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Old 5 May 2017, 17:58 (Ref:3731273)   #196
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Some interesting comments from Dario Franchitti.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129341
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Old 5 May 2017, 18:00 (Ref:3731275)   #197
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F1 fans can still discuss this, I'm an F1 fan. However, as we get closer to May 28th, the focus is going to be more and more on the 500.

This is Alonso's news conference after the ROP.

http://www.indycar.com/Videos/2017/0...ews-conference
That can't be right, the link you have there is an Indycar website :confused:

Ultimately the best thing about this is that it might drag a few people to watch the Indy 500, just like Nige did a couple of decades ago.
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That can't be right, the link you have there is an Indycar website :confused:
Yes because he's going to be racing at the Indy 500 and just completed the ROP.

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Ultimately the best thing about this is that it might drag a few people to watch the Indy 500, just like Nige did a couple of decades ago.
I hope more people do watch the 500 and subsequently other rounds of the IndyCar series.
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Some interesting comments from Dario Franchitti.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129341
Not too "shocking" to think that it will be that way, if he makes it to the final laps.



Anyone willing to throw out some early leans on how he'll do?

My early lean:
He'll qualify in the high teens / low 20s.
Then he'll get caught up in someone else's mistake or have an issue in the first half. DNF 27. How's that for optimism?

I honestly hope he wins from the pole.
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Old 5 May 2017, 19:00 (Ref:3731299)   #200
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He's certainly preparing for it properly, meaning he hasn't got that attitude that a two time champion will just waltz in and win. I think he'll do very well. Top 10 anyone?
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Not too "shocking" to think that it will be that way, if he makes it to the final laps.



Anyone willing to throw out some early leans on how he'll do?

My early lean:
He'll qualify in the high teens / low 20s.
Then he'll get caught up in someone else's mistake or have an issue in the first half. DNF 27. How's that for optimism?

I honestly hope he wins from the pole.
That sounds like a pretty sound prediction. I might add a pit mishap into the mix as well.

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He's certainly preparing for it properly, meaning he hasn't got that attitude that a two time champion will just waltz in and win. I think he'll do very well. Top 10 anyone?
Could a rookie win two years in a row???
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Well, the team he's driving for has had the most reliability issues so far of any team this season (sound familiar?). Knowing is luck, I could see him having a problem like Marco at Barber and not be able to take the start. Or be involved in an accident of someone else's fault in the first 10 laps or so.

I hope he does well, though. I'm excited about it. Really hope he enjoys his time over here and tries a few seasons full time of Indycar and also does the IMSA WSC eventually as well. Seeing guys enjoying themselves more after leaving F1 like Montoya did is fun to see.
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Although Alonso's quest for the 500 is on track, it doesn't look like an attempt at Le Mans next year will be forthcoming.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129345
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Phew! We won't have to move this to the Sportscar forum.
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just like Nige did a couple of decades ago.
Don't try to sugar coat it. It was nearly a quarter of a century ago.

Where does the time go....'seems like yesterday.
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For me it meant I didn't just read Indycar race reports in Autosport I could watch the races on telly. Eventually live too.
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Phew! We won't have to move this to the Sportscar forum.
Don't tell Alonso about the Daytona 500, Baja, Rally.
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Don't tell Alonso about the Daytona 500, Baja, Rally.
Hmmmmmm....(tapping temple with finger)

Is that to say you have something against Jimmy, Jackie, Mario, AJ, Juan, Al (Holbert or Unsers), Dan, Denny, Graham, Sam, Danny, Eddie, Parnelli etc., etc. etc. that participated in numerous facets of racing??? And we shouldn't discuss them?

(yeah, I know what you really meant )
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Don't tell Alonso about the Daytona 500, Baja, Rally.
Maybe he switches teams to Haas and they put him in some NASCAR races.....
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Maybe he switches teams to Haas and they put him in some NASCAR races.....
Mclaren furnish ECU's for NASCAR IIRC. He can have his pick of teams. And Young Earnhardt is retiring so a plumb spot at Hendrick's will soon be becoming availabull.
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