Indianapolis 500

2/27/14 @ 5:18 AM
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piker_biker
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Curious if anyone else attends the 500 or pays any attention to the IRL. I go to the 500 every year with my dad. I love it! I have been to the Brickyard as we'll but IMO open wheel racing is so much better! Last years race was hands down the best I've seen in my 12 years at the Speedway. Looking forward to the extra race they added 2 weeks earlier this year too! Then the Milwaukee 225 in June. The fishing isn't half bad down there either. Caught my pb largemouth on a snake last year. 23".
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5/30/16 @ 9:23 AM
Ed Franko
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I thought the race was good. But I am more of a dirt cirle lover rather than pavement. I have never raced a car but i have got to ride in 2 seet truck at Gateway in St. Louis and it was a blast.   

I live 50 miles from Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland and they advertise it as the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. It is a state of the art racing facility. I went to the Show Me 100 this weekend and the racing was great. It will be on Mav TV at a later day so if you have MAV check it out.

Last night I went to XX Speedway for the Jesse Hocket Memorial race and it was great too. Imagine 20 Sprint cars on a tight quarter mile track. Another great show...

The greatest thing was I got my Chili Bowl tickets in the mail Saturday. Now that is a must see race in January. 


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5/30/16 @ 6:43 AM
'da Coach
'da Coach
USER since 12/23/08

I finally got a chance to sit and relax and watch the Indy 500 yesterday. Great race, many lead changes, and an exciting finish.

Congrats to the Ameircan rookie Alexander Rossiwho emerged as the race winner at the very end.

I gotta admit I was pulling for Helio Castroneves to join the 4-time winner club, but unfortunately, JR Hildebrandt clipped his left read wheel guard with less than 40 laps remaining, and that was that.

Kinda just serves to underscore how difficult it is to repeat as the Indy winner.

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8/26/15 @ 9:26 PM
piker_biker
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It is extremely sad. Justin was always very friendly unlike Power and a few others. However, as it's been said a thousand times over already now open wheel racing and racing in general involves great risk. You could say it's more safe with a canopy but look at the crash in NASCAR when Earnhardt won and the other fellow got up into to fence. He had an angel watching over him and is extremely lucky to be alive, and that was an enclosed car. The aero kits on the ovals have been very iffy in my opinion. Thus the reason they didn't use the Chevy aero kit at Indy from cars turning backwards and becoming airborne instantly like Helio did in practice at Indy as well as Ed Carpenter. It's a tough problem. I'm sure Indy will get it right. They do A LOT of testing on and off track during the off season. Either way I'm excited to see them race at Road America for the first time in my life time next season! Rest in Peace Justin and God Speed!

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8/26/15 @ 3:03 PM
SnakeSter
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MEMBER since 7/9/12
When cars get faster and more powerful, it is easy to say people will die. All the drivers know when they buckle in it could be the last time. Don't know the HP of an Indy car, but if you want to hear unbelievable?, A funny car and Top fuel dragster has over 9000hp. Yes, people will die, and they will for their fetish of speed. Indy and NASCAR will always have the Grim Reaper standing by too try and escort a driver out of there. That's entertainment. I don't personally know anyone in Indy or NASCAR so it's just like hearing about someone else dying loving what they do. In other words, I don't believe in getting emotional about it cause I don't know them. I do like watching them do it though!

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8/25/15 @ 8:28 PM
Tim_T
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USER since 6/17/11
Yes, it was a very freak accident. The argument against closed canopies is in the event of a fire, it would make it much more difficult for drivers themselves or track workers to get the person out of the cockpit. Drag racing is one thing but on a big track, it could take a bit for the safety workers to arrive at the scene.

Very sad. Two drivers from high level series have died in the past month. Jules Bianchi, from injuries he received in Japan F1 last fall and now Justin. Drivers know their number could come up at any time. At least this did not happen due to irresponsible car set ups, like Dan Whelden died from. It's a miracle no one was hurt at Fontana earlier this year. Pocono is just fast.

RIP to both. Crying

Tim

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8/25/15 @ 8:19 PM
RichManitoba
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USER since 5/22/15
Again, talk has come out about having a canopy on open wheel racers. To the right is a picture from (maybe) 4 years ago when it was being bandied about for Formula 1 cars.

Very similar to what fighter jet canopies look like.

Edited on 8/25/15 8:21 PM
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8/25/15 @ 8:33 AM
Dave (Golden)
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MEMBER since 6/22/01
RIP Justin Wilson. He had been living in Longmont CO with his wife and two small children. Kind of a freak accident being hit by debris. Would not be surprised if they try and protect their heads a bit more in the Indy cars.

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6/3/15 @ 8:54 AM
'da Coach
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USER since 12/23/08
Take it easy, P-B, let's face it, it;'s an old oval racing joke, and Ski was just trying to be a bit silly. I'm guilty of that as well, but I like silly.

Back to open-wheel Indy-style racing, I've always thought it was way cool, but never came to embrace or follow it closely. In fact, once again this year, my wife and I got involved with some other stuff on Race day and I never even turned on the TV to see any of it. My bad, as I'm endlessly intrigued by the technology that goes into producing an Indy car, as well as the team coordination it takes to come out a winner. Some of these races end up being so close after 500 miles that every split second counts. Unbelievable!

As far as you posting race info her regularly, I say, have at it! Despite the fact that I can't lay claim to being an Indy car die-hard, I wouldn't mind reading about what's going on form time-to-time.

Who knows, with a bit more of a nudge, I may end up taking the full-bore plunge into being a bonafide Indy car guy! Big Smile

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5/30/15 @ 6:58 AM
SnakeSter
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MEMBER since 7/9/12
Yea Piker, Them cars are crazy fast. Good experience to halve under ur belt.

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5/29/15 @ 4:55 PM
piker_biker
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USER since 12/27/07
Pretty insane snakester. We took off and to be honest I was a little scared through turns one and two (we took off at the end of pit row). Then we hit the backstretch and hit speed and your mind just kid of goes into over drive. It takes 40 seconds to do a lap (2.5 miles) but it seems like a couple minutes. Almost in slow motion. I'm 6' 3" so I stuck out a little and the air would grab my helmet in the turns. I have no idea how they keep the cars on the track. Drivers say it's like threading a needle and it really is. I hope to do it again next year but with some kind of camera!

I'm not sure why the pics are upside down. I tried flipping them and reloading but they are still upside down. Gonna try a few more.

Edit: fixed all the pictures. Just had to crop photos taken vertically. One is me and Helio Castroneves, met him dozens of times and he's always very friendly. Even asked if our photo turned out before walking away! Other photos are Montoyas car going out for practice Friday and me getting Marios autograph after the ride.

Edited on 5/29/15 5:12 PM
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