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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:29 pm

Dan Wheldon was killed during a crash early in today's IndyCar race and ESPN stayed on the air while his death was confirmed and kept its camera on the drivers, who must've known what was what. It was kind of surreal.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby David Hall » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:49 pm

Absolutely horrifying and awful. Such a talented driver. It's a real wake-up call to fans and drivers alike that this is a truly dangerous sport.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby gravitymachine » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:33 pm

wow, that is pretty tragic, especially amidst the comments of the Indycar CEo leading up to this event, and the concerns of the exceptionally high speed during practice

LAS VEGAS — Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnarled in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2. The 33-year-old racer was a two-time Indy winner, including this year's race.

Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup during Lap 13.

Weldon was airlifted from the track to University Medical Center; about two hours later, his colleagues were told of his death.

"IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race."

In his honor, drivers took part in a five-lap salute around the oval.

IndyCar has not had a fatality since Paul Dana was killed at Homestead in 2006, during a crash in a morning warmup.

Sunday's wreck left Townsend Bell upside down while smoldering cars and debris littered the track nearly halfway up the straightaway of the 1.5-mile oval.

The accident appeared to start when Wade Cunningham's car swerved on the track and JR Hildebrand drove over the left rear of Cunningham's car. Hildebrand appeared to go airborne, and Cunningham's car shot up into the wall, setting off a chain reaction among the cars behind him.

Some of those cars slowed, others didn't, and others spun in front of Wheldon and Power. There was so much chaos on the track it was hard to tell who was driving what car.

Power appeared to fly over Alex Lloyd's car, rolling into the catchfence and landing on its right side. His in-car camera showed one of the front tires coming toward him in the cockpit.

Wheldon then appeared to drive over Paul Tracy's car. Tracy seemed to be slowing but Weldon did not. He went airborne and spun into the fence.

The track was red-flagged following the accidents while crews worked on fences and removed smashed cars.

Wheldon started in the back of the pack but quickly worked his way through the 34-car field before the wreck.

Despite winning this year's Indy 500, Wheldon couldn't put together a full-time ride this season. He landed in Sunday's race thanks to Bernard's promotion that promised $5 million to any moonlighting driver who could win the IndyCar season finale at Vegas. Although there were no takers, Bernard refused to scrap the idea and Wheldon was declared eligible for the prize.

It was Wheldon's 134th career start, but only the third of the season for the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner.

"It was like a movie scene which they try to make as gnarly as possible," said Danica Patrick, making her final IndyCar start. "It was debris everywhere across the whole track, you could smell the smoke, you could see the billowing smoke on the back straight from the car. There was a chunk of fire that we were driving around. You could see cars scattered.

Drivers had been concerned about the high speeds at the track, where they were hitting nearly 225 mph during practice.

Their concerns became reality when contact on Turn 2 sent cars flying through the air, crashing into each other and into the outside wall and catch fence.


"I'll tell you, I've never seen anything like it," Ryan Briscoe said. "The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from Terminator or something. I mean, there were just pieces of metal and car on fire in the middle of the track with no car attached to it and just debris everywhere. So it was scary, and your first thoughts are hoping that no one is hurt because there's just stuff everywhere. Crazy."

Also injured in the crash were Hildebrand and Pippa Mann. Both will remain in the hospital overnight. IndyCar said Mann was being treated for a burn to her right pinkie finger and will be released Monday morning, and Hildebrand was awake and alert but will be held overnight for further evaluation

The accident spoiled what Bernard had hoped would be a showcase event for the struggling IndyCar Series.

The second-year CEO worked the entire season on turning the finale into a spectacle, and said he'd offer his resignation to the IndyCar board of directors if ABC's broadcast didn't pull a .8 ranking. His goal was to improve upon last year's season finale's horrible television rating and give the series some momentum for what's hoped to be a strong season in 2013 with the introduction of a new car and new manufacturers.

So Bernard poured everything into Las Vegas, renting the speedway from owner Bruton Smith and agreeing to promote the event himself. He landed enough sponsorship to at least break even on race, and the $5 million challenge bought him an enormous amount of publicity the entire year.

Bernard got the Las Vegas Strip to close to stage a parade of cars, hosted industry parties and a blackjack tournament all to boost interest in the race. He even got MGM Grand Resorts to offer a pair of tickets to anyone staying this weekend in one of the chain's 14 properties.

But what was hoped to be a day of celebration quickly turned somber.

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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:09 am

That was the worst fucking birthday I have had in a long, long time.

1. Why on God's green earth were they racing at another Bruton Smith track? Nothing good has ever happened at one of them. They are designed for tanks lumbering around at 60 MPH slower. The drivers don't like Texas and were scared of Las Vegas. None of them wanted to race there. Why are they hitching their wagon to that fat fuck and his backwoods low-rent JoeyChitwood schtick?

2. 60% of IndyCar's problem can be traced to craptastic broadcast team on Versus. Bob Jenkin's level of competency and broadcast professionalism rarely rises above the "Boom goes the dynamite" kid. New fans must be completely turned off.

