Unfiltered Race Notes… 3 Cars Makes a Race Edition

Oh Texas, how you make me so nervous. We’re coming at you at the tail end of the pre race. I love the barbershop quartet national anthem! I’m totally into it!

No comment about the command.

GREEN

These young guys are way too protective for this point in the race. It’s hard to look away from a Texas race sometimes. 

6

No love lost between Rossi and Newgarden. It seems like this will be a really good rivalry if they can keep the fire burning. I hope Penske doesn’t continue to court Rossi either. I need them on different teams. 

14

Very nice move from Veach. 4 of my fantasy picks are like 17 18 19 and 20. I also picked Veach. I also rip on Veach all the time. He’s in 11th and moving nicely through the field and he may be my only hope tonight. Where’s that bandwagon…

21

Alright, it looks like we’ve already found the tail end of the field. That did not take long at all. I think this race will look strung out tonight. Tires will be at a premium tonight. 

25

We still have this Rossi/Pigot/Newgarden battle and it only take 2 or 3 cars to make a race. 

29

Dixon is here. The Iceman Cometh. Maybe. Getting there is one thing. Passing is a totally different question tonight. 

37

I so rarely get to watch these live I just tried to fast forward through the commercials. 

41

Pretty late in the tire run and we still have some racey looking cars. I’m really impressed on how well the tires have held on. It’s slightly strung out but everyone is still in touch with each other and able to race as they fall off at different rates. I’m really impressed with how well the package is handling the conditions tonight. 

48

Dixon keeps pulling up to the rear of Sato and it seems like he’s just checking the waters. No need to be in front right now. The leader has to race each cat that needs to be lapped. It’s just a much more stressful position to be in during one of these races.

With that said, cue the Jaws music. Dixon is definitely stalking. 

57

RHR in first. 

The field follows very quickly.

SATO SATO’d his crew. Dammit SATO you don’t deserve the lead, or really to race here, when you mow down your crew. Sigh. What are we going to do with you, man? 

66

Ok, it looks like RHR got around Dixon for the lead during the stop rotation. I bet Dixon is frustrated. 

Eric, they say, why don’t you work in indycar, they say.

71

Dixon is on his way. Or is he. Probably not. We’re probably in for more of the same from Dixon. 

87

Herta is driving like a man who has never hit the wall. 

We’ve also lapped through 13th place. That hasn’t really taken long. This could totally be a 6 cars on the lead lap kind of night I think. 

97

Checking back in on the front. Dixon is still stalking. I’m surprised we haven’t seen a through the field segment yet. 

100

Herta and Rossi. Or New Truth and Old Truth are really moving through the field. I’m excited to see them continue to race against each other. I’m always worried that one of these great young kids will get snatched up by Formula 1 but that could just mean another seat for the next guy. 

108

Speaking of, Rossi is about to pass into P3. 

113

Herta around the outside of Rossi and Hinch in 2 laps. This kid is amazing. He was able to hold it wide open around the outside of T1. Rossi isn’t even close to being able to do that right now. This is a ridiculous performance. 

122

The Herta 88 in white green with red accents reminds me of the Joonyer 88 Mountain Dew car. I want some Mountain Dew…

126

Dixon lost some ground on the second pit stop exchange. It’s still kind of the RHR Dixon show as they’re 9 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. 

135

YELLOW

Veach stopped on track after an incredible save after brushing the wall. Sigh. Veach you really disappoint me. 

I bet this thing turns into a mileage race. I hope we get another yellow to mix this thing up. I’m not usually one to agree with throwing a yellow for a brushed wall, but when you end up stalled in the middle of the track I guess that warrants one. 

I was actually ok with the green flag race. I enjoy watching speed and strategy rewarded independently of lucky yellows. 

GREEN

3 wide. But it’s really hard to compete these high side passes. Herta is about the only one that can really end it into T1.

150

Starting to see sparks. 

PT: If RHR wants to win he’s got to get out of the lead. I agree, but it sucks because it’s so damn  hard to get that spot back. If I were RHR I would keep trying for the win. You never know what will happen. 

158

I think we’re going through the field. I hate this way of talking about the field. Try something different and start from the back of the pack or something.

That was a Honda through the field. I think we stopped at P11 and it may have only showcased Honda drivers? 

170

Dixon finds his way around RHR. Curious if he got passed with speed or because of fuel.

173

Very clear that he’s saving. Boo. You deserve to fall through the field. 

175

Rossi sound Dixon!! He was finally able to sail it around the outside into T1. That is the winning move of the night. Sailing around the high side of T1/2, I mean. It’s way too early to call a winner at Texas. 

177

Dixon back around Rossi. This looks like a fuel save dance. 

180

These 4 drivers are exactly the reason we say poi only need 2 or 3 cars to make a race because they are worth the cost of admission tonight. 

RHR already in. His race is toast without a ton of yellow. 

187

Rossi back around. This is great. Even if it’s manufactured because of fuel strategy you have got to appreciate this kind of passing for the lead. 

195

Hinch, Rossi and Dixon all came in together and they’re immediately racing as soon as they get back out on track. I really appreciate what these guys are doing for the show tonight. 

204

Newgarden into the lead on another amazing call from Tim Cindric. He came in to top off during the caution only losing a single position but allowing him to stop shorter this time and make up that track position. Amazing. If Newgarden wins the championship this year it will be in large part to Cindric. I mean, it’s usually the engineer, but this is two weeks in a row with masterful calls. 

219 (I think. They’ve switched the count to laps to go)

YELLOW

Hinch into the wall. First car to test the high side turn 2 exit and it does not go well. No grip at all. Too bad as he has had a killer run tonight. And unfortunately, Hinch doesn’t often have runs like this. 

He looks quite mad. 

226

GREEN

DIXON ON THE OUTSIDE OF NEWGARDEN. THEY TOUCH THEY TOUCH!! 

Newgarden retains the lead and somehow they don’t crash. 

Herta is able to complete the high side out of 2 pass. This dude is so so good.

228

Herta into Dixon. 

YELLOW

WTF YOU DON’T CRASH OUT SCOTT DIXON!!! 

Replay shows that Herta was below the line. 

Sigh…

I hate to say it but if Dixon would have given 6 more inches. Herta is building the reputation of checkers or wreckers. And I LIKE IT. 

236

GREEN

Rossi v Newgarden

240

Rossi has plenty of room on the outside of 1 and plenty of speed but doesn’t have the confidence to let it sail into T2. I don’t blame him, but you don’t have to actually complete the pass, you only have to be ahead at the line…

244

Holding my breath…

246

Not close enough.

CHECKERS

Newgarden. What an amazing call by Cindric. And Newgarden positioned his car perfectly. I don’t think Josef could have held him off after a fresh tire restart, but he didn’t have to. 

DONUTS!!! YESSSSS OPEN WHEEL DONUTS ARE AMAZING!! 

Good on Newgarden. You have to do donuts in NASCAR land.

Interview with Herta. I agree, dude. Dixon kind of turned down into you. That was just unfortunate. 

The victory lane celebration here is ridiculous. 

