Mesec Maj 2018. - 102. Indijanapolis 500
Posted 13 May 2018 - 23:45
Mesec Maj sutra (ponedeljak) izistinski pocinje za sve Indikar vozace i timove. Danas je u SAD Dan majki, zvanicni praznik, i staza u Indijanapolisu je zatvorena. Sutra ce timovi poceti da konvertuju svoje bolide iz konfiguracije za VN Indijanapolisa vozene u subotu (aerodinamika za "redovne" staze) u konfiguraciju za Najveci spektakl u auto-trkanju.
Celodnevno testiranje pocinje u utorak i kulminirace kvalifikacijama narednog vikenda. A onda 27. maja u nedelju - 102. Indi 500!
Posted 14 May 2018 - 19:30
Hollywood actor and TAG Heuer brand ambassador Chris Hemsworth will serve as honorary starter for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, waving the green flag on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:11
MILLER: How Michael made peace with the Brickyard
By: Robin Miller | 5 hours ago
Only 10 drivers have led more laps in the Indianapolis 500 than Michael Andretti and, of course, they all made it to Victory Lane.
He didn’t, despite being out in front nine times in his 16 starts for a combined 431 laps (two more than four-time winner Rick Mears), but he’s managed to find some solace at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
As a car owner, Andretti has been victorious five times at Indianapolis – 2005, 2007, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Only Roger Penske (16) has been more successful, and he’s got a 40-year head start.
“It’s different, for sure, because nothing takes the place of that feeling when you’re a driver,” Andretti said of winning from the other side of pit wall.
“It makes me feel really proud of our team and the effort, and celebrating is fun. It’s just different. That’s the best way I can put it.”
It was hard to imagine Mario’s oldest and somewhat shy son becoming a car owner, but it’s given him a new passion.
“It didn’t surprise me,” said longtime friend and business partner J.F. Thormann, president of Andretti Autosport. “Michael’s driving career was winding down, and I think being an owner was always in the back of his mind. You could tell from his focus that’s what he wanted to do, and he’s really got his heart in it. He comes in early every day, and stays late. It’s his life.”
In 2003, Michael bought out his former owner Barry Green and formed Andretti/Green Racing with Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, and two years later Dan Wheldon captured the Indy 500 for them. Dario Franchitti followed up with a win at IMS in 2007, and by 2011 there were no more partners and the team was simply Andretti Autosport.
Andretti celebrates with Takuma Sato, 2017 Indy 500. Image by INDYCAR
And it’s Andretti Autosport, not Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing, that’s the team to be beat at Indianapolis this decade. Ryan Hunter-Reay conquered Indy in 2014, rookie Alexander Rossi triumphed in 2016 on Indy’s 100th running, and Takuma Sato triumphed in a thrilling duel with Helio Castroneves a year ago.
Twelve months after bringing Fernando Alonso to the Speedway, Andretti is back with six cars, including entries for Hunter-Reay, Rossi, Marco Andretti, rookie Zach Veach, Stefan Wilson and Carlos Munoz, who has finished second twice and third once for Michael.
Andretti’s 31-year-old son lost one of the closest finishes in IMS history back in 2006 and has finished third on three occasions, while leading 141 laps. If there is another win in the Andretti camp this month, the boss knows who he’d like to see drinking the milk.
“I can’t imagine what it would be like to stand in Victory Lane with Marco, but I hope I get to find out,” he said.
Only Lou Moore and Ganassi, who Michael drove for in 1994, have enjoyed as much success at Indy as Andretti, with five victories each – 11 behind Penske.
“You know, somebody told me that stat when we were in Victory Lane last May, and I’m like, `Whoa, that’s a big deal,”‘ said Andretti. “Obviously I couldn’t ever win it as a driver, so maybe I was meant to win it a ton of times as an owner.
“Maybe when I’m 80 years old, hopefully I’ll have more wins than Roger. That’s our goal.”
Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:15
Claman De Melo, Saavedra both still in the running for Coyne Indy seat
Image by LAT
By: Marshall Pruett | 5 hours ago
The race for the final seat at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 appears to be a toss-up between Zachary Claman De Melo, who finished a fine 12th for the team at the Indy GP, and IndyCar veteran Sebastian Saavedra.
“It will be a familiar name,” team owner Dale Coyne told RACER. “We’re planning to announce the driver Tuesday morning.”
The No. 19 Honda, shared this season by Claman De Melo and Pietro Fittipaldi, has been the subject of active negotiations by Coyne since the injuries suffered by Fittipaldi earlier this month took him out of the cockpit for the Indy GP and Indy 500.
Claman De Melo was drafted in to pilot the No. 19 for the Indy GP and, with Rookie Orientation Program running set to start in less than 24 hours, the French-Canadian has remained in Indy and spent part of Monday with the team in Gasoline Alley while waiting to learn whether he’ll be in the car for the rest of the month.
Saavedra is believed to be in a similar holding pattern after Coyne contacted the Colombian over the weekend.
A steady stream of drivers have called or visited the Dale Coyne Racing garages since Fittipaldi’s accident. Of the many names that have emerged, Mazda Road to Indy veteran Juan Piedrahita, who earned pole for the Gateway Indy Lights round in 2017, is said to have piqued Coyne’s interest with a significant budget that was offered.
Winless in more than 100 MRTI starts, the genial Colombian was eventually told his potential as an IndyCar driver would need to be explored through a testing program outside of the month of May.
It leaves Claman De Melo waiting to find out if he’s taking part in the ROP session from 1-4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and Saavedra wondering if he needs to arrive early to get the pedals and other cockpit controls adjusted to his liking. And who knows if the cagey Coyne has another driver waiting in the wings to pilot the No. 19.
With the opening day of practice almost here, DCR’s Sebastian Bourdais, Conor Daly, and Pippa Mann can rest easy. At least for now, their unidentified fourth teammate cannot say the same.
Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:57
Sutra (tojest, po srednjeevropskom vec danas) pocinju treninzi za Indi 500.
Akciju mozete pratiti ovde: http://racecontrol.indycar.com/
(zvanicni Indikar strim i tajming; mozda ce traziti registraciju ali je besplatan)
- 11:00am - 01:00pm - Indianapolis 500 Veterans Practice
- 01:00pm - 04:00pm - Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program
- 04:00pm - 06:00pm - Indianapolis 500 Practice
(vremena su po EDT - dodati 6 sati za srednjeevropsko - dakle, od 5 popodne do ponoci)
E sad, sta ovo znaci:
Veterans Practice - vreme rezervisano za povratnike na Indi koji se ne takmice u regularnom Indikar sampionatu. Tu spada npr. Danika Patrik i slicni; oni prolaze refreser program koji je vrlo slican ruki programu ali je ubrzan. Staza je rezervisana za njih (dok su na stazi ostali vozaci koji ne spadaju u ovu grupu moraju u boks), ali u medjuvremenu je i ostalima dozvoljeno da voze dok je staza slobodna.
Ruki orijentacija - svi vizaci koji na Indiju ucestvuju po prvi put moraju da poloze ruki test koji se sastoji iz voznje stintova u trajanju tacno odredjenog broja krugova tacno odredjenom brzinom (ne sporije od X i ne brze od Y) - u tri faze, svaka brza od prethodne, pri cemu se vozaci ocenjuju na osnovu putanja koje voze kroz krivine. Cilj ovoga je da se proceni da li novajlije imaju uopste kompetenciju da dele stazu sa jos 32 vozaca i da se potvrdi da nece predstavljati opasnost po sebe i druge. Jer Indi ne prasta - zidovi su jako blizu i jako su tvrdi pri prosecnim brzinama od 370+ km/h. Ovo je termin rezervisan za rukije, ali ako neko bude sprecen da odradi program u predvidjenom terminu bice mu omoguceno da ga odradi sutradan. Kao i sa vremenom rezervisanim za veterane, tako i ovde u vreme kad je staza slobodna ostali vozaci mogu da je koriste. Inace su neki od rukija vec obavili svoju orijentaciju tokom nedavnih testova na IMS.
