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    The High-Speed, 2.5 Mile "Learning Curve!" The Brickyard is not for the faint of heart and is extremely unforgiving. Jovy Marcelo was killed there 25 years ago today practicing for his first Indy 500.

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    Would love to see Alonso do something other than F1. One of the best drivers out there. He can take a last place car and put it in the points.

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    Alexander Rossi is confidant he will win it again this year,,ill root for him,,,hometown boy and all...though theyve changed his hometown on broadcasts from Auburn to Grass Valley,but he grew up in a place called Lake of the Pines,which is north of me about 10 miles and which is 20 miles shy of grass valley....heheheh

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmUX6nFKNZk

    Nice overtake by Fernando.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferry_vO View Post
    As both Nigel Mansell and Marco Andretti discovered, as rookie, the biggest challenge will be late race restarts...

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    Nigel Mansell gave it his everything his rookie year at the Speedway. He was simply beat by two of the Greatest men to turn the wheel of an IndyCar during that era. Nobody had the finesse of Arie Luyendyk and his pass of Mansell on the outside of that last restart was one for the ages! Arie showed his skill as he used every bit of his ability and what he had in his car to put the pass on Nigel. NOBODY passes on the outside of Turn 1 at Indy!! Emo had the car at the end and drove it home for his 2nd 500 win. Was an incredible finish.


    I was at Milwaukee for the very next race and saw Nigel win his first oval race. It was exciting and I will never forget it! Nigel Mansell was such a talent, such a class act, and an incredible addition to CART for the time he was there. I respected the h*ll out of him!!!

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    One of my favorites was when Danny Sullivan spun out, but didn't hit the wall. Went back into the pits, got fresh tires, came back out and passed Mario for the win. He had the car that year!

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    Alonso P4 on 'Fast Friday'
    Indy 500 Friday Practice Timesheet

    Position Driver Team Engine Speed (mph) Time (secs)
    1. Sebastian Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Honda 233.116 38.7064
    2. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 232.132 38.7711
    3. Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Honda 231.969 38.7983
    4. Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda Andretti Honda 231.827 38.8220
    5. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 231.682 38.8463
    6. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 231.517 38.8740
    7. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 231.447 38.8858
    8. Jay Howard Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 231.255 38.9181
    9. Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Honda 231.252 38.9185
    10. Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 231.191 38.9288
    11. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 231.054 38.9519
    12. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 231.016 38.9584
    13. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 230.982 38.9640
    14. Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 230.887 38.9801
    15. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 230.769 39.0000
    16. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 230.717 39.0088
    17. Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 230.712 39.0097
    18. Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 230.636 39.0225
    19. JR Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 230.627 39.0241
    20. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 230.335 39.0735
    21. Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 230.103 39.1130
    22. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 230.007 39.1292
    23. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 229.973 39.1350
    24. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 228.624 39.3660
    25. Jack Harvey Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport Honda 228.426 39.4001
    26. Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 228.159 39.4462
    27. Carlos Munoz A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 227.956 39.4813
    28. Conor Daly A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 227.225 39.6083
    29. Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Chevrolet 227.168 39.6182
    30. Zach Veach A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 227.082 39.6333
    31. Sebastian Saavedra Juncos Racing Chevrolet 226.224 39.7835
    32. Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing Chevrolet 226.170 39.7931
    33. Buddy Lazier Lazier Racing Partners Honda 219.640 40.9761








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    Alonso has a distinct chance for the pole!

    The fastest nine qualifiers on Saturday, and therefore those who will compete for the Verizon P1 Award on Sunday are as follows:
    1) Ed Carpenter - 230.468 mph
    2) Takuma Sato - 230.382 mph
    3) Scott Dixon - 230.333 mph
    4) JR Hildebrand - 230.205 mph
    5) Alexander Rossi - 230.148 mph
    6) Will Power - 230.072 mph
    7) Fernando Alonso - 230.034 mph
    8) Tony Kanaan - 230.007 mph
    9) Marco Andretti - 229.924 mph

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    And unfortunately Sebastian Bourdais has a fractured pelvis (among other injuries) after a really ugly shunt!

    "Illegitimum non carborundum".

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat666 View Post
    And unfortunately Sebastian Bourdais has a fractured pelvis (among other injuries) after a really ugly shunt!

    I saw it and immediately knew it was bad....that was not the type of angle to hit the wall at...

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    Was a wicked crash. The Safer Barrier did its job though. I can't help but think that if that was just the concrete wall, the result would have been like Gordon Smiley's accident there in '82. That and the fact that the nose cones on these monocoque racing tubs are 1,000 times better and more protective during a head on impact than they were even 20 years ago. I suppose the impact forces transferred through the belts though and shattered Sebastian's pelvis. That happened to a guy I knew who had an airplane accident. Lap belt shattered his pelvis in the sudden stop.