3. Instead of owning what IndyCar is, lead sponsor Izod's marketing is clunky and facile at best, insulting at worst.

There are myriad other problems, but the drive to create TV events at the expense of the racing and competition is the largest.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Sun May 27, 2012 3:38 pm

New record for lead changes in an Indy 500 today and almost a great finish.

Fun argument: Who's got the best shot at being the next four-time winner, Franchitti or Castroneves? Both have great owners who will spend whatever it takes to have great cars.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Tue May 29, 2012 9:04 am

The Suburban Avenger wrote:New record for lead changes in an Indy 500 today and almost a great finish.

Fun argument: Who's got the best shot at being the next four-time winner, Franchitti or Castroneves? Both have great owners who will spend whatever it takes to have great cars.



Once Sato was in the mix you KNEW it was going to end in a crash. There is just no way it does not happen.

The Captain always has a good stable, but he has also clearly had a #1 driver in the mix, which right now is Will Power. Until Will loses golden boy status, Helio is going to have a difficult time.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Tue May 29, 2012 2:50 pm

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:New record for lead changes in an Indy 500 today and almost a great finish.

Fun argument: Who's got the best shot at being the next four-time winner, Franchitti or Castroneves? Both have great owners who will spend whatever it takes to have great cars.



Once Sato was in the mix you KNEW it was going to end in a crash. There is just no way it does not happen.

The Captain always has a good stable, but he has also clearly had a #1 driver in the mix, which right now is Will Power. Until Will loses golden boy status, Helio is going to have a difficult time.


The broadcast crew kept hinting at as much.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Tue May 29, 2012 2:57 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:New record for lead changes in an Indy 500 today and almost a great finish.

Fun argument: Who's got the best shot at being the next four-time winner, Franchitti or Castroneves? Both have great owners who will spend whatever it takes to have great cars.



Once Sato was in the mix you KNEW it was going to end in a crash. There is just no way it does not happen.

The Captain always has a good stable, but he has also clearly had a #1 driver in the mix, which right now is Will Power. Until Will loses golden boy status, Helio is going to have a difficult time.


The broadcast crew kept hinting at as much.




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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:09 pm

Alex Zanardi can now add a Paralympics gold medal to his resume. What a fucking awesome dude.


http://jalopnik.com/5940660/this-race-car-driver-went-from-near-death-to-paralympic-gold-in-11-years
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:47 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:Alex Zanardi can now add a Paralympics gold medal to his resume. What a fucking awesome dude.

http://jalopnik.com/5940660/this-race-car-driver-went-from-near-death-to-paralympic-gold-in-11-years


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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:34 pm

Because not enough people dislike open-wheel racing already:

DETROIT, Mich. (March 18, 2013) – After a full day of racing action, the excitement will kick into high gear on Saturday, June 1 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Bret Michaels will rock the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage to liven up the Saturday night activities at the Grand Prix. Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, reality TV star and avid philanthropist, will take to the stage at approximately 6 p.m. ET on June 1.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:11 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:Because not enough people dislike open-wheel racing already:

DETROIT, Mich. (March 18, 2013) – After a full day of racing action, the excitement will kick into high gear on Saturday, June 1 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Bret Michaels will rock the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage to liven up the Saturday night activities at the Grand Prix. Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, reality TV star and avid philanthropist, will take to the stage at approximately 6 p.m. ET on June 1.


I started to post "Really?" but then I googled. He does a fair amount of charity work. He's not a big strategic thinker but he does do a lot of high profile fundraising. Sometimes you need folks pumping money in to causes that someone else is thinking big about.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:44 pm

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:Because not enough people dislike open-wheel racing already:

DETROIT, Mich. (March 18, 2013) – After a full day of racing action, the excitement will kick into high gear on Saturday, June 1 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Bret Michaels will rock the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage to liven up the Saturday night activities at the Grand Prix. Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, reality TV star and avid philanthropist, will take to the stage at approximately 6 p.m. ET on June 1.


I started to post "Really?" but then I googled. He does a fair amount of charity work. He's not a big strategic thinker but he does do a lot of high profile fundraising. Sometimes you need folks pumping money in to causes that someone else is thinking big about.


I'm sure his charitable ventures are sincere, but that still doesn't mean I have to like listening to his caterwauling after the race is over.
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Re: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:19 am

The Suburban Avenger wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:Because not enough people dislike open-wheel racing already:

DETROIT, Mich. (March 18, 2013) – After a full day of racing action, the excitement will kick into high gear on Saturday, June 1 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Bret Michaels will rock the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage to liven up the Saturday night activities at the Grand Prix. Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, reality TV star and avid philanthropist, will take to the stage at approximately 6 p.m. ET on June 1.


I started to post "Really?" but then I googled. He does a fair amount of charity work. He's not a big strategic thinker but he does do a lot of high profile fundraising. Sometimes you need folks pumping money in to causes that someone else is thinking big about.


I'm sure his charitable ventures are sincere, but that still doesn't mean I have to like listening to his caterwauling after the race is over.


My nephew was bored silly a few years ago while my brother-in-law and I made him stand with us through the whole post race Cheap Trick set...
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