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On 4/9/2017 at 4:17 PM, rvrdgsfn said:

Bumping for a big weekend


First IndyCar for the Long Beach Grand Prix:


1. Hinchcliffe

2. Bourdais

3. Newgarden

4. Dixon

5. Pagenaud

6. Jones

7. Munoz

8. Pigot

9. Castroneves

10. Rahal


Considering what Mayor Hinch has gone through to come back, I couldn't be happier with this win, let alone this course. Long Beach is one of my favorite courses in IndyCar. Kind of weird to not see an Penske, Ganassi or Andretti car in victory lane yet. Bourdais having another good race, Newgarden & Dixon held up as well. Rough day for Hunter Reay, Andretti & Rossi.


Next up : Alabama


Formula 1 results for the Chinese Grand Prix:

1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Verstappen

4. Ricciardo

5. Räikkönen

6. Bottas

7. Sainz Jr.

8. Magnussen

9. Perez

10. Ocon


Hamilton strikes again in dominant form but Vettel was driving like there was no tomorrow, especially against his former team however, the start of the race, Verstappen starting from 16th to get to the podium, this kid is a freak of nature the way he drives, he's almost inhuman! Ricciardo bouncing back from Australia was good to see & Haas getting some points while McLaren.... Well, you know....


Next up Bahrain


Last but not least,  the IMSA Weathertech series had their race at Long Beach as well & finish was completely crazy!




Love that Mayor Hinch got his first post crash win. And at my favorite IndyCar track no less. Sucks too, this is the first year in the last 10 I haven't been at Long Beach and he takes it.

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Well, this is rather big big BIG news....




McLaren announced today that Fernando Alonso, Formula One’s two-time champion and three-time runner-up, will compete in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.

Alonso will drive for Andretti Autosport, which has won four Indianapolis 500s, including last year’s race with Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Alexander Rossi at the wheel of the Honda-powered Dallara. Honda also powers Alonso’s car on McLaren’s grand prix team.


Alonso strives to win the 500 as F1 champion Graham Hill did as a rookie in 1966. Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti and Nelson Piquet also drove in the 500 as one-time world champions, while Alberto Ascari, Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt and Jacques Villeneuve won F1 titles after competing in the 500.

“I’m immensely excited that I’ll be racing in this year’s Indy 500 with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport,” Alonso said. “The Indy 500 is one of the most famous races on the global motorsport calendar, rivaled only by the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Monaco Grand Prix.”


Rumor is Jenson Button is coming back for the Monaco Grand Prix but this is huge news. Plus with the Honda engines dominating IndyCar this season, he may actually win.

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Even as a Ferrari fan I'd like to see McLaren get their act together and start fielding competitive cars again, even if for no other reason than Alonso deserves more.  But with the crap Alonso keeps being given to drive, a couple weeks away, even in a spec series has got to be a relief.  

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Results from Bahrain Grand Prix:

1. Vettel

2. Hamilton

3. Bottas

4. Räikkönen

5. Ricciardo

6. Massa

7. Perez

8. Grosjean

9. Hulkenberg

10. Ocon


I honestly do think that if the 5 second penalty didn't occur, the finish would've been neck & neck. Either way, great driving by both Vettel & Hamilton. The prancing horse has proven to be doing well this season, even Kimi had a good car. Rough day for Max Verstappen & Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault finally getting some points thank to Nico. Alonso's car couldn't make it to the end, at least his started unlike Vandoorne's.


Next up Russia.


According to some reports, it seems Alonso may head back to Renault...




Fernando Alonso has made it clear that he will not spend another season in the doldrums, struggling at the back of the grid instead he wants to be in a team capable of delivering him a Formula 1 World Championship – and it has now emerged that talks have begun to get the Spaniard to return to Renault, the team of his glory years.


Alonso does not have many options with a top team as Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari are highly unlikely destinations for him at this point.


In World Endurance news:




Further details on the 2020 LMP1 regulations, and news on LMP1 non-hybrid, are expected to be revealed at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, according to ACO President Pierre Fillon.

Fillon confirmed that a roadmap for the top prototype ranks, including the non-hybrid category, will be presented during the ACO’s annual press conference, which will now take place on Friday of race week, instead of the traditional Thursday.

“We’ll have some news about LMP1 non-hybrid and [2020] hybrid rules at the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Fillon told Sportscar365.

“We are working. The only thing that we can say right now is that there’s an open discussion. Everyone is in very good spirits.”

While talks have continued between current LMP1 manufacturers Porsche and Toyota, as well as Peugeot, which could rejoin the top class in 2020, Fillon said the main focus has been on cost reduction.

Peugeot is understood to be working on a comeback, but only if costs are significantly slashed from the current budgets, which are understood to be in excess of $100 million annually.




The FIA World Endurance Championship is set to undergo a format change to the GTE class next year, aimed to increase the category’s visibility, championship organizers have revealed.

FIA Endurance Commission President Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones said that “creative ideas” are are in the works that would give the factory-backed production-based class, which has received World Championship status this year, more exposure on existing weekends.

“We would expect to see some evolution of the format itself by the beginning of next year,” Owen-Jones said.


At least five manufacturers are set to compete in the GTE-Pro class in 2018, with BMW joining Ford, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche, which has returned to full-factory competition this year with its mid-engined 911 RSR.

