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Old 01-30-2018, 10:08 AM
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Auto racing

I enjoy watching nearly all types of auto racing, so I thought I'd see if anyone else does too.

Unfortunately, I don't get to attend races, but I try to keep up either on TV or the net. My favorite is Indycar, but I just watched the 24 Hours of Daytona this past weekend, and that was a damned exciting race.

Other series I try to follow include Blancpain GT, DTM (Mercedes is leaving the series after the 2018 season to focus on Formula E, leaving just Audi and BMW, which will be a shame), NHRA, IMSA, and so on (not a NASCAR fan though).

Any takers on discussion?
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:10 AM
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I have been a fan of auto racing since I was in diapers. My father drove race cars at a local race track and I followed in his footsteps years later. I don't watch as much racing on TV as I used to and I try to attend some short track racing about once a year. My local track shut down in 2007 making attending a local track more difficult, the closest are about an hour drive from home. I live next to a road course/drag strip for over 20 years but only attended a handful of events there.
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:17 AM
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For me, it's NASCAR Cup Series, have not missed a race (on TV) in the last ten years.

Was at Daytona in 1994 for the Qualifying Duels and the 500 in 1995, those are the only races that I have seen live.

I'll sometime watch the trucks or XFINITY series and do pay some attention to the race result of those series.

I'll also do INDYCAR once in a blue moon, more likely if it's at Indy.

Reminds me, almost time for Fantasy Racing again.

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Old 01-30-2018, 11:41 AM
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Big fan of F1 and have been for as long as I can remember. Also was lucky enough to see a lot of the rallying around the time of the group B monsters (they were very silly and very scary). I'll pretty much watch anything motorised that goes around a proper track but ovals do absolutely nothing for me.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:23 PM
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That's what I like! Diversity of opinion! We have a big oval track fan, a road course fan, and a short track fan (so far). Just to keep things going, what is about your particular flavor of racing do you like?

I like the diversity of tracks in Indycar--short ovals, superspeedways, street courses, and road courses. There was a (I think) CART TV spot from 2002 or so (Michael Andretti was in it, so he hadn't gone to the IRL yet) about the drivers being fast. "I am fast...so fast...I can make this car do anything...anywhere on any track...a big screaming oval...or a super tight city street..."

But of course it comes down to power and speed. I was a big fan of drag racing when I was a kid (the days of the Snake and Mongoose--I had the Hot Wheels drag set).

I also like seeing the exotic cars in the Blancpain GT series. It's not often you see a Bentley Continental GT3 race alongside a Lamborghini Gallardo.

Favorite drivers?
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:49 PM
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Big fan of F1 and have been for as long as I can remember. Also was lucky enough to see a lot of the rallying around the time of the group B monsters (they were very silly and very scary). I'll pretty much watch anything motorised that goes around a proper track but ovals do absolutely nothing for me.
F1 cars have fascinated me since I was a kid. The whole “upside down airplane” effect.

I don’t watch it often, but if I ever get my dream of an F1 race track held on the ceiling of an arena I’d watch it all the time.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:19 PM
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Reminds me, almost time for Fantasy Racing again.
I won't be doing the usual Yahoo league this year. Too many distractions on the horizon.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:19 AM
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Just got an email from Yahoo, I imagine others that took part in our Fantasy Racing in previous years also got it.

Yahoo Fantasy Racing is no more. We'll have to look elsewhere if we want to continue playing.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:24 AM
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Indycar just tested its new windscreen, and Scott Dixon thinks it's...not bad. Heat is apparently a problem, but that shouldn't be hard to fix. At least they're not putting a roof over the driver and fenders over the wheels.

I'm not sure I like how large it is, but if it prevents another Justin Wilson accident, then of course, I'm for it. At least it's better looking than F1's halo, which just looks bad. And of course, Indycar has had windscreens before.

Oh, it's going to be a long month until St. Pete....

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Old 02-11-2018, 02:34 AM
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I love racing itself, but I don't really follow any of the leagues. I have attended one race before just 2/3 years ago though.


Racing games have also always been my main gaming genre too.

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Old 02-11-2018, 03:37 AM
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Love love love motorsports.

