I'm a huge open-wheel racing fan. More so F-1 than IRL or CART, but the
Indy 500 is a tradition that transcends, somehow beyond the bullshit in
IRL and CART's managements.
Crazy cars and now a pretty woman too. CAN it get any better than that?
I know that Formula 1 is waaay faster and more exciting, and I'm pretty
much up to date on drivers, equipment and points/standings but there are
no chick-drivers! Now that IRL has one: http://www.danicaracing.com /
I want her to win just because she's cute as a bug..... and I know very
little about much else when it comes to drivers, equipment, etc.
A chick with 650 hp 1500-pound car..shhheee-it it's going to be fun!
I've been a fan for at least 60 years. Been to the Indy 500 5 times
although not lately. I can remember the radio days of Sid Collins, "The
Voice Of The Indianapolis 500". I've watched Jimmy Clark, Graham Hill,
Parnelli Jones, The Unsers, and many, many more.
I'm also a fan of F-1. Alonso and Raikkonen looking good this year after
domination by M. Schumacher for so long.
You know how women root for ballplayers because they're good looking?
I think I just joined that club. <G>
What a cutie...
There used to be a blonde in the Busch Grand National, but I can't
remember her name. She wasn't hard to look at either.
I have been to quite a few F-1 races, Montreal, Detroit, Watkins Glen
back in them days..Mosport... and Zandvoort and Spa.
I drove the Nurnberg Ring (off season). They let you do that for 20
bucks back then. Maybe they still do. Sunday the European GP is there.
Gonna be a full day for me with Indy right after....*G*
The last few years have been a frickin' drag. But what do you do? Schumi
was/is probably the best ever even though he ruined a few years of F-1
for me. I mean, it's downright boring. race after race, pole position,
lead, win. Over and over...grrrrrrrrrr
BUT... it looks like we're back. I thought Alonso was going to be a
runaway, but Kimi is looking great! Trulli and Ralphie are looking good
too. And Weber is a bit of a surprise. I wish Jacques ( with a 'c' )
would work a little harder.
Before I die, I want to watch a race at Monte Carlo.
Here's an interesting tidbit of info. They had a CART race on the Gilles
Villeneuve track in Montreal two years ago. Many people have had the
barroom discussion who is quicker, the CARTs or the F-1's.
The F-1's do the track in Montreal a full 6.5 seconds faster than CARTs.
Now that is settled.
Oh hush, show-off!! <G>
I've never been able to watch F-1 live. The cutting edge of automotive
But I catch as many as I can on TV.
I much prefer F-1, Cart, and IRL over NASCAR (Bubba) racing. The "stock"
cars aren't "stock" and carbureted?(what's that?) engines.
Too many wrecks.
Cutting edge engineering.
Max (Just wondering if I could swing a trip to Monte Carlo)
Those cars are simply unfriggin' believable! A few years back I got
to Montreal, and the acceleration and nimbleness of those cars just
has to be experienced to be believed. TV doesn't do them justice.
I also like visiting the local NASCAR modified oval tracks (Stafford
and Thompson), as the competition is pretty tight with 1960's
When you never lift, carbs are just fine. Some of the best are made a
few miles from me.
Their shop is pretty impressive.
Typically something like 43 cars (NASCAR) on a 1-mile oval vs. 24 cars
(F1) strung out over a dozen miles, what would one expect?
I was amazed at PIR last Nov. when it took about 90 laps for the first
car to retire and that wasn't a wreck.
He's good and certainly had the best equipment. Too bad we couldn't
put Sterling, Mario, Juan, Jimmy Clark, the two Stewarts, Jackie and
Tony, A.J. and a few others together in identical F1 Ferraris and see
who is really the best in F1.
And then take them all to a dirt track and strap a sprint car on them
and see what happens. I'd vote for "cousin" Tony. [g]
Add Emerson, Prost , Mansell and Thierry Boutsen to that list.
I think they attempted that somewhat with IROC...just that the cars
weren't fast enough to make it exciting.
Any minute now and this thread will turn into a Marciano vs Clay..or
Lewis vs Foreman...oooops.. I said too much.
And now Robbie Gordon is whining because Ms Patrick is 105 pounds
lighter than he is, so has an advantage. It should be interesting, to
see if IRL forces her to add 100 pounds of lead in her next race, if
she does well in this one.
Some sanctioning bodies weigh the car with the driver, as not only is
the total weight judged, but the left to right percentages.
Fat guys can bias an oval car more to the left. <G> The extra
overall hit is well worth it on a short track.
Small-time cars have also been known to "lose" some weight from the
right side during the race. This weight is usually lead bars slid
inside a hollow frame component, blocked with wood wedges, and held in
place with a safety bolt. On more than one occasion, the bolt has
been "forgotten", causing the weight to unfortunately fall out during
a race. <G> It took some bodies years to finally require a rescale
after the race of top finishers.
I'm really not making this up.
My dad and some of his buddies at work did it a few years ago to another
Add gas everyday for a week or two, but then they started to siphon some
out. Really messed with this guy's head!
Yabbut... all those rules apply to everybody. It's not as if the rules
include: If you have a red car with a prancing horse logo, your wing has
to be smaller than the blue car with the star on it...
But, I agree, this years rule changes sure seemed to have made a huge
difference to some teams.
Well, not quite. But they diddled the qualifying rules last year, and
it didn't work: Ferrari found strategies to overcome them. The rule
changes this year seemed *specifically* designed to make those
Or at least some tire companies. Bridgestone has been behind the curve
on tire design for several years now, but the Ferrari-Schumacher
combination was good enough to make up for it. This year's rules
played right into Michelin's strength: their endurance racing
If F1 was actually serious about reducing costs, they would have gone
to a "spec" tire a decade ago.
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