Za timove i vozace dan pocinje jos u 6 ujutro i tradicionalno se obelezava pucnjem iz topa, a tako se obelezava i njegov kraj u 6 uvece. Samo ovaj prvi dan su predvidjeni rezervisani termini za veterane i rukuje, ostalih dana je slobodan trening.
Svakog dana, pred kraj treninga, kako staza pada u senku zalaska sunca i temperatura podloge se menja, nastupa tzv. Happy Hour - kada podloga staze pocne da pruza maksimum prianjanja i kad se bolidi maksimalno ubrzaju. Tada treba ocekivati sve bolide na stazi u potrazi za najbrzim vremenom dana.
Sto se tice tajminga, videcete dve tabele - jednu sa apsolutno najvecom brzinom i jednu sa "no tow" brzinom (brzina postignuta bez efekta zavetrine). Ono prvo je naznaka kako se bolid ponasa u guzvi (uslovi za trku), ono drugo kakav ce biti u kvalifikacijama kad je sam na stazi.
U petak se motori bustuju za nivo za kvalifikacije, aerodinamika se trimuje do maksimuma u potrazi za poslednjim delicem brzine za kvalifikacioni pokusaj. Kvalifikacije se voze preko 4 kruga / 10 milja / 16 km, racuna se ukupna prosecna brzina.
Za sada imamo prijavljena 35 bolida za 33 mesta u trci. Jos uvek se trazi zamena za povredjenog Fitipaldija za bolid #19 Dejl Kojn Rejsinga. Glasine govore da je moguce da ce se tokom nedelje materijalizovati i 36. bolid - jos nema reci o tome ko bi to mogao biti mada bi se ocekivalo da bi to mogao biti veteran Badi Lazir.
U subotu se odredjuju 33 startera (plus najbrzih 9 za kvalifikacije za pol), svako ima jedan zagarantovan pokusaj ali u slucaju da nije zadovoljan svojim vremenom moze da ga obrise i stane ponovo u red za kvalifikacije, na zacelje. Naravno, nema garancije da ce ponovljeni pokusaj biti brzi od obrisanog. Kad se popune sva 33 mesta pocinje "izgurivanje" - najsporiji biva izguran iz startnih 33 i moze da ponovi pokusaj za kvalifikacije, bude li za to jos vremena.
U nedelju se kvalifikuje za pozicije - prvo sesija za mesta 10-33, a onda "brzih 9" za pol. Vozi se u obrnutom rasporedu vremena postavljenih u subotu (od 33. pa na brze), svako ima jedan pokusaj.
Za Indi se kvalifikuje bolid, ne vozac. Samo oni bolidi koji su usli u 33 imace pravo da startuju. U slucaju vozacke promene nakon kvalifikacija a pre trke bolid ce biti pomeren na poslednju poziciju bez obzira gde se bio kvalifikovao.
Toliko za sada, ako ko ima kakva pitanja u vezi svega ovoga samo izvolite.
Posted 15 May 2018 - 04:23
Practice time essential for Indy 500 teams to decipher new car's nuances
By Jeff Pappone | Published: May 14, 2018
With practice opening Tuesday for the 35 drivers hoping to start the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, all indications point to yet another closely fought 500-mile battle.
That was the consensus after testing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval from April 30-May 2, where drivers walked away feeling that the universal aero kit introduced this year will ensure more nail-biting action on race day, Sunday, May 27.
“I think the racing is going to be interesting,” said Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.