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    Snip. Sebastien Bourdais will miss the remainder of the 2017 Indycar season after his massive crash in qualifying yesterday for the Indy 500.
    The Frenchman was on the third of his four-lap quali attempt when his Dale Coyne Racing-entered Dallara got loose through Turn 2, sending Bourdais into the wall at high speed
    The 38-year-old sustained injury to his pelvis and right hip but was successfully operated on at Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital.
    "That was great news," team owner Dale Coyne told Motorpsort.com, "because they had expected it to involve two separate operations.
    "Heís a strong guy, very fit. That helps. IndyCar flew Claire [Bourdaisí wife] in last night, so that was great.
    "Sebastien came out of surgery at 10.40, and about 20 minutes later his surgeon came down and told us it had gone really well."
    Bourdais' impact was massive but Coyne was quick to underline the strength of the Dallara chassis.
    "Itís not so long ago that a hit like that would have been fatal," he said.
    "It was a 118G hit, and yet the car did its job. There was no intrusion from the components, and the panel that was added to the car when Justin [Wilson] had his hit in Fontana [in 2013] and broke his pelvis did what it was supposed to do and gave the seat more of chance to absorb a lot of energy."
    Coyne has named Australian racer James Davison as Bourdais' replacement in the #18 car, but it's not sure yet if the Aussie, who has just four Indycar starts under his belt, two of which were at the Indy 500, will keep the seat for the remainder of the Indycar season while the Frenchman is on the mend.
    "Weíre told heís going to be six to eight weeks on crutches and then thereís rehab. So yeah, thatís it for the season.
    "Itís sad for Sebastien that it came when we were looking really good. I mean, I thought he was the class of the field here all week.
    "We were strong in traffic in practice, and we were superquick without a tow, as well.
    Bourdais was on the verge of securing the fastest average speed of the day before the mishap.
    "Those 231mph laps were amazing," Coyne added.
    "He was at 239mph on the straights, and the lap time was over 1mph more than anyone else had done. We were looking really good for taking pole today.
    "But when we spoke before surgery, he remembered everything. He said the car had wiggled a bit in Turn 1 so he knew he was on the limit and then he just drove it in a bit too hard in 2." Snip.
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    Fifth fastest, starting on second row. Out-bloody-standing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther_99FS View Post
    I saw it and immediately knew it was bad....that was not the type of angle to hit the wall at...
    Apparently it is best to let the car go in situations like this, so you will hit the wall with the back of the car first. Over correct the slide and the nose will go in first.
    But of course for the driver it is a split second decision to make...
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    It should be a really good race, and there is no doubt your boy Alonso is a serious contender at the Speedway. If he can safely work traffic at speed for 500 miles he should be right there at the end. (Minus the Andretti Curse of course!) I can't help but wonder if those birds he hit during his first practice may have been a "Sign??" I'm going to put my money on Scott Carpenter this year. American Owner Driver. My sentimental favorite is always Buddy Lazier. The guy that for but a handful of years was able to drive a legitimate, competitive car to showcase his skill and grit as a driver. Lets hear it for the "Old Guy!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferry_vO View Post
    Apparently it is best to let the car go in situations like this, so you will hit the wall with the back of the car first. Over correct the slide and the nose will go in first.
    But of course for the driver it is a split second decision to make...
    In 1982 I remember seeing Gordon Smiley, a very respected road racer in assorted open wheelers and (IIRC) an Indy 'rookie' have one of the most violent accidents I have ever witnessed.
    Again, IIRC he was running a 'Ground effects' March, the car slid sideways out of Turn 3 and being an experienced road racer he turned into the skid, which sadly was not the right action to take on an oval.
    Of course he caught it but as soon as it gained traction the car slammed straight into the wall at almost 90 degrees!
    The impact was such that the March literally 'vapourised'.
    At times instinctive actions are the wrong actions.


    Correction: 1982 was his third 500 (I must have CRAFT syndrome!) so ignore the 'rookie' tag.
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    Great Race today! Fernando Alanso put on a one heck of a show today. What a driver...What a "Class" act. He earned my sincere respect today, and I really hope he comes back to Indy again soon. Seems like there were as many as 10-15 cars that were legitimate contenders all day long. Just couldn't predict a bit of it. Congratulations to Takuma Sato...Drove a sensational race! There is just no race as exciting as the Indy 500....nothing. Michigan was a close second, and I really miss that race.

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    Great race yes but it was tough to watch also....incredible that another Honda failure bit Alonso....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther_99FS View Post
    Great race yes but it was tough to watch also....incredible that another Honda failure bit Alonso....
    Agree, I found myself watching the orange car more as the race progressed. Overall solid weekend for motorsports, F1, Indy, WSBK, and I even watched that NASCAR stuff. The TT this week!
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    Funny & classy...enjoy!


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