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MIKE TIRICO TO HOST NBC SPORTS’ INAUGURAL COVERAGE OF INDIANAPOLIS 500

MIKE TIRICO TO HOST NBC SPORTS’ INAUGURAL COVERAGE OF INDIANAPOLIS 500 100 Days Until 103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge NBC to Broadcast Indy 500 for First Time Ever on May 26 STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 15, 2019 – With 100 days until the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, NBC Sports announced today that Mike…

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NTT IndyCar Series testing at COTA – close with a combined timesheet, notes, notable performance and thoughts

By Steve Wittich Patrick is on a plane back to Denver, so you are stuck with a close from Steve tonight. First up the combined timesheet from the two days of NTT IndyCar Series testing from the Circuit of The Americas. table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table…

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COTA Open Test Final Session Notes and Timesheet!

By Patrick Stephan As often happens in these test sessions, the green flag waved for the afternoon session promptly at 1:00pm, but there were initially no takers.  The temperature here was a cold 60 ambient with the track at 76 as the session started. By “cold” 76 I’m again saying that’s kind of a humid/wet…

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COTA Open Test Session One Notes and Timesheet

By Patrick Stephan Well, a lot more action today as we had a total of three red flags slow the action and earn some drivers 5 minute time-outs here on the second day of testing at Circuit of the Americas. The first NTT IndyCar Series machine to have trouble was Jack Harvey who spun in…

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Welcome to Day 2 of the COTA Open Test 10:05am

By Patrick Stephan Well today dawned a little colder and less hospitable than I expected. Got to the rental car around 7:15am and found it covered in a nice layer of frost. Got inside to warm up the car and find the ice scraper and discovered the car was claiming it was 34 degrees outside,…

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COTA Open Test End of Day 1 Notes!

By Patrick Stephan Ok, back at the hotel finishing up for the day. Grabbed some BBQ from a drive thru near the hotel in Bastrop. I am NOT familiar with this area, and this is my first time in Austin, so I decided to bounce around a little bit to pick up some local knowledge….

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COTA Open Test Update 6:10pm

By Patrick Stephan Mattheus Leist spun at the exit of Turn 1, around 65 minutes in to the session. He was able to get it pointed the right direction and continued down the hill toward Turn 2. 79 minutes in to the session Will Power went P1 at 1:48.0319, followed by Rossi, Ferrucci, Pigot and…

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COTA Open Test Update 3:30pm

By Patrick Stephan The “lunch break” wasn’t really much of a break today. The first driver in to the media center interview room was Conor Daly who came in along with Major Ross McKnight, the National Events Branch Chief, Air Force Recruiting. They talked about Conor’s 2019 Indy 500 program with Andretti Autosport. Conor was…

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COTA Open Testing 12:15 Update with Session 1 Time Sheet!

By Patrick Stephan As the session wound down, we saw Marcus Ericsson put his Honda in P1, going not just sub 1:50, but also sub 1:49 with a 1:48.8392. RC Enerson continues to impress, slotting in P2 with his Carlin Chevrolet. Zach Veach, Dixon and Herta rounded out the Top 5. One thing we are…

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COTA Open Testing – 11:35am Update

By Patrick Stephan (TSO_Patrick) Good morning from the Circuit of the Americas outside of Austin, TX where it has now warmed up to 53 ambient and a track temp of 56 degrees as of 10:00am (data courtesy of Firestone as always). My travel notes are easy. Hopped on the plane in Denver, and immediately realized…

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