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2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis (inc open test)

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  • #259440

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    No, considering Saavedra’s career qualifying average is 19.6. Though to be fair, he did inherit it thanks to the late red flag. ;-)

    #259461

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    @olliekart better be watching Hawksworth come race time ;)

    #259478

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    This reminds me of how Rick Mast won the pole for the first Brickyard 400. Good story, but I’d eat my hat if Saavedra closed the deal and won.

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    He just got super lucky thanks to the rain and that red flag. I’d be surprised if he even finishes in top 5.

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    @pezlo2013 You could tell he was using karters line by ‘kerb-hopping’ :P

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    An exciting end to the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis and a tense win for Simon Pagenaud.

    But a few worrying moments during the race – the start-line crash, Martin Plowman’s aerial collision with Franck Montagny, and the incident which left James Hinchcliffe injured, about which we are still awaiting further updates.

    Here’s the start incident:

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    @keithcollantine Andretti confirm Hinch took debris to the helmet causing his injury. Reports are that he was talking on the stretcher.

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    Those sort of incidents are so so tricky. No way Muñoz could see him.

    BTW, I’d not have raised my arms in that situation…

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    Hinchcliffe came off a lot better than Felipe Massa, but not cleared to race although he was sent home tonight.

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    I really think standing start is actually not a good idea for IndyCar. I mean, these cars are so wide, it makes impossible for a someone two rows back to dodge a stalled car in-front. Also, race control needs to change their restart procedures as well. Those restart cockups are nothing but embarrassing. Hope Hinch is okay. Thinking of him.

    Championship standings-
    1.Will Power -149
    2.Ryan Hunter-Reay -148
    3.Simon Pagenaud -143
    4.Hélio Castroneves -102
    5.Scott Dixon -102

    #259769

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    RE: Munoz, this is why he jinked left at the start –

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    Best wishes for Hinchcliffe – wasn’t clear to me what went on down the back straight, but any sort of concussion and it’s got to cast serious doubts on his fitness to run around Indy in the usual direction for the rest of May.

    Those bunched restarts have to change, they just look wrong – as if the leader’s going stupidly slow. But as Graham Rahal said on TV after he was a victim of the restart, those road-course rear wings are so big, the drivers can’t see a thing from behind another car – and that’s an issue for standing starts as well. And a little less downforce could be a good thing – it’s certainly made F1 more of a spectacle.

    #260041

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    You’ll like the superspeedway oval wings then. ;-)

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    Keith Collantine

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    Giving some insight into what happened to Hinchcliffe, here’s the damage caused to Martin Plowman’s crash helmet by debris:

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    As I understand it, the piece of debris that hit Hinchcliffe was carbon fibre from Wilson’s car on the back straight, at full speed. Fortunately not as heavy as the spring that injured Massa a few years back.

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