Bikes,cars,trucks,buggies and to a lesser extent ,boats.
On/off road, drags and twistys not to mention roundy rounds.

I find it hard to keep up with all the changes.
When they change up the class rules, they change the game...so if you don't keep up on the rules, you miss half the experience, the human drama. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

That said I watch some on the phone(my only internet) and try to catch stuff on broadcast TV on weekends.

I liked NASCAR back when they used real modified cars as a race car. I believe that stopped in like 74.
I'm not a big fan of the modern NASCAR program. The WWE style promotion sucks a bit, but I don't rant.

I do like the modern cameras and telemetry in all the forms of racing. I shake my head and laugh watching the camera work at the big tracks in the 60's-70's. WOW we have come a looking way.

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Old 02-11-2018, 12:54 PM
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Indycar just tested its new windscreen, and Scott Dixon thinks it's...not bad. Heat is apparently a problem, but that shouldn't be hard to fix. At least they're not putting a roof over the driver and fenders over the wheels.

I'm not sure I like how large it is, but if it prevents another Justin Wilson accident, then of course, I'm for it. At least it's better looking than F1's halo, which just looks bad. And of course, Indycar has had windscreens before.

Oh, it's going to be a long month until St. Pete....
Yes, it is going to be a long month! At least I have the Olympics to tide me over for a while.

I don't mind the windscreen, it's fairly unobtrusive and as you said if it prevents another Justin Wilson accident then it's all good.

The F1 halo is awful looking, and I can't imagine how it doesn't get in the driver's line of sight. I've read articles where the drivers say they don't notice it though.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:09 PM
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For some reason, the F1 halo looks to me like a surreal sort of spartan helmet..
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:29 PM
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The 2018 Indycar field is set with 22 full time cars, and 3 part time cars, with a total of 9 (!) rookies in the field. 17 races this season, and I'm very happy to see them go back to Portland. They'll finish in Sonoma again, which is a fine track as far as I'm concerned, but somehow, I still like Laguna Seca. But I know they wouldn't run both, so for now, I'm happy with Sonoma.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:52 PM
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Fan of NHRA here. We finally get decent coverage, after all those decades of crumbs and small bits buried in Wide World of Sports. Full coverage of the pro classes of every race on Sunday, plus qualifying. During the week they also broadcast an hour program of the sportsman classes, but they still ignore Stock and Super Stock.

But, I hate throttle stop racing, and I wish the coverage would make it clear who wins, With breakouts, you can't always tell. Since the coverage isn't live, they should invest in a little extra graphic that tells the winner.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:01 PM
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I have started getting into NASCAR in the last year. I'm excited about the Daytona 500 and the start of a new season in less than a week's time. Really like the stage idea - not sure if I'd really care or get into racing before that... so I came in at the right time .
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:13 PM
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I have started getting into NASCAR in the last year. I'm excited about the Daytona 500 and the start of a new season in less than a week's time. Really like the stage idea - not sure if I'd really care or get into racing before that... so I came in at the right time .
The problem with how stages are implemented is this:

Back in 2005 or so, NASCAR increased the number of points that the winner got by 5 because too many people were complaining that the second place driver would get just as many points if he led the most laps.

With the current stage rules, it is possible for 11 drivers to earn more points in a race than the winner (more if it's the Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte, as that has three stages instead of two).
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:19 PM
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The problem with how stages are implemented is this:

Back in 2005 or so, NASCAR increased the number of points that the winner got by 5 because too many people were complaining that the second place driver would get just as many points if he led the most laps.

With the current stage rules, it is possible for 11 drivers to earn more points in a race than the winner (more if it's the Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte, as that has three stages instead of two).
And in my opinion, that does not bother me. Especially since the winner of a race gets something more important than any stage winner - an automatic spot in the Playoffs. And I actually do think a driver that is more dominant during the race and finishes in the top 3 should get more points than someone who was around 12-15 spots all race until a bit of luck at the end.

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Old 02-13-2018, 03:22 PM
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With the current stage rules, it is possible for 11 drivers to earn more points in a race than the winner (more if it's the Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte, as that has three stages instead of two).
Correction: 10. (11 would require 121 stage points, but there are only 110 available.)