Ok! that was really really run! As I said earlier, Texas make me nervous but these things are almost always exciting. The cars were really strung out but drivers were still mobile and able to connect with each other. 

I really think that was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen even though that high side really was never there. Great single lane race. Just amazing. 

We get a few weeks to breath before the next race. Look out for Detroit 2 notes in a few days. They’re already completed, I just want to give some space between the posts. 

Thank you for reading!!

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes… 75 Soggy Minutes Edition

Wet. Obviously. Lightning in the area as well. I can tell you one thing, I won’t be listening to stupid PT for hours of rain delay. 

Sigh. Rain delay. Firestone is a great partner and we race in the rain like once a year, but it would be awesome to have a legitimate rain tire instead of the more intermediate tire we have now. 

Why aren’t we talking to any drivers? Granted, I never watched the pre race so? 

Now we’re blessed with a qualifying replay? A full qualifying replay. Ok. 

Woot Woot! racecars on the grid. 75 minute race. Cool, whatever it takes to get these bad boys onto the track. 

Odd couple giving the command and it wasn’t too bad! Emmo is awesome.

Here we gooooooo!

Circulating behind the pace car is my favorite kind of rain delay programming. 

The clock has started. 

Veach around. Yup, that sounds about right. Well done. Keep at it kiddo. 

GREEN

72

O’Ward on the radio: SATO HIT ME. 

That’s how you stay on brand, Sato!

As best I can tell, we are yellow for general shenanigans.

Side by side during the commercial break and now the ticker is saying we are on lap 2 of 70? Now I’m confused. More than normal. 

65

Back to the timed race. Never change, indycar.

GREEN

Dixon made his way to 2nd on the original start. Engage jaws music. 

62

Lots of passing. Lurches everywhere. 

These dudes are so talented. 

I think I see the sun reflecting off concrete on the front straight. 

60

Sato and Power working their way through the field. It also feels like we’re kind of falling into a rhythm finally. 

59

We’ve been following Herta. His car is so very bad right now and I bet he’ll be into the pits for new tires pretty early. 

Have to hand it to these drivers, everyone has been able to keep it off the fence. 

Helicopter shot. Can I park a yacht anywhere at this island? Do I even need permission or can I just kind of pull up to it? 

53

Through the field. Already. This race isn’t even close to that bad yet. Sure, Rossi is smoking the field yet again, but there has been so much action! Maybe they haven’t been able to talk about the leaders enough because of too much action in the back. Silly I say. Through the field is always a terrible segment. Just talk about the drivers!

51

Track looks free of standing water. 

Marco in for blacks. WTF man. why blacks?! 

Onboard with him is a painful experience. How has he not been lapped yet? This is uncomfortable. Anyone who says Marco can’t drive needs to watch this video. 

47

Fingers crossed for Marco. I really hope this works out for him. 

43

Rest of the field is coming in for tires. 

YELLOW

Jones into the tires. 

Dry line is somewhat forming. This should be an exciting restart. 

Ferrucci has reds. That is the right call.

39

Power gets sent before the right front was done. Right front guy didn’t even look at his team to confirm the car was serviced and ready to go. Boo Team Penske. If it weren’t for bad luck, Power would’t have any at all. 

Newgarden leads.

GREEN

I see a few more guys on reds. I wonder if they’ll last. 33 minutes. They may last. 

30

YELLOW

DIXON INTO THE TIRES HAS HELL FROZEN? I’M QUESTIONING EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE. 

I’m literally speechless…

HOLY CRAP HE HIT THE INSIDE WALL FIRST!

Everyone loses it on slicks in the wet every now and again, but hitting the inside wall?! Who are you, Zach Veach?! I’m so confused with all of reality right now. 

Start has been delayed because we are fixing the wall. Fixing the wall because Dixon slid into the tires. Hmm…

GREEN

22

Looking at a racetrack with such a defined dry line is intimidating. I would not want to be looking for a pass with 2 wheels in the wet. 

Lots of action through the field. 

Dixon said he basically hooked it into the wall. Changing grip every corner. 

18

YELLOW

Leist into the tires. This race is grueling and incredibly disjointed. I’m ready for Sunday. 

12

GREEN

Rosenqvist almost gets SATO’d. 

I would love to see SATO… Not crash and hold onto this podium. 

6

So I think we lost the signal for a few minutes. Very weird. NBCSN has had some broadcasting issues this year. I guess better Detroit than Indy. 

Yay, we’re at the point of the race where the booth tries to convince me someone has a realistic chance to catch the leader. 

No seriously, they’re close. We could really have a race on our hands. 

Tired of listening to Cindric tell Newgarden when Rossi is on and off the button. Lazy broadcasting. 

2

The race for 3 4 5 6 7 is excellent. I don’t know what race I want the director to show. 

WHITE

Rossi can’t touch Newgarden. 

That short fill was the move of the race. Penske perfect. Sometimes. 

CHECKERS

That was fun. I think. Let’s do it all over again tomorrow!! Congratulations to Penske for winning the most forgettable race of the year. Seriously, this double header is kind of wearing on me I think. I feel bad for the race one winner, and qualifying for race two is so cheep. This format was ok when we were on the brink of losing title sponsorship, but I feel its time has come and gone. 

Oh well, We still get to do it all again on Sunday!

Thanks for reading,

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes…Comeback of the Ages Edition

Our viewing stream today is brought to you by NBCSN Gold. Cool. Lots of pre race and you know we don’t watch a ton of pre race here in these parts. Also GREAT TO TALK TO YOU!! We don’t usually get to do this as every employee in the anotherindycarblogworldheadquarters is usually at the track. Unfortunately we had a personal engagement that has caused us to cover the 2019 edition from the couch!

Fast forward… Fast forward…

The anthem was pretty good. Seeing some A-10s in person would have been cool. Worth noting that even being able to see the pre race ceremonial stuff is a cool bonus to having the gold package. 

I’m hoping for rain.

TG with the command. Meh. That is a man that should have some more oomph in his voice. 

Ok. Let’s do this. 

—GREEN—

Everyone through clean… except for Rossi. Poor guy gets taken out by Veach. What a turd. 

2

I love Jack Harvey and I love seeing him up front and I love that metallic pink paint job. 

Feels like this could be another beatdown. 

4

I bet Rossi is out. Of course I had him in fantasy this week. 2019 is going excellent in case you’re wondering.

It’s really not going well. Sigh. 

I was able to watch warmup and it was cool watching both Rosenqvist and Harvey both practice the race start. 

10

Sure sure, Veach gets hit and he ends up in the grass and gravel on the start, but he always has something happening to him. He is either always in the wrong place or he simply has the worst luck ever. 

No. It’s definitely a Veach thing. You can’t draw that much action to yourself without being a trouble maker yourself. 

11

—YELLOW—

Ericsson into the wall in T14. The car is smashed. He just lost it. This Ericsson kid isn’t as good as everyone has been saying. He’s about as mediocre as the average F1 reject. Day done with terminal suspension damage.  

Worth noting he is still sitting in the Wickens seat from last year so there is literally no excuse not to be standing on podiums. Unless you’re just not as good…

Weather update: Rain looks imminent. Hell. Yes. 

