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Hornetsp

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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 5:30:53 PM

Its almost upon us.

2012 Season Schedule as is published right now (2/29/12):
3/25 Streets of St. Petersburg
4/1 Barber Motorsport Park
4/15 Streets of Long Beach
4/29 Streets of Sao Paulo
5/27 Indianapolis 500
6/3 Strets of Belle Isle
6/9 Texas Motor Speedway
6/16 Milwaukee Mile
6/23 Iowa Speedway
7/8 Streets of Toronto
7/22 Streets of Edmonton
8/5 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
8/19 Streets of Quingdao
8/26 Infineon Raceway
9/2 Streets of Baltimore
9/15 Auto Club Speedway (California)

Possible Topics this year:
1. Excited about the new cars? (honestly, I am not as into things as I use to get)
2. What about the loss of ovals (Kentucky stands out for me) or other tracks?
3. Driver changing teams (anything catch your attention)?
4. Other topics?????
any other

[Edited by: Hornetsp at 2/29/2012 5:32:13 PM EST]
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OttoDrommo
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 1:59:10 AM

The Firing Of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, Part 2
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OttoDrommo
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 9:13:17 AM

The Firing Of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, Part 1
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 10:37:58 PM

It must have been pretty bad for the owners to have fired Bernard by buying him out of his last two years of his three year contract.
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 2:47:01 PM

That was part of it, yes, the loss of 4 million from the cancelled Chinese Grand Prix exacerbating that.

However, the continued downturn in ratings and the shadow of Dan Wheldon's death, along with the coalition of some owners wanting him gone spelled the end for Bernard.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 11:49:51 AM

I guess the $7-$8 million loss of the series for last season was a factor.
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OttoDrommo
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 9:51:40 AM

Bernard ousted as CEO of IndyCar
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 12:02:40 PM

Like?
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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 12:28:44 PM

Hoping that one of the smaller teams are able to be up front and in the championship hunt next season.

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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:36:13 PM

Nice to see the triple back. Wonder if what top team will be in the running for that award.

Too bad that they were not able to get Kentucky back on the schedule. I would have gone to two races instead of just one. Oh'well!
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:09:07 PM

Three double headers announced for next season with one standing start and one rolling start.
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 4:55:39 PM

We should see more IndyCar races next season, with Randy Bernard, CEO of IndyCar set to announce a 2013 schedule that he hopes will be 19 races on Sunday's night's "Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain" on the SPEED Channel.

Also, sometime just before the new season starts the 2 car of Ryan Briscoe will take part in an IndyCar themed version of the Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters".
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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:16:14 PM

I totallly agree about Will Power on the ovals. If Pocano is indeed on the schedule next year that will be another road block for him to ever win a championship.

Needs to spend the off season getting better or else he has already reached his top.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 2:39:11 PM

Will Power needs to improve on ovals. Being the road/street course king is obviously not good enough for the title.
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OttoDrommo
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:02:17 AM

Pretty good season. Hunter-Reay was deserving. Will Power is becoming the Susan Lucci of IndyCar. Wishing for two more races one oval one road course...
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 6:14:15 PM

Glad to see Hunter-Reay and Andretti win the title. It's good to have someone other than Penske or Ganassi winning the title.
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PennGas
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:11:11 PM

Hunter-Reay signed a 2-year extension with Andretti before the Fontana race. It remains to be seen whether Penske will even run a third car next year. It would all depend on sponsorship I think. They already told Briscoe he could look around for another ride for next season.

[Edited by: PennGas at 9/19/2012 5:11:56 PM EST]
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 4:07:51 PM

It was a fun season. Power should be there next year. I wonder if Hunter-Reay jumps to Penske?
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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 3:25:12 PM

Another season done. Looking forward to a quick off season and start of the next race.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 12:46:34 AM

You called it, Moelmsch
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 12:25:44 PM

Power will have his hands full on Saturday night. Will his biggest threat be Robbie Gordon's brother in law?
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OttoDrommo
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 9:41:42 AM

Always heard the Ovals are for the engineers, and Road Courses were for the drivers, and the Street Courses for the replacement parts makers.
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 6:53:18 AM

Oval, ho hummmm.... Two turns, over and over, tough to drive, sure but not as satisfying as a road course.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 5:10:44 PM

The race on Saturday will be awesome. Very fast track. Who has the biggest attachments?
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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2012 9:49:54 AM

Looking forward to the race this weekend. It will be nice to see them back on a oval and racing for a championship (s).
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2012 7:03:14 PM

I am on the edge of my seat.
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:59:36 PM

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan are tied atop the points for that title with James Hinchcliffe third, with a shot.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 7:08:25 PM

Who is contending for the AJ Foyt Oval Course Trophy?
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 4:56:04 PM

A lot of the streets in the downtown area are in need of repair, so, it doesn't surprise me terrbily to see the post about the course looking rough. Somewhat surprised IndyCar approved the course if it was terribly rough though.

