2019 IndyCar Classic

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Get That 88 Up There !!, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Time for the first ever IndyCar Classic at circuit of the americas. I have never been a fan of F1 here, but hopefully the IndyCar guys can put on a better show.
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  2. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  3. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    30k would be a good start, I think. MotoGP gets somewhere in the 50-70k range for the race, maybe? Saturday looks like it could be awfully rainy, but Sunday looks good. The weather at COTA in March can be hit-or-miss, as what's now known as Blancpain GT America has shown over the last few years.

    The race should have more 'action' than F1 usually does, but it's still a very large circuit for IndyCar - one where the field could get strung out easily. It'll be interesting to see how that appears to the crowd.

     
  4. Yogisd1

    Yogisd1 Resident Retard

    I have always thought the racing would be better there if they ran in the opposite direction.
     
  5. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Kaiser this week?

    Man Juncos needs find some sponsorship for him. I'd really like to see him develop.
     
  6. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Team Owner

  7. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    that would work pretty good for Nascar on an oval.
     
  8. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I would like the place a lot more if they would get rid of the hideous red and blue ribbon.

    Put down some grass, artificial turf or at least some green paint instead.
     
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  9. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    COTA is actually the only race they have confirmed for him at this point I think. I bet he'll be in the 500 too but still.

    Ricardo has said several times it's easier to find paying drivers for his new IMSA team. Binder helped fund a good number of their races last year, and he flipped series. At least they've got NFP on the sidepods this week.
     
  10. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  11. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I think it's cool that IndyCar is racing at COTA, but I am not sure I get what is "classic" about racing at a 7 year-old facility for the first time. They should have called it the IndyCar Instant Classic.
     
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  12. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner



    lol

     
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  13. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  14. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Colton Herta...

    Hell of a performance by him today. Man I love TK, but my goodness he looks horrible this weekend.
     
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  15. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    I dunno. Most 'Instant' things require adding water.

    Has any 4-wheeled series ever put on a good show at this track? I just can't warm to it.
     
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  16. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    This track is forgiving and has plenty of room for error with out penalty.
    To me , turn 1 is the most dangerous area for calamity.
    Time for the rookies to go for it today. I think this race has Will Power written
    all over it.
    My fantasy picks for today are:
    Power
    Felix
    Herta
     
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  17. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    Without penalty? Haha have you seen the spin outs this week? That’s like saying the British Open isn’t as penalizing because of its lack of water, sure you might not lose a ball in a pond but the whole damn thing is a hazard! Likewise COTA is a demanding track, especially without power steering
     
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  18. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    This track actually suits IndyCar perfectly from what I've seen so far. The surface is aging extremely well and the high-speed esses and sweepers with the '18 aero kit go together tremendously. Lots of different lines to take through the final sector. The cars just look like a handful to drive. Exceeding my expectations by a lot so far.

    IMO, the 'problem' with most other races here is that F1 has too much downforce to put on a similar show (looks hella fast though) and the track is too clunky for anything like a touring car/GT/stock car.
     
  19. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    "Clunky". That's the word I've been looking for. The last seven or eight turns are just too technical for fendered series. I didn't think much of IMSA's efforts. I don't see any way a NASCAR series would run the entire track; it would have to have at least one bypass added.
     
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  20. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Not the raciest track in the world. Lmfao. Will Power is at the right venue to earn that extra $100k that's for sure.
     
  21. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    You don’t think? Splits are really tight and they’ve been going at it, no reason to be super risky on Lap 10
     
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  22. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Boy, they really do. I respect that level of difficulty, and will take it over pure blistering speed.

    This is pretty good so far. I think Rossi could still have something for Power, and looks like Herta as well. I found myself briefly wondering if either were going to get within DRS range, oops. :D
     
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  23. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Of course right as I typed that the lid popped off. Hahaha
     
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  24. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Just saw a promo for WoO sprints at Perris Auto Speedway at the end of the month. I've already got my tickets but it's good to see some advertisement.
     
  25. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I got to see the USAC guys there once, great track.
     
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  26. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Did they really just cut to commercial with Rossi right on Power? Yes, of course they did.
     
  27. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING. :cuckoo:
     
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  28. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

  29. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    They need to cue up some Kenny Loggins with all this Danger Zone talk.

    This race has been quite good overall, but this is what I dislike most about this series currently. It so often comes down to oddball timing of cautions turning the race upside down.
     
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  30. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

  31. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Will Power has absolutely no luck.
     
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  32. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Ready for the restart....
     
  33. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Power is right that they need to change the closing of the pits. There's just too much randomness in this series. At the same time, why exactly did Power and Rossi have to stretch it so long and hang themselves out to dry?
     
  34. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Rossi came away unscathed...lol
     
  35. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    I'd love to see Herta get the dub. What a story
     
  36. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Dixon should get penalized for that. He clearly changed his line at the last minute on Veach.
     
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  37. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I really like this announcing crew. They've gotten comfortable together and provide good technical analysis and some good moments of humor.

    "I see Paul Tracy on pretty much everyone in the field", haha.
     
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  38. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Herta and O'Ward are the real deal.

    Future is definately in good hands. They just continue to impress as they continue to grow. This is no sham or out of strategy, Herta and O'Ward have had pace all weekend.
     
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  39. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Great for Herta, he drove a fine race.
     
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  40. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    COTA and teams delivered the goods today. Very entertaining race. Didn't expect
    2 of my 3 picks to go out with in a couple laps of each other. Oh well, at least my
    3rd pick won. Finished 8th out of 24. Veach had a long day at the office. Herta had
    quote of the day - "I need a nap!".
     
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