Sounds like the combination of this yellow and the impending weather could blow the strategy game wide open. As previously discussed, divergent strategies are not my strong point so we will lean on the booth to lead me to the checkers. 

Or we’ll just wing it. 

16

—GREEN—

There looks to be some slippage on the kitty litter with Dixon coming out the other side as the leader well done!

—YELLOW—

Herta around on that kitty litter AND RHR CRASHES INTO HIM!! 

Replay shows Harvey into Herta and Hinch into RHR. Two spinners due to contact. Best drivers in the world, boys and girls!

Onboard with Hinch shows he is due a trip down pit road for a penalty. Harvey may get one as well. 

Ok. Race reset. Dixon in first with shenanigans going on behind. Situation normal? Probably. 

We are welcomed back from commercial with a bumper to PROVE that RHR doesn’t suck. He won the 500 that one time while driving for the best team in the best equipment. Someone, please sell me on RHR. I’m still not convinced. 

20

—GREEN—

Ed Jones with the double pass! Where the hell did that come from? 

Hinch with the penalty. Good. 

21

Jones is coming for Dixon. What is going on today? Ed Jones, where have you been my whole life?

Multiple moves into T1 with SATO losing it into the grass. Fantasy league is going so well today…

22

Ferrucci around Power in the esses? What?

23

The back of the field is really racey. 

The impending rain is making these guys actually race these cars and it is incredible. I haven’t seen move after move after move like I have seen today. I also think this track is really race friendly, we just haven’t seen a race that allows drivers to run hard like they’re running right now. Everything seems to be coming together to make this a great race. Only if someone can catch Dixon. Or this could be another race for second. 

26

Harvey with a huge smokey burnout on new tires. I have no idea if that is good or bad, but I love the spectacle. 

Good on Helio for being the highest placed Penske driver. It’s becoming more and more apparent that Pagenaud should have gone to the Acura program while keeping Helio here in indycar. 

28

Is indycar big enough or important enough to warrant an intermediate tire? No. I think I ask this question every time we have weather like this. like, once every 5 years. 

I think I see the BLUE TARP LOUNGE. I’m sorry, but if you don’t know what BTL is I can’t be the one to tell you about it. 

30

Will it just sprinkle all afternoon?

Onboard with Rossi tells me the track still has quite a lot of grip. He isn’t shying away from the curbs at all. 

35

Quiet and strung out. Interesting change in race dynamic as the drivers are trying to wait as loooong as possible to head to the pits. Gambling on that rain. 

Yes Diffey, the true indicator is whether there are umbrellas out in the infield. 

Alright, I immediately take back the strung out and quiet comment. Ed Jones marching though the field must have broken my brain for a moment. 

39

Rosenqvist is getting bullied by the aggressive and antsy indycar paddock. The attitude from his car looks nervous. 

40

Stops seem to have normalized and Dixon is ahead with a 7 second lead. All is kind of right in the force as Jones is still inexplicably in P2. 

Look. I know I’m giving Jones a bunch of crap, but name me ONE PERSON who Jones is their favorite driver. That person does not exist. 

42

Rosenqvist is on fire. All is well in the pits. 

45

Harvey is 1 second behind Dixon and coming? It looks like Pagenaud is coming as well? My brain is currently breaking and I’m not quite sure what to say right now. Let’s watch the pretty indycars…

47

All 3 nose to tail into the pits. 

And all 3 nose to tail out of the pits. Well done to Harvey and his Meyer-Shank team. Such a good stop against the 2 giants. 

48

Onboard with Chilton and the booth is wondering if something is wrong because Harvey is driving away from him. Come on, we know the real reason…

PT keeps telling us about the groups that are leading on track *right now* like at any time the race could end. Tell us which strategies will pay off. I might be an idiot but I know not ALL the strategies are winners. Help me help myself. 

He is stuck on the rain and can’t see the race through the tires. Bell calls the Newgarden group the winning group. Thank you. At least I have something to watch now. 

55

TK to rain tires. Hold onto your butts.

The cars look slower through the corners. 

Power and Newgarden are both saying it’s too wet for slicks. Maybe it’s because you guys are driving suboptimal cars for the first time in years. It’s really tough to drive a poorly set up cars. 

58

Dry line is still barely there. 

59

Helio in for wets and immediately spins on pit exit. Sigh. Never change Helio!

—YELLOW—

For the stalled Helio car. 

Race control waited to throw the yellow. I still don’t know how I feel about leaving a driver beached while the track is still green. 

Rosenqvist is on fire again. All is well in the G2 pits. 

Top 6 on reds. I can get on board with that. O’Ward, Bourdais and Jones on blacks. That is clearly the wrong decision. Dixon, Spigot, Leist on wets. I don’t know about that. We will see. Interesting mix of strategies with everyone on the same fuel load. Here we go!

Ok ok ok, we have 7 cars coming in for wets including the top 2. Wow. Late caution decision. Also, the drivers who stayed out on reds, and god forbid the blacks, are animals. 

There is still the lightest hint of dry pavement out there. 

66

WTF why are we still yellow? This is way too long. 

Is anyone on reds still?

—GREEN—

Clean clean. 

Pagenaud moving through the field like a seasoned sports car driver. 

Bell: “it’s shocking we haven’t had a yellow in these conditions” Best drivers in the world*, dude!

70

Lots of talk about the sealant on the oval. I ran the mini-marathon last week, which includes a lap of the oval. It was wet. I can confirm it looks super dark when wet. Nothing else to report. Not a lot transfers from running on wet pavement to driving race cars I guess. 

72

is the sun out?

73

Pagenaud is moving.

74

I think this race is 85 laps and they’ve switched to the laps to go so…

76

We are focused only on Pagenaud right now. Are there any other stories playing out on track?

Alright, we get some onboards. Cool. 

78

Pagenaud around Harvey. That was a long time coming. Impressive move with only 3 seconds of push to pass. 

Dixon has 33 seconds of P2P left. This race is cooked. Well done everyone! 

I hope we can see other cars instead of only Pagenaud taking time out of DIxon.

81

Booth seems to think P2P won’t matter. we will see. 

You can see how much softer Pagenaud is able to run his car. He’s closer to the curbs and the car looks so settled once it rotates around the apex. We are definitely seeing something special. 

83

Dixon bobbles into the esses and Pagenaud goes around him! SO GOOD! THIS RACE HAS BEEN SO GOOD!

I’m so damn glad P2P didn’t have a bit to do with the outcome. 

Iceman? 

—CHECKERS—

Pagenaud with one of the most unlikeliest of wins! What an afternoon of racing. Such a different experience than that crappy F1 race this morning. 

Well done Simon. He says this is the sweetest win he has ever had. Fair enough. In many respects the most recent tastes the best. 

Dixon is sad panda. 

Happy happy race! I really enjoyed that! And we were able to get through that without a ton of yellow! What a great day for the series. 

Well. We know whats next. I don’t think I’ve written a race notes for the 500 in years, so maybe I’ll keep a running notes for the practice and qualifying sessions and post at the end of the month? 

No promises. Ever. 

As always, Thank you for reading!