One way to do it: the drivers that finish 2nd through 11th in the race earn, in order, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 points in the first stage, and 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5 points in the second stage.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:37 PM
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For cars, its road courses for me. I don't follow any special series but whenever I can catch one in person or on TV I do. I even like the old hillclimb stuff and try to make Giant's Despair every couple of years. Now on the other hand circle and tri-ovals leave me meh; even Indy and Pocono; same with most of NASCAR.

For motorcycles reverse the above. I LOVE flat-track (mostly because its what I raced) and I'm not as big on the road courses. I also like observed trials, enduros, and regular motocross but not so much the stadium super-series and X-games style trick riding.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:21 PM
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For cars, its road courses for me. I don't follow any special series but whenever I can catch one in person or on TV I do. I even like the old hillclimb stuff and try to make Giant's Despair every couple of years. Now on the other hand circle and tri-ovals leave me meh; even Indy and Pocono; same with most of NASCAR.

For motorcycles reverse the above. I LOVE flat-track (mostly because its what I raced) and I'm not as big on the road courses. I also like observed trials, enduros, and regular motocross but not so much the stadium super-series and X-games style trick riding.
OH CRAP! TRIALS! I forgot about that, I looove those.
And flat track and speedway are very very overlooked in the US. Great stuff.

Sounds like we'd get along just fine.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:35 PM
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Been an IndyCar fan for decades. Been to three Indy 500's and going again this year. Also started following F1 a few years ago. Like the cars, but the races themselves have a major problem....you can predict the winner 90 per cent of the time because in the overwhelming majority of races I have seen, the car that gets to the first turn in the lead on the first lap usually wins.

Hoping they can change that. In two and a half years of watching F1, I've not seen more than three passes for the lead while the cars are at speed.

It almost never happens.

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Old 02-13-2018, 06:47 PM
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Been an IndyCar fan for decades. Been to three Indy 500's and going again this year. Also started following F1 a few years ago. Like the cars, but the races themselves have a major problem....you can predict the winner 90 per cent of the time because in the overwhelming majority of races I have seen, the car that gets to the first turn in the lead on the first lap usually wins.

Hoping they can change that. In two and a half years of watching F1, I've not seen more than three passes for the lead while the cars are at speed.

It almost never happens.
Good on you to go to the 500! Have fun while you're there!

I know what you mean about F1. I was watching it intensely during the Michael Schumacher years, and it really was nothing but a parade. I tuned it out then...but what really got to me was the cars got uglier. They put the nose high, then lowered it, but put all kinds of winglets and garbage all over them. Not for me.

I'm going to try to keep up with Australian Supercars this year, because I love touring cars, and have been a big fan of Simona de Silvestro for some time. She's in her second full year, so hopefully she'll place better than in the past.

From what I've been able to gather, Brittany Force wasn't seriously injured in her crash this past weekend, which is of course good news. It was a pretty nasty couple of bumps, but she's a pro, so I'm sure she'll come back.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:56 PM
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500 is a blast. We sit in the short chute near Turn 2 in the G Stand. That stand isn't too high, but we sit near the top, and it's not bad at all. Saw the Dixon wreck last year..it's the most incredible thing I have ever seen live.

One thing I wish IndyCar would do would be to run a few more ovals. Don't mind the road courses, but ovals are the purest form of open wheel racing (at least to me)....combining the driver's skill with the element upon which auto racing was founded: speed.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:53 PM
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Does anyone care about Danica's farewell "tour"? She'll drive at Daytona, and apparently has a deal with Ed Carpenter to at the Indy 500.

Personally, I always thought she was a good driver, but not much of a racer. She was a mid-packer, but did manage to keep the car off the wall, and brought it back to the pits in one piece.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:56 PM
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Does anyone care about Danica's farewell "tour"? She'll drive at Daytona, and apparently has a deal with Ed Carpenter to at the Indy 500.

Personally, I always thought she was a good driver, but not much of a racer. She was a mid-packer, but did manage to keep the car off the wall, and brought it back to the pits in one piece.
I'm more concerned with her recent sightings with Aaron Rodgers - that's to say, not at all.
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