Unfiltered Race Notes: Super Awesome Championship Sonoma Edition

Well, here we find ourselves again. Not much to say other than lets go.


How long is this thing? I don’t have time for this I need to see some racecars.

DVR starts in the  middle of the season review. Really great to hear Bob Jenkins again.

JW retrospective. Truthfully, I’m glad this will the the last heavy handed montage about our fallen friend; it’s always hard to sit through these.

Not a huge fan of Robin Miller these days, but his words about JW are pretty touching. That was one more I was glad to sit through.

Oh man, you can hear a few cracks in Leigh’s voice. Tough times for everyone.

Ugh. Canopy and safety talk. Today is not the day. Can we race please?

Stefan Wilson and Orrrrial Serrrrvia. Great to see them on the broadcast. Oriol is such a good dude. It really sucks that he’s not full time.

Chatting with the contenders. Shut it. #TeamJPM Let’s do this.

The Astor Cup is HOT. I hope we keep it around for a long time. Thanks Randy Bernard.

JPM Montage. Man he looks haggard. The stress is real ladies and gentleman.

I see THE RUSSIAN. Another one I hope can find a ride for next year.

Damn. One more…

Oriol (and Marco because I know he wears one too) is so hardcore in that old school balaclava with the fabric over the nose. I need more of these in my life.

Command: These are firefighters, they should have had more balls to that. B-



Got to give it to the drivers. The field was beautiful coming out of the final hairpin.


Clean start. Is this real life?

Rahal on Andretti. <Insert what year is it joke here>


Power walking away from the field. This is my surprised face


JPM in P4. He can clinch from here.

Newgarden in P2. I would LOVE to see him give it to Power.

HCN into the pits for a new wing. No championship for him. Try again in 2016.


Hey, is that Saavedra in P12? Not bad.

Bourdais into the pits. One more fantasy pick making a questionable strategy call. I need these guys to perform today.


No cautions today. I want to see outright speed.

Bell: laps are 4 to 5 seconds off of qualifying pace. That’s ridiculous and you can definitely see Newgarden and RHR reeling Power in. Maybe this will be actually exciting after all.

Onboard with Rahal. Sounds like he is saving fuel. Lame. That’s not how you win a championship. Wait… this is IndyCar… Saving fuel is exactly how you win championships here.


Points as they run. DRINK


JPM losing touch with the top 3.

Sounds like Power is managing the gap. Too bad.


Dixon in. He’s the first of the front runners. And as I type that the top 2 are in nose to tail. Now time to watch the Penske crew crush the CFH Racing Crew.

Ouch, a little dust up in the pits for Newgarden. He was going to be OK, but Pags looks like he waited for Power to leave thus blocking Newgarden in his pit. Dirty pool form Penske? I wouldn’t put it past them, but I don’t think Pags would do something like that intentionally.

Upon further review Pags was stopped on pit road. Not sure how I feel about that.

Replay shows Pags absolutely screwing Newgarden. Not cool at all guys.


Team tactics mentioned by PT. Yup.


Points as they run.


THE RUSSIAN is in. Has been working all year to get back into IndyCar and was the fastest qualifying SPM driver. Nice.


The pit weirdness is under review. I agree with the booth, who in the world would you penalize in that situation?


Wow. Saavedra around Marco into the chicane for the lead. Get it done, son. No more Saavedra jokes will be made during this race. No promises for the future though.


And he is leaving Marco in his dust. Dude, so well done.

Servia has not been in the gym since Indy. Needed a larger steering wheel, an easier box and setup changes to be able to turn the damn wheel in the carousel. What a hero.


Fantasy update: I think I’m doing OK and may survive another year.


What the hell is this rap thing by this English dude? Man, you are so weird IndyCar.

Points as they run

Rahal is being all Babe like. Mr Complain-y over the radio. I almost missed you.


Letterman interview. He has a starter Santa beard. Rightfully bragging on his team and driver. Sounds like he’s going to be back for 2016.


Helicopter shots remind us that Sonoma is a dust bowl this time of year.

The pit incident goes to post race review. I can dig that.


Ok. Lets reset the top 3. Power, Newgarden, Dixon. JPM still sits in the top 5 and Rahal is peeking with a P6.


RHR Saving fuel. I would like to see JPM take him on track, but I doubt he will do anything of the such. And understandably so considering his position in the championship.



Luca is circulating slowly. Terrible reason for a yellow, but I appreciate the opportunity to pack up the field.

Sweepers out. Good idea. Sigh. I’m OK with this I guess considering it’s the championship round. Still could almost be construed as race control mucking with the results.

Reports up and down pit lane: this is not what we wanted.

Dixon to the point. Power is in a must win situation. This should be good.



Get these jokers in front of the contenders out of the way! Looks like fantastic racing back there!


Power around into the front wing of JPM. OH NO THIS CANNOT HAPPEN. The captain is going to be PISSED.

Yes, damage to the wing. Ouch. You cannot pit now. Must make it a full stint and change it under green flag conditions.

JPM in. UGH. What an awful day for Penske.



Montoya P23 and the other contenders are pretty deep in the field.

Nice clean restart. Refreshing. Lets stay clean.

Ok, Now’s the time when a points as they run update would be helpful.


NICE BABE! 8 wheels equals more grip, right? Talk about muscling Kimball out of the way.

Saavedra made it easy on Dixon. Well done.


Quite a bit of action now. This is as good as I’ve seen racing at Sonoma.

Man, I don’t think JPM is going to pull this thing out. Dixon is looking good.


Munoz being Munoz. Amazing pass and taking it out as close to the wall as humanly possible.


Leaders are finally clearing out ahead of the contenders. Well, I guess with how this has been going today those leaders could very well be on the right strategy.

Points as they run. JPM by 4. I don’t think it’s going to be enough.

Dixon may be able to do this. Its all going to come down to who is on the right strategy though. A yellow at the right or wrong time will swing this thing.


Boom. Dixon running P2. Montoya P15.

For the record, I am always OK when Dixon wins. He may not be the best all around driver of our generation (Montoya) but he may very well be the best IndyCar driver of our generation.

Rahal saving fuel.


Kimball around Rahal. Considering this is Sonoma, I’m shocked at how much action we’ve had here today.


Knife fights everywhere! Where has this clean aggression been all year? Moves happening everywhere and almost no contact at all. This is what IndyCar racing is all about.


This is amazing. Shh watching racecars.

Note: We haven’t had a ‘through the field’ segment yet. The patented anotherindycarblog-is-this-race-a-good-race-o-meter says: Yes. Good race.


Kanaan is driving like we haven’t seen in a long time. I’d usually be the first one to call for his retirement, but if this is how he can really race I say stay on.

Looks like Rahals championship hopes are fading as quickly as his rear tires are. Too bad? No. this is not a team or driver that has not had its strength forged in the crucible of a championship battle. They’ll really be primed to take it on next year.


Ok, here is the CFH Racing pit flub. Newgarden stalls the car, the hose guy didn’t spray the fuel away quickly enough, fire, failed restart attempt. Man I’ve missed CFHR  screwing their drivers in the pits.


Dixon in and out easily and painlessly. 22 laps to go, he should be in prime position to wrap this party up.



This will basically seal the deal for Dixon. Big time impact in the chicane for Jakes. Initially it seems like some kind of car failure, which we have seen quite a bit of this year. Concerning.