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes… The Truth Edition

Here we gooooo!

We’re dropped directly into the grid walk with… That guy… I’ll have to get back to you on that. I know they have a pre race show, but it is really jarring to select ‘Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach’ and have the coverage start randomly in the middle of the grid walk. I’m not a casual fan, but I could see how this could be confusing. 

Awesome cinematic intro. These things are awesome. Not quite the old Posey’s Perspective, but pretty damn good in its own right. 

Ah yes, T9 and T10 at Long Beach. Indycar autocross through the parking lot.

HELL YES THAT’S HOW YOU GIVE A COMMAND!! This really sets the tone for the race, and that is anotherindycarblog officially approved. 

Robin Miller looks good, but different. I can’t put my finger on it but there’s something different. 

—GREEN—

Clean though T1. The rest of the field so is disadvantaged here. 

Spigot stopped in the middle of the road. 

—YELLOW—

Harvey looks to have crashed into the flowers. That’s really too bad. Those are some really pretty flowers. They don’t deserve to be the victim of such poor driving. 

It is taking an exceptionally long time to get these 3 cars refired.

5

—GREEN—

Let’s try this again.

Rossi is already walking away from the field. I wonder if this is going to be one of those days. 

7

Herta around the outside of O’Ward through T1 and the fountain complex. That is how you pull off a move here at Long Beach. Though that took the cooperation and respect of both drivers. I hope that is a preview of years to come. 

8

Sounds like O’Ward is in trouble. Losing positions, falling through the field. The pit stand is king him to drive to a number. Boo. Talk about taking the teeth away from a pitbull. I’m really disappointed. 

13

First of the 3-stoppers are coming in. 

TK is such a beast. His knee hit the steering column so hard he bent the thing. Limping around the paddock.

14

Rossi is 2.4 seconds ahead. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such a dominant early race drive. The Truth is back for blood in 2019. 

16

The grandstands are really full from the helicopter shots. 

This race feels really lock-step right now. 

It’s really too early for an indycar race to be this strung out. It honestly feels weird. 

17

We’re already going Through The Field but NBCSN doesn’t broadcast it as such, they just kind of sneak it in without announcing what they are doing. Lap 17 is pretty early in the race to be going through the field. Hopefully the action picks up soon. 

In all honestly, I’m glad they don’t announce it outright. I also understand why it’s such good filler when the race isn’t really giving us fireworks. 

22

5.5 second lead. The Truth is doing his truthiness thing. 

23

Ok, I know I just spoke a bunch about how I understand why they ‘go through the field’, but they are literally going through the field. Again. Starting at the front. Again. What the hell man? And this time they are definitely announcing it and making it obvious. If the previous trip sequentially executed trip through the top ten was organic and natural, it was *so much better* than what we are experiencing right now. This feels so robotic and forced. 

25

Diffey tells us Rossi is gaining a half a second a lap. Damn son. 

26

2 stoppers hitting pit lane. I hope something happens to mix this race up. 

Rossi in. Smart. 

Herta giving Rossi the business as he gets back up to speed. Old Truth verse New Truth. Exciting!

29

Ferruci stalled in the run off. Sound’s like they are waving a local yellow. I wonder how respectful the drivers are of this local yellow. If the safety crew hits the track I hope they throw a full course yellow. I hate to see those guys exposed. 

30

Power around Dixon. We have a strong race for second as Dixon is not down to 4th behind Newgarden as well. Maybe we’ll get some life in this race yet.

34

Rahal is about to drive around Dixon as well. 

Power slow out of the hairpin. As he’s braking for T1 a TON of brake dust comes out of his left front and he misses the corner. We will have to see if his car is hindered once he gets back on track. 

PT saying Power had an issue out of the hairpin. That wouldn’t be the first time Power had some engine issue coming out of that corner. I can see more brake dust flowing out of that left front. 

Engine misfire reported on the #12. That definitely explains the slow entrance onto the straight. 

37

Looks like the pit guy for Herta forgot to throw the gun back to the wall and caused him to stall the car has he avoided running over the hose. If we had overhead gantries this wouldn’t be an issue. 

42

Rossi is now 10.5 seconds ahead of P2. I believe this is what the old guys call a clinic in ass kicking. 

45

Overboost penalty was the ultimate answer to the Power losing power question. I also think they were low key going through the field through the top 5. Again. Look, I get it but it’s time to go through the lower half of the field. At least change it up. 

We are in the mid-race get-all-the-commercials-out-of-the-way segment of the race. 

49

12.5 seconds. 

50

Veach is the biggest mover of the race. Not bad, but that is usually more indicative of a good car with poor qualifying than a mediocre car with a good race. 

Cool. Through the field starting with P15. at least we get some different cars to look at. 

52

Herta into the pits with left side damage. Replay shows he lost traction and smoked the wall in the parking lot section. He crushed the wall as much as you can without actually crashing the car out. He made it back to the pits. 

We’re really staying with him in the pits for a long time. I appreciate this as we don’t really have a lot going on out on the track. 

55

Final stops are starting. Debating between reds and blacks. I’d preferably take new reds over new blacks. No scuffed tires for me please. 

57

Stupid PT is being stupid. Siiiiiigh…

Rossi in for the final time. How much more can he add to his dominant lead? 

58

9 seconds. I wonder what happened? 

Looks like Ericsson may have gotten into his way. Lame man. 

Ha… Only a 9 second lead… What the hell am I talking about? It’s really hard to put such a dominant race into perspective. 

63

10.5. That didn’t take long. 

65

11.5. Wow. I mean, unless TV shows us something else, there’s really not a lot more to talk about other than the remarkable gap the The Truth is able to continue to grow. 

Onboard you can hear Rossi rolling off the throttle  slightly early. Learning how to manage fuel and still go fast, protect the rear tires so he still has something left for a late race restart or 2. Is Rossi still a young gun? 

66

Through the field again from P2. Please show me the bottom half of the race. I’ve seen these guys way too much for how slow this race has been. Maybe they can make it all the way through before another commercial break happens. 

68

Ending the race on lap 85 is making my math a bit hard now that they have moved to the laps to go way of counting off laps.

The nose cam has a lot of head room in the video. I can really see how blue the sky is and how close the palm trees are to the track. I really like what is happening right now. 

Through the field update: we made it to P11 before cutting to commercial. Lame. I can’t wait to do it all over again from P1 during the next segment of the race. 

71

10.5 and he has lapped up through 13th place. You have to wonder if there is a super small setup window that only Rossi hit on. He’s the only one to have this type of separation from the field which has been pretty evenly paced through the whole race. I notice that Rossi is taking the ‘Will Power’ line though some of the turns. It’s really all just reaching for an explanation of the beatdown. 

74

Brake balance temperature imbalance n the Rossi car. Interesting as Rossi was reporting an odd feeling across the front. He is really in tune with his machine today. 

80

Looks like we may have a bit of a race for the last step of the podium. I hope one of these guys can at lest get along side someone and give us a last gasp of action in this kind of snoozer race.

82

Dixon around the outside of RHR. Good move, but we all this RHR is just trying to survive. 

