Indianapolis 500 [Live Thread]

Helio Castroneves is on the Pole for the 500 - Can He go Flag to Flag? [Indy 500 Live Thread]

5/24/09 in IndyCar   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

All the build up, all the qualifying, all the pomp and circumstance is done, All that's left is the racing.

Helio Castroneves has had a year of trials, literally, and tribulations.  The US Government announced Friday they will be dropping all the remaining tax evasion charges, and his mind is eased.  He can concentrate on the race. It might be trouble for the rest of the field.

Danica will be trying, once again to be the first woman in Indianapolis' Victory Lane, the first to drink the milk.  John and Marco Andretti will both be trying to be the first Andretti in Victory Lane, since Mario Andretti won 40 years ago today.

It is the second race, in the second differnent series, and arguably the most historied, the most famous and possibly, the most exciting.  If you're watching as part of your Memorial Weekend activities, join us racing fanatics and talk it up here. 

And thank you to troops everywhere who protect ALL of us in North America.  God bless.

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5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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Dude What is your problem with me???

I said exactly that ,it was not breaking news, no links....

BTW Jeff Hammond did have a discussion about it today as well, during the rain delay

I didnt know I was only allowed to post substantiated info... I was passing along what I heard, and making a joke about it..

For something as important to the health of my favorite racing as Danica racing in NASCAR, I need more confirmation that some NASCAR people I've never heard of yapping about it.

And yes, I meant substantiated (I knew it too, but after I got off the 'puter for a while). Sorry. I've been drinking all day, as you might imagine.

5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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HMMMMMMMMMM I think it says no breaking news, or links right there in my comment..it was flashed on the scrolling screen during Nascar Now..................
And, Jeff Hammond also discused it during the rain delay!

If there's no link, then it's still a rumor, and thus not substantive.

5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Toejam wrote:
a huge crowd but also thousands of empty seats, the economy is hurting all kind of racing........

Really? Seemed packed to the gills to me. Maybe some of the worst seats went unfilled, but that was it.

5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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And so it begins...Danica is coming to Nascar for rides in both the truck series, and NWS..No breaking news or links yet, but it was flashed on the bottom of the screen during Nascar Instant Replay (or whatever that show is).

Cant wait to see her stomp down the track there..LMBO, someone's wife is libel to take her out!!

Got a link for this? A quick Google search shows nothing substantive.

5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Mario Morias and Marco Andretti into the wall.  Mario into Marco and into the wall, and he looks like he is wanting to make a "gesture" to Marco, who is in the pits.  Marco will not win today

I heard on Friday that Moraes tends to take a high line and a crash was likely to happen. Didn't think it would be that soon.

5/24/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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What was the top 5?

Helio-Wheldon-Danica-Townsend Bell (fantastic drive)-Power

5/24/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

And there it is, Helio wins!  My boy Max Power got 5th!.

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

HELIO CASTRONEVES WINS INDY!!!!!!!! a great drive.......

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

holding holding holding breath..............

5/24/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Heilo's got it barring a wreck.

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Helio pulling away with 5 to go.......

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Castroneves seems to be in control with 10 laps to go....the feel good story of 2009?

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

these restarts have some "hold your breath" racing....cars are going everywhere......

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

I was hoping to get the grass cut between races but it looks like that isn't going to happen today.....

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

(Edited by Toejam)

Meira HARD into the wall....Meira is very lucky he didn't get upside down, he rode the wall a long ways through the turn. Hopefully he is ok, they are taking their time getting him out of the car.....not a good day for him

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

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And so it begins...Danica is coming to Nascar for rides in both the truck series, and NWS..No breaking news or links yet, but it was flashed on the bottom of the screen during Nascar Instant Replay (or whatever that show is).

Cant wait to see her stomp down the track there..LMBO, someone's wife is libel to take her out!!

that doesn't suprise me in the least, she will be a walking, talking gold mine both for herself and for NASCAR.....I don't look for her to find much success there, most of the stories will be on  pit road....imo

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

another yellow with 37 laps to go...should be an exciting run to the checkered flag.......

