St Pete was a fairly good race. I can't watch the ovals at all anymore, just don't make it for me in IndyCar. I agree the car look awful. What a bad design. The cars look more like sportcars at this point.

Sato, drive cautiously....lol
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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The top nine starting positions for the 100th Indianapolis 500 were set today:

1. James Hinchcliffe 230.946
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay 230.805
3. Will Power 230.736
4. Helio Castroneves 230.500
5. Townsend Bell 230.452
6. Josef Newgarden 230.229
7. Mikhail Aleshin 230.209
8. Carlos Munoz 230.173
9. Simon Pagenaud 230.102
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Pretty interesting mix in the Top 9, and Hinch's pole after his accident is very special! Alex Rossi was the best rookie!
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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I forgot that Saturday was just to be locked into the top 9. Here is the official lineup:

http://www.imscdn.com/indycar_media/...eup%205-22.pdf
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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Still cannot get over how fugly the cars are. That low wing looks weird.
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