I’m loving the camera view out of the butt of the car. Very old school. More of this please.

Another clean start. The guys are being incredible today.

Aaaaaand as I say that Hawks spins Munoz onto a curb. Duh. Why would I ever think to compliment the drivers two times in a row. Dumb.


Pits to Dixon: Good on fuel. Uh oh.

Montoya sits in P8. Needs a P6 to even be in the picture. It’s going to be close. JPM may still be able to pull this out but Dixon is protected by Kimball and TK in P3 and P4 respectively.



Rahal is down and out. No grip left.

All eyes on JPM. The guy cannot suck up to Bourdais. This may be where he ends it.

Bourdais could suffer from grip issues very soon. His car is showing the signs of initial tire loss.


Dammit, what the hell is going on. Gonzalez is sitting in P11. I think I have DCR Car blindness; my brain just erases their image from the screen. I mean, great result at an expert level road course. But then again, this has been an odd race with the yellows and Dale is a master at making it happen with nutty pit work. Well done. Acceptable Job. I just… can’t…


Bell notes JPM has to get to P5. Sitting P8. Not enough.

I’m honestly torn. I didn’t think Dixon had a realistic chance heading into this weekend. I have no idea why I would discount his odd considering just how damn good he is, but I am totally OK with Dixon taking the win and the championship.

If you read this blog in its heyday, you know I have always held Dixon in esteem. But I have always maintained I don’t care about the drivers; I just want to see good racing. And that is exactly what we are seeing today. The fact that it’s for a championship with 3 guys having a realistic chance to clinch is just icing on the cake.

This race fan has been satisfied today.


Rahal around in the hairpin. No yellow. Bourdias CRUSHED him with the chrome horn. Looks like he wasn’t ready for how far back Rahal had to brake because of his tire wear.

Bourdais is ahead of Montoya. Drive though? I would think so.


Booth is covering all the permutations. Sufficed to say it’s going to be close.

Race Control: Drive through penalty for car 11.

Shocking, but totally deserved. Bourdais misses the chicane but gives Montoya more than enough room to navigate safely. More proof of the total pro that Bourdais is. I don’t think he punted Rahal intentionally.


Montoya in clear air. Can he do it?

Points as they run. Tie. (!) If Dixon wins he will have the win count and tiebreak.


No finger nails left.

PT: Blood in the water.


About ½ a second a lap advantage for JPM. He will catch Briscoe on the final lap.


Dixon is doing the only thing he can do: Drive smooth and safe.

Montoya looks to be loosing the tires. This could be a done deal.




WOW WOW WOW. What a finish to a ridiculously crazy year. JPM was DENIED hard. Donuts taste so good on a day like today. Montoya has no one to blame but his own damn teammate.

I have no words. So awesome.

Jabba the Chip looks ready to eat all the babies.

JPM: We threw it away.

Power never has anything nice to say about IndyCar at all. I’m pretty sick of him complaining. That’s all he has even done in his career. “its just circumstances… Verizon puts all this money in and its all decided by yellows… the series needs to think about how we can do something different here” Shut up Power.

Rahal giving Bourdais a drive by shaming. So petty dude. You had no tire left. Kudos to making it this far, but come on. He does have good words for the sponsors. “today was a bad day to have our worst day” actually pretty well put.

I think I’m OK with double points. Just throwing that out there.

Well, I have no idea what the future of these pages will hold, but this space is not closed. Maybe there will be some kind of odd off season content, maybe not but I 100% expect to be back with race notes in 2016.

What. A. Year.

Congratulations Scott Dixon.

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Practice Notes: Super Championship Finale Mega Edition

Ok, so it’s been a while… so shoot me. When I shutter anotherindycarblog you’ll know it so always consider this space active unless the front page says otherwise.

What better way to kick things back into action than with PRACTICE notes. Thanks NBCSN for throwing IndyCar fans a solid. The off season will be stupid long and during times like these we could always use some extra TV time. #RIPBadAss

Here we gooooooo

Recorded in SD. What the hell am I doing. Oh well, grainy picture engaged.

Leigh giving us the story about JPM leading every step of the championship this year.

I will say it now. I AM FOR JPM. I will fan boy root here as I have all year long.

Shots of the Golden Gate Bridge drive over. Very cool and I bet it even looks cool from outside of our little world as well; we can use as many of these moments as we can get right now.

Justin Wilson career anthology montage. I will always remember him as a giant killer.

Milling about the paddock now. JPM looks so old with that salt and pepper action.

Clinch scenarios. Basically JPM is in a checkers or wreckers situation. It’s going to be wide open if he crashes out.

Rahal in uncharted territories. I would be OK if Babe could pull this thing off… That makes me feel diiiirty.

Racers race. Right on Kevin Lee. I knew I always liked you for a reason.

Waiting on green. I would normally complain about a long prerace and skip the rest, but I guess this is what were doing today.

Jan notes that Honda has also lost their strongest test and development driver in Justin Wilson. I’ve never even thought about that. Jan blows me away again.

Dixon v Power for the championship? Dixon every time. Power is a better driver when clawing to be at the top and way more fun for us to watch.

I want Helio to win one as well just so he can solidify his place in American open-wheel racing annuls… But really I want JPM.



And immediately to commercial. Thanks Mr. Director.

I wonder if there will be any side by side commercial breaks. Am I justified to complain about it if there aren’t any? It doesn’t really matter… We all know I skip them all anyway.

This will also be the first of my complaints that we don’t run the full track here. #RunTheBoot? Sure… whatever.

Times from yesterday. 3 Hondas in the top 5. 3 Hondas in the top 10. 10 Hondas in the top 20. Some of them are definitely getting it, others are still very much out to lunch.

Aleshin is in at SPM and Servia is in the Wilson seat. Hell yes to both, but terrible circumstances for Servia to be here.

Saavedra in the grass. This is my surprise face. Still, that AFS car always looks hot. PT says hes done a good job all year. I guess so dude.



Pagenaud. Quite the lack luster year. I hope he can pull it together next year.

Bell re Pags: Man I need a result. No doubt.

Kick ass slow-mo of Briscoe going through the chicane. More of that please.

Cool shot out of the rear of the Newgarden ride. Good to see GoPro back on the sidepods.

RHR manhandling his machine. They really do look fast here.

New Firestones are faaaast. I like it. They’ve stepped it up this year.


Rahal really working the car. Well, everyone works the car here.

Ok, he’s crossed up in every corner. Don’t over drive it Babe. We know this chassis doesn’t like that stuff.

Onboard with TK. Busy busy track.


Saaverda looks stranded on the island that is the dragstrip. Probably the end of his session.


Dang too nice to him. Bell makes a good point that he followed directions on where to pull off so Race Control could be dong him a solid. I begrudgingly approve.

Ah, I haven’t had a chance to say it. I really really like the LED panels on the cars.

JPM career montage. Beast. If JPM wins this championship he will become the driver with the most time between 2 championships with 16 years. Just silly.

PT: what would the record books look like if he would have stayed in IndyCar? Now that’s one to ponder.



Dixon has found something in the setup.

Lots of tire falling off chatter today. That could either be very good or very bad in terms of producing action tomorrow.

Rahal was having issues with left turns. Weird.


Power tells Miller he’s worried about tomorrow. 3 wins and 1 P2 in 5 years. The man is unstoppable here.