—WHITE—

20 seconds. Holy crap this is a beat down. 

—CHECKERS—

Dixon needed one more lap to get around Rahal. 

Rahal gets penalized for blocking. I agree. Rahal may have moved preemptively, but he moved too far and too aggressively as he came across Dixon’s nose. There was tire smoke from front wing contact. No question at all that this was the right call. 

Rahal says he should have used new blacks instead of scuffed reds. I think I said that very thing during the final round of stops. I’m still available for a race engineer position. 

He’s really trying to be level headed about the penalty and I can agree with everything he says, but in this situation with the contact I don’t think there is any question that Rahal was too aggressive.

I love Power’s post race interviews. Nothing ever happened to him from all that brake dust. I saw an awful lot of brake dust through the race form other cars as well. I guess it was surprising to see so much so early from him. 

Well, this was something. Not every race can be a barn burner. NBCSN could have gone deeper through the field a few times, but they did a great job with what they had. 

With Long Beach, the first portion of the season comes to a close and I think it was a great start. Seem’s like the whole thing is pretty open. With double points for the 500 it’s almost not even worth paying attention to the points until after the checkers wave on Memorial Day weekend. 

A weekend with indycar is always a great weekend! 

Thanks for reading. 

Eric Hall

 

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Unfiltered Race Notes… Sometimes the Race Doesn’t Need the Caution Edition

Welcome to The Gorgeous Facility ™ and enjoy the rolling green hills, picturesque waterfalls, and the world class motorsport museum. Oh, there’s also a racetrack here. A motorcycle track. A motorcycle track that somehow has become one of the best racing facilities that indycar visits. 

Those are big words the week after COTA. An instant classic. Well named in hindsight I guess, but we still need a few more years there to really cement anything in.

PT is a suit. congratulations on doing the bare minimum. Welcome to the lowest crust of humanity PT. Thank you for taking the smallest amount of pride possible in your job and our series. 

TRACK DUDE MICHAEL YOUNG is always so pumped up. I hope the started guy is half as excited. OMG IT’S 4 times indycar champion, World champion and 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti!! He did a great job! It’s nice to hear a command with some oomph behind it. 

David Letterman looks homeless. 

The two seater camera is always uncomfortable. 

We get a bunch of clips about how bad Veach is at driving an indycar at Barber. I’m embarrassed for Veach. 

2 by 2 here we go!!

GREEN

Clean start. Everyone took care of each other. Seems like something happpened, or didn’t happen in the flagstand or race control but the start looked odd. 

Ed Jones with a jumped start. 

O’Ward is going an amazing job again. 

3

Things have slightly settled. Settled in that we aren’t side by side through the field, but they are fighting from front to back. 

5

3 stops or 2? 3. Every time. Let me run the car hard and fast from flag to flag. You know there will be yellow anyway so give us some SPEED!

Dixon saying Rahal is blocking. Shocking? No. Situation normal. Under review from race control.

Actually, no. Please don’t penalize him as he’s in my fantasy lineup this week. 

No action from race control. 

9

Newgarden in early. Good man. 

SATO!!

Sorry, we haven’t adequately celebrated that my man SATO has started on the pole and it leading this thing!

11

Lots of pit stops happening. I like this. Doesn’t seem like many are planning on fuel savings. 

12

Herta is experiencing some engine issues. Honda. Sigh…

We have many differing strategies happening right now. I always get lost during races like this, but we often get some pretty kick as racing! A weird aspect to this though is that the action constantly gets interrupted by cuts to single car pit stops. Not complaining, just noticing. 

15

Now we are being subjected to watching Herta falling through the field like a stone. 

Lots of action back in the 3 stop strategy runners, but it’s pretty quiet up front with the 2 top hopefuls. 

18

SATO in. Obviously committing to a 3 stop. 11+ second stop. Goodbye race win. Too bad man. I’m always pulling for SATO to make a miracle happen. 

The rest of the top 3 are in. 

Rahal in the pits with the computer plugged in to help fix or diagnose a throttle issue. 26 second stop. *another* Honda. When will they figure out what is going on?

Somehow SATO keeps the effective lead. 

20

Yesssssss some good ‘ol Rahal complaining on the radio. It feels like it’s been so long!

Rossi in. Seems like the whole field it going to push the race this race. I don’t think the tires can make it 30 laps. Well done Firestone.

More radio without an on screen label with who we are hearing. That’s an easy add that could really help. 

23

Dragonspeed update: Hanley is last. And he’s been running into people. Not the greatest showing, but they still need to get their feet under them. As long as he doesn’t outright crash these guys out I’m into a little bit of incidental contact from a young team. 

27

Big lone spin from Power. Yikes. He’s having a really tough weekend. I guess the whole Penske organization is having a tough weekend. 

Power in for new tires. 

28

Bourdais in. The only 2 stopper. I don’t think he’s going to be able to make this happen. Looks like Spigot is attempting the 2 stop as well. 

29

O’Ward around the outside of Rosenqvist. That dude is do good. So so good. The whole rookie field is literally world class. 

31

Bell giving an excellent explanation about the 2 stop verse 3 stop. Great information from the booth. Of course PT comes directly behind him and quotes a very different pitlane delta. Shut up PT. I should track how long it takes me to utter those words each race. It’s really only a matter of time. 

33

Herta going behind the wall. Too bad. 

34

Newgarden in for the 2nd time. This seams really really early. Yikes. 

35

O’Ward and Pagenaud racing. This is great racing. This whole day has been great racing. Hell, the whole year has been great racing. 

36

Half the field comes in. Maybe it’s not that early for Newgarden. 

More great racing. No need to commentate. 

38

Much better stop for SATO.

40

Rossi’s car looks like it has a tinge of metallic in the blue and has painted suspension pieces. That is a sharp looking car. 

41

I hate that Ericsson has the same paint job as Hinch. I appreciate the design language encompassing both cars, but you cannot tell them apart. Paint the mirrors and end plates different or something. Throw us a bone. 

43

The onboard shots are great. You can tell that the cars are fast and loose. It looks fun, if I could drive one of these beasts. Which I cannot. One can dream. 

44

My favorite drunk uncle Dale Coyne!! I love that guy! We’re heading south in a few weeks and I am totally going to eat at a Sonny’s Barbecue. I can’t wait to taste the ribs the powered DCR to quite a few victories. 

46

Herta out. For real now. That one hurts. After the miracle at COTA, I think we were all hoping Herta could trouble the top of the championship standings this year. There’s still time to come back from this though. 

50

Rahal having trouble getting around Pagenaud. This really is the story of Rahal. He has always said he needs to qualify better because he’s a fast race driver. So he qualifies well this week and clearly has a fast car, but once he gets mired in the pack he just can’t move through. He’s a fast driver, but not an expert racer by any means. He’s currently sitting in P11 and I bet he won’t move too much further through the field. 

53

Not too eventful up front. But Rossi is coming…

54

Bourdais is getting close to his window. He came in a tad early last time so it would be nice for him to make it to an honest lap 60, but I bet he won’t be able to make it. He’ll be in on 58. 

Bell agrees with me. I am available for booth work, indycar just needs to contact my people. 

