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#271 Rad-oh-yeah?

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 20:45

Racunaju sva preticanja na stazi, ukljucujuci i za ceo krug. S tim sto ovde nema plave zastave i obaveznog propustanja vodecih, vozaci brane poziciju i kad ih preticu za ceo krug. Znaci jedino promene pozicija kroz boks se ne racunaju. Sa druge strane, F1 racuna samo preticanja za poziciju.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 02:41

Sato otres'o bolid o zid na testiranju na Teksasu:

Winds, Sato crash curtail Texas testing
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Marshall Pruett / Image by Abbott/LAT


High winds, low temperatures, and a hard crash by Takuma Sato led to the handful of Verizon IndyCar Series teams testing in Texas to pack up early on Thursday.

The visit by nine drivers from A.J. Foyt Racing, Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and Team Penske to the 1.5-mile high-banked oval saw unofficial lap speeds reach a best of 222.5mph with Scott Dixon in his CGR Honda during the morning session.

Sato's big Turn 2 crash in his RLL Honda saw the reigning Indy 500 winner ricochet from the outside of Turn 2 to the inside, and then back to the outside again, coming to a stop in the middle of Turns 3 and 4, according to one eyewitness.

"Taku's fine, but the car wasn't as lucky," Bobby Rahal told RACER. "It wasn't what we needed. It got all four corners, but the good thing is he's OK."

With the crash cleanup leading teams to take an early lunch, and wind speed continuing to rise, Penske and defending series champion Josef Newgarden packed up. The rest of the teams followed Penske's example around 3 p.m. as productive running became impossible.

Texas Motor Speedway morning test times:

1: Scott Dixon, Ganassi Honda, 222.5mph
2: Sebastien Bourdais, Coyne Honda, 221.0mph
3: Tony Kanaan, Foyt Chevy, 221.0mph
4: Marco Andretti, Andretti Honda, 219.9mph
5: Josef Newgarden, Penske Chevy, 219.9mph
6: Ed Carpenter, Carpenter Chevy, 219.8mph
7: Takuma Sato, Rahal Honda, 218.9mph
8: Robert Wickens, Schmidt Honda, 217.6mph
9: James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Honda, 217.5mph

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 15:56

Rahal's team 'fooled' by pre-season IndyCar testing at Sebring
Tom Errington
Published on Thursday March 15th 2018


Graham Rahal says IndyCar testing at Sebring "fooled" the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team and that he does not know where the team stands despite finishing the season opener second.

Rahal finished runner-up at St Petersburg despite starting last on the grid and then dropping back to the rear on lap eight of 110 after he collided with Ed Carpenter Racing's Spencer Pigot on a restart at Turn 1.

The messy nature of the race reignited debate about pre-season testing. Although Sebring is the closest track characteristically to a street course, teams and drivers feel it is too unrepresentative to learn from.

Rahal, whose team was fastest in the final oval test at Phoenix, says Sebring deceived the team.

"We worked the car probably a little bit too much and tuned it a little bit too much to what suited some of the testing tracks vs what was going to suit here," said Rahal.

"Even though the tyre was the same - it was what we used at Sebring - the grip level there is obviously higher and it completely fooled us, I would say.

"We're just going to have to rethink it a little bit. It's going to take some time.

"It's been kind of tricky for us. So, having said that, I don't know exactly where we are competitively.

"I know that we're definitely not there if you know what I mean. To be up front, we're going to have to find quite a bit."


Team-mate and 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato said the reduction in downforce courtesy of the introduction of IndyCar's new universal aerokit was the trickiest aspect to assess.

"We just realised how much downforce was important last year, and now we have to work quite hard," he said.

"But I think everybody is in the same boat and same game, and I think Graham and I are finding bits and pieces of the positive side."

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Posted Yesterday, 03:03

Marco Andretti to run Mario-inspired livery at Phoenix
Monday, 19 March 2018
By RACER Staff


Marco Andretti's No.98 Andretti Autosport Honda will feature a retro livery inspired by his grandfather's 1993 Phoenix paint scheme as part of ISM Raceway's 25th anniversary celebration of Mario Andretti's final career win.