6 previous winners in the field. After the stat I just wrote that’s actually pretty impressive.

Have I said the cars look fast? The cars look fast.

I haven’t said that the cars look like spaceships. They do. These are some of the coolest looking racecars out there.

Onboard with Dixon. The guy is as smooth as you can possibly be.


Newgarden has led 345 laps. Hot damn he probably should have won another race or two this year.

Looks like some of the field is packing it in for the afternoon.

Power with an off. Everyone is pushing today. You can feel the tension in the paddock all the way from here.

Lots of Rahal onboard today. I can dig it. He always has busy hands.


Kanaan running Vautier off the track. I’m sure TK is pissed about something silly. But Vautier really hasn’t covered himself in glory recently.

So RHR has pulled himself out of the trenches this year and turned around the entire season. I still don’t have any faith in him.

There are only moments left, but the broadcast has run its course. Dear NBCSN, I would really like more of this in 2016. Ill be back for the race. No promises about qualifying. I’ve it on the DVR, but who knows if I’ll get around to finding time.

News Flash: NASCAR Preface is following the broadcast. REALLY WISH WE COULD HAVE SEEN THE LAST 90 SECONDS NBCSN!!

I missed you guys, this has been fun. We should do it again.

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes: GP of Detroit Race 1 2015

–Pre Race–

ZOMG, ONE MINUTE LONG?!?!! That’s what I’m talking about. Sorry casual fans, I don’t need and couldn’t care less about pre race. Lets Do This!!

Wet Wet Wet. Cars are already circulating as we go live.

2 hour time limit engaged. BS. We have a 2.5 hour TV window and we cut the pre race completely out. I’m sure all road races have a 2 hour time limit regardless of weather conditions.

Kimball’s onboard is already color bars and test tone. Whoops. But it doesn’t matter, you cant see a thing on any of them anyway

Joy of joy’s, I caught a glimpse of TswiftK!

Montoya want rain. Shock.



Actually a very clean start. Well done boys.

SATO around HCN for P2. OK, I like how this day is going.


Sato is GONE… I give him 13 laps before he plugs it into the tires.

There is literally so much going on I’m not sure what to watch, but JPM and Bourdais are engaged in a spirited but super clean fight.



For Speedy Gonzalez… Obviously… Dammit Dale Coin…

Oh yea, Honda has updated front wings, I wonder if they will be even more awfuler than usual. Racer said this could help them meet minimum weight. Wtf are you doing Honda…


Bourdais and JPM will be reviewed after the race. Why? That was good and close racing.



Carbon fiber showers in Detroit!!


Coletti into half the field.

Let the record show rookie phenom Coletti make a huge inside move on perennial ride buyer Buckshot Jakes who basically turned into Coletti, bounced off and shenanigans ensue.

Babe gets caught up in it along with TK. Boo. That’s 2 fantasy picks out the window in a single shot.

Rahal calls it taking stupid chances. I tend to agree this early in the race. But that’s also GP2 style racing right there. Too bad.


Still circulating under yellow. Looks like a slight dry line is starting to form and the rain looks like it has more or less stopped.

Chip Ganassi interview. He always looks hungry for more itty bitty babies.

Marco in for reds. Ballsy. Followed by nearly a 5 car pile up at pit exit. Typical.

Ok. I’m ready for some racing.

Bestwick: Chaos. Well said.



Dude, SATO is crushing it today. Already out to a huge lead after 2 corners.

Cars all look very nervous. Doubly so for Andretti.

Skies look very ominous.


Action up and down the field. If you guys pay for my tickets I will go to the rest of the races and man the firehoses. Wet racing is excellent.


I usually really give a hard time to Firestone for their crappy rain tires, but they seem to be doing really well today.


Kimball Into the wall on reds. Like directly into the wall. He couldn’t save it where Andretti did. Again I ask: are we done with the Kimball experiment yet?

Onboard shows he attempted to actually knock the wall down.


Eveyone in. Shockingly, some guys opting for blacks. I have no idea what the thinking behind that is.

Ok, now can we please have some racing?

TswiftK rolling back into pit lane.



Coletti is ruthless and I like it.

Marco slowly pulling away from the early stoppers. Sato has nicely gapped the ate stoppers.


Well, This definitely has not been a boring race.

SATO into Newgarden. Newgarden into the tires but limps it back to the pits. That’s going to cost you…

Kimball honestly says dries was the right call but he just couldn’t hold onto it. At least he knows.



For debris from SATO. He’s got to get a drive through now.

22 laps in of 70. I bet we are about 45 minutes in. not bad, we may finish this thing yet.


SATO in for a wing change. Back of the pack. I still want his ass to get a drive through once it goes green.



The track looks basically dry(ish). Good enough?

I have no idea how this is going to play out. Rain in 25 minutes.


Vautier into the tires. He’s able to pop it into reverse and save me a little bit of anger.

For the record I was literally writing “we actually look clean right now” when the camera cut to him stuffed into the barrier. LESSON LEARNED.

Replay shows Vautier did not even touch the barrier, just kind of ran out of room and had to panic stop.



Debris. This is effing ridiculous. Caution number 6.

Booth says 15 minutes away from rain.

Gonzalez clobbered the wall and random metal ended up in the track. That’s 2 times dude, double not cool.



Daly quietly up to P5.

Sshhh the racecars are finally doing racecar things.


Karam just giving the business to SATO. Drivers don’t forget.

Chaves with the second flat rear of the day. What a weird day.


Booth reports SATO and Karam had a bit of a shoving match after Indy. I had no idea.



Mike Hull says the rain is 15 minutes away. They said that 10 minutes ago. Now Dr. Punch says 8 minutes. Are they sure it isn’t already raining?

Dixon and HCN in for wets. Ballsy… I think.


Nearly half way and I think we’re about an hour in so we may still finish this yet.


RHR into the rear of Daly right before the green and Daly is able to dive into the pits. Pro Status right there CD. The racing gods thank you.

Hawks in the lead… because Andretti’s car hiccupped? Can we please have a replay??

Lots of guys in for preemptive wets.


Karam in for blocking. I’m sure he’s cool with that.

Andretti replay. Sounded like pit speed limiter? Odd.

Power in the lead because why not?

Top 5 on dry.


Marco rolls the dice and stays out for another lap. I LIKE THIS CALL!!

Dr. Punch mentions the botched Power stop, it looked like the tire changer bounced the thing off the ground and it got hung up on the rotor.

Cheever: “it is 100% Marco’s call” Really? The guy holding the wheel? Well I’ll be.


Marco and apparently Munoz out for another lap while we can see the rain in the air from the helicopter.


Marco Munoz Pags out for another lap. One of these guys… ahem Pagenaud… is going to win this race.


Pags on the chase for Marco. Will this be the race? Munoz still out.

I’m interested to see if it really rains. It feels like it will be a standard Midwestern spring sprinkle spit simultaneously making both wets and drys the wrong call.


Ok. Munoz in and out of the pits in over 20 seconds ahead??? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON??

We can audibly hear his tires screaming in the corners. I don’t know if I have ever heard that before. Very very cool.


Booth claims it is actively raining on half the track… And I confirm, it looks very wet on the front side of the track.


Dude. Munoz is walking away from the field. Umm… I don’t know if any of this makes any sense at all, who would have guessed at this point?



Back from break and it is wet. Like WET wet. Who’s going to earn their money today?

