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PostSubject: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:46 am

IndyCar returns this weekend for the season opener on the streets of St Petersberg, Florida for the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersberg. Although there is a fair amount of gloom in IndyCar, there is much to look forward to. Of course, Dario Franchitti looking to become a four-time IndyCar champion, but also Mike Conway in a decent car now - driving from Andretti Autosport. With the usual quality drivers at Penske, it should be a competitive and interesting grid.

With double-file restarts, restarts will be chaotic moments of the race. Watch live coverage on Sky Sports 3 at 5 pm UK time on Sky Sports 3.

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:27 am

simple as come on Dario Franchitti!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:05 am

Good news that Tony Kanaan found a drive, driving for KV Racing. Shame he isn't driving for a top team anymore though, he won't be able to do much with that car.

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:52 am

yeah good to see TK in a car but hopefully he can do something but probley not
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:58 pm

Will Power and Dario Franchitti will share row one, Dixon and Conway will be on row two, and Briscoe and Wilson will be on row three. The legend that is Danica is in the stunning 19th position. Full qualifying results here: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/90263

The grid shapes up for a great race, I'd really like to see Conway and Justin Wilson do well, as well as Dario as always. Cannot wait for 5 pm now, hopefully there are plenty of cautions.

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:29 am

hopefully Dario walks it and Will retires.
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:41 am

Sounds good to me. I don't like Power for some reason, same with Dixon. Dixon crashed in the two previous races at St Petersberg, so hopefully he makes it three in a row.

If Power wins then it will just be domination by him on the road and street course's.

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:50 am

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Sounds good to me. I don't like Power for some reason, same with Dixon. Dixon crashed in the two previous races at St Petersberg, so hopefully he makes it three in a row.

If Power wins then it will just be domination by him on the road and street course's.

I agree on Will Power. i don't like him and i am not sure why? But I like Dixon, He is good driver.

Radio le mans indy car preview, Marshall Pruett said the titles will be the same. Dario oval and overall title, Will road and street course
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:56 am

I never liked Will Power when he was in Champ Cars either. Will Power could probably dominate every road course race, but strategy and cautions will complicate things.

I remember last year at Barber Motorsport Park, Power was dominating...until the caution came out. Helio had already pitted - so he went to the lead and won. He didn't have race-winning pace, but he was in the right place at the right time.

Dario is more then good enough to beat Power anyway. bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:49 am

I do remember that. Dario will easily beat power. Power can't handle the pressure he should of won the season title. won nearly every road. messed up on a few ovals but he just cracked!
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:05 am

Come on Dario!!!!!! What a Win! Not seen any of the race. i just listened to it but he sounded like he did a good job.

Well done TK great job

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:24 am

Quality drive from Franchitti, Will Power may be the quickest out there, but he cannot match Dario's ability to control a race from the front and have consistent speed. Something that the TV commentators didn't pick up, is that Dario squeezed Will Power towards the turn 2 wall - forcing Power to back off - that's how Dario got the lead on the opening lap. But after that, Power even lost places to the likes of Kanaan. Kanaan was awesome, it just shows that pure talent can pay off - even if you're team is inferior.

I liked the cautions, but wholly crap, I think four cautions within 15 laps is even a bit too much for me. The start was a total and utter mess, I think the double file start would have worked fine if all the cars were at a steady pace before the green flag dropped. There were cars going at different speeds when lining up for the start, and not going two-by-two. That caused dramatically differing speeds into turn 1, and that resulted in a nasty seven-car wreck.

IndyCar needs to look at NASCAR's double-file starts/restarts. All cars line up row-by-row and all at the same speed, not drivers positioning themselves where ever they want to. These starts can work if done correctly.

Marco Andretti caused that accident imo, he only got a brush from Helio, Marco looked to be sideways and out of control before the braking zone. It was alarming to see him upside-down, glad he was okay.

Simona was bloody awesome, couldn't care less what her gender was - she drove a heck of a race in her own right. Simona raced brilliantly, something that Danica struggles to do. Simona didn't cry like a baby, stamp her feet and squeal when Kanaan was defending, like Danica would do - she gave him a hard battle with no complaints.

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:44 pm

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I liked the cautions, but wholly crap, I think four cautions within 15 laps is even a bit too much for me. The start was a total and utter mess, I think the double file start would have worked fine if all the cars were at a steady pace before the green flag dropped. There were cars going at different speeds when lining up for the start, and not going two-by-two. That caused dramatically differing speeds into turn 1, and that resulted in a nasty seven-car wreck.

Wow wow wow. your saying four cautions within 15 laps is too much...... affraid scratch scratch surely not.......clearly just for a laugh.
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:50 pm

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IndyCar needs to look at NASCAR's double-file starts/restarts. All cars line up row-by-row and all at the same speed, not drivers positioning themselves where ever they want to. These starts can work if done correctly.

thats fine on ovals, but at somewhere like st pete it's not, and long beach is going to be even worse. I can't see why they need it, the racing was good enough anyway.

Was in hunter-reay who said that with nascar it's easy, as basically there slow and heavy. An indycar is so much faster than a nascar it's going to be impossible to control the speed and get they slow enough into turn one.
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:45 am

Paul, donít get me wrong Ė I loved all those cautions. But the purpose of cautions is to close up the field, if you have four cautions within 15 laps everybody is still close together. But, there were no cautions in the second half of the race Ė big mistake. Everybody was spread out; a caution was needed on about lap 70 to liven up the show.

But I love cautions, so I won't complain much more!

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thats fine on ovals, but at somewhere like st pete it's not, and long beach is going to be even worse. I can't see why they need it, the racing was good enough anyway.

Was in hunter-reay who said that with nascar it's easy, as basically there slow and heavy. An indycar is so much faster than a nascar it's going to be impossible to control the speed and get they slow enough into turn one.

Itís true that IndyCars will accelerate a lot faster than NASCARís will, mainly due to their lighter weight and closer gear ratioís, resulting in higher speeds going into turn 1. But for me, the coordination of the double-file restarts was sorely lacking. Drivers like Sato didnít line up properly row-by-row, and the drivers at the back were not going at the steady pace of the leaders on restarts.

The backmarkers held back, and then accelerated whilst the leaders were at crawling pace to try and gain an advantage into turn 1. That resulted in vastly different closing speeds, so some cars were out of control going into turn 1.

I donít doubt that double-file restarts are harder to handle then in NASCAR. But, with certain drivers doing what the hell they pleased Ė itís no wonder there was such carnage. All cars need to be lined up row-by-row, all at the same speed with no full throttle until the green flag is waved. These IndyCar drivers are simply not used to it, especially as most come from European-style racing Ė double-file restarts are alien to them. What to boils down to, is drivers like Sato and backmarkers going full throttle before the green flag was shown. Itís their fault, not the restart procedure.


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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:22 pm

the second half of the race was more interesting to watch than the first. all those safety cars periods Sleep
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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:39 am

From IndyCarís website:

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ABCís broadcast of the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27 delivered its highest overnight rating in metered markets for an IZOD IndyCar Series race other than the Indianapolis 500 since 2007.

The 1.4 rating for the top 56 markets was the highest since ABCís telecast of the July 2007 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

http://www.indycar.com/news/archive/show/55-izod-indycar-series/42035-overnight-ratings-are-highest-since-and-39-07/

Well Iím not surprised; the start of the race must have thrilled viewers in America. Seeing 6 cars crash and one of those upside down is sure to attract viewers.

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PostSubject: Re: IndyCar - St Petersberg   Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:56 am

Or is it all the top drivers in with a chance this year?
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