“The universal aero kit behaves quite a bit different to what we've been used to in the last few years, but overall it's quite decent. We're just scratching the surface at the moment with what we need to go out and try to win the race.”
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While testing gave the drivers a taste of how the new car will react on the oval, how it runs in traffic will be a big question mark left to work out as practice gets underway in earnest.
“It's still a little hard to answer the question fully,” said Ed Carpenter, the team owner/driver of the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and a two-time Indy 500 pole sitter. “I don't think it's going to be entirely different, but we haven't really seen long runs in traffic. We saw people in traffic (during the test), but in more short type of runs, so we don't fully know if there will be more differences or if it will be similar.
“Testing is more about shorter runs and making sure you maximize all the tires you have, so there's still plenty to learn. With all the changes we have gone through from the previous aero kit to this one, the downforce targets for Indy aren't all that different, but the downforce is being made differently.”
Essentially, the road-hugging ability of the 2018 car is similar to the previous configuration, but since more of the downforce sticking the car to the track is generated from underneath the car and not from winglets and such on top of the chassis, it will have its own quirks and intricacies that drivers need to figure out. That fact will make each practice day even more critical to finding success in qualifying on May 19-20 and for the 200-lap race the following week.
Sébastien Bourdais spent most of his testing time two weeks ago focusing on big-picture things like different ride heights and adjusting the front and rear wings to get the feel of the car. He said he really didn't get into the details. That work, the driver of the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda said, will be the focus of practice.
Although he feels the car will “race well because the draft is fine and the cars suck up pretty good” on the straights, Bourdais insisted that the testing offered some early indications of the job ahead.
“I don't think it's that dramatically different, but I think the car is more sensitive than it used to be,” said Bourdais, who drives for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan. “Now because all the downforce is coming from under the floor, you gotta hit it (the setup) right.
“I think there's just a lot of things that are going to make it tough to get the car in the right groove and it's probably going to be less forgiving if you are a little off. You are going to have to hit it bang on and be super careful and very methodical and get all the fundamentals right.”
Early indications are that the ride height — the space between the bottom of the car and the track surface — may be the most intricate adjustment because it directly affects airflow under the car where most of the downforce is created.
With wind at IMS often a huge factor in the way the car handles, Bourdais feels the way it affects the universal aero kit could play a key role in who hits the sweet spot on race setup.
“The wind's effect will probably be the same, but may be a bit worse because the car makes a lot of downforce from the bottom and it fluctuates a lot depending on how close or how far you are from the ground,” he said.
“When the car has a headwind, it's pushed down on the ground quite a bit, so your ride height lowers. If the ride height is the sensitive factor, when you have a tailwind or a headwind, you'll have a big fluctuation.”
It all should add up to ensure an interesting month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and another exciting Memorial Day.
While there may still be a number of things to work out, Carpenter feels one thing is certain: Fans won't be able to resist moving to the edge of their seats when the green flag waves for the field of 33.
“I don't expect it to be a drastically different race than it's been for the past couple of years,” he said.
“There's not 100 percent clarity yet on exactly what it's going to be, but the racing has been good and exciting and I don't think that will change. I don't see there being less passing.”
Indianapolis 500 practice runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET daily from Tuesday through Friday and will stream live each day on RaceControl.IndyCar.com, youtube.com/indycar and the INDYCAR Mobile app. Tuesday's practice will set aside two hours (1-3 p.m.) for rookie orientation and veteran refresher programs for those unable to attempt them on May 1.
Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:22
Wilson unveils Indy 500 livery
By: RACER Staff | 15 hours ago
Stefan Wilson will carry the names of 25 Indiana residents awaiting lifesaving organ transplants when he takes the green flag for the Indianapolis 500.
The patients-in-waiting joined Wilson on Monday for the unveiling of the livery that he will carry on the No.25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Autosport Honda in two weeks.