Something for Baltimore to work on in the future.

Two championships on the line in Fontana, the overall and the A.J. Foyt Oval Course Trophy.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 2:54:09 PM

Power suffered from bad luck once again. He should have wrapped up this championship in Baltimore but I guess it will go to Fontana. The track in Baltimore looks rough.
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OttoDrommo
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2012 10:02:09 AM

I prefer them all. I think if the powers that be would mix the schedule, the love/hate could be shared. I like it when there is a oval followed by a road course followed by a temporary circuit. They went away from this citing it makes it less difficult for the teams. This shouldn't be-they are paid to race and used to be some of the best in the world.

Some of the best racing ever was the old IMSA/Camel/GT/SCCA pro drives. Sonoma, Laguna Seca, Elkhart Lake, even Pocono, held some very exciting races, even when certain teams dominated.

Track troubles at Baltimore doesn't help the temporary street course cause.

[Edited by: ottodrommo at 9/1/2012 10:04:29 AM EST]
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2012 4:54:58 PM

I went to Sonoma for the old Camel GT series and I saw the Jaguar prototypes run with Martin Brundle and Raul Boesel behind the wheel. Very exciting track. I wish I lived a little closer.
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:28:34 PM

The road course at Sears Point is the most technical around, the passing in the pack was fun and if the series would make the push to pass easier to use with short straights it would improve the racing. Ovals are boring.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 3:28:25 PM

Interesting race at Sonoma. Power is the class of the field. He should have this title wrapped up already and with a little luck he might not have to win in Fontana to win the title. I am going to attend the Fontana race under the lights.
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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2012 2:59:09 AM

I really hope that there are more ovals. on the schedule for next year. This has been one of the most boring seasons to watch I can remember.

Follow the leader on the street and temp circuits is just not fun.

The only temp course that should be added is for Indy Lights. Let them run the weekend of MotoGP at the speedway. May bring some more fans out.

Tracks like Phoenix, Pocono, Michigan, Nashville, and especiially Kentucky should be on a schedule. No brainer. Cannot fathom why they re not even close right now.

JMO at this late hour.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:18:43 AM

Has anyone tried the NASCAR drag strip close to LasVegas advertised 5 rounds for $199 with exotic cars?
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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2012 11:50:52 PM

Three wins and a points lead. Is Andretti Autosports truly back on top?
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2012 4:11:24 PM

Two wins in a row for Robbie Gordon's brother in law.
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LemonHart
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2012 3:19:41 PM

Indy was a great race. Sato jumped a little too soon otherwise he might have had him. Good win and race by Dario.
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Message Posted: May 30, 2012 6:43:53 AM

great race by Dario and scott and good tribute to Dan
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 4:37:10 PM

Sato's move was too late and ill timed. He wasn't far enough along side to expect Dario to know he was there. Needed to get a better run out of turn 2 and make it stick into 3. Marco's move was even worse.
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 3:28:33 PM

Sato did what he had to do. I was the last lap he had to make his move, He raced smart all day. In the end the Ganasi boys did what they had to do. If any body was impatient it was Marco Andretti when he went to low into turn one and wrecked. he had a great car a the start but I think he pushed it to much towards the end thus wrecking.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 9:50:01 AM

Franchitti ran a smart race and won. I was hoping Sato would win. His impatience and inexperience at Indy hurt him in the end because I think he may have had the faster car.
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Message Posted: May 27, 2012 10:33:36 PM

I was there and it was WARM! But not unbearable. I was one of the best races in quite a while though, especially with all the lead changes.
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Message Posted: May 27, 2012 5:57:47 PM

Congratulation to Dario, #3 for him. The Andretti's miss out again.
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Message Posted: May 27, 2012 8:28:22 AM

Its going to be VERY hot today. Drivers and fans will be burning up. The beverage vendors will make a killing.
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 2:02:13 PM

Does Alesi have a realistic chance of qualifying for Indy?
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moelmsch
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 9:24:04 AM

Hinchcliffe is a better driver but not as nice to look at even with the wig.
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2012 5:23:11 PM

Anybody notice how well the GoDaddy car is running now that Danica has left the team? Hinchcliffe qualifies well and races well. We will see how he does on the ovals but if his performance so far is any indication, he should be in good shape. It's a big change over the days when Patrick qualified poorly on road/street courses and didn't do much better in the race.
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Hornetsp
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:02:13 AM

The rule pushing all the Chevy drivers back 10 positions is crazy. Its not the drivers or teams fault. It is the manufacturer. That is who should be penalized.
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 5:42:19 PM

It is a great facility no doubt about it. Lotus is doing fairly well for being so far behind. What I'm hoping is that they don't give up on it. They'll catch up, just like Honda will.
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