IndyCar – Qualifying Weekend in Photos

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I arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Fast Friday just in time for the rains to come. Bummer. It did mean that I was set and ready to go for Pole Day and Bump Day last Saturday and Sunday as the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers attempted to qualify for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. I know I was tardy for getting these posted. Bad time for a hardware failure! Tomorrow, the Firestone Indy Lights teams and drivers come to the World’s Greatest Race Course, so…

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IndyCar – Pole Day Photos

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Talk about a place of legend! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, steeped in legend it self, was crawling with living legends all day long! Parnelli Jones graced us with two parade laps in the roadster in which he broke the 150 mph speed barrier. …ah, the days when we actually pursued speed! And what a fantastic sound! Deep, throaty, rumbly, magnificent! He didn’t really get on it, but it was still cool to see the old machine motoring it’s way around the speedway. One of the things most people fail to…

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IndyCar – Live Blog Pole Day End of Day

Welcome to Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Going to bring you the live blog again today after a one day absence. We will have group times updated and will also update the blog if a member pulls their time in an attempt to reach the top nine. Doug is on the grounds today and will be taking stunning shots of the cars as always as we try and decide pole position for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12:22 – So we are at the 11th car…

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INDYCAR – Tagliani Storms to Pole!!

Pole position for the Indianapolis 500 has always been a big deal. The toughest four laps in motorsport to claim the honor of leading the field is on everyone’s radar. The day started very sunny and warm. Things would not be so sunny for Ryan Briscoe who would trash his car in turn 2 during morning practice. The team would scramble to get the backup car ready in time for their qualifying run. Luckily for them the 6T car was scheduled to qualify 34th. So there was plenty of time…

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IndyCar – Here is Your Pole Day Qualifying Order

Here is your Pole Day qualifying order from IndyCar.com. Keep in mind that T cars that have not set a time will be withdrawn from the order in favor of primary cars later in the order. That said, AJ Foyt IV will be first on track tomorrow when the gun goes off at 11 am. Paul Tracy, Alex Tagliani and Marco Andretti look to have prime early pill draws to take advantage of a cool morning track before the temps start to rise. Look for those guys to put in…

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IndyCar – Indy Final Aggregate Time Sheet and Qual Predictions

Here are your final aggregate practice times for the month. And with that, we can make our predictions on who will not make the show. Tomorrow will see a whole host of non-to-3 teams trying to break into the fast 9. Alex Tagliani, Paul Tracy, Dan Wheldon, Hideki Mutoh, Mario Moraes, Graham Rahal and even Davey Hamilton have all put up consistently good times this past week and may play a part in the fast 9 session, especially if they benefit from an early pill draw. Good luck gentlemen. The…

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IndyCar – Pole Speed Predictions: We Set the Line

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For the past three years, the race at the Kansas Speedway has preceded the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. I started to notice a trend, and thought I’d explore it further. Yes, I hear you statisticians out there, three data points does not make a statistically significant sample. Well, I’m running with it anyway. I thought I’d look back at the races since 2001 and see if there was a relationship between the speeds we see at Kansas and the speeds we see at Indianapolis. Sure enough, after deftly applying various…

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IndyCar – 500 Qualifying Details are Astounding

There are some new ways of thinking at 16th and Georgetown, and they are being fully displayed in the format for Pole Day at the Indy 500. There has been no official announcement about qualifying this year, other than the budget conscious slashing from four days down to two. While this was a move made for bean counting purposes, it also could be viewed as a good move to allow another race to take place in May to help the build up to the Memorial Day classic. But with radical…

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