YELLOW

We come back from break to a yellow flag. Hilton in the tires and Rahal stopped on the back straight. What the heck is happening. 

Race control left the track green and left the pits open? I’m not sure I’m ok with that. There were disabled cars on a green track? It also looks like Chilton was crashed in the pit entrance area. WTF man. Nothing to say another car couldn’t have slid of the track and under the disabled car of Chilton. Could have been very nasty. I’m not into anything other than consistency and safety and this call goes against both of those things. 

One of the things that makes me cringe when I watch old races is that they used to leave disabled cars in the racing corridor. That always felt like a tragedy waiting to happen. I always think about the disabled car on the run into the corkscrew from The Pass at Laguna back in the 90’s. It just seems careless. 

NBCSN is always bad about displaying the lap count when we come back from commercial so I’m not totally sure where we are at right now. 

Worth noting I don’t blame either driver for what happened. Hilton was coming in and got pushed a bit by Kanaan. Maybe TK should have seen him, but that was just one of those things. Well, I also forgot how much Chilton sucks so maybe it really is his fault. I’m ok with that. 

Letterman drops a beautiful facility!! Well done. I’m glad he got my performance notes. The check’s in the mail Mr. Letterman. 

GREEN

66

Leist, who is a lap down, in racing the leaders. Not sure what I think about that right now. I’m cool with him racing the leader, but not the rest of the field. Move over. 

I saw a blue flag. That is the right call considering he didn’t relinquish position to Dixon. 

68

Dixon hasn’t made much progress into SATO’s lead. 

70

These guys haven’t stopped since lap 57. Even with the caution, I’m not sure they have enough to race each other to the end. I bet they’re already driving to a fuel number. A poorly timed caution may have taken the teeth out of this race. 

71

Dixon has lost about a half a second to SATO. 

74

I hope SATO can win this race. The irony of Dixon in second again is not lost on me. 

Looks like Herta is back out there. Hopefully they have the issue figured out for Long Beach. 

76

Always the optimist, Ganassi plays the company man saying he thinks Dixon can make it happen. I don’t think the gap has changed much. 

77

Rahal was so close to complaining, but he persevered and gave a good interview. 

81

I don’t think anyone has enough has to really race. As I say that We hear that Bourdais is on the button. DCR told Bourdais there are no issues with fuel. Game on!

83

Bourdais is out of tires. This race is toasted barring a crazy yellow.

The field is really strung out. That yellow really ruined this race. Stupid Max Chilton. 

86

Replay of SATO doing his SATO thing as he flies through the air through the grass over the chicane. SATO what the hell are you doing? The only person that can take this away from him is himself, he’s done it so many times. 

No fuel concerns for SATO. Probably the best. I wonder if he was trying to drive to a number and that’s why he threw it off the track. Lucky. 

WHITE

89

Bourdais is close, but we already know he doesn’t have the tire. 

We see SATO Light the fronts up. Dude needs to chill out and bring this thing home. 

CHECKERS

SATO!!

Well done! I wonder (I’m over hoping for any kind of consistency for SATO) if he can string together a handful of results this year? 

Rahal in Victory lane. He looks like a giant compared to SATO. 

Taku is hugging his whole team. What a thankful and humble guy. I love him so much. What a great result for a true veteran. He thanks Rahal for the setup. 

I think we are 3 for 3 for super fun races this year! Long Beach next week. We’ll see if we can continue the run of really fun afternoons. See you next week. 

As always, Thanks for reading. 

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes… The Rookies Are Here Edition

Alright, welcome to the first of 2 trips to Texas for indycar in 2019. We are visiting Circuit of the Americas for the first time. This facility is home to Formula One in the United States. 

I was honestly pretty against indycar racing on a track that F1 races on due to the speed difference, but it’s really all good. I’m not 100% sure, but the street tells me that we are about LMP1 speed around here. That’s pretty cool because those cars are cooler than F1 cars. And we all know that coolness is the only thing that really matters. 

Command time… Some quarterback… this better be most good. 

Hook ‘em horns. 

Eh he was ok. Concise, forceful but not excited. 

I’m excited to see a race here without track limits. I think this place will really suit indycar. There’s a ton of racing room here and that is something that really helps these guys put on a good show. 

Order shows that Ericsson and Hinch are starting side by side. More proof the Wickens was the standout. 

Lining up…

GREEN

Clean out of T1

Dixon around the curbs and looses a ton of places. 

Veach into the kitty litter with no replay. 

2

Looks like he was suckered into taking too much curb. Welcome to indycar rook. I know he’s not a rookie, but still. 

They look ridiculous going that far off the track. Whatever it takes I guess. 

Herta P3. The New Truth. 

However, Rossi, The Old Truth is sitting P2. He’s a shoo-in for a championship berth this year I think. 

4

Power looks to be the only Penske in the money right now. 

They keep saying Dixon made a ton of ground going around the curbs at the start, but he lost all of it by not being on the racing line so I’m not sure what to think here. It was smart driving because he was out in the hinterlands, but it didn’t really gain him anything other than not smashing his underwing. 

7

I love Ericsson’s black helmet. It looks super tough. I hope he wears a balaclava with the nose cover as well. 

I cannot see the whole field drive 75 feet off the track and not think they look ridiculous. 

8

Stops happening. 

Pagenaud looking to do 4 stops because he qualified so far back. He hasn’t really taken well to the new aerokits. Speaking of LMP1 cars, the old manufacturer kits had a ton of downforce, similar to those Le Mans cars. Right in his wheelhouse. I wonder how long he can hang onto a Penske seat. Do we see Rossi or Herta take his seat in 2020?

9

The backfield has almost completed their stops. Working a 4 stop strategy? I like full throttle racing, So I hope some guys are planning on working it all race long. 

11

4 rookies in the top 10. 

The Newgarden livery is very plain. 

The O’Ward livery is HOT. I love how the helmet compliments the car. 

Hey, is that Dragonspeed operation out today? … checks other notes… no. Too bad. I’m excited to see what else they can do. I wonder if they took this weekend off because of Sebring?

14

The director misses the Herta pass live. Replay shows it was an excellent move. I wonder if Rossi will be able to hunt him down. We haven’t seen the side by side action that I thought we would have today. 

15

As I say we haven’t seen the action we get to see Rahal engage a pair or rookies. This is exactly what I thought we would see! These heavy indycars respond really well to the freedom to take multiple lines through the corner. 

16

O’Ward around the outside of Rahal through the long left hander. That is some car control right there. Holy moly I cannot believe we just saw that. 

19

P1,2,3 are all right here. We are set up for a strong finish if these guys can stick together for this middle section of the race. I wonder if Herta will have the fitness to go the distance today. 

20

I think they may be going through the field. Backwards. From P7. Weird way to do it. I guess it hides the fact that they are doing it? I wouldn’t classify this race as boring. 

21

O’Ward around Rosenqvist. Dude this guy is awesome. So is Rosenqvist. So it Herta. This rookie class is on another planet. 

22

PT wondering if Penske will take a look at Rossi and Herta. You’re only like 15 laps late PT. Ahem… NBCSN I’m still available for much less than you’re paying him for. 

