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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by navycook75 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:09 pm

Helio did an awesome job out there, it reminds me of the 2001 Pepsi 400 all over again in terms of emotion...
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Post by RealRacer4 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:15 pm

navycook75 wrote:Helio did an awesome job out there, it reminds me of the 2001 Pepsi 400 all over again in terms of emotion...

I think Hinchcliffe, or a Schmidt/Herta driver winning the Indy 500 this year might reach that comparison, IMO.

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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by navycook75 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:17 pm

RealRacer4 wrote:
navycook75 wrote:Helio did an awesome job out there, it reminds me of the 2001 Pepsi 400 all over again in terms of emotion...

I think Hinchcliffe, or a Schmidt/Herta driver winning the Indy 500 this year might reach that comparison, IMO.
I had a brain derp....

I meant this is like the 2001 Cracker Barrel 400 in terms of emotion.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by flyingturns89 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:10 pm

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Cynon wrote:Brilliant win by Helio, and a brilliant run by Bourdais and Sato.

Again, ABC's coverage was a huge letdown. Proof that the coverage can make a good race appear bad.

Whatever happened to Bourdais? No mention of that from the crappy coverage either. Rolling Eyes

Bourdais lost control and went off track late, as did JR Hildebrand in case anyone else noticed him out too. At least that's what it says on IndyCar's scoring.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by PKligBKFan on Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:28 pm

flyingturns89 wrote:
RealRacer4 wrote:
Cynon wrote:Brilliant win by Helio, and a brilliant run by Bourdais and Sato.

Again, ABC's coverage was a huge letdown. Proof that the coverage can make a good race appear bad.

Whatever happened to Bourdais? No mention of that from the crappy coverage either. Rolling Eyes

Bourdais lost control and went off track late, as did JR Hildebrand in case anyone else noticed him out too. At least that's what it says on IndyCar's scoring.

Hildebrand and Panther Racing had both tweeted they lost fuel pressure.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by Alta on Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:37 pm

Good race. Awesome showing from Helio as well as the nice touch with that Wheldon tribute at the end.

These new cars seems to have a lot of bug that they need to work out, Lotus being slow as hell. Good fun overall.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by Cynon on Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:40 pm

crl wrote:Great win for Helio. Thank God it wasn't Scott or Dario or Wilford Brimley or Brisuck.

Kimball's presence on the grid I think is a good thing. He's a role model. Not at all fast, but he's at least fast enough to show he's good enough to be on the grid in the first place. He's also far less expensive and less petulant than Graham Rahal.

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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by flyingturns89 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:01 pm

Did Dario get a penalty on the last lap, cause they're showing the results with him in 13th, and I think he was originally ninth.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by JMac525 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:33 pm

It's really too bad for Sato, he was having a very respectable run today. Overall, a decent race.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by PKligBKFan on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:25 pm

flyingturns89 wrote:Did Dario get a penalty on the last lap, cause they're showing the results with him in 13th, and I think he was originally ninth.

Ran out of gas.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by GamerAzuzu on Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:12 pm

Bourdais still had a bit of that magic it seems, being able to run in 6th with a Lotus before (story of Lotus this weekend) the car gave up.

And Sato came out in full form and looked poised to take it..then the car gave up as well..which really is a shame.

And amazing EJ Viso decided not to be a running caution flag in waiting this week and actually finished in the top 10....course when you couldn't even pass Bourdais..

All in all it was a decent race, drivers are still trying to learn the cars in traffic conditions so the next couple of races will probably be more calmer than in years past.
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Re: IndyCar Season Opener - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Post by Mystrsyko on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:31 pm

i'm glad i wasn't the only one that thought the race coverage was lacking
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