IndyCar, just racing

Discussion in 'Racing' started by shrineclown, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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  2. Wallace

    Wallace Seat belt tight babe?

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    As if dropping earl from the title will make it suck any less :rofl
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  3. wxwax

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    I give up. The IRL doesn't exist any more, except in thread titles on Adventure Rider.

    When the turds float to the surface, blame yourself, mod.
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  4. wxwax

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    I find this discouraging. Rubens on his first IndyCar race.


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  6. HarveyMushman

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    I wonder what drives the need for such fuel saving? I assume the cars’ fuel tanks are regulated to a certain capacity, yes? Is each car limited in the total amount of fuel it can use during a race? Was Rubens’ team simply trying to minimize stops? Are there political/marketing factors at work, i.e., is IndyCar trying to be “green” by encouraging better fuel economy from its cars?

    It’d be one thing if a fast driver/team made the decision to save fuel in an effort to skip a fuel stop, and quite another if all the fast drivers/teams are cruising around at 80% throttle—not racing—because they have to, for whatever reason.

    :dunno
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  7. PeteN95

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    I kind of like the looks of the new cars and it's great to hear turbo motors again! :D
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  8. wxwax

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    Good questions. They did reduce the size of the fuel tank this season, from 22 to 18.5 gallons. The new car package is intended to reduce fuel consumption (a goal that seems a bit silly to me.)

    I think every car in the field was in fuel-saving mode for the entire race, based on the radio transmissions we heard.

    I can only assume the obvious -- it has something to do with race distance versus fuel capacity/fuel consumption and the number of stops required. :dunno
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  9. Dagofast

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    The 18.5 gallon limit is by default, not design.

    The original target was 20 gallons reduced from 22 for the new smaller V6 turbo motors. But the leeg mandated cell mfg produced cells that ranged from over 22 to down to 18.5 gallons. There being no way to expand the capacity of the smallest cells, the smallest became the defacto new rule. Thus the teams that received the larger cells have to run with a brick or two (or more) in their tanks to meet the new limit. Changing the name on the building sign at 16th St. and Georgetown Rd. has sure made everything all top flight and professional and shit. :rofl
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  10. Jurgen

    Jurgen CysHeteroPatriarch Super Moderator

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    Do you think at all you could have handled this request in a better way? Or is it Whinge day?
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    You mean like the first two requests?

    Thank you for changing it.
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    In the link which I provided, it states that the goal was 19 gallons, but that manufacturing inaccuracies by the sub-contractor forced them to reduce it to 18.5 for all cars.

    The article goes on to say that the missing half-gallon is a difference of about half a lap per tankful at St. Petersburg. Not significant.
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    You mean in a thread that I look in at best once a week. PM's work. Do you really think not having IRL in the title will keep the boogie man away?
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    Had an answer, but a silly tit-for-tat with you only leads us closer to last year's fiasco of a thread. You fixed it. Thank you. I'm stopping.
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  15. Dagofast

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    Final rating for St Pete = 0.9 <This embarrassing number is from ABC. When they end up on Re-Versus it should drop to about .1 or test pattern status.

    Down 25% from last year.

    I know the *ahem* brain trust at mIndyCar was counting on the eggsitement of a new car and multiple engines to bring in the eyeballs.
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    Too bad the new car is being called "Visual Punishment" :eek1
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    Just to keep things fair and balanced; the golden boy of mIndy did get his due and was voted #1 by Jalopnik!
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  17. Wallace

    Wallace Seat belt tight babe?

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    Bernie could only manage second :rofl
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  18. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Anybody at Barber this weekend?

    Helio on pole (dammit).

    Loti way in the back.

    How about the new kid in 2nd? Impressive.
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    Love to, but going to Masters on Monday, can't do both. The Barber museum is a must-see.

    Helio is rescuing his career. I thought they might dump him after last season.
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  20. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    i'm not a penske fan, but helio is just too good to dump after one bad season.

    kind of bummed they didn't show qualifying for st pete, but at least i have it tivoed from barber.

    here's to seeing lotus get it together and some new bodywork.