25

I just don’t know what to think of this Ferucci kid. Opinions welcome. 

26

O’Ward with a slow stop erasing quite a lot of the on track work he has accomplished. Welcome to indycar. Carlin Racing or not, he’s still not on Penske, Ganassi or Andretti. If you’re not on one of those teams you have to expect a least one pit stop flub every week. That has got to be one of the lower hanging speed improvements these new teams could invest in. 

We are deep in a very detailed how did we get here race report thing. It may be a bit too much, but I appreciate them reviewing the action. 

28

Rossi: ‘When I get close to Power I can’t make a move’ that’s kind of what it looks like from the outside. Most of the racing we’ve seen has been because of disparate tire status. New verse old. Red verse black. Hot verse cold. We haven’t seen much honest side by side racing. This is exactly why we have tire strategy and I’m glass firestone is saving our but today, but I’m really surprised we aren’t seeing more straight up racing toady. 

Danica back to Indy. In the Booth. Hooray?

31

Chilton 1 lap down. Obviously. 

32

I don’t think we will be seeing a yellow today. Days like this are cool because we get to see the pure speed of indycar racing. How far can the winner finish ahead of the field? How little time can the crew keep the car in the pits?

35

Speaking of the leader driving away from the field, Power has only been able to get Rossi and Herta by 1.5 seconds. Not the ass kicking one could expect for these conditions. Old Truth and New Truth are really giving Power a run for his money. $100,000 to be exact. Ha. 

37

I’ve been able to watch all the sessions this weekend (Thank you NBCSN Gold. It has been amazing having all the sessions in TV broadcast quality) and the track has taken a ton of rubber. It really has a different look and you can really see some surface nuance in the braking zones. I don’t really remember seeing many tracks take the rubber as opposed to collecting marbles. We’ve heard the track is abrasive so it’s nice seeing the rubber get working into the surface!

40

Rossi is as close to Power as he has been all race. They have dropped Herta by about 5 seconds. I don’t think Rossi wants to pull the trigger quite yet. Everyone is good causing around minding the gap until the closing laps. 

42

O’Ward with another… slow… stop…

It’s very different to see these guys fully complete a pass on the loooong back straight before they even get to the braking zone.  More disparate tire states.

43

Hinch get sent right in the path of Pigot in the pits. There should be a penalty assessed for that amateur hour move. 

YELLOW

44

Holy crap looks like Rosenqvist lost in in pit in. Cold tires in the hinterlands again? Replay shows there was some shenanigans between him and Hinch out there beyond the track limits. I’m sorry, I mean ‘track limits’. I just don’t know how I feel about these guys racing so hard out there. 

The crash is under review from race control. I don’t know if there is anyone to blame. There is no track to help define who was in the wrong place and who was in the correct place. Not to mention there is no guarantee of quality surface way out there. It looks like Hinch 

46

Not only did Power get screwed by the caution, now he is having equipment issues in the pits. This is painful. UGH I feel so damn bad Power. Heartbreaking. 

Now Power is getting interviewed. Out of the car. Out of the race. Gut punch. Power complaining about the yellow rules in indycar. Ok. But today there was literally a car crashed in pit entry. I think closing the pits was a good move. 

Herta in the lead. VERY VERY NERVOUS. 

GREEN

50

Excellent restart for Herta.

LETS GO HERTA

Big wiggle from Newgarden. 

Rossi gets some air after some side to side contact with Pagenaud.

Pagenaud into the pits. 

51

Replay of Rossi/Pagenaud. How is Rossi’s car not hurt as well??

Veach with a flat and broken wing after mistiming his move for pass. Sure Dixon faded, but nothing out of the ordinary. Veach will always be known as The Rook. He will never not be a squeaky voiced, pimply faced kid who makes mistakes like that. 

53

I cannot believe The New Truth is about to win this race. 

I picked both Newgarden and Herta in fantasy, but this house is definitely suffering from Hertamania 2.0. 

No action taken on Hinch/Rosenqvist or Veach/Dixon. Good. That is the correct call on both incidents. 

54

It is really sad to see the ECR car in such a plain livery after rocking one of the sharpest paint jobs in the series last year. It truly makes me sad how little effort it looks like they put into it. 

55

We’re finally seeing the coming and going I was expecting to see all race. Just plain racing. I am not complaining. I have had A BLAST today. I just have never been so aware during a race about how much of a difference the tires are making to the show. 

56

The Rossi car look great with the red suspension pieces. I think we talked about that last week, but its such a hot ride it may be worth mentioning every week. Andretti has quite a knack for crafting really memorable liveries. 

58

Colton running much closer to the grass than Newgarden. Making me nervous. give the grass a few more inches of respect at this point in the race, man!

WHITE

59

Remember: Breathe.

CHECKERS

HERTA!!!

WOW. What a performance. I’m speechless. Steinbrenner Racing. What a result. 

It’s not quite the same victory lane we are used to. Too bad for Colton that his first win is not at a place with the confetti cannons and single car celebration. He admits he’s very tired. I’m impressed. 

George Michael (yes, you will be referred to by this for the rest of time) is a well spoken child. I hope he sticks around the paddock forever. This is a great way to get a young owner hooked!

That was an excellent afternoon of racing. Can we go back in the fall? I would totally run in the morning before F1 and show those fans what real racing looks like. 

That was fun! I’ll see you guys in 2 weeks at Barber. An as always, thanks for reading!!

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes… Getting Racey by the Bay Edition

WEEEEELLLCOOOOOOME BACK!!!

2019 is locked and loaded and ready to go! It’s chamber of commerce weather here in St. Petersburg Florida (I am not in St. Pete, but one can dream) and after a usually long offseason it’s time to RACE!

The cars look new and hot and the engines are stronger. I am so ready to do this thing. 

Coach Dungy with the call…

Meh. Underwhelming, but nothing I wasn’t expecting from historically soft spoken Dungy. 

The 2-seater shtick is still shtick but I enjoy it. I always like to imagine how nervous these grand marshals are. Dungy has dome big eyes!

Disclaimer: I may take this entire race notes thing to talk about how cool the Dragon Speed operation is. A sports car team taking a shot at indycar with literally zero outside help. Damn guys thats a big hunk to bite off yourselves. 

GREEN

HOLY CRAP WE MADE IT THROUGH THE FIRST LAP!!!!

These guys look like professionals!

3

My biggest fear was seeing like 18 yellows in the first 20 laps and watching these drivers make fools of themselves. This is a huge change!

4

Note: I LOVE THE NEW GRAPHICS!

5

‘Kimball doesn’t necessarily like to look in his mirrors’ Burn. 

6

The cars look grippy and racy today.

Dragon Speed is not in last! That is a HUGE win for them. Chilton, however, is definitely where he belongs. Last. I don’t have anything against him, I just think he sucks. Prove me wrong. 

7

First commercial break of the season. That didn’t take long. 

10

First stops of the season! Everyone looks really clean. I am super impressed with the professionalism of the series this year. 