For lightning. I can dig it. I’m sure there are certain parties on social media that will complain about this call.

I can see the reflections of the trees on the track


Hmm. Ok?

All things considered, Belle Isle drains damn well. Puddles shouldn’t be a problem once we can go green.

Ugh. Lots of booth talk…

Its effing pouring and the TV window is closing.

Points as they run quietly-sit-on-pitlane now

OK OK OK That’s all folks. Bestwick reports a complete race as we are past half way.

Congrats Carlos Munoz I think?

LOLZ ABC had to get a “Carfax up to speed” through the field piece. We went through Munoz. That makes today a good race according to the patented anotherindycarblog when-they-play-through-the-field-determines-a-good-race-or-not.

Booth reports more of the same tomorrow just 20 degrees warmer… sweet?

Munoz interview. Did he curse at me? I can’t ever tell.

And ABC closes the TV window with the final 9 laps of the 500. Hell yes Mr. Director. This is a fantastic idea.

With that we close Detroit one. I ask again, what the hell happened today? I hope tomorrow is a bit cleaner but still as unpredictable.

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes: Grand Prix of Indy 2015

Full disclosure: I was there live. I know how this movie ends and I know how pissed off all of you are about what went down. I saw a ton of passing and had a freaking great afternoon at the track, but I understand that the TV coverage is the most important customer facing aspect of IndyCar.

I dislike the booth as much as you do, so I’m interested to see how this differed from real life.

–Pre Pre Race–

Our local ABC affiliate has a two and a half hour pre race before the broadcast even started. No excuse for the casual Indianapolis citizen to not know about the race this year.

Various highlights:

The always wonderfully unintelligible Carlos Munoz gets interviewed.

Live closed circuit coverage of the undercard races.

Mr. Doug Boles tells us lights will cost 25 million, and he will gladly accept a personal check for them.

Excellent interviews with roasted toasted racefans.

In-depth traffic and weather coverage. Like 15 minute blocks in-depth.

Angie from Angie’s List said some kind of conference with their major partners was held in concert with the race weekend. Sounds like the company is really pumped about the weekend.

Dave Furst interviews Hinch, Daly and James “buckshot” Jakes. Pure comedy gold.

Seriously though, local weatherman Kevin Gregory is in the field interviewing families having a blast. Great to see.

Oh man, AJ Foyt is talking about legacy, graveyards and multiple organ failure. Real $4!# right there.


Ok, IndyCar and Helio clip package. I can dig it, but my interview patience is limited today so we will see what I can get through.

Helio has Bronchitis? Ok.

Booth talk… Fast forward…

Oh yea, ABC has like a 15 minute prerace. I’m totally on board with this.

Mari Hulman George with the most UNINSPIRING COMMAND EVER.


Yes, ABC missed the green flag. Strike one. Ugh… not a good start to the coverage.

Side note: I know they weren’t well aligned and the flagman had waved off a feeder series start already today. He wasn’t allergic to the yellow.



Saw that coming.

I have quite a different opinion of this incident than most. Pagenaud was way too optimistic on the inside and put HCN in a bad position. Helio could either have spun off of Pags nose or give his teammate the room he really didn’t deserve and be forced to clip a Ganassi car. I think Helio made the right call and Pags needs to get a stern talking to from Rodger.

The incident farther back was just Hawks being totally over optimistic and causing a mess around him.

Both were racing incidents, and if anyone gets a penalty its Pags for forcing HCN into Dixon.



And we miss the restart too?! What the hell is going on? ABC YOU ARE FIRED

So much grip through the chicane.


Ok, settling in for a long race here.

I see hotdog wrappers floating around the track… but I bet we stay green… because we have more integrity than other series…


Saavedra locks them up into 1. Just like he did all weekend… Come on man, GET IT TOGETHER!


The laps click off pretty quick here. I think it’s appropriate that IMS has the fastest road course on the schedule as well… Cathedral of speed and all.


The booth just drones on. I read a comment about how much dead air ABC had. Well, I’ll welcome it when it gets here. Nothing amazing is said and I just really ignore it all I think.


Jakes around Kimball. No mention.

Holy of holies, Jan saves us with some info on Honda pitch sensitivity. Like a damn dessert oasis. I WILL NEVER UNDER APPRECIATE YOU AGAIN!!


RHR in. I like how the Honda kit looks like it’s going to shake itself to pieces when the clutch gets dropped. Visual representation of the cheapness of everything IndyCar related? I didn’t say it…


Air shot of IMS, That ain’t cheep though.


Say what you will, the kits are fast.


Ok, I know there is passing through the field…

JPM has almost no rear wing. Unreal how trimmed out everyone is running.

Lot’s of Bourdais mentions, but I don’t think the booth has identified the story lines yet. We’re just doing a lot of random discussing.


Well deserved props to Rahal. He says he’s just manhandling the car to get the performance out of it. If that’s how it really is in the Honda camp, those boys better get to peddling.


Coletti around Kanaan. Get it done.

Bestwick is so good, it’s a shame he gets dragged down by the idiot twins.


Newgarden hustling to stay on the lead lap.

Green flag stops. Filippi get his radio reattached. Yea, that’s kind of important.


Newgarden giving Power a good fight. And well within his rights fighting to stay on the lead lap.


Bourdais has been hanging tough all day long with Rahal still giving chase. We’ve definitely been focused on P1 for a while.

Lead pack in.

Pags gives Bourdais an elbow leaving the pits. Simon has been kind of dirty this year and I’m not sure I like it. I understand the pressure is on, but this is out of his wheelhouse a bit.


Jakes in P1. Weird.


Dude. Coletti gives no quarter. I love the young kids screwing with the veterans.

Dracone out of the pits and really hassling the leaders of Jakes and Hinch. I would black flag his ass. I am so sick of watching him screw with these guys. He may be slightly quick, but he has no race vision AT ALL.


Jakes is totally serviceable. There, I said it.


Lets reset this race. Power Rahal Pags Bourdais JPM.

Fast and furious at the front but it looks like Power has kind of walked away from the top 5. Gotta say P2-4 are all super close.


Sigh. Wilson in P17. I told him I picked him for fantasy and not to drop the ball. THANKS FOR NOTHING!

Chaves with a monster save on the inside of Kanaan. Excellent car control. You are both out of the race if you didn’t gather is back up.

Aaaaaand Filippi around Wilson.


Not that IMS ever really looks that bad, but you can tell grounds had another year to replant grass and really define gravel traps for this year.


Director shows the continuing fight between TK and Coletti. You would think this was the only battle on track. But Coletti is hanging tough today.


Chaves and Kimball fighting right behind them. This is good stuff, if only for 2 laps.

WOW Chaves running Kimball all the way to the pit attenuator. One car width and an inch; well done.


In-program Honda ad while we are onboard the Chevy of Dixon. Are we really that ignorant?


Leaders in. will be tough to make it if they make final stops on lap 60. 82 lap race.


Booth makes a good point. All the pitstops today help everyone for the 500. May only programs get a huge boost by competing this weekend.


Rahal still out. Great economy for Honda. Booth giving the smack down to AA for not being as good as Graham. This is all so comedic to me and I can’t explain why.


Third turn parking is pretty sparse. I hope you had to have a special ticket to park there or attendance was not that strong.


Newgarden hassling the leaders to get his lap back. So very yes. Aaaand Josef gives Hinch a little tappy tap tap as he slides on by. That is how you do it.

