Story lines too numerous to mention in one blog... new cars, new turbo engines, Brazilian Rubens Barrichello starting P10 with absolutely no oval experience, Canadian James Hinchcliffe qualifying with Greg Moore on board with him, American rookies named Josef Newgarden and Bryan Clausen with the balls to take it to the big boys, 13 teams fined for infractions in qualifying totalling $300,000, no Dan Wheldon to defend his title...
|Posted by Joseph Di Pino at 09:00 PM on May 29, 2012||Comment #24|
I thought all three were good in their own way. All three forms have their own qualities. Each hit what it does best.
|Posted by Conor McCarrell at 08:20 PM on May 29, 2012||Comment #23|
I quite enjoyed the Monaco Grand Prix this year. Face it...F1 cars, with their infinite grip going and out of corners, will almost never be able to pass on that track. The best we can get in dry conditions is a nose-to-tail parade, which is exactly what we got this weekend. One little slip up from Webber would have resulted into chaos. Now, if this had happened at a track like..say, Montreal for example, I would be bored to tears because of different expectations.
As for the Indy 500...excellent! Not exactly the best ending to an Indy 500 in recent memory, but overall, the best without question. The action was tremendous and akin to the superspeedway open wheel battles of the 90s. Good to see it again and hope to see more of it!
The Coke 600...pathetically boring :P. That race was a metaphor for the whole season really...having a hard time finding a good reason to waste my Sunday afternoons watching that "sport" anymore. Doesn't make it any easier that FOX has to cut to commercial every 5 laps...
|Posted by Heinz Petzold at 07:46 PM on May 29, 2012||Comment #22|
This years monaco race was just poor.. I wouldn't have watched it if I knew it would have been so boring!
4seconds slower in the race than they were in Quali? don't blame the tyres, everyone had another set, they could have pushed like crazy.. And.. they should just throw away weather radar systems. Stupid things!
I give the Indy500 my vote
|Posted by Bob Fay at 06:40 PM on May 29, 2012||Comment #21|
Some 2012 Indy 500 numbers...
With his win, Dario's payout was 2.5 million big ones. By comparison, the supposedly almighty, best drivers in the world (cough, I'm so fkin sick of hearing that wet dream) NASCAR Daytona 500 winner made 1.6 million. Last place Jean Alesi scored almost 250k. Rubens won top rookie honors, finishing in P11, and walked away with almost 360k. And Dixon made 1.1 million for P2 (makes the NASCAR ALL STAR event look like a joke). Big payday for Ganassi! Total purse was in the neighborhood of 13.5 million American Greenbacks. Nice neighborhood!
There's a little poll going on at SpeedTV.com. It asks people to pick the best race of the weekend. The NASCAR Coke 600 got a measley 13.92% of the votes, Monaco got 18.77% of the votes, and the Indy 500 has received 60.34% of the votes. That really tells the story of where a real racing fan's attention is. It's about time people are opening their eyes! Obviously, the numbers don't lie, which is another reason why the 500 IS the greatest racing event on Earth. Everyone has noticed that there has been 5 great races to start off the 2012 IndyCar season. Bring on Detroit, Rock City!
BTW, Takuma deserves a BONUS for getting everyone talking about the Indy 500 today, 2 days AFTER the race. He stuffed it in under Dario for the win, and it almost worked. He showed us just how big his balls really are.
|Posted by Bob Fay at 07:12 PM on May 28, 2012||Comment #20|
I really wanted to see Bourdais' in-car camera feed and pit to car audio, but it was not available. I was hoping the new Chevy engine would help his cause, but there wasn't enough time to optimize it at all for the race. There were more than a few articles about the next road course race in Detroit, and everyone is pretty worried about Seabass with a real engine under him now...
|Posted by Andy Graydon at 01:00 PM on May 28, 2012||Comment #19|
Takuma is Takuma....but on the other hand, he went for it with 2.5 miles left to go - that's the racer coming out I suppose, so can't blame him for that.
|Posted by Heinz Petzold at 11:07 AM on May 28, 2012||Comment #18|
I must say, I enjoyed this race. Still can't understand how Briscoe vanished after around 80 laps, but did enjoy Sato leading the race and being up their for the 2nd half of it! I was actually cheering him on for the win, I could see it happening!
One thing that does not suprise me, is Sato's ability to destroy something so good! His best chance EVER at the best result of his life and he stuffs it at T1 on the final lap.. What a crying shame he has no better skill.
Looks awesome from T1 grand stand :)
|Posted by Bob Fay at 07:06 AM on May 28, 2012||Comment #17|
WHAT A RACE! Grats to Daro for becoming a 3 time Indy champ! Great racing throughout the entire field, all the way around the track. You just couldn't tell who was going to win it. We had multiple in-car camera feeds going, and live scoring from IndyCar.com helped tell the story when ABC couldnt figure out that there was just as much action mid-pack as up front. I was a bit pissed off at ABC too for almost missing every single restart. Did you guys catch those fkin restarts? AWESOME! Everyone at my house was on their feet and yelling their bloody heads off for TK on the 2nd to last restart. And the roof almost came down on us when Sato attempted to past Dario on the final lap! All of my guests were going mental! You know it was a good race when people who aren't even racing fans are fired up and screaming and clapping in those final laps. This 500 has probably helped add a few more IndyCar fans. It defintely made the NASCAR Coke 600 look very boring, as a many of my guests pointed out, and eventually decided not to stay for.....
SpeedTV.com says that IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard got a text right after the event from none other than Tony Stewart, who told him "Congratulations, that was the best Indy 500 I've ever seen".
The quote of the day came from rookie Rubens Barrichello... "There was nothing in my racing life that would have prepared me for those restarts. It was madness. Those last 20 laps were like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute, but it was amazing to be a part of it".
|Posted by Bob Fay at 10:58 AM on May 27, 2012||Comment #16|
|Posted by Bob Fay at 09:53 AM on May 27, 2012||Comment #15|
|Posted by Luiz Silveira at 07:51 AM on May 27, 2012||Comment #14|
If you guys have any tips on where/how to get any internet broadcasts of both F1 and Indy I would much appreciate it :)
|Posted by Bob Fay at 06:40 AM on May 27, 2012||Comment #13|
Here we go! The best day of the year for motorsports. Watching a fellow R2P racer, Esteban Gutierrez, in a delayed broadcast of Race #1 of the GP2 race from Monte Carlo right now. Getting ready for F1 next. I also just found out that the in-car camera feeds from the 500 are being broadcast live during the race on ESPN3 (available to all Comcast customers). The tablet and laptops are ready....Everybody knows, I'm fkin busy today, don't bother me until tomorrow!
The beer doesn't get here for another 5 hours though...thirsty right now, It wasn't too many years ago that the cocktails would be flowing for breakfast! I don't do that anymore. My liver probably thanks me...
|Posted by Bob Fay at 05:38 AM on May 27, 2012||Comment #12|
|Posted by Andy Graydon at 01:37 PM on May 26, 2012||Comment #11|
Comment #8 Bob, great stuff. All the good memories never fade....have a beer for me whilst watching and remember your Dad on my behalf. Softy me was 'filling up' just reading it.
|Posted by Luiz Silveira at 12:35 PM on May 26, 2012||Comment #10|
Great post, Bob. Great post.