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ROP Update #2 – a drying track, slowly

By Steve Wittich The track here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is almost dry, but I have to pick up my wife from work, so I will have to miss the end of ROP if they get back on the track. We did get a chance to chat with Jimmie Johnson and Romain Grosjean after…

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A historic ROP gets underway at IMS – update #1

By Steve Wittich Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We are on-site for a pair of historic Rookie Orientation Programs (ROP), with drivers with entirely different experience levels on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. In the No. 28 DHL Honda, Grosjean turned his first-ever oval laps on the 2.5-mile oval. In the No. 48…

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A few quick updates

I (Steve) wanted to send a quick update on a few items. Frist and once again, our deepest sympathies go out to Patrick, who lost his mom, Caren Stephan, on Friday. She raised a stellar human being in Patrick, and I know he will really miss her. You can read Caren’s obituary and information on…

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Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach Sunday notebook part 1 – A collection of notes, quotes and numbers

By Steve Wittich Steves’ completely random championship stats and notes Palou joins Henry Banks (1950), Chuck Stevenson (1952), Sam Hanks (1953), Jimmy Bryan (1954), Mario Andretti (1965), Jacques Villeneuve (1995), Scott Sharp (1996), Alex Zanardi (1996), Tony Stewart (1996-1997), Kenny Brack (1998), Sam Hornish, Jr. (2001), and Sebastien Bourdais (2004) as drivers to win an…

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SPOILER – Rough race notes from the Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach – SPOILER

By Steve Wittich Here are the extra rough race notes from the final race of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. With a mix of Firestone Racing Primary Tires (blacks) and Firestone Racing Alternate Tires (reds) on the 28 starters, we’ll be watching closely what strategy is most effective. All three championship contenders started the 85-lap…

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A few Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach pre-race notes including starting line-up

By Steve Wittich The 85-lap Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach is a two-stop race with relatively narrow windows. The first pit stops should happen between Lap 23 and 30, and the final pit window opens around Lap 54. Staring Line up with tire choices RANKCAR NO.NAMETEAMTIRE12Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeRed29Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingRed36Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank RacingRed422Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeBlack57Felix RosenqvistArrow…

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Herta back on top in Long Beach warm-up

By Steve Wittich When morning warm-up began at 9 am, the ambient temperature was 65F, and the track temperature was only 73F. It was cloudy and breezy. Early in the session, Helio Castroneves was the only driver circulating the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street course on Firestone Racing Alternate Tires (reds) when he made right front to…

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Front Row Start for Dixon, Honda at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Front Row Start for Dixon, Honda at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Outgoing series champion Scott Dixon qualifies second for INDYCAR season-ending Acura Grand Prix of Long BeachChampionship leader Alex Palou qualifies 10th, Honda driver seeking his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES titleHonda clinched 10th Manufacturers’ Championship – and fourth consecutive title – last weekend…

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Ed Jones to Start Ninth at Long Beach GP

Ed Jones Qualifying Summary: Ed Jones qualified the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda eighth for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in Long Beach, CA. Jones went out in Group 2 in Round 1 of qualifying and…

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Saturday notebook from the Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach

By Steve Wittich Firstly and most importantly, please keep Patrick in your thoughts. His mother passed away last night, and he is on his way home to Alton, Illinois. Fast 12 penalties? The penalty/lack of penalty for Ed Jones, Felix Rosenqvist, and James Hinchcliffe, who each set their quickest laps on their final laps of…

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