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DJRford
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Posted - 23 May 2014 :  23:51:06  Show Profile Send DJRford a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
I'm gonna make a prediction now. Scott Dixon. See how I go...



























































































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Posted - 26 May 2014 :  09:33:39  Show Profile Send Legendary Gerry a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
You put the mockers on him DJRford.

Close finish!
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Posted - 26 May 2014 :  16:34:20  Show Profile Send Fast by Ferracci a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
A pretty good show this morning.

I thought Helio would have him on the main straight when they were going through 3 and 4 on the last lap, RHR looked like he was running less wing which meant Helio was only catching him into the turns late in the race late in the race, thats what allowed him to get to the line first.

Some wierd defensive lines going on late in the race from Helio and RHR, i've never seen cars coming out of 4 and pulling to the inside that easily while hard on the gas.... Hunter-Reay was a very deserving winner and good for the race to have an American winner. Kurt Busch did a great job running 6th, he would have to be favourite to be awarded the rookie of the year, though Sage Karem might snag it given his run from 31st to 9th.

Wasn't a fan of the red flag deal. It was a much more exciting finish obviously, but red flags are not for entertainment purposes.

This was the last year of the current aero package, next year with the aero regs freed up, that should allow some proper racing where drivers actually want to lead the race rather than save fuel in the draft..... Montoya played a good game & was on course for the win but it would have been farcical if he had won the race like that.

Bad luck for Briscoe, he drove a great race from a lap down to 8th prior to the last restart when Power knocked him off...
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Posted - 26 May 2014 :  17:19:42  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Highlights are here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYxb6kaQl1E&list=UUy1F61QvUUQXAXi2Voa_fUw

It looked to be a very good race and the battle between Helio and Hunter Reay was brilliant viewing. Sure, in some peoples eyes the DW12 is ugly, but you can't overlook the fact that they produce a great on track product.

RHR also downed some 2% milk.
http://jalopnik.com/here-is-this-years-indianapolis-500-milk-list-1581412876

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Forget about winning it. Is an Australian ever going to even challenge for the win here???

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Posted - 27 May 2014 :  16:31:22  Show Profile Send Fast by Ferracci a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Vern Schuppan was the moral winner in 1981, he was dudded out of it, and Geoff Brabham had a very good chance in 1983 until he stalled at his last pitstop. Briscoe was third at the last restart in 2007 as well.

Can't we claim Dixon's win from 2008 given he was born here
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Posted - 27 May 2014 :  20:14:46  Show Profile Send journeyman racer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by Fast by Ferracci

Vern Schuppan was the moral winner in 1981, he was dudded out of it,
Really? Bobby Unser had that issue exiting the pit. What did Andretti do?

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and Geoff Brabham had a very good chance in 1983 until he stalled at his last pitstop. Briscoe was third at the last restart in 2007 as well.
Wow, I didn't know that. I've een the last 10 laps on YT many times, but haven't gone back far enough in the race to see how close Geoff could've got. Was it a Roberto Guerrero like stall?

Realising that, what a double both of those guys could've had in their career???

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Can't we claim Dixon's win from 2008 given he was born here

I don't.

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Posted - 27 May 2014 :  20:15:34  Show Profile Send Mr.McPhillamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
A pretty good race!!

I'm excited for next year though - with some car and draft differences - it just seemed too easy this year! I think on like lap 130 there was only 20 seconds covering the top 20 - ridiculous!

Clearly still hard to get around there though, with Dixon & Bell just losing it.

Absolutely brilliant racing between RHR & Helio - that move into 3 by RHR, with the feint and then almost into the grass! PHOAR! I was happy with him winning after that - not really a fan of his, but that was gutsy stuff, definitely deserves his place on the Borg-Warner.

Massive kudos to JPM, Kurt (pretty amazing) and SeaBass - also JV impressed me quite a bit, the guy can still drive - I would love for him to pursue some more starts - at least on ovals - he clearly (by the sounds of it) loves racing, and he can clearly still wheel a car within the grids speed bracket - so why not? Beats 3 Nationwide starts a year!

Munoz & Karem - great stuff!

Right, now - back to watching 80's and 90's Indy 500's!! Tonight, '96! "The Replacements"!! (jokes)
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Posted - 27 May 2014 :  21:27:38  Show Profile Send Fast by Ferracci a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by journeyman racer

Really? Bobby Unser had that issue exiting the pit. What did Andretti do?



Unser and Andretti pitted together when the caution for Tony Bettenhausen came out, Schuppan was a lap down in about 4th and stayed out to get back on the lead lap.

Unser left the pits when the pace car was almost at turn 2, but rather than blend in he just accelerated around the apron and joined at the head of the queue exiting turn 2. (Unser to this day still believes he was in the right, technically in a way he was).

Vern Schuppan was in the line of cars that Unser overtook, thus meaning Vern was back a lap down again, and still had to stop.

Unser ended up winning the race after Gordon Johncock broke down and lost the lead 15 or so laps from home, with Andretti in second.

However when the official results were posted as normal at 8am the next morning, Andretti was declared the winner, hence why all the Monday victory shots are of Mario with the trophy and the money. Unser getting booted from the victory was because of passing the cars on the apron exiting the pits.

Unser and Penske appealed, and after 6 months evidence was shown of Andretti doing the same thing exiting the pits on the same lap (Andretti had only passed about 4 cars though before blending in). Instead of disqualifying both of them as USAC had done to people previously, Unser was just re-instated as the winner with Andretti bumped to second, while Schuppan stayed in third.

Schuppan had an old car, so not sure he could have challenged for a win on pace, but he was severely penalised by Bobby exiting the pits the way he did. Vern also was the first guy to finish the race who didn't break the rules

1981 was a good year for Aussies, three in the top ten with Brabham and Dennis Firestone also in the top ten.

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Wow, I didn't know that. I've een the last 10 laps on YT many times, but haven't gone back far enough in the race to see how close Geoff could've got. Was it a Roberto Guerrero like stall?



From memory it was just a general stall as Brabham wasn't used to the car. Remembering he started the month without a drive, and only got the VDS drive when John Paul Jnr broke both legs in practice crash and they needed a driver.

He was making his way through the field and was in the mix, could have been interesting given the Sneva/Al Jnr stuff towards the end.

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Posted - 27 May 2014 :  23:27:23  Show Profile Send DJRford a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by Legendary Gerry

You put the mockers on him DJRford.

Close finish!



I'm actually pissed at myself over that prediction. When I wrote it, I wrote Ryan Hunter-Reay and nearly clicked on post, but at the very last minute I changed to Dixon. Did the same thing with the F1! I originally tipped Rosberg then changed to Hamilton. At least I got NASCAR right.



























































































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Posted - 30 May 2014 :  12:54:39  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Kurt picked up the Rookie of The Year honours too.
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Posted - 30 May 2014 :  16:45:23  Show Profile Send Mr.McPhillamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Well, Dixon and Bell losing it proves it's still very tough to get around there even if the cars are all super dooper close - Kurt was on the pace from the start, drove smart, finished high - great effort - I hope he switches series!! SOON!
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Posted - 31 May 2014 :  01:40:20  Show Profile Send journeyman racer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by Fast by Ferracci

Schuppan had an old car, so not sure he could have challenged for a win on pace, but he was severely penalised by Bobby exiting the pits the way he did. Vern also was the first guy to finish the race who didn't break the rules


What a tease it is, knowing that!

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