Wednesday, April 26, 2017

INDYCAR: Clippings from The Barbers'

Just a few, brief clippings from Barber Motorsports Park's IndyCar weekend...

For now, I'll refrain from my travails as a Blind Word Hack' trying to S-E-E; Err guess where to point Thy Mouse to make the Live Timing & Scoring page work; ergo where the FREAKIN' Play Button is...

Since although I figured I-T out for the Indy Lights race, I was none too happy when apparently IndyCar pushed Qualie' ahead in fear of the impending weather to blindly search 'N search for the mouse to turn into a "Helping Hand" to click upon the Youtube box; URGH! Only to hear them in mid-interview with Zach Veach after round one of Qualifying had finished; ACK!

Enjoyed hearing Stefan Stork' Wilson in the booth with Mark Graveley' James and Davey Hamilton, as I agree with Davey's assessment over how the Wilson family's such a Class Act, who truly deserves not only his 2018 Indy 500 ride, but inclusion in this year's field too, if possible.

As IMS Radio Network's Pitlane reporter Rob "Some Heads Are Gonna roll!" Howden teased us with his speculation regarding his querying Ricardo Juncos on when they're gonna announce Kyle Kiser as one of their Indy 500 drivers. To which Juncos reportedly hinted that probably wouldn't happen...

Thus the intrigue continues ratcheting up, and listening to Stefan (Wilson) made me think how IndyCar needs to insert him into one of those seats as a reward for his allowing the biggest story in racing to happen!

Although I've got ZERO idea if Stefan's contractually obligated to Honda only driver status or not?

Quip of The Weekend
Most entertaining interview of weekend for Mwah, although I cannot do the Russian English accent justice here; Hya! Comes from The Mad Russian, Mikhail Aleshin who told IMS Radio Network Newby' Pitlane reporter Ryan Marie(?) just after qualifying seventh when asked how was his racecar set-up for the race? I Don't Know about Racecar, I only focus on qualifying so far...

Even better yet was Aleshin's response in regards to Sunday's possible weather conditions.

"One report say's Rain. One report say's Cold. We'll have to wake up in morning and see what weather is..."

Indy Lights Rolls On...
Dan Anderson, the president of Anderson Promotions, the Overseers of the entire Mazda Road To Indy (MRTI) ladder series not only was on hand, but gave the command for the field to start the Indy Lights 400th race.

Winner of the series inaugural race, was definitely a surprise, when 31 years ago the developmental "ladder" series was then called ARS, (American Racing Series) and powered by normally aspirated Buick V-6's with open velocity stack intakes...

For which I'll forever remember being amazed seeing these March 86 Wildcat chassis Buick's engines sporting bright yellow tennis-balls in them to prevent foreign objects being ingested!

Witnessing this on more than Juan' occasion when wandering the Paddock at my Hometrack, nee Portland International Raceway, (During a different lifetime...) which after nearly a quarter of a century of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART)  and Champ Car World Series (CCWS) series events on Father's Day weekend was abandoned; Thanks IndyCar!

Race No. 1, the 1986 Season Opener held on April 6th was won by Steve Millen at Phoenix International Raceway, where the Kiwi' had never raced upon an Oval before, winning for Truesports late owner Jim Trueman, the same year Bobby Rahal won at Indianapolis.

Race #100 winner was "Steady Eddie," aka Four times GP500 Motorcycle champion Eddie Lawson. Y'all remember that Lawson was a CART/PPG IndyCar rookie with Galles Racing in '96, the same year that some Italian Chap named Zanardi arrived in Americre and drove for Cheep' Ganassi, right?

Some Grandson of 'Ol SuperTex fondly known as Quattro', aka A.J. Foyt IV won Race #200.

And the Race 300 winner was actually on hand to present the Race #400 victor a special commemorative race trophy. As thee Mayor 'O Hinchtown, was his typical witty self in the post race interviews. As James Hinchcliffe said it makes him feel really old!

He can't believe it's already a hundered races since he won No. 300 at Long Beach, before  they talked to the winner, 17yr old Colton Herta, son of Bryan "High Speed Hurdles" Herta, co-owner of Andretti Herta Autosport, the defending Indy 500 winning team.

Crushing Defeat...
What can Yuhs say 'bout Will Power? As the Aussi' Done Checked Out on the field multiple times at thou Barber's, leading an astounding 60 of the race's 90 laps from Pole only to suffer the cruelty of having a rear tyre deflating rapidly, forcing him to pit from the lead!

Not sure why, but I became curious at just where the "Toowoomba Toranadoe" stood in the rankings for career Poles after notching his fourth in Alabama, knowing he's pecking away at his team-Mate Hulio', the Dancin' Fool's astonishing amount, since I thought I'd heard that Castroneves was P4 for career Pole positions somewheres', eh?

Thus, by my unofficial reckoning, since the information seems to be scarce upon this topic, Will Power and Helio Castroneves are now apparently tied for fourth overall with 46 Poles apiece, albeit think Power's done I-T in roughly half the races Castroneves contested?

As it appears that SuperMario', aka Mario Andretti leads this category with 67 career Poles, followed by A.J. Foyt with 53 and then "Uncle Bobby" (Unser) tenuously sits in P3 with 49 career Poles, which certainly Power will eclipse shortly...

Funny how my "gut Instinct" was correct, since when I originally pondered how many Poles HULIO' had, I said to Thyself 48, but couldn't find anythingy' corroborating this. Instead apparently finding only outdated material.

Yet Castroneves has now tied Uncle Bobby for third place overall career Poles upon scoring his second of the 2017 season at Phoenix International Raceway, which I learned via the Indianapolis Star's "Curty" Cavin replacement, Jim Ayello.

Top-5 Career Pole Positions
1. Mario Andretti         67
2. A.J. Foyt                      53
3. Bobby Unser             49
    Helio Castroneves   49
5.            Will Power       46