It’s May in Indy!

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Staxawax, May 19, 2019.

  1. Staxawax

    Staxawax Well-Known Member

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    Ed Carpenter is once again representing Indy and Butler well. Just saw him and his team interviewed on NBC. All 3 of his cars are up front and if the weather allows they will go out this afternoon in a “fast 9” shootout for the pole!


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  2. pjohnsto2003

    pjohnsto2003 Well-Known Member

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    He’s got to win it this year, right?


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  3. Staxawax

    Staxawax Well-Known Member

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    Easy Ed qualifies 2nd fastest and his team goes 2,3 and 4 on the starting grid!


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  4. SpartanDawgs

    SpartanDawgs Well-Known Member

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    he hasn't been racing in the indy series this year correct? They lost the fuzzy sponsorship and from my understanding they got a sponsor for May and that's it? Hopefully they have enough money to get his car to be one of the best.
     
  5. NCJon

    NCJon Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    He hasn't run the full series in years as a driver. Awhile ago he started just doing the ovals and having another driver run the road and street courses. This season that driver is Ed Jones.

    His team also fields another car with a fulltime driver for all races. That's been Spencer Pigot for a few years now.

    For the 500, they field a third car driven by Jones.

    His team knows how to setup an oval car and he always qualifies well. Would love to see him finally break through and win. He's only got so many shots left.
     
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  6. fdr

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    I think this is the year. Ed finally ditched the green car and is near the front again. Hopefully we miss the rain on Sunday. I'll be there cheering him on in turn 3.
     
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  7. pjohnsto2003

    pjohnsto2003 Well-Known Member

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    Sixth place. Pagenaud was just a stud on the bricks today.


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  8. halftime_floor_sweeper

    halftime_floor_sweeper Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else in Central Indiana notice the entire race was streamed live on the NBC Sports App. Not sure if that was supposed to happen or not, but it was nice to watch it without a tape delay.
     
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  9. bobbu64

    bobbu64 Active Member

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    Wilbur Shaw and Shorty Cantlon would have given them a run for their money.
     
  10. Staxawax

    Staxawax Well-Known Member

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    I was more than a little pissed when I read that after the race. I doubt that will be the case next year. I also found out if you have a VPN you can find an out of town TV station and watch it. Sadly, I have a VPN. But not smart enough to investigate the possibilities.


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  11. fdr

    fdr Well-Known Member

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    I'm a little bummed Ed didn't win but that was a heck of a race. The last ~15 laps were incredible. Pagenaud deserved the Indy sweep.
     
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  12. Red1972

    Red1972 Well-Known Member

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    Not a Penske or Pagenaud fan, but the last 15 laps were worth being there. Maybe next year for Ed.
     
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  13. bumba

    bumba Well-Known Member

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    Ever since the newer version of the Dallara aero kits came out, the race has been a blast. There's so much more passing and action now.
     
  14. fdr

    fdr Well-Known Member

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    Both the Grand Prix and the 500 were as exciting as I can remember.

    Edit: The weather sucked at the Grand Prix though.
     
  15. UDDawg

    UDDawg Well-Known Member

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    Was really hoping that Pagenaud passed Rossi too early and that Rossi would be able to overtake him one last time. Rossi drove like a madman, he was fantastic.
     
  16. BulldogsFTW

    BulldogsFTW Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I spoofed my GPS on my google chrome browser to think I was living in Cincinnati and watched the Youtube TV stream live on my tv in full HD. Such a wonderful step up from the less than legal streams I was using in years past to try to watch the race live.
     
  17. NCJon

    NCJon Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    It's hard for me to get excited about another Penske win, but the drama at the finish was great.

    There were some bumps along the way, but NBC's coverage was a marked improvement, too. I want to get back up there for the race in the next couple of years. Last time I went was 2014. Hard to believe it's been that long.
     
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  18. butlerguy03

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    The 500 and IndyCar is seeing such an uptick right now. Along with NASCAR's issues (generational change in drivers, tracks struggling, etc.) - it has really come at the right time.
     
  19. Sidd Finch

    Sidd Finch Well-Known Member

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    The race was great, but this "uptick" doesn't appear to be broad-based. Only 36 cars fought for the 33 spots this year. That's a pretty weak uptick. There was a time when the end of qualifying was riveting, sometimes more exciting than the eventual race, with all the drama and bumping as the clock ran down.

    I doubt it's going to get cheaper to field a car in the future, and it was 36 cars for 33 positions with the economy doing pretty well.
     
  20. butlerguy03

    butlerguy03 Active Member

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    I'm a huge IndyCar fan, but car count will never be over 40. Who in their right mind would be the 38th, 39th, and 40th to participate? If you consider the top 20-25 teams are essentially locks, that leaves 8-10 spots to battle for - small teams won't risk the investment without major sponsorship backing. Corporate America knows that sponsoring racecars has a limited ROI, and will not participate like they used to until the car gets in the race or you are guaranteed air time (Napa with Rossi). Also gone are the days of multiple beer and tobacco sponsorships - a major blow to the racing industry.
     

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