I still can’t believe I am writing about BABE so much in 2015. I do not like this new IndyCar reality.

Rahal around Hinch in a very nice move… Ew.


Hinch is bleeding positions. Obviously. Because why would he not be. I often wonder if SPM just throws darts at he various strategies on the day.


For the record… and save for the commentating… I don’t understand the gnashing of teeth regarding the perceived lack of action from this race. It seems all good to me.


Newgarden has been showed the blue and Rahal is radioing for help getting around him from race control. IndyCar is quite inconsistent with their blue flag procedures, Curious if there will be any issues this year.


“Up to Speed” AKA the ABC version of through the field. Pretty deep in the race to be doing this. The patented anotherindycarblog does this race suck-o-meter says this race does not suck that bad if it takes almost ¾ of the race to find time for this segment.

Also, we only go back through P8. Seems very random because the booth then breaks into the usual aimless conversation after.


Rahal still complaining about Newgarden. THAT’S THE BABE I KNOW. Seriously, Josef needs to get the hell out of the way. He has already lost his lap and is now watching the leader drive away from him. RESPECT THE RACE NEWGARDEN!


ECU change for Pagenaud. Awesome that this is considered outpatient surgery; no garage time needed.


Penske boys in way way way early. I mean, I’m sure they can go the distance, but this will be a long long stint.


Rahal around Josef finally. I actually do feel bad for Rahal. I bet Montoya is around in 1 lap though…




mmmm… I want Steak ‘n Shake… a sponsor I can actually appreciate and support on a regular basis.


I think we have been resigned to watch Power circulate for these final 16 laps.


Asking Tim Cindric if his driver has enough fuel is the dumbest question ever. Like he is ever going to blink. Can we just continue to break down the race and, I don’t know, maybe train the camera on someone other than Power?

Unfair. We have only been following him for 2 laps. There’s still plenty of time to not show anything else other than Power.


Ok Ok Ok, we are actually watching Rahal. I can get into this.

Ill tell you what, having someone slow in the car is great marketing for Dale Coin. His blank ass cars get a ton of airtime as they are lapped every 5 or 6 laps.


Back on Power…

Ah, the old catch vs. pass debate.


Ok, cool. The camera has actually been following through about P5. This is much better direction from ABC than we usually get at this point in a race. +1 Mr. Director.

Pag out. Must have died on the table… Along with my Fantasy team this weekend.


Have I missed the blue flags all year? I’m seeing them everywhere today.


Have I said I think these cars look super kick ass yet?


Been watching HCN for a few minutes. I like when the 4 Penske cars are painted with different accent colors. They all look so classy.


Rahal is starting to visually push. Power looks solid as a rock. With only 4 laps left now is totally the time to follow the leader around. I approve.

Part of me wishes they would run up onto the Indy T1 banking instead of using the twiddle-y snake pit bits. Hell, lets run the right way into Indy T1 as well. Tradition be dammed, we’re road course racing.


Cheever supporting speed increases. Ok, I can totally get behind that. Rooting for BABE and agreeing with the booth… What the hell is going on?!? I feel sick


Losing time. Must be doing final fuel conservation. Verified by Cindric. Damn I’m good.


Power. This is my surprise face.

And he gives us the laziest fist pump in history. I’m really starting to soften on you Will, but you’ve got to give me more than that!

Also, I want more victory burnouts and donuts dammit. Come on Honda and Chevy, get with the program.

Alright. That was pretty good on TV. I am still confused about the high volume of hate regarding this race… and I’m usually driving the I hate ABC bandwagon.

Good to hear Power having such strong focus on the 500.

Replay shows Power give us the hand ten sign. That makes up for a weak fist pump.

Ok, I think that’s enough. We are totally into interviews now. Sorry for the long delay in getting these out, hopefully I can get through the 500 before this weekend. Thanks for your eyeballs and patience!

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes: Barber 2015

Jumping right into it has been this years theme so let’s do it.


The first shots of the Gorgeous Facility are of the flying codpiece triplets. Weird.

The Augusta of Motorsports. I saw the helicopter shots, that grass isn’t nearly as green as the turf at IMS.

The 2 or 3 Long Beach rewinds I’ve seen are really short… I’m just saying.

RHR, why do you always seem so awkward? And for the record, you will not win thrice in a row here.

Lots of interviews. Sigh. Show me more kick ass IMSP clip montages; they can even be clip montages of interviews.

Dixon montage. I may be on the JPM train this year, but Dixon IS THE MAN. I would love to see him in victory lane a few more times this year.

Oakley, your neon green/yellow hipster sunglasses are fugly.

Excellent. Full opening ceremonies. This must just be an NBCSN thing.

Mr. Steve Matchett is such an odd man. Almost too smart to communicate clearly, super overly excitable and yet he still feels like my old grandpa that just want to talk about his stories.

You will never get an anthem critique from me, but you will always get a command critique. And we have had 2 excellent commands in a row. Nothing will top Captain Picard so I have to temper expectations.


The field looks very well aligned.


Dear Helio, Thank you for waiting this weekend and giving us a much better start. The starts and restarts are way more fun for us when you wait just a bit.

Decisive move by Newgarden into P3. Did I pick him? Checking… checking… checking… Nope. Damn

I’ve been saying it all year, but the cars look like rocket ships. Especially on these road courses.


Newgarden catching Helio after taking Power on the inside. Dude. Getting it done.

Now Matchett reiterates what I have already said. Thanks man, why am I not getting paid for this again?


How are we on lap 4 already?!

Racecars so fast.

Helio pulling away. The world is starting to make sense again.

I never watch the side by side stuff. I assume hope that the booth will fill me in on any relevant information that I may have missed whilst in a fast forward tizzy.


Hawksworth… not bumping Munoz… but definitely driving him all the way into the grass. Atta boy.

Replays of a shockingly amazingly clean start. Well done boys! That’s the way it’s supposed to be done!


Rahal doing surprisingly well. I seem to be saying that every week now. Taking daddy off the box so Babe doesn’t have somebody to whine at all day has helped? Who would have thunk?


Dracone flips it around. This is his last race… this is his last race… this is his last race.

If this isn’t his last race, I have no idea how he will handle it.


RHR off strategy. You’re going to need it dude.


This fight for 13 is unbelievable and poor Karam is stuck in the middle with no rubber left. And now Speedy is hassling him. Man, what a tough stint.


Rahal around Dixon. Is water still wet?

My favorite target scheme has always been the white-trimmed livery Dixon is running today.


The pace has been unbelievably fast today. Well, and last week as well come to think of it. Amazing how quick a race clicks off without a bunch of yellow


Matchett on the telestrator. Welcome home Steve.

Rear grip issues with the Ganassi squad. Interesting to see setup deficiencies permeate through the entire team.

All these guys coming in seem like they’re doing it too soon and stopping this early would put you in the 4 stop window. We know that doesn’t work in IndyCar. What are the odds of a yellow? Feels pretty damn slim today.


Matchett gets a lot of shtick, but when he starts talking about the visible wear on the tires, it gets me excited. For a long time I assumed Firestone rubber was indestructible as they never lost time during an entire fuel run.

And just saying ‘fuel run’ reinforces that idea. It’s nice to know they run n the ragged edge of tire life.

Power and SATO spinning together. SATO with endplate damage. Gee… I wonder what happened.



