Unfiltered Race Notes: Milwaukee 2014

OK, Here we go with the Milwaukee race notes… finally. I think I have found some international feed on youtube as there was not even a second of prerace; straight into the command and the launching of the cars. I must say, I’m not upset. Let’s do this!

Arie back into the two-seater… interesting

—Race—

GREEN

Power straight to the lead, RHR in last

Good to see the guys really using the new tires and slice through the field early on

3

I know we are some 15+ mile an hour slower than the old CART machinery here in qualifying, but these guys still look fast on this ancient ribbon of concrete

7

Sato nearly crashes before the race even starts. Well done. I expect nothing less from you

9

Spending a few laps onboard with RHR and there is no one better to be onboard here with. The guys is so good here, even if he is starting from the rear of the field

12

Alright, I know I am watching this a few weeks late and the crowd debate has been beat to death, but the main grandstands look really full. Obviously, the shorties in T1 and T4 are sparse, but the mains are full with people sitting all the way down to the fence

24

The commercials really eat up a lot of laps here

RHR still slicing through the field with Hinch close in tow

27

It’s very hard to tell if there is fuel savings going on here at Milwaukee. It just feels like if you do decide to lift early, you will instantly be out of contention

29

Power ahead by over ½ a second… an eternity at Milwaukee

31

Lost sound on the feed. Sounded faded down in the studio, I bet this is an issue with the broadcaster

33

Now Dixon making a few moves. The cars that are on it here really look on it

Taking the entrance to 1 the half lane down can gain you a good amount of ground

37

Alright, I think that was an uncommented commercial break. Wonder why I missed those ten or so laps early on

39

Did you know Charlie Kimball has diabetes?

42

Confirmed. This is the world feed. We get no off track cut away interviews. I’m 100% ok with that

44

Onboard with Pagenaud. Dude has so much trouble on ovals; he does not look comfortable at all right now

47

Saavedra holding up a pack of quick guys. Shocking

51

Castroneves is mired behind SS as well. I can imagine the seething under the helmet, HCN needs to go

52

Pags first in. That orange is beautiful. Possibly my favorite car in the field, and bold monochromatic liveried don’t usually look too hot on the DW12s

56

The rest of the field is filing into the pits rather quickly

59

TK gaining on Power ever so slightly

60

3 WIDE INTO T1 AND T3. These guys get nutty on new tires

62

JPM hits a tire in the pits with no penalty. What?!

64

Carpenter in. For a tiny team, his crew is blindingly fast. What a difference between ECR and SFHR

66

Knock down drag out fight for the lead! TK is just a bit slower in the lowside and loses momentum to Power riding around the high side. I think we can classify this oval run for Power as clinical already. Not many people could have help off a charging TK for the lead on an oval

70

Silent commercial break, this time we are onboard with Power looking back at TK. Good view for a few moments of silence

72

The Mile looks pretty smooth considering the harsh northern winters and tunnel running under the track. I’m sure this place hasn’t been resurfaced in a long while. What a great facility to have IndyCars at

75

Power running into some heavy lapped traffic

79

RHR up to P6 with the Ganassi/Penske show ahead

81

Ha ha! The lap speeds are being displayed in KPH

85

Bell mentions high-speed commitment. Well put

87

Stat mentions Hawksworth finished P9 last year here in IndyLights… out of what, 11 cars? Silly stat

90

Awesome battle between HCN and about 3 other guys during the silent commercial break. Glad I got to see it

95

RHR +14 to P5. Get it done

99

Have yet to mention Newgarden. The kid is finishing the year strong. I hope good things come to him in 2015

100

Points as they run. Still kind of far from the end of the year to be doing this isn’t it?

105

Dixon in. Looks like the guys are only running about 50 lap stints out of a possible maximum of 70. Another tire limited race it looks like

114

…enthralled with the racing…

115

Stops still happening. If this race continues green until the end there could be a stop every single lap as the strategies drift away

119

TK hastling Power from a lap down with new tires. Takes him a few laps to get around even with new tires

122

TK to the lead with over 3.5 seconds in hand

125

Power has already reeled in TK by nearly a second

127

Through the field. Over half way? Not bad. My supremely scientific method of using when ‘through the field’ first appears to gauge the excitement of whatever race I am watching. It feels like nearly every race has seen through the field over halfway through

131

YELLOW

Munoz brushes the wall

About half the field comes in with TK not taking tires and Power not even coming in for fuel. Interesting shift in strategy

Munoz behind the wall

A few late takers for fuel and tires

135

Good for AJFR. They jumped Kimball in the pit battle

141

GREEN

TK and JPM rushing through the field

Sounds like TK may have actually taken tires. Confused with the conflicting info

148

Power has settled into a comfortable lead. This has been an unbelievable afternoon for him.

Power TK JPM. Strong top 3

154

Has the race been exciting? I think so. Yes, it’s been slightly strung out, but the cars look spectacular here. The drivers are clearly working hard and you can see that in the attitude of the cars through the corner

260

Top 3 have closed up and are sprinting away from the field

TK cites Ted Horn as the guy who made him work at short ovals. Cool shout out

163

Through the field

Pags hanging tough in the top 10. Pretty good day after a slow start

Broken suspension for RHR. Shades of Pocono. What a weird year for the Indy 500 winner. No yellow

Replay. GREAT save

177

The guys are still close up front, but traffic looms ahead

TK and JPM have done an excellent job keeping power in their sights

183

Newgarden in pretty early. It may be tough to make it to the end from here

188

Slow stop for Marco

189

Power in. This should be his last stop. Nice reminder from Cindric to not speed on pit lane

Rest of the field streams in as well. This could be the longest stint the field has had to run

195

Good race between JPM and TK, but they are over 3 seconds behind Power

Honestly, I never thought I would see Power run this dominant of an oval race.

200

Newgarden could be holding up JPM and TK, but still a great run from him

202

Wow, once the traffic got thick Powers lead evaporated with JPM bombing past Newgarden for P2

204

JPM and Power racing for the win

This race will be decided by how well the two guys can get around traffic

210

Cindric: Be mindful of fuel

JPM having trouble with traffic

215

I saw them give the blue to Munoz from the flagstand. I don’t like the idea of race control parting the seas for the leader while P2 and down have to fight to navigate the traffic

220

Sounds like Newgarden can’t make it to the end

Wow, Pagenaud in P3. Huge day for him and SSM

225

So Power is running away with it and no one has anything for him. This is a defining drive

233

Aaaand Pags slips down to P7

235

Montoya is slowly closing in, but he just doesn’t have to speed through traffic

242

Power is doing a great job cutting through traffic. I’m shocked at how well he is running this race. It has all clearly clocked for Power

246

Pagenaud not letting Power by. I wish we could hear what Pags is mumbling to himself under the helmet right now

248

Big points swing for Power

250

CHECKERED

Power “I love winning on ovals!”

Absolutely amazing. With this kind of dominant win on the definition of a drivers track, buckle in for a few years of Power crushing the field. Even if he lost a hair on the twisties, what he has gained on the ovals this year has been nothing short of masterful. I think we saw someone ‘get it’ this afternoon.

Not a bad afternoon of racing. Exciting but somewhat uneventful, but the cars still look spectacular here. Final thought? I want to see INDYCAR give the teams road course boost. We need 750 horses here.

Eric Hall

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