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Anyone know why the Texas race started early? I turned it on at 1 Eastern and over 20 laps were already in the books.
 

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Valspar is at 3, race has gone over 2 hours before so probably just some buffer for cautions.
No problem but apparently NBC did a poor job of sharing the schedule change. Everything I've seen said 1.

No biggie, I wasn't looking forward to this one much (or Cup at Atlanta either)
 

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JJ 13th at halfway, with four or five spots through pit performance and attrition. Let's see if he can hold on.
 

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JJ having the ride of his Indy career, making solid passes of Dixon and Palou on the outside. 7th with 45 of 245 to go.
 

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Devlin's already making statements like this:

No one is denying his talent, I was hard on him at Texas and I joke. Still, he's a talented kid who just needs more time behind the wheel. Rinus did the same thing two years ago.

Rookie mistakes are expected, just learn from it and improve.👍🏾
 

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Eh, 20-plus cars are more than sufficient to put on an entertaining race at every other track, including ones longer than Indy. They've been paying non-competitive cars to fill the field for years; maybe Roger decided it was a waste of money.

This won't diminish my interest in this event at all. I doubt most casual viewers could tell you how many cars will start without looking at the line-up.
 

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Eh, 20-plus cars are more than sufficient to put on an entertaining race at every other track, including ones longer than Indy. They've been paying non-competitive cars to fill the field for years; maybe Roger decided it was a waste of money.

This won't diminish my interest in this event at all. I doubt most casual viewers could tell you how many cars will start without looking at the line-up.
I will still be hyped for the Indy 500 throughout the month of May, no doubt about that.
However, it seems like IndyCar has the potential to grow a lot under Penske's leadership and usually big fields are a sign of growth. I also found Bump Day quite entertaining, especially thinking back to 2019.
 

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Not enough chassis to go around with more full-time teams now. The Enersons also have last year’s Top Gun chassis but don’t plan to use it apparently.
 

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I'd be surprised if there are less than 33 starters. Just because of Penske and tradition.
We've gone through this a few times before. Someone has always dug up enough stuff to field a car and someone always managed to pay for it. If Roger has to finance a car or two, you can bet it will happen.
 

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Oh, let's not forget to introduce the obligatory "TV contract requires 33 cars" nonsense.
Penske will make sure they meet that obligation even if they have to roll one or two out of the warehouse / museum :) .
 

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Any number of teams could step up with an entry. Penske has cars. Ganassi has cars. Mikey has cars. If nothing else, throw enough money at Coyne and you can bet he could roll out an extra car. It's all about the money.

For the sake of remembering history, I was at the 500 in 1983, and (IIRC) it was Chet Fillip that qualified something like 20mph off the pace and got black flagged after a few laps because he was in the way. To get 33 cars, they have to take one that was 20mph too slow.

So, it's not like we haven't done dumb things to fill the field before. In any era, these were the most expensive cars you could race in America and putting 33 of them together has rarely been easy. Maybe when Cigarette companies were paying for everything it was easier, but the last 20 years has rarely seen much bumping.

If we don't get 33, it will be disappointing, but I don't think it will end the Indianapolis 500, or even diminish it. We'll just start working to line up 33 for next year.

Edit: here it is 1983 Indianapolis 500 - Wikipedia
 

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Any number of teams could step up with an entry. Penske has cars. Ganassi has cars. Mikey has cars. If nothing else, throw enough money at Coyne and you can bet he could roll out an extra car. It's all about the money.

There are parties with full budgets but they can’t access a chassis is the problem. None of the Big 3 are giving up a spare chassis despite the funding being there.

They’ll get to 33 though. Just don’t expect bumping, which is lame unless they have 36 anyways.

Of all the things to worry about this is probably low on the list.
 

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For the sake of remembering history, I was at the 500 in 1983, and (IIRC) it was Chet Fillip that qualified something like 20mph off the pace and got black flagged after a few laps because he was in the way. To get 33 cars, they have to take one that was 20mph too slow.
First IndyCar race I watched was the 500 back in 2012 when both Lotus cars were parked for going too slow ten laps in.
 

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First IndyCar race I watched was the 500 back in 2012 when both Lotus cars were parked for going too slow ten laps in.
Like I say, we've done some ridiculous things to fill the field. If we come up short, there's still going to be another Indianapolis 500 in 354 days. FLRacing fan

Of all the things to worry about this is probably low on the list.
Indubitably. As long as we have a race as great as last year, we would never miss a few cobbled together entries.
 

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OMG! The drama! 😂😂😂

"On the positive side, IndyCar continues to take a proactive approach towards solving the problem."

What problem? The race is going to run 500 miles regardless of whether there's a field-filling bottom-feeder who can't make minimum speed.
 

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Where is Jim Hurtubise with his roadster when you need him? 🤣🤣
The funny story about that car is one year everyone including Herc knew he wasn't fast enough, but he put the car in line on the last day anyway. The clock ran out and Hurtibuise opened the hood to reveal the engine compartment was turned into a beer cooler, full of Herc's sponsor Miller Beer's product, cold, of course.

I'm trying to find a picture.
 

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The funny story about that car is one year everyone including Herc knew he wasn't fast enough, but he put the car in line on the last day anyway. The clock ran out and Hurtibuise opened the hood to reveal the engine compartment was turned into a beer cooler, full of Herc's sponsor Miller Beer's product, cold, of course.

I'm trying to find a picture.
That is very true! 1972 Mallard roadster.
 
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