Ugh, that wing better be in the racing line, I feel like this is a kind of unnecessary yellow.

Wow, the Penske guys handed Newgarden the lead. Dude. That is not Penske Perfect AT ALL. Right front tire changer fumbled the nut… Ha.

Replay of Power absolutely smashing into SATO on pit out. I am not impressed Mr. Power. SATO just got SATOED? Power just SATOED SATO? I’m not sure what to think of this and my brain hurts from thinking about it.

Power better get a penalty.


The field is in. Still in 3 stop territory right now.

Newgarden cycles to the lead. The honest to goodness lead. And he has the pace to pull this thing off. But he does have Puntstroneves behind him…

So far I have been highly entertained. Lets keep this up.


JPM in the Hawk car and Dixon in the Coke car look great. The liveries look great this weekend.



Andretti around the outside of RHR. LIKE A FREAKING BOSS!! You’d think we were on an oval!

Penalty for Power. Well done race control.


Rahal and Hinch engaged in an epic battle… And the director cuts away of course.


We got a ‘Beautiful Place’ from Matchett. I wonder if we can do a Bingo card of positive descriptors for Barber?

Ok, we’re back to the Rahal and Hinch battle. THANK YOU.

I hate to say it but Babe is having a fantastic race and a great year.

I made a last minute substitution of him for Kimball and I’m not very happy about it at all. Reminder: Always go with your gut.


JPM in for a new wing under green. Ouch. Another driver headed for a long and tough day.


Did TK just go around the outside of RHR? Is today the day of outside moves?


And it looks like TK went around Andretti as well. Well done


The marbles are a little more pronounced this weekend, but nothing to make going offline a huge penalty. If there are no marbles the track is taking most of the rubber and grip should be skyrocketing through the race.


Coletti into Jakes. It looks like he took too much curb… but that was after making the poor decision to come from approximately a mile back to attempt a pass with 0% change of working.



Leaders into the pits.

Rahal stays out and cycles to the lead. Yes… I really did just write that.

Ok, Rahal says the marbles are really bad today. Good to know. If I can see them on TV they must be bad.


Replay of Newgarden being smart and not running down his crew guy. That’s a good reason to give up a second in the pits.



Montoya getting all Montoya-y on Kimball. I LIKE IT A LOT. But you know they’re going to penalize him.

Kimball falling back and causing all kinds of trouble.


Replays of passing through the entire field. This has been a great race, and we’re being treated to a Honda breakaway.

Too bad it’s on pit work.


Feels like we are finally settling in for the race.

Have to resist comment so I can watch racecars for a few laps.


Is Bourdais in the effective lead?!


Rahal in. There we go.

Ok, no Bourdais is ahead of Filippi and not Newgarden… And it was Castroneves in the effective lead not Newgarden anyway. Going back to edit my mistakes is too hard. You’re welcome.



Damn. Well done Graham.


I went back to check and it looks like Newgarden got around Castroneves on track around lap 41. We did not see it on TV and now Newgarden cycles to the lead. Thanks again Mr. Director, you keep missing the important fights for the effective lead.

The booth is dragging Dracone through the mud. I approve.


We are really focusing Dracone. I don’t understand there are better things to show on TV than an un-sponsored ride buyer.


We finally get a replay of Newgarden around HCN and it was a pretty sweet move at that. Newgarden is really making a statement today.


Pit guy talking over the radio. I HATE THAT. They play radio without telling us who it is and then the announcers talk over them at that. What’s the freaking point?


We cut to Dixon ahead of HCN and then we get the replay. I don’t understand why we miss so many of these passes live. I’m 100% convinced half the reason these races get such a bad reputation of no passing is because we miss it ALL on live TV.


Ok, and w get a live pass pretty deep in the field.


Gonzalez is making life difficult for everyone. But he’s racing for position, so it’s not that bad I guess.


Final stops? Maybe?! This should be exciting. Will we have to save fuel? Dixon is in effective P2. But the racing has been too trough and tumble for much savings.


In the span of 2 corners, Karam runs RHR off the track and gives Hawks a mean elbow. THAT is how you make a reputation!

… and I’m sure he’ll be penalized…

Hawks is really slowing. Hope his car isn’t hurt.

Let the replay show I think RHR should have relented the spot. That was a high speed corner exit and RHR wasn’t halfway up on exit.


Hawks has issues in the pits. The markedly unathletic pit crew really didn’t help things out when the issue was needing to RUN a wheel gun around the car.


8 leaders today. Not too bad.

JPM loses a wheelnut. We’ve seen 3 or 4 nuts hit the ground today. Maybe time to find a new solution.


I can literally see rubber flying through the air. Yes. Marbles are a problem today.

Diffey asks if Rahal can win.



I caught myself rooting for Graham there for a nano-second. WHAT CAN I SAY?! I like seeing tough racing and Graham has been hanging tough today.


Again, we can see a difference in rear wing angles through the field. Such a change from last year.


Ok, Newgarden is good to go and has a 6 second lead on P2 Dixon. I think he can do this.


Fisher is clearly nervous. So awesome.


Newgarden pushes the lead to 7 seconds.


Rahal around the outside of RHR and HCN during successive laps. DUDE WHAT IS GOING ON? IS THIS REAL LIFE? AM I REALLY ROOTING FOR RAHAL?

My brain and soul hurts right now.


Sigh. Robin Miller spewing his regular non-American prejudices. I can avoid him on the internet but don’t let him have any real opinions on TV please?


Rahal 10 seconds behind P2 and gaining 2 seconds a lap.

I feel sick, but whatever… let’s do this.


Nothing to say. Quietly watching Rahal do this thing.


Graham as reached Dixon. Against every thread in my being I am willing him ahead of Dixon.



Dixon doing an amazing job holding off Rahal.





–Post Race–

Best race of the year. How does Barber manage to continuously pump out stellar races? The tightest and almost most maligned track on the schedule produces the most consistent racing.

We could go twice a year and run it backward the second time. Just saying.

Awesome Awesome Awesome.

This has been long and exciting enough. Lets forgo the rest of post race.

I’ll see you in Indy!

Eric Hall

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Unfiltered Race Notes: Long Beach 2015

Ok, As we all know I am an almost religious DVR watcher, so how does my terrible fandom get repaid? By me realizing 10 minutes into the broadcast I was not recording! I recovered and was able to start about 10 minutes in. Stupid AT&T, but the only other option in my area is Comcast. I do not care to switch from satan to pure concentrated evil, thank you very much.

Where are you at Verizon? Do you even do TV? I know you have that kick-ass fiber internet. I’m just saying!

Anyway… Like I really even watch much of the prerace.


Cool, I start with Hinch on the top of the podium!

SAM SCHMIDT DRIVING THE TRACK!!! Even cooler. We totally live in the future. Where’s my hoverboard and transporter?

Replay of the RHR smashy from 2014. Love how unforgiving Hunter-Reay is. Say what you will about him, but that’s oldschool attitude right there.

Damn. That pass into T3 at Indy last year is breathtaking every time I see it.

NBCSN Knows how to keep me engaged in the prerace: very few interviews and a good amount of super awesome montages and features. A+ so far.

I see what looks to be a crane in the fountain area. If it is, big thumbs up to the promoters.

Have we seen the full prerace ceremonies yet this year? I always think broadcasting them is classy.

Every Long Beach retrospective is smashy. Not a surprise?

