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Old 11 Mar 2018, 17:59 (Ref:3807391)   #31
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Poor Wickens

Cars are great, bit oldschool racing
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 18:06 (Ref:3807392)   #32
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Same old Rossi. Fast. Mistakes.

Wickens class act.
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 18:12 (Ref:3807394)   #33
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The new cars are indeed fantastic.

Real pity to end such an entertaining if messy race that way, Wickens deserved it. Clumsy over-ambition from Rossi. Some things never change? If someone had to pick up the pieces, Bourdais is a hard one to be unhappy about though.
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 18:25 (Ref:3807397)   #34
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Wickens got a terrible restart unlike the other 2-dozen {sigh} times.

The yellows for cars being stalled in so annoying, can't they get them out of the way, especially right after a yellow, where everyone is together?

I knew Max Chilton was going to stall. He's such a waste....He could spend 20-years in indy cars and he'll never win damn race. #paydriver he should be in LMP2 with the other gentleman drivers!

Rossi went for it, you can't blame him

Glad for Bourdais.

Sad for Wickens. My money is RW wins at Long Beach and might win the championship.
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 19:31 (Ref:3807412)   #35
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Agree, it was a bit of a clunky restart from Wickens, though it looked like when he realized Rossi was hanging on his tail he tried slowing things down at the apex to balk him and then getting on the power. It worked enough that Rossi couldn't quite get far alongside enough to pass. Unfortunately not enough to deter him from trying!
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 20:25 (Ref:3807416)   #36
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That was a real shame
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 21:22 (Ref:3807419)   #37
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Wickens, talk about a sound rookie hiring.

I always get nervous for any driver that wins that first race. I fear that's a jinx for the rest of the season.

Anyhow, congrats to Bourdais on this win.
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 22:23 (Ref:3807422)   #38
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My bad, I remember seeing a few interviews with him last year. He is good friends with Hinch. That is also a testament to the last time I followed DTM.


It's a shame how Wickens day ended, but hard to blame Rossi too. Last year that back of his car would have "stuck" there. New car, different responses - Just one of them racin' deals. Congrats to Seabass though!
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 23:57 (Ref:3807431)   #39
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Congrats to Bourdais and Dale Coyne.

I had a feeling he might win it. I look forward to watching the rest of what seemed to be a good race, when IndyCar post it on their YouTube channel.

Six Honda's in the top 6. Do Chevy have their work cut out?

1 Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing. Dallara/Honda. 110. 2h17m48.4954s
2 Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan. Dallara/Honda. 110. 0.1269s
3 Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport. Dallara/Honda. 110. 0.7109s
4 James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Dallara/Honda. 110, 1.5175s
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport. Dallara/Honda. 110. 1.9907s
6 Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing. Dallara/Honda. 110. 2.2716s
7 Josef Newgarden, Team Penske. Dallara/Chevrolet. 110. 3.3842s
8 Ed Jones, Chip Ganassi Racing. Dallara/Honda. 110. 4.2992s
9 Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta. Dallara/Honda. 110. 4.8363s
10 Will Power, Team Penske. Dallara/Chevrolet. 110. 6.1272s
11 Tony Kanaan, AJ Foyt Enterprises. Dallara/Chevrolet. 110. 6.5176s
12 Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan. Dallara/Honda. 110. 7.4005s
13 Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske. Dallara/Chevrolet. 110. 7.9903s
14 Gabby Chaves, Harding Racing. Dallara/Chevrolet. 110. 9.2272s
15 Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing. Dallara/Chevrolet. 109. 1 Lap
16 Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport. Dallara/Honda. 109. 1 Lap
17 Zachary Claman, Dale Coyne Racing. Dallara/Honda. 109. 1 Lap
18 Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Dallara/Honda. 108. Contact
19 Max Chilton, Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet. 108. 2 Laps
20 Charlie Kimball, Carlin. Dallara/Chevrolet. 107. 3 Laps
21 Jordan King, Ed Carpenter Racing. Dallara/Chevrolet. 107 3 Laps
22 Rene Binder, Juncos Racing. Dallara/Chevrolet. 100. Contact
22 Jack Harvey, Michael Shank Racing. Dallara/Honda. 38 Spun off
24 Matheus Leist, AJ Foyt Enterprises. Dallara/Chevrolet. 16. Contact
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 12:44 (Ref:3807501)   #40
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I'm surprised so many are saying it was a good race with all the cautions. I thought it was a decent race, interesting at least. Too many cautions, but when you dig into why, it makes it understandable and hopeful for the future. We won't see rahal, power and dixon make as big of mistakes all year. They just have to adjust to the new cars.

It is cool to see a series make the adjustment that has been suggested for every series looking to improve the racing: less downforce/more power. While not the best race, it hints at a fun season ahead.

So who might struggle adjusting to low downforce?
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 12:53 (Ref:3807503)   #41
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Power *could've* won that race. But there's do doubt it, Chevy got a deficit to claw back.
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By St Pete standards it was a very good race, hopefully a good omen for racier tracks of the past few years (Barber etc) and hopefully a much needed improvement for places like Phoenix.
Shame the final incident somewhat tainted the rest of the race but with a lot of eyes on the new aero kit to see how it faired I thought it led to some superb driving and racing. Definitely glad to see a lot less yellows for debris!
Leist and King showed great potential for the year, I felt King could have been a contender for the win if not for the puncture.
Wickens definitely deserved the win, if Rossi had passed cleanly though I would have been more than happy as well as he had to work his way through the pack at times and pulled off some great moves earlier in the race. Just a shame the last one was a bit of a blunder...
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 15:57 (Ref:3807530)   #43
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What a way to start the season! At this pace, I'll be out of breath before Indy.

Some drivers were a bit too optimistic, especially in turn one. And some were utterly disoriented.
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I thought for once, St. Pete delivered a creditable season opener, despite the plethora of FCYs.

Some interesting comments from Sebastien Bourdais, in particular about getting the balance of the car right, with the new aero-kit.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/134790

"With this [new aerokit], we're still missing the balance between front and rear for this type of track.

"We're not completely on top of what this car does, what changes do what.

"At Barber we should be OK, but on street courses, we've got work to do."

I think that's a fair assessment, as the new aero-kit is still an unknown quantity but I think it really bodes well for the rest of the season and it looks so much better than what went on before.
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