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Old 5 Mar 2005, 14:40 (Ref:1243330)   #1
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Homestead Toyota Indy 300 weekend thread

So the first race is finaly here.

Qualification starts at 11:45 a.m EST. (4:45 p.m. GMT).

Live timing and scoring link

The race starts tomorrow at 2:15 p.m EST. (7:15 p.m. GMT)

Live on ESPN (US) at 2 p.m. (EST).
Live in the UK on Sky sports 3 at 7 p.m. (GMT).

So who do you think will win? Well I reckon Bryan Herta will win, he certainly has the talent.

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Old 5 Mar 2005, 17:26 (Ref:1243430)   #2
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It's wide open right now, with alot of drivers with a chance to win, although I think it will be someone with a Honda.

AGR is going to be tough to defeat. Great cars, great teamwork, and four drivers that are good enough to win any race out there. Scott Sharp could be the dark horse favorite here though, and I think he's going to surprise some people this year that wrote him off. Is Meria or Matsurra ready to take that next step this year? How good is Ryan Briscoe, and will Darren Manning become the new star on that team? Can Scheckter be competitive in the Chevy's or will he continue to have bad luck? Is Toyota going to pick-up their game, or will they fade out without putting up a fight?

Alot of questions could be answered tommorrow...
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Old 5 Mar 2005, 19:28 (Ref:1243508)   #3
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You're right, GP....

Lots of questions...

One note that did not surprise me...

The showing of the Chevy engines today (even though I didn't pick them in my Forum Picks)

Rick Long is a superb engine builder (probably the best in this form of racing), and if he is handling Panther's program (as Team Owner indicated in another thread), then Panther is in good hands and they will be very fast...

I was surprised at how AGR qualified today...only Franchitti in the Top Ten...if I remember correctly....

But maybe they are focused on race set-ups....

BTW...

I have posted Qualifying Results in the "Pick 'Em" thread....

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Old 5 Mar 2005, 19:45 (Ref:1243520)   #4
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It seem's that one of those questions was answered, LOUDLY! Chevy will be competitive!
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Old 5 Mar 2005, 21:03 (Ref:1243596)   #5
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Chevy on the pole, incredible. Ryan Brisco apparently crashed pretty hard, but he must be OK.
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Old 5 Mar 2005, 23:26 (Ref:1243774)   #6
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Looking at that starting grid the question has to be asked, what the heck is going on?!? If Chevy was planning on putting in serious R&D, why aren't they supplying multiple teams to improve their chances of success? I figured the best possible scenerio would be that Chevy cars would be battling for 10th, but I thought that was a huge stretch! I don't want to get too overzelous, we'll have to see how they do in the race. eg. What if their fuel consumption is much higher than Honda and Toyota?

On a side note, Carpentier as well as Barron are not even close.

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You're right, GP....

Lots of questions...

One note that did not surprise me...

The showing of the Chevy engines today (even though I didn't pick them in my Forum Picks)

Rick Long is a superb engine builder (probably the best in this form of racing), and if he is handling Panther's program (as Team Owner indicated in another thread), then Panther is in good hands and they will be very fast...

I was surprised at how AGR qualified today...only Franchitti in the Top Ten...if I remember correctly....

But maybe they are focused on race set-ups....

BTW...

I have posted Qualifying Results in the "Pick 'Em" thread....
AGR very rarely made appearances in the top 5 of qualifying last year,I'm not at all surprised at how they qualified.They put up the results where it matters.
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Danica Patrick did a good job, qualifying 9th.
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Old 6 Mar 2005, 14:37 (Ref:1244528)   #9
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I simply cannot believe the Panther-Chevy's are so fast........but I cannot see past anything other than an AGR victory.
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Old 6 Mar 2005, 18:50 (Ref:1244773)   #10
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Be sure to get your remotes set for both ESPN and ESPN2, and do it now...

You'll definitely want to "channel surf to see botht race itself as it is telecast on ESPN, plus the "In-Car" perspective throughout the event on the Deuce...

I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It was an interesting grid,a dn I really hope the Chevvies aren't flattering to decieve, as it'#s great to see all 3 engines looking competitive. Rahal might be the strongest of the Honda teams, with Patrick settling in quickly. Other than Briscoe the backmarkers are largely as expected, and I'm pleased to see Roger Yasukawa in the top 10 on his return.
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Old 6 Mar 2005, 19:27 (Ref:1244819)   #12
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And we're greeeeen...

Feels good getting live coverage again after a year of 15-minute recaps..

Shame about Franchitti there...

Ah, nice - just noticed now I get a pretty much raw feed, with no commercial breaks
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Whoa, crazy restart by Scheckter.
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Second yellow, due to debris.
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Third caution comes out right away, again for debris...
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