CAPTAIN PICARD GIVES THE BEST COMMAND OF THE YEAR!!!!!!! (<- Yes, 8 ! were warranted)

Worth noting I will be paying special attention to the Chevy’s given the ridiculous decision to haphazardly destroy an aerokit that cost millions of dollars to develop. I feel for you Chevy.


Still have to say, both of these aerokits look like they’re straight out of the future.

Watching Will Power work his way from the rear should be exciting.


Worst. Formation. Ever.

Looks like we’re back to the bad old days of starts? But it is Long Beach, the place made famous for impossibly terrible formations heading to green.

Dixon looking strong. He could use some good points after a very Dixon-like start to the season.

Looked Like very heads up driving from Marco who came to a complete stop heading into the hairpin.


More Rahal upfront. What the hell is going on. Is he really actually having an OK start to the year?

HCN is walking away. I have a feeling we will be in for a stretched out race if the drivers can keep it off the walls.


lap 4 already. I forgot how quick they click of here.

Onboard with TK. The biggest dude in the field is manhandling this thing.


Debris. Dammit.

Replay of the start shows approximately 1.75 rows aligned for the start.

I understand the sensitivity to debris on the course, but in the event that it is a single piece that one dude can go out and grab real quick we need to create a ‘fast debris yellow’ to make these a bit more bearable.

Filippi and Power stall at pit entrance. What and odd situation. I’m so glad I did not pick Power in my fantasy league, BUT I DID PICK FILIPPI. Sigh.

Still under yellow. My patience is waning.



Dixon looks driven to stay with HCN. Both are way out front.

But my the hairpin, Dixon has already fallen back into the clutches of Montoya.


Yes, these cars look super fast on the streets.


It sounds like Coletti is on 2014 front wing watch! I hope he bangs his nose up so we can get some super cool retro throwback nose action.


Kimball into the pits for a front wing. No info on how it happened.

HCN still out front. I am OK with this. I would really like to see Helio win the championship this year to solidify his place in indycar history


We come back from break and have a weekend montage and immediately go thorugh the field. On the patented anotherindycarblog-how-early-does-through-the-field-happen-indicates-lameness-of-race scale, this is before the first quarter so this race is boring.

I didn’t make the scale, I only report the results.


HOLY CRAP AN ON SCREEN PASS!!! I know there is action up and down the field all day and it’s hard to get it all on tape and show it. Then we need more cameras. If it doesn’t happen on TV, it doesn’t really happen. I’m sure the comments section will be filled with ‘but the lap chart shows 547 passes for position from P10 down.

I don’t care. Show me the money.

But an excellent pass from Bourdais. Get it done, you deserve to win more races.

Sebastian Saavedra sitting in P12. If he finishes better than Karam’s season high of P18, I don’t want to hear anyone else complain about Saavedra funding the remainder of Karam’s season.


Pagenaud inside Montoya. Well done, and a pass for a podium position. Very excellent.


Shhh… racecars… Long Beach

Compared to St. Pete, these drivers are piloting masterful races. Or is this an indication that no one can get close enough to pass and St. Pete is what we should be aspiring to see.


Various drivers start the second pit sequence.

Without the rabbit ears, the Chevy front wings are super reminiscent of the IR09 road and street snow plows.

Also, the subtraction of the rabbit ears do not seem to be making a huge difference. They still shouldn’t be forced to removed them though. Those pieces were homologated fair and square.


Pags looks like he’s warming his tires in preparation for an all out attack on Helio, but it looks like Dixon has already gotten around them both on pit the pit rotation.

We get a shot at Connor Daly. Connor has no money and complains about not being hired, but he as the first guy DCR called when a free seat opened up. I think that says a lot CD, just keep pushing for funding. You have done nothing to prove to me you deserve a ride on merit alone with one of the big teams.

Coletti 10 laps down. What the hell happened?


We’re watching a blue, yellow and red Penske train. How about we see some of that passing that I’m bound to hear about lower in the field on Monday.

Hawks totally blows the fountain complex on cold tires. Saavedra and Kimball both miss him and none of the three touch the barriers at all. I knew you guys had it in you!


I have to say, I’m shocked and extremely impressed with how clean this race has been. Cooler heads have prevailed all day.

The field is slightly stretched, but the race hasn’t been bad at all.


Dracone literally gets freight trained. One more race… one more race… one more race…


More DF created less marbles. Excellent insight from Bell. Thank you, viewing enhanced. The lack of marbles is noticeable!


Miller stroking Daly’s ego. Shocking.

Daly also driving in someone else’s seat. Did you not run the Indy 500? Did you not get a seat insert poured? Why is that seat insert not attached to your hip everytime your at a race?


Onboard with Rahal. Not a huge fan of red cars, but that Steak ‘n Shake livery is HOT.


The cracking from the turbo/gearbox/who knows is super pronounced today. We may not have the raciest sounding engines on the block (I think they sound pretty racy though) but there are definitely other sounds to round out the IndyCar experience.


The cars are noticeably loose on the exit of T8. We’re seeing some awesome car control.


SATO in the pits. The ABC livery looks damn good on the Honda aerokit.


TV continues to talk up the helpfulness of Jakes in the Schmidt organization. I’m not totally sold on that yet though.


Everyone comes in. 25 lap dash to the finish. Dixon out front. I don’t see much changing. A late race caution would be cool, but this hasn’t been the worst day IndyCar has seen by far.


Montoya masterfully gets around Pagenaud. Seeing a move like that makes a race like this totally worth it.


Damn these cars look Hot. Has diecast been released yet? I need it ALL


Oh yea, Will Power. Poor guy. I was just think today about how much of a fan I was becoming of his. Tough day son.


Ugh, we switch to the ‘laps to go’ count. This isn’t freaking NASCAR, just count the laps for me.


Enthralled with racecars.


There are a few trains throughout the field, but I think most of the guys are scared to get too close. Who wants to be the cause of a full course caution?


‘run IndyCars at close to 200 down the front straight’ come on guys, they barely touch 170 here…

How did Coletti just turn the fastest lap of the race? Is he just an incredibly streaky rookie? He has the experience.


We see how terrible Dixon is here at Long Beach. I would love to see him come home with the win today.


Man, JPM and Pags have been fighting for the last 50 laps. I bet there will be 2 tired boys in the Penske camp after its all said and done.

Booth mentions how laid down Pags wing is. Cool to see the cars can finally take those differences. I the past, there was no option but to run the Dallara DW12 at full downforce because of how unwieldy it was.


Dracone is still the butt of chicane jokes.


Pags looks very impatient. Along with being exhausted, I bet there wont be very many friendly words for each other.


The battle for third is intense. Passes or not, these guys are leaving nothing on the track.



How have we gone nearly caution free?!? WELL DONE BOYS!!



DIXON!!! Excellent job Iceman. And any chance to interview Emma is a total bonus.

–Post Race–

I can hear the haters now. NO PASSING, THE CARS CAN’T GET CLOSE. ANYONE BUT PENSKE OR GANASSI. Shut it. That was clean and fast racing. I really enjoy seeing light on caution IndyCar races because we get to see who really has the pace. No surprise it’s Dixon on the top of the podium on a day like this.

Excellent race. I can totally do these early in the season. In one short week we shall reconvene for an in depth discussion regarding the racing in Barber Motorsport Park.