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Debi_L wrote:

And I've never been a Bobby Rahal fan.  I saw him do an interview after a wreck once, and he rubbed me the wrong way, the way he whined about some other (imaginery) driver getting into him, and as young as I was, it formed an opinion that never really changed
 

I can understand that, same way i feel about Mario Andertti.....all of the Andrettis for that matter.....

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

And I've never been a Bobby Rahal fan.  I saw him do an interview after a wreck once, and he rubbed me the wrong way, the way he whined about some other (imaginery) driver getting into him, and as young as I was, it formed an opinion that never really changed
 

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

WOW....Miras' car was entirely engulfed in flames in the pits, they got the fire out and he went back into the race without losing a lap.....talk about ballsy......sure hope the fueler is ok with his burns......

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Debi_L wrote:
hmmmm interesting, right here in this thread, we have three exes...........

And I'm really sorry about Kanaan, not so much about Rahal, he whines like his father.

I always liked Bobby R....he was far and away the friendliest and most approachable driver i have ever seen at a track, you could always find him riding a little fold up bike somewhere along pit lane....always willing to chat with the fans.......

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Godaddy!!!!!!!!

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

a huge crowd but also thousands of empty seats, the economy is hurting all kind of racing........

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

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Good luck - I tried "teaching" there for 2 years.   Some folks never learn....

hmmmm interesting, right here in this thread, we have three exes...........

And I'm really sorry about Kanaan, not so much about Rahal, he whines like his father.

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Kanaan into the wall with a hard hit, glad he is ok after that one....

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

now it's Hamilton into the wall...it is a one groove race track through the turns today,,,,,,

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Rahal into the wall...too bad, anohter  great name in American racing is out......

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

it is 73 degrees and cloudy in Charlotte, the forecast is for thunderstorms tonight.....

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

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A friend just turned me onto a really cool timer and leaderboard...www.indy500.com..bottom of the page..timer and leaderboard... Takes a minute I think its overloaded, but the setup is suhweet!!

LMAO I used it on Bump Day, didn't have the quals on TV, and gearhead told me about it - awesome isn't it?

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Hunter Rhey into the wall, another yellow

5/24/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Go Max Power!

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

I love the split screen ads that they use on these races, what a plus they would be for NASCAR telecasts...although the godaddy ads should all be full screen......

5/24/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Debi_L wrote:
WTF is with ESPN's ticker, showing cautions when there are none? Oh wait....it is ESPN after all, right?

They did their best impression of Versus or NBC.

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

WTF is with ESPN's ticker, showing cautions when there are none? Oh wait....it is ESPN after all, right?

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!  Oh seriously, I hope not, I hope Mario's crew get him a monitor and get him under control, but wow, what an exciting start.

5/24/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Wow, Marco just absolutely OWNED the guy who wrecked him in his interview.  Awesome.

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Mario Morias and Marco Andretti into the wall.  Mario into Marco and into the wall, and he looks like he is wanting to make a "gesture" to Marco, who is in the pits.  Marco will not win today

Mario hitting Marco....how ironic is that......

5/24/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Not even a lap in and two guys are done.  Whoops.

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

I am not a Andretti fan but that was a tough break for Marco

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Mario Morias and Marco Andretti into the wall.  Mario into Marco and into the wall, and he looks like he is wanting to make a "gesture" to Marco, who is in the pits.  Marco will not win today

5/24/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

just got home from taking the better half out to breakfast, just in time for the almost green flag.....I am ready for 1100 miles of racing today....BLESS OUR TROOPS and hope for good weather

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

GREEEN GREEN GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN Flag racing at Indy!


I feel so alone

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

OMG, she's having contractions??? How long is this race again? ROFL

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

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I love Helio...but I am DARIO all the way today...

Morning Debi, et al

1100 laps of racing today...I think I died and went to track heaven!!

What??? You mean you didn't watch the F1 race at 4 am?

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Jim Nabors, back home again in Indiana   I always cry

5/24/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

I'm suddenly thirsty for milk.........

5/24/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Well, some of the pomp and circumstance is underway yet, with dirver introductions.