“The car looks absolutely stunning,” said Wilson, who will be making his second attempt at the event. “Seeing it in the flesh makes it feel that much more real, and I can’t wait to get it on track tomorrow. Looking at all the logos on the car, I’m incredibly thankful to all those that made this effort happen. It’s been a long road to be back in Indianapolis, but I am determined to pay back all those who have believed in me with a great month of May.”
Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:26
102nd Indianapolis 500 schedule
Image by Scott LePage/LAT
By: Marshall Pruett | 15 hours ago
Practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 starts on Tuesday, one day later than usual, then speeds through qualifying where bumping will take place before race day arrives on May 27.
Live Streaming + Timing & Scoring: http://racecontrol.indycar.com
Tuesday, May 15 (all times Eastern)
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Veterans Practice
1:00-4:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Rookie Orientation Program
4:00-6:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice
Wednesday, May 16
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice
Thursday, May 17
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice
Friday, May 18 – Fast Friday
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice
Cars receive high turbo boost setting to use in preparation for qualifying on Saturday. High boost remains in place all weekend, and be removed after Sunday’s qualifying session is complete.
Saturday, May 19 – Qualifying and Bump Day
8:00-8:30 a.m.: Indy 500 Group 1 Practice
8:30-9:00 a.m.: Indy 500 Group 2 Practice
9:00-9:30 a.m.: Indy 500 Open Practice
11:00 a.m.-5:50 p.m.: Indy 500 Qualifying
With 35 entries and 33 starting positions, three things will be determined on Saturday. The fastest nine drivers will be locked into place and given a shot at earning pole on Sunday. The fastest drivers from 10th to 33rd will also be locked into place and will transfer over to Sunday where, like the Fast 9, a fresh round of qualifying will set the running order. During Saturday’s qualifying session, the two slowest cars will also be identified when they are bumped from the field. Those are the only two entries that will not be eligible for competition after Saturday.
Sunday, May 20 – Pole Day
12:00-2:45 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice (Positions 10-33)
1:15-2:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice (Fast 9)
2:45-4:45 p.m.: Indy 500 Qualifying (Positions 10-33)
5:00-5:45 p.m.: Indy 500 Qualifying (Fast 9)
The fastest 33, with the Fast 9 isolated for their own sessions, will start from scratch on Sunday. Regardless of the speeds set on Saturday, the Fast 9 and the rest of the field of 33 will requalify. Once the last session is complete, the polesitter for the Indy 500 will be known.
Monday, May 21
12:30-4:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice
4:30-6:00 p.m.: Indy Lights Practice
Friday, May 25 – Carb Day
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Practice
12:30-1:20 p.m.: Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race
1:45-3:00 p.m.: Pit Stop Challenge
Sunday, May 27 – Race Day
12:19 p.m.: 102nd Running of the Indy 500
Posted 15 May 2018 - 16:22
- Zek Klaman de Melo potvrdjen za Indi 500 u bolidu #19 DCR umesto povredjenog Pjetra Fitipaldija. Klaman de Melo je menjao Fitipaldija i na VN Indijanapolisa a inace njih dvojica dele bolid #19 ove sezone. Nije jos potvrdjeno sta ce biti na ostalim trkama za koje je Fitipaldi prijavljen.
Posted 15 May 2018 - 19:27
INSIGHT: Drivers who saved something special for May
Scott Goodyear, 1995. Image by IMS
By: Robin Miller | 17 minutes ago
The idea was to identify drivers who were only good at the Indianapolis 500 but it’s kinda tricky, because while they shined at IMS, many of them also tasted success outside May.
And we’re not talking about Ralph Mulford, Harry Hartz, Ted Horn, Rex Mays, Jack McGrath, Tony Bettenhausen, Dan Gurney, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Leonard, Mike Mosley, Gary Bettenhausen, Michael Andretti or Paul Tracy – the best to never win Indy.
This is a group that sports a couple of members who came agonizingly close to pulling into Victory Lane – but a lot more who just always raised their game at 16th & Georgetown.