Marco's Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will don the colors of his grandfather's winning car from April 4, 1993. The third-generation driver had Oberto's colors on his IndyCar entry last season at Phoenix and Gateway.

"We're really excited to see Oberto back on the car this year," Marco Andretti said.

"It's really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy."

As part of the weekend's festivities, ISM Raceway will showcase four iconic cars the elder Andretti drove to victory on the one-mile oval. ISM Raceway, the Verizon IndyCar series and Classic Racing Times will work together to honor the cars and drivers from the 1993 race, whose field included Al Unser Jr., Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Arie Luyendyk, Paul Tracy, Robby Gordon, Eddie Cheever, Scott Pruett and Jimmy Vasser.

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Posted Yesterday, 03:49

- Kao sto je bilo ocekivano Pipa Man ce sutra biti zvanicno potvrdjena za Indi 500 u bolidu DCR. Sad smo vec prebacili 33 startera!



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Posted Today, 12:27

Castroneves up to speed as Penskes top Barber test
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
By Robin Miller / Images by IMS Photo


Rain and red flags limited running in Tuesday's Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Barber Motorsports Park, but not before Team Penske put its stamp on the Alabama road course.

Defending series champion Josef Newgarden led the way with a lap of 1m07.979s in his Chevrolet and the was only driver to crack 1:08 as 24 cars only made 510 laps due to the conditions, which closed the track early.

Teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves were close behind at 1m08.153s and 1m08.315s, respectively, as the three-time Indy 500 winner turned 41 laps – the most of anyone.

Castroneves, now a full-time sports car driver with Juan Pablo Montoya for The Captain, will be running both races in May for Team Penske.


Sebastian Bourdais, who captured the season opener at St. Pete, was the fourth fastest at 1m08.382s in Dale Coyne's Honda, followed by rookie teammate Zachary Claman De Melo at 1m08.561s.

Several Honda teams will be testing the IMS road course on Friday and then all teams are set to run the oval from March 27-29, with an open test on March 27, rookie orientation and refresher tests set for March 28 and a Chevrolet-Honda manufacturer test on the 29th.


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Posted Today, 12:40

NBC will become the official home of the Verizon IndyCar Series starting in 2019. A formal announcement confirming the multi-year deal is said to be imminent.

The deal concludes more than a year of discussions between the series and a variety of television outlets. Over the last 10 years, IndyCar has split its broadcast offerings between two of the big three networks as ABC/ESPN and NBC/NBCSN have held separate contracts to air America’s oldest racing series.

With both contracts set to expire at the end of 2018, consolidating IndyCar’s TV presence to a single outlet has been the main priority expressed by series CEO Mark Miles. The achievement of another goal, which is also expected to be revealed in the announcement, is shifting a greater percentage of IndyCar races from cable to the prized network channel. The current TV schedule has ABC airing five network races, including the Indy 500, and NBCSN presenting the other 12 on cable.

Although IndyCar’s Nielsen ratings on NBCSN have been on a steady rise in recent years, the wider audience available on NBC will provide increased ratings figures and generate more value for sponsors. News on IndyCar's digital broadcast rights—its live streaming offerings, and where they will be available—could also be part of the announcement. Based on chatter within the paddock, the new contract could place IndyCar on NBC for between eight and 10 races per year, which would add to the other positive trends for the open-wheel series.

The introduction of sleek new bodywork for the 2018 season was met with universal praise, and with an influx of new teams and talented rookie drivers, capping the momentum with IndyCar’s healthiest TV package in a decade should give the series plenty of ammunition to regain some of the market share captured by NASCAR.

The deal also bolsters NBC/NBCSN’s position as a leader in motorsports programming. Despite losing Formula 1 to ESPN during the offseason, its ongoing role as the home for NASCAR during the second half of its championship run, the upcoming full-time home for IndyCar, the existing home for IndyCar’s top feeder series Indy Lights, the Global Rallycross series, and other special events has the broadcaster queued up for countless hours of content.

May’s 102nd running of the Indy 500 will mark the 54th time it will be aired by ABC, and last for the foreseeable future.

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