100th Indy 500 Practice 2/3: Tow Edition

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Honda may own the fastest speeds of the month in a tow, but they also own the first two major engine problems as well as the first crash.

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After a washout Tuesday the track was green Wednesday at the shrine of motorsports. Things got off to a wacky start with the numbering. According to IMS, the second day of practice which occurred Wednesday is actually – and officially – day three, not day two. Got that? So we’re using the Lazier/Burns slash and calling it practice 2/3.

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RLL rookie Spencer Pigot received a rude welcome to the ancient and unforgiving Speedway. Pigot became the first and only crash victim thus far, spinning in turn 1 and slamming into the end of the safer barrier with his left side. Continue reading

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100th Indy 500 Preparations: 1st Practice Blues

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Chevy couldn’t have been happy with the first day’s results, as Honda swept the top four spots. In fact, Andretti Autosport claimed the four fastest cars, with Marco quickest at almost 229 mph. Townsend Bell – who wins ugliest car of the year award, hands down – piloted the fastest non-towed car at just over 223. Even AA’s f-ing F1 invader Alexander Rossi was quick. Scott “Gump” Dixon wound up as top Chevy in fifth at 226.8. None of which made us very happy – but it’s early.

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All thirty three entries appeared on track Monday, the most cars on opening day in years. [In Robert Duvall’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ voice] “Smells like – the hundredth!” Had to be the most yellow cars on track in a long time too, including those of Helio, Pags, Marco, Hunter-Reay and Pigot. Oh, also the aforementioned Bell – and probably a few others, too. Often and rather oddly, the yellow liveries are combined with blue.

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The other category of cars is red, white and blue ones. AJ was in the house, Continue reading

100th Indy 500 Preparations Underway: ‘Ex-cellent’ Lazier/Burns Racing

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The most important race in history rapidly approaches as drivers and teams frantically prepare themselves for the 100th running of the greatest spectacle in racing. IRR’s crack staff has assembled some thoughts on the subject as anticipation builds like a Speedway official spending taxpayer dollars.

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There are six former winners in the field and as is our wont we’re focusing on the most obscure. Fierce competitor and 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier is back for his nineteenth extravaganza, with a brand new team called Lazier/Burns Racing. We immediately came up with a signage suggestion for the fledgling outfit, as Buddy and Burns-ie will need all the help they can get this year.

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Lazier’s a sentimental favorite for many, having failed to qualify for the 500 no fewer than six times – including last year. Buddy even finished last once, in 1991. Continue reading