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    1. This is me, 👇. Chillin’ like a bike villain! Metallitubby's Avatar
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      12-17-2018 11:34 AM #1
      The 2019 IndyCar season is almost upon us, and with many new faces, and the same regulations as last year, 2019 is primed to be one helluva year for open-wheel racing in America. We are one-step close to returning to the CART/Champ Car days of old with new cars and manufacturers said to join in 2020.

      - New talent
      - New teams
      - No new major regulations (thankfully)
      - Small aero changes allowed
      - Circuit of The Americas added to the schedule
      - Laguna Seca back on the schedule
      - Fred Alonso racing at THE 500 again
      - Robbie Wickens recovery








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      12-17-2018 12:42 PM #2
      Oh wow, swapping Sonoma for Laguna Seca. Wrong Beach is still in April which is good, I might try for both.

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      12-17-2018 12:45 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by DerSpiegel View Post
      Oh wow, swapping Sonoma for Laguna Seca. Wrong Beach is still in April which is good, I might try for both.
      I'll definitely be @ Laguna Seca. I've been to Long Beach maybe a dozen times.

      Oh, and for anyone interested, I'll be at the vast majority of IndyCar races next year if you want to meet up.
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      12-17-2018 02:27 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      I'll definitely be @ Laguna Seca. I've been to Long Beach maybe a dozen times.

      Oh, and for anyone interested, I'll be at the vast majority of IndyCar races next year if you want to meet up.
      The race in St Louis is something I can try for, it's close and the date works for now...
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      12-17-2018 02:51 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      I'll definitely be @ Laguna Seca. I've been to Long Beach maybe a dozen times.

      Oh, and for anyone interested, I'll be at the vast majority of IndyCar races next year if you want to meet up.
      Closest race to me is Pocono. Hmm.

      Not the best venue for spectating (in my experience), but would be cool to meet up if I can swing it.
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      12-17-2018 03:01 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      new cars and manufacturers said to join in 2020.
      Wait what??? New cars? New cars as in a new constructor? Or a replacement for the tired spec Dallara If Indycar wants to return to the glory days of CART, then they should allow another constructor.

      I could see Penske fund or co-develop a chassis with an existing constructor. Then offer it to other teams.

      Any word on the engine front? Last I heard, Cosworth said they could whip up a Indycar engine. But the current rules mandating OEM badging prevents a Cosworth Indycar engine.

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      12-17-2018 03:07 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by mx5er View Post
      If Indycar wants to return to the glory days of CART, then they should allow another constructor.
      It has nothing to do with allowance. They are currently working with TWO additional chassis manufacturers (not including Dallara) to possibly have a total of three tub builders. Keep in mind that everything that is currently run is that way to make it out of the recession and the Tony George ****-up.

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      12-17-2018 03:52 PM #9
      Detroit's in June. Hmmmmm...
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      12-17-2018 07:21 PM #11
      For the first time in 44 years, the Long Beach GP will not be sponsored by Toyota. It's always been known as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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      12-17-2018 07:23 PM #12
      Is this the first time in the last decade or two that we have IndyCar and F1 racing on the same circuit (COTA)? Granted one's in March and the other in October, but I can't recall the last time we had the opportunity for such a comparison. i

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      12-17-2018 07:36 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      but I can't recall the last time we had the opportunity for such a comparison.
      CART was in Montreal for a few years. And I'm not talking about the spec Champcar days. I did a lowdown on the lap times in the 2018 Indycar thread.

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      12-19-2018 05:08 PM #14
      Great news! https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/n...314712/?nrt=86

      If it's FCA, then I think it will be Alfa Romeo Wildcard? Hyundai/Kia?

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      12-19-2018 05:10 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by mx5er View Post
      Great news! https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/n...314712/?nrt=86

      If it's FCA, then I think it will be Alfa Romeo Wildcard? Hyundai/Kia?
      There ARE two lined up. That's all I'm going to type for fear of losing my connections.
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      12-19-2018 05:12 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      There ARE two lined up. That's all I'm going to type for fear of losing my connections.
      So am I getting warmer or colder? PM me if you don't want to burn any professional bridges

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      12-19-2018 05:16 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by mx5er View Post
      So am I getting warmer or colder? PM me if you don't want to burn any professional bridges
      The names you posted INCLUDE the names involved. I'll say that much.
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      01-01-2019 10:27 PM #18
      Carlos Sainz Jr rumored to run the 500 this year as Fred's teammate.
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      01-01-2019 11:52 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      Carlos Sainz Jr rumored to run the 500 this year as Fred's teammate.

      Interesting stuff...

      CART is back!!!!....Well, kinda.

      It certainly seems like there is plan and a mission. I never left, even during the days of IRL and those hideous cars and power plants....and those unforgiving gearbox crash structures that were guaranteed to break your back if there was impact from the rear....

      The last couple years have been really good....and the talent has been there...

      Will tiny Zack Veach win a few this year?....

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      01-02-2019 07:08 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by jsmyle1%... View Post

      Will tiny Zack Veach win a few this year?....
      I think so, but it'll be a road/street course.
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      01-02-2019 08:35 AM #21
      Looks very interesting, even more so than F1 nowadays.... I am very curious to see how Harding with the 2 young very promising drivers (O'Ward and Herta) will do.

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      01-02-2019 08:39 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbo II View Post
      I am very curious to see how Harding with the 2 young very promising drivers (O'Ward and Herta) will do.
      My in-house IndyCar "guy" here was Herta's driving coach in his kart days. They talk almost everyday, so I get to hear about Colton's progress.
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      01-02-2019 09:21 AM #23
      O’Ward reminds me a lot of Helio....such a great personality....animated and expressive in front of the camera .......seemingly very passionate and appreciative to be where he is....and appears to be really, really talented!

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      01-02-2019 09:23 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by jsmyle1%... View Post
      O’Ward reminds me a lot of Helio
      The tv folks were commenting about the same thing following Sonoma.
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      01-02-2019 01:47 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      The 2019 IndyCar season is almost upon us, and with many new faces, and the same regulations as last year, 2019 is primed to be one helluva year for open-wheel racing in America. We are one-step close to returning to the CART/Champ Car days of old with new cars and manufacturers said to join in 2020.

      - New talent
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      - Circuit of The Americas added to the schedule
      - Laguna Seca back on the schedule
      - Fred Alonso racing at THE 500 again
      - Robbie Wickens recovery



      Funny they still call it Streets of Detroit on the official schedule. It's been off the streets since atleast mid-late 90's (onto a temporary raceway on Belle Isle) and the race calls itself the "Detroit Grand Prix".

      It'll definitely be good to see COTA host both Indy and F1 though.

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