2018 IndyCar news/misc. stuff

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by FLRacingFan, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    It appears that highly regarded German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport is reporting that Fernando Alonso is set for the 2019 Indy 500, but is lukewarm to the idea of the full IndyCar season. Hmmm... maybe Jimmie Johnson could fill us in on the rest of Fernando's 2019 plans...?

     
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  2. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    I will say I am not sure COTA F1 layout is good for INDYCAR. I recently tried it on iRacing and it was quite a clunky ride to say the least. It’s a setup that requires a ton of downforce and 8 speeds as the turns are very sharp and sudden, and it’s difficult to carry speed through the esses.

    IMO it’s similar to if NASCAR ran the Watkins Glen Indy layout, the cars would not flow nearly as well through it and good rhythm is what makes road course racing great
     
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  3. Jimmy W1

    Jimmy W1 Team Owner

    Takuma Sato is back with RLL racing again next year. Good for all of them. He's really turned out to be a pretty decent driver this year.
     
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  4. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I'm skeptical of the Alonso/McLaren IndyCar thing for a lot of reasons, but not really for those. By leaving F1 for anywhere he's going to be in something slower and more cumbersome. Toyota LMP1s qualified 12-14 seconds off of F1 pole times at Spa and Silverstone this year; why isn't it a problem there? He raced Daytona in an LMP2, obviously even slower than an LMP2. Stock cars with tapered spacers...enough said. Super GT, F2...also double-digit seconds behind F1. F1 is the pinnacle in terms of auto racing machines. I don't know what else could possibly compare unless he wanted to do drag racing.

    I think there are a lot of problems with McLaren, Zak Brown, engine supply, Alonso's relationship with Honda, etc. that can prevent this from happening though.
     
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  5. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    There are many obstacles to Fernando Alonso: full time IndyCar driver. Most could and would be overcome if not for what to me is the real underlying issue: in the world Alonso occupies, an IndyCar season championship doesn't carry enough prestige to be worth the effort. He also wouldn't be the favorite in at least his first season, as there is too much specific experience with the cars and tracks on the grid. It would require too much intense work for too little payoff. If he failed to win the thing, then it just looks like a bigger waste.

    I say this only in an attempt to be realistic, not because I wouldn't love what Alonso's presence could do for IndyCar. The Indy 500 is the only race on the schedule with the notoriety and financial incentive for him to get enthused. If he decides to do the whole series, he really will be doing it "for the love of the game".
     
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  6. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    The third sector, the clunkiest of them all, would be there no matter what. If they ran the National layout they'd take away the turn 11 braking zone and effectively the turn 12 braking zone at the end of the long backstraight. The Grand Prix layout makes the most sense if they're running there at all.
     
  7. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  8. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

    Happy/Sad in one photo.
     
  9. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  10. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Ed Jones for that third car, I'd put 20 on it.
     
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  11. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  12. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

  13. Yogisd1

    Yogisd1 Resident Retard

    More that he wants to attempt. Achieving is another story.
     
  14. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I think it is good that a driver would like to test his skills in different kinds of cars.
     
  15. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

  16. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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  17. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

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  18. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

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  19. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

  20. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    All I can say is this is a Coyne move. I'll try to keep it nice for now.
     
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  21. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

    Love this paint scheme.
     
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  22. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Dual IndyCar, NASCAR race weekend?

    https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com...Governing-Bodies/NASCAR-IndyCar-schedule.aspx

     
  23. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

    Didn't know they were live on TV. LMAO!
     
  24. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  25. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

  26. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I feel like this kind of article is published quarterly, much like with NASCAR. Also, the cost figures seem a little low to me? Is there someone out there willing to spend money on TTV6 powerplants through 2026, rather than something with a hybrid or electric component? The clock is ticking...

    IndyCar engine manufacturer talks for 2021 continuing
    https://racer.com/2018/10/22/indycar-engine-manufacturer-talks-for-2021-continuing/
     
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  27. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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  28. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Damn, I hope Ed and company can find a sponsor that has been committed like Fuzzy's. There are plenty of big companies in Indianapolis that would be willing to back the Indiana native.

    This could lead to more opprotunity ford ECR, I would like to see Samsung back them more IMHO. That car looked great when it was driven by Spencer.
     
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  30. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Australia would be a good market to bring back for IndyCar, but as with any other international event, I'll take a "I'll believe it when I see it" approach first. There's a lot on the table considering Richmond, Chicagoland, Uruguay, Mexico City, are already all in consideration (I think the ISC tracks and then CDMX should be first priority).
     
  31. FLRacingFan

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  32. FLRacingFan

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  33. FLRacingFan

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  34. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Once more into the breech

     
  35. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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  37. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

    Pucker moment for Rossi!
     
  38. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Lmao DP... So glad she's gone. After reading this article, her career makes alot of sense. I love that she has shat on every racing series she's been a part of since she retired. Bitterness is terrible.

    https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/...car-poseurs-crushing-beers-in-nascar/3214525/

    It's a different world down there.... The Baja spectators may be the scariest part of the course between boobie-traps and stuff like this.
     
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  39. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Clenched cheeks for sure.

    That's insanely scary, but this is common in rallying and off-roading.
     
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  40. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

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