FREDDIE AGABASHIAN: In his 11 starts from 1947-57, the affable Agabashian only finished four times with a best of fourth in 1953. He’s best remembered for putting the Cummins Diesel on the pole in 1952, but he started second twice, fourth twice and seventh.
MARCO ANDRETTI: Famously came within a few feet of winning Indy as a rookie in 2006, but the third generation of this fast family also has a trio of third places, one fourth, a sixth, seventh and eighth. He’s led 141 laps in 12 starts and is always a factor in May.
DICK RATHMANN: Always fast at Indy but never able to find Victory Lane like brother Jim (1960), Dick qualified 4-1-4-4-6 during a five-year period from 1956-61. His best shot at winning came in ’58 when he was on the pole, but got eliminated in the first-lap accident that piled up a third of the field and killed Pat O’Connor. In 1957 he qualified 17th, but got mugged the night before the race and had to give his ride to Johnnie Parsons because one of his eyes was swollen shut.
CLIFF BERGERE: A Hollywood stunt driver before trying race cars, Bergere racked up an amazing record at Indianapolis. In 16 tries he finished third twice, fifth twice and ninth three times. Yet despite starting first (1946), second (1947) and third (1928), he never led a lap at IMS.
SCOTT BRAYTON: When Brayton broke the one-lap IMS record in 1985 and started second, his father Lee ordered champagne to be iced down in Gasoline Alley on race day because he was so confident his son was going to win. But he broke down on Lap 19, and that kind of set the tone for his career at the Speedway. Twice a pole-sitter, Brayton never had much luck in the race and was only running five times at the finish in his 14 starts, with a best showing of sixth (twice). He lost his life practicing at Indy in 1996 after capturing his second pole.
SCOTT GOODYEAR: If ABC still had the Wide World of Sports, its longtime IndyCar analyst would be the face in the “Agony of Defeat” clip. After losing to Al Unser Jr. in the closest finish in IMS history (0.043s in 1992), Goodyear had the lead from laps 176-195 in 1995 before passing the pace car on a restart. He was black-flagged, refused to come in and crossed the finish line first – but was scored 14th. In 1997, he was leading with seven laps to go before being passed by teammate Arie Luyendyk and then had no chance to return the favor when the final four laps ran under yellow. The Canadian won five times in his CART/IRL career, but nobody ever had their heart ripped out so many times at Indianapolis.
ELISEO SALAZAR: Not somebody you associate with too many highlights, but he was very effective at 16th & Georgetown. In six starts, he finished third, fourth, sixth and seventh.
BILLY VUKOVICH: By his own admission he not much of a qualifier, but Vuky had his dad’s panache and was a damn good racer – especially at Indianapolis. In 12 starts he finished second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth while only qualifying in the Top 10 twice.
JEFF WARD: The motocross champion made a smooth transition to four wheels and finished second, third, fourth and ninth in his seven starts.
ROBERTO GUERRERO: Another member of the Heartbreak Club, the personable ex-F1 driver took to Indy like Bobby Unser to a free meal. He finished second, third, fourth and second in his first four starts, but had victory in sight in 1987. With 20 laps left he’d lapped second-placed Al Unser, but on his final pit stop a few laps later a faulty clutch killed his engine twice and cost him the win. In 1992, he was on the pole but crashed warming up his tires on the parade lap in the cold conditions, and a fifth place in 1996 marked his last hurrah at IMS.
DANICA PATRICK: The embodiment of this category. For all her critics, none of them can deny that the first and only woman to lead the Indy 500 is a tiger at IMS. She finished third, fourth, sixth and eighth twice in her seven starts before heading to NASCAR. She also qualified fourth, fifth, eighth and tenth twice. And considering how good Andretti Autosport has been lately in May, her record likely would be even better had she stayed in IndyCar.
Danica Patrick, rookie orientation, 2005. Image by IMS