It’s understood both Lamborghini and McLaren are actively evaluating GTE programs, for as early as 2019.

“The GT category could have more visibility than it has now,” Todt said. “The first step in the evolution, together with Pierre, Lindsay and their teams, we will see what could be the next step to highlight the main category [in GTE-Pro].”


IMO, as long as it leads to better racing & hopefully more manufactures/competitors, I'm all for it.



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Bumping for the Grand Prix of Alabama


1. Newgarden

2. Dixon

3. Pagenaud

4. Castroneves

5. Rossi

6. Hinchcliffe

7. Kanaan

8. Bourdais

9. Sato

10. Aleshin


Lots of good racing all around, I had a feeling that this was going to be a Penske race & Newgarden gets his first win while driving for the Captain. Aleshin & Hunter-Reay got at it near the end & a rough day for Will Power, leading most of the race only to finish 14th.


Next up Phoenix


Meanwhile in Blancpain Endurance Series, today's race at Monza started ugly....


Kind of reminds me of the big wreck a while back in V8 supercars.

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Bumping for the weekend results:


Results from Phoenix:

1. Pagenaud

2. Power

3. Hildebrand

4. Castroneves

5. Dixon

6. Kanaan

7. Carpenter

8. Kimball

9. Newgarden

10. Munoz


Pagenaud finally achieves his first oval win. It seems team Penske may have found what they were looking for. Rough day for Andretti as none of their cars even finished.


Next up, the Indianapolis Grand Prix


Meanwhile in Formula 1


Results from the Russian Grand Prix

1. Bottas

2. Vettel

3. Raikkonen

4. Hamilton

5. Verstappen

6. Perez

7. Ocon

8. Hulkenberg

9. Massa

10. Sainz Jr.


Bottas gets hist first win & he started out by just coming from nowhere & didn't look back. Hamilton kept having problems with potential overheating of his car.  Alonso didn't start while hist teammate finished 14th.


Next up, Spain


Last but not least, we have our first manufacture switch for F1


Sauber to use Honda engines in 2018.



Honda has recently stated it felt supplying more than one team would help it try to recover from its current struggles having been hit by numerous performance and reliability issues this season.

"In addition to the partnership with McLaren which began in 2015, Honda will begin supplying power units to Sauber as a customer team starting from next year," Katsuhide Moriyama, Honda's chief officer, brand and communication operations said. "This will be a new challenge in Honda's F1 activities.

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Posted (edited)

Alonso's McLaren Honda for Indy.




His rookie test is being live streamed on YouTube

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Results from the Spanish Grand Prix:


1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Ricciardo

4. Perez

5. Ocon

6. Hulkenberg

7. Sainz Jr.

8. Wehrlein

9. Kvyat

10. Grosjean


Vettel was off to a good start but to some, some would say controversy ensued with Vettel getting out of the pits & Hamilton running off the track. However, the stewards said there was no problem & Lewis ran off with it. Rough day for Kimi, Max & Valleri today. It was still a pretty good race especially the battles with Toro Rosso & Haas. Alonso finished 15th & is on his way to Indianapolis


Next up, for world race day, Monaco!


Speaking of Indy & Monaco


Results from the Indianapolis Grand Prix:

1. Power

2. Dixon

3. Hunter-Reay

4. Pagenaud

5. Castroneves

6. Rahal

7. Chilton

8. Rossi

9. Pigot

10. Montoya


Will Power's only real threat was his Castroneves. It was caution free. Rahal moved up from 20th to 6th, & there was an incident between Kanaan & Andretti which gave Marco a drive through penalty.

Next up, the greatest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500!

Finally, Results from the Monaco e-prix:

1. Buemi

2. di Grassi

3. Heidfeld

4. Piquet jr.

5. Engel

6. Rosenqvist

7. Abt

8. Gutierrez

9. da Costa

10. Prost


4th win for Buemi as he continues his dominance in Formula E although di Grassi gave him a lot of pressure near the end. 


Next up, Paris.


Last bu not least, it seems Silly Season rumors are coming up in Formula 1, we've heard everything from Vettel going to Mercedes, Lewis calling it a career. Riccardo &/or Verstappen leaving Red Bull. Alonso leaving McLaren (seems like that would be the one guarantee). Either way, it should be a rather interesting silly season.

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Results from the Paris E-Prix


1. Buemi

2. Lopez

3. Heidfeld

4. Rosenqvit

5. Prost

6. Frijns

7. Piquet Jr.

8. Dillmann

9. Evans

10. Sarrazin


Just another dominant performance from Buemi. I think it's going to be very difficult to catch him at this race.


Next up Berlin


Well with this weekend coming up being known as the greatest race weekend in the world (24 hours Nurburgring, Monaco, Indy, Charlotte) IndyCar released some new shots of what the potential 2018 cars will look like.


Road Course (almost looks like an F1 car):



Super Speedway:



I like where this is going!



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It's better, still not there yet. The nose is still to long, and the crap in front of the rear wheel needs to go also, and that deck as well.

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Headed out on my 13+ hour drive to Indianapolis. Weather is looking like I'll have to stay an extra day this year. My fifth Indianapolis 500. 

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