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Welcome to the 2018, open wheel race chat!

 

I'd figure I would get this started since the roar before the 24 happening this week, I'd figured I would open up this as well.

 

- Some big changes in open wheel especially in IMSA now that Team Penske has returned to IMSA with not only Juan Pablo Montoya but also Helio Castroneves & Ricky Taylor & their goal is simple, stop the dominant force that is Cadillac

- In Indycar, we have a new chasis & a new champion in Josef Newgarden & from the looks of the car as well as the reaction, I think we're going to have a great season

- In Formula 1, the question is who will get their 5th championship first, the reigning champion Lewis Hamilton or will Sebastian Vettel finally end Ferrari's drought, or will Red Bull's Max Versatppen or Daniel Ricciardo or even Valteri Bottas play spoiler?
- World Endurance will begin its super season but with rumors coming about LMP1 possibly switching their model design to look more like a road car, could we see the next revolution in Prototype racing (IMSA is also listening & hopefully this brings in more manufactures)

- World Touring Car Championship is no more, they have decided to go TCR so that will mean more manufactures.

- Pirellli World Challenge is going through some changes, Cadillac has left & Callaway has come in, bringing Corvettes with them. K-Pax switch to Bentley

 

Looks like we got a lot in store this open wheel season.

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Bumping because we start the racing season with the 24 hours of Daytona!

 

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We also have the poster for the 2018 12 hours of Sebring

 

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Bumping for the results of the 24 hours of Daytona

 

P: Action Express, Cadillac: Albuquerque, Barbosa, Fittipaldi
GTLM: Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford: Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon
GTD: GRT Grasser Racing, Lamborghini: Bortolotti, Ineichen, Breukers, Perera

The two heavyweights in the Taylor brothers were knocked out but WTR & Team Penske could only hold on for so long which gave Action Express the break they needed. I will say this though, despite the rotten luck, I think Acura & Team Penske are going to be a force to be reckon. The dominant Ford GT's from CGR proved to be unstoppable. Giving Chip his 200th win as an owner. & Grasser started last & won it all!

12 hours of Sebring is up in March

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Bumping because we have some F1 cars debuting with the halo & minus the sharkfin

 

First up we have Haas

 

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Williams:

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Aston Martin Red Bull (testing livery, they haven't said this is official yet)

 

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The rest are as follow...

Renault RS18 20 February Online Launch
Sauber C37 20 February Online Launch
Mercedes W09 22 February Silverstone
Ferrari TBC 22 February Maranello
McLaren MCL33 23 February Online Launch
Force India VJM11 25 February Barcelona
Toro Rosso STR13 26 February Barcelona

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Bumping for the other reveals...

 

Ferrari:

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Mercedes:

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McLaren:

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Red Bull:

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Toro Rosso

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Force India (although this may change):

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Alfa Romeo Sauber:
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Renault:

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Last but not least, I want to show Formula E's future:

 

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Bumping for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

 

1. Bourdais

2. Rahal

3. Hnichcliffe

4. Rossi

5. Hunter-Reay

6. Dixon

7. Newgarden

8. Jones

9. Andretti

10. Power

 

Pure Honda dominance. Bourdais was in the right place & the right time. Bourdais looked like he was in similar form like last year. Robert Wickens drove like crazy but a last minute tangle with Rossi proved to hurt him. Rahal managed to come back after issues in the beginning so I got a feeling he will be making some noise.

 

Next up, Phoenix

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