12

Rosenqvist in P2 and looks to be catching Power. But I wonder if Power is really minding the gap. No reason to drive away from the field in indycar considering the almost certainty of seeing a yellow. No idea If we have gone caution free here, but I really doubt it. 

13

Bourdais with an engine failure. UGH obviously I picked him in fantasy so we are off to a strong start. Looks like we will stay green.

Replay of Power rally driving through the grass to get into the pits. 

Good on Bourdais for driving smart and finding a hole in the fence to prevent a yellow. 

15

Hearing a mention of Scuderia Corsa. I wonder how many of their crew is in the house today? I can’t imagine Ed Carpenter would allow the 20 crew to be too fluid before his change to drive the car. I have to think crew consistency and sharpness would be incredibly important to him. It looks like Scuderia Corsa is attached to the Jones entry and not the 20 car. I wonder how the crewing will work in May?

18

That Rosenqvist is quick. And skilled. I’m excited to see more of him. 

Some of the teams have the front suspension painted other colors than black and I’m really into it. I know the Penskes can sometimes have theirs chromed, but I’m liking the added colors on Rossi. And I think I’ve seen a car with day glow yellow suspension pieces too. We have been subjected to some pretty awful paint jobs in indycar so I’m glad to see some creativity and pizzaz. 

20

YELLOW

RHR up in smoke. Honda #2. 

Interview with Tony Dungy… He still has some pretty big eyes. I spot Liz Power in the background and she looks like her usual ball of stress and nerves. 

I wonder if there are some nerves in the rest of the Honda camp…

24

GREEN

ROSENQVIST TO THE LEAD!! WHAT A MOVE!!

We had glued to Powers bumper. That is how you restart. Historically, I think the drivers do not bunch enough to make real progress on the restarts. 

26

Power losing ground. 

Handley last on the road. That makes sense. We’ll check back later and see how their doing.

YELLOW

Jones and Leist are in the wall in different parts of the track. Replay show Jones playing pinball with his car and hitting the wall HARD. Wow that was a big hit. Poor Leist couldn’t avoid the accident scene and is out with contact. Too bad for both. Well, not surprising for Jones, but too bad for Leist. 

Crazy to hear that Power is struggling with grip on these street courses. he used to basically be automatic at place like this.

Restart has been waved off. 

Let’s see if Power chooses to restart as close as Rosenqvist did. 

(It didn’t take me very long to lose track of the laps this year.)

GREEN

Rossi fighting Dixon, Harvey fighting Hinch and Kimball Fighting Pagenaud. 

OH Kimball into the pits! Weird. 

Replay of Hinch rubbing into Harvey. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but Hinch is overrated. I love the guy but he will never be championship caliber. Wickens made him look like a fool last year. 

38

Herta around Veach. We’re seeing some good racing today. I might say we’re seeing the best racing ever at St. Pete. But Really this race had been broadcast by ABC the past few years and they were really bad at showing road racing so I don’t really have a good feel for how racey this race really is. 

Robin Miller looks skinny, but healthy. It’s really really good to see him back this year. Best wishes from anotherindycarblog Mr. Miller. 

45

Hinch, tired of being made the fool, comes in for fuel, tires and most importantly: clean air. 

Good mention of Ericsson, who runs in P16, but sits in the should-have-been-defending-winning car. 

47

The veach car went back onto the airjacks a second time for no reason. Weird. 

Replay of Harvey frustrating Pagenaud. Harvey is having a great day. 

49

Chilton up to P10. Ok Ok… I’ll give him another chance. 

50

Slow and disorganized stop for Kanaan. Sigh. I feel bad for him. I feel bad for anyone trying to be a serious driver at Foyt for any other race than the 500. 

53

Wow, that pit exit with Power and Rosenquist was quite shocking. 

Side note, the metallic blue #10 is… gorgeous. Simple but absolutely beautiful livery. 

55

How is Andretti running in the top 5?

56

Newgarden has just taken control of the race and i don’t know if anyone will be able to catch him. 

Ericsson out with engine issues. Fantasy pick #2 out early. ouch. 

More replays of amazing action. This is exciting.

I’ve lost track of the laps and we’re in like a 10 minute commercial break? 

Ok. Diffey is commentating from what sounds like a cellphone connection while a still card go final practice is being displayed with reports of technical difficulties. This went from an amazing broadcast to worst case scenario in 5 minutes. It sounds like an old radio broadcast.

I am still unsure of the lap count.

75

Newgarden is spanking the field. 

Sigh. Newgarden, Chilton, Handley all 1 lap down. 

77

We’re probably seeing the last stops right now. Newgarden is going to stink this exciting race right up. 

Andretti out in P15. That sounds more realistic. 

Newgarden out. Without a caution I think he has this in the bag. 

81

Foyt screwing Kanaan in another stop. The air hose was caught on the front wing and they dropped the car onto thee gun so it was stuck under the front wing. That was embarrassing to watch. They don’t have a chance at Indy. And this is the Foyt A team. 

82

Uh oh, There is a big banner on the track in the T2 area. Yikes! No yellow but that’s not in a great spot if guys decide to race each other. 

84

Ok, so these Dragon Speed guys are doing this indycar thing with no help from anyone. They started the weekend WAY off pace and today they look like a respectable back marker team. I hope they can make the show in May. They are the embodiment of the little guys doing it from nothing. 

89

Dixon has been able to real in Newgarden by a few seconds. He has enough time, but he might not have enough tire or push to pass.

91

PT says 19 laps isn’t enough time. Shut up PT. Give the viewers hope that we will see a race in the closing laps of this race. 

96

No. There may not be enough time. And Newgarden has literally 2x the amount of push to pass. 

We’re back in St. Pete… I need to get on that whole buying a yacht thing so we can go hang out at the track. On a boat. Donations welcome.

98

Well, now it looks like Dixon may be able to pull up on Newgarden’s bumper. 

99

And the booth agrees with me. Quiet PT. No one cares. 

I’m disappointed that we are seeing this many commercials this late in the race ofter the long batch of them during the technical difficulties. Poor form guys. 

103

Talk of some gamesmanship between Honda and Chevy teams in terms of who lets who through. I say that is all part of the game. As for Marco, the final car on the lead lap and P2 are the only guys allowed to race the leader. I do not agree that Marco is compelled to pull over for Newgarden in this situation. 

106

Alright, I think this race is cooked barring some crazy yellow. Great first race of the season. I’m really excited to see if they are able to keep up this close racing. As always, I hope no one runs away with the season. It doesn’t feel like it will go down like that. 

WHITE FLAG

Bring it home. 

CHECKERS

Newgarden. 

Rosenqvist P4. Not bad at all! 

Handley last. Not bad either. Only a lap down and off the wall is basically a win for these guys. 

I want to know the story with Newgardens teeth. 

He’s giving a really honest interview but not going as far as being upset with Marco or any of the other Hondas. He knows how it is. I really appreciate his honesty. 

Dixon had no drink bottle. He sounds dehydrated. Poor guy. Get him some Gatorade.

BOOM! excellent first race of the season! Hopefully we can keep this great racing up through the rest of the year. I’ll see you guys in 2 weeks at COTA! 

As always, thanks for reading!

Eric Hall

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