Thanks IndyCar, that was a blast.

Eric Hall

Programing Note: Due to personal obligations next Sunday, there is a good chance notes will appear on Monday.

Programing Note Two: Any interest in qualifying notes?


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Unfiltered Race Notes: Grand Prix of Louisiana 2015

Welcome back to the second installment of everyones favorite race review! Here we are in NOLA Motorsport Park for the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana. After a wet start to the weekend, I’m ready to get down to business. Let’s do this!



Good to see you again NBCSN.

I hope we actually race. It cannot rain again or these INTERMEDIATE tires with a ROAD INSPIRED TREAD PATTERN won’t be able to handle this drizzle.

I hope firestone brings a true full wet sometime this year. They look just as bad as IndyCar does when we have continued issues in the rain.

Starting on entrant points due to lightning in quals. OK. I can dig it. JPM up front is never a bad thing, Even if he ended qualifying in the grass. I’LL TAKE IT!

Even though quals got wiped from history, Bourdais SHOULT NOT have been penalized for impeding the progress of TK. I’m sorry, but TK should not have been on a flier. Why were there not yellows waving for the car off the track? Can’t impede someone yielding for yellows. Right?

Reading the future of the race with tarot cards? Cheesy, but I can dig it.

Ok. 22 minutes of prerace. That’s what I’m talking about. Lets do this!



Less spray than I thought we would see.

TK already motocrossing over the curbs. I hope his back is alright.

JPM checking out already.

Bourdais and Pagenaud knife-fighting already. It’s so early.


In-car with TK. It doesn’t look that bad. Very little standing water. These guys should be able to handle this for 75 laps.


Sage loses a wing tower doo-dad. First piece of debris. Not bad at all. It’s amazing what not having concrete walls lining the circuit will do for debris.


Penske on a split set-up. Interesting.


People are thinking about slicks? What?


JPM is losing slightly to Power. I would usually say cue the jaws music if the roles were reversed, but Power is in the zone.


Power looking for water.


The cars look very good here, but so much of the track looks like every other part of the track. No distinctive features or landmarks at all.


Back to the front. Power and JPM are in a different area code… Ok. I’m preparing myself for a full season of this. I love these guys but even I want to see more colors at the front.


TK and RHR in for… SLICKS?!?! Dudes… I do not agree with this strategy.

Onboard with TK following RHR. Um.. No grip at all.


Looks like those who are heading to pitlane are also taking reds. This is why I’m not a race engineer.

The sky has cleared enough to allow the helicopter to linger on-site. The dry line does not look to be forming quite yet.


TK in the grass and ALMOST INTO SIMONA AND MARCO. Damn son. Get it together.


Leaders in. everyone on reds

How has there not been a yellow yet? Well done drivers. Let’s keep it up!

Chaves doing donut in the grass. This is comical.

HCN right there with Power. Amazing. This may be closer that we had initially thought.


SOME RANDOM DUDE just pushed Chaves off the curb only for him to stall like 37 feet down the road. ALL FOR NOT. Thank you for your help though, random dude in a button down.


Colletti commenting about how much more room and respect is given over here compared to his time in GP2. That’s awesome to hear.



OH NO!! Hawks and Jakes into the barrier before the line!

And Dracone spins it heading into T1. Thank goodness he didn’t collect anyone else. Repeat after me: He will be out of the car by Indy. He will be out of the car by Indy…


For Hawks into the barrier. Yes, his car is definitely bent.

HCN with massive wing damage. Ouch.

Looks like Jakes lost it and Hawks had nowhere to go. Too bad for the sophomore savant.


Well, I guess HCN punted Dracone. I’m sorry… But not really. Seriously, he’ll be gone by Indy.

Miller with Hawks. Man, he is upset. What a great day thrown away by success in the stair lift industry.


JPM telling IndyCar that someone will have a massive shunt on the back straight if someone doesn’t blow this water away. Ahem. This is what called a mixed condition race Mr. Montoya. If you’re gonna shunt on reds, you should have stayed with wets.


Crew member down in the Dracone pit with the driver facing the wrong way. Considering the injured crew member, I will withhold snarky comments regarding Dracone.


Booth says this could be a timed race.

JPM, Power, Pags. Coming to



OH MY GOODNESS. COLETTI!!Amazing no one got collected with him. Young guy is so lucky he backed it into an armco instead of concrete. What a hit.


Booth guesses we will get in 56 laps. Damn. And more rain 20 minutes out. Double damn.

32 (37 minutes remain)


Rahal almost pulls a Coletti.

But I have to say, GET ON IT RAHAL. I picked you in both my fantasy leagues.


Karam into the kitty litter. Ok. This is getting ridiculous. Can we please get some racing in today?!

Onboard with Rahal. Great save. I think pops taking himself off the pit stand may do more for Rahal than any other change in his entire carear.

Not sure what lap we are on.

The entire field heads in to take fuel and reds. Last stops of the day. 23 laps left? I have no idea, I feel like I haven’t seen the lap ticker in 15 minutes.

Booth to car radio is a success?!? How often does that happen?!?

  1. Hinch in the lead through snazzy pit work. This may just play into his hands.


Huertas spins it before the line. Dude.

26 minutes left per the booth. I still have no idea what lap we are on.

Wow, Coletti back out after fixing what was though to be a damaged gear box?

This is feeling like a s*** show today…

Question of the moment: Will se actually get to see more than 2 consecutive laps of green flag racing? No. I highly doubt it.


39 (17 minutes remain)

20 minutes to do 7 laps? We aren’t at Circuit de la Sarthe? Ok, just making sure… That’s so IndyCar.


HOLY CRAP, NOBODY SPUN ON THE GREEN!!!!!!! (<- extra !! just because it was that damn amazing)

Simona into P4. Now that’s how you cover yourself in glory after such a forgettable weekend in St. Pete.


Jakes pressuring HCN. Is this opposite day?

JPM around Power… Excellent..

JPM will drive from hear on out like a crazy person. I vote to stay onboard with him for the remainder of the race.


Jakes around HCN. What? No. Ok. I was about to lose my mind.


Because of course.

Stall by Karam? Sigh. Not what we need to see.

Good for Hinch. I how want this to go yellow the rest of the way considering there is so little time left. Hinch and SSM could use this good will early in the year.

43 (8 minutes remain)


HCN is getting hounded by Jakes and Simona. This is excellent stuff.


Bourdais, RHR and Pags smashed each other. Pags giving Bourdais some lip.

Come on Pags, wait until he gets out and box him!

Now Pags over to RHR to give him some lip. Dude is on a roll.

Replay shows us that Bourdais is a lucky man. He almost took a gearbox to the face.

Man, 3 wide. I don’t think Pags has too much of a right to blame either driver. That was just a scary ass crash. Really, Pags shouldn’t have put himself on the outside of 2 other drivers racing for position in the wet. This is IndyCar for goodness sakes, what did you think would happen?!

45 (3 minutes remain)

Mercifully, I think this thing will run out of time. I cant handle any more of this. Not a great first trip to NOLA for the series.

47 (2 seconds remain)


Congrats Mr Hinch. Talk about a battle of attrition.

Looks like Simona will come home in P4 and Jakes in P3. Who had that for their fantasy league?!

I hope this will secure the short term future for Simona. She deserves so much more after everything she has endured in IndyCar.




I’m out; see you in Long Beach.

Eric Hall



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