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      12-17-2018 11:34 AM #1
      The 2019 IndyCar season is almost upon us, and with many new faces, and the same regulations as last year, 2019 is primed to be one helluva year for open-wheel racing in America. We are one-step close to returning to the CART/Champ Car days of old with new cars and manufacturers said to join in 2020.

      - New talent
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      - No new major regulations (thankfully)
      - Small aero changes allowed
      - Circuit of The Americas added to the schedule
      - Laguna Seca back on the schedule
      - Fred Alonso racing at THE 500 again
      - Robbie Wickens recovery








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      12-17-2018 12:42 PM #2
      Oh wow, swapping Sonoma for Laguna Seca. Wrong Beach is still in April which is good, I might try for both.

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      12-17-2018 12:45 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by DerSpiegel View Post
      Oh wow, swapping Sonoma for Laguna Seca. Wrong Beach is still in April which is good, I might try for both.
      I'll definitely be @ Laguna Seca. I've been to Long Beach maybe a dozen times.

      Oh, and for anyone interested, I'll be at the vast majority of IndyCar races next year if you want to meet up.
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      12-17-2018 02:27 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      I'll definitely be @ Laguna Seca. I've been to Long Beach maybe a dozen times.

      Oh, and for anyone interested, I'll be at the vast majority of IndyCar races next year if you want to meet up.
      The race in St Louis is something I can try for, it's close and the date works for now...
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      12-17-2018 02:51 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      I'll definitely be @ Laguna Seca. I've been to Long Beach maybe a dozen times.

      Oh, and for anyone interested, I'll be at the vast majority of IndyCar races next year if you want to meet up.
      Closest race to me is Pocono. Hmm.

      Not the best venue for spectating (in my experience), but would be cool to meet up if I can swing it.
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      12-17-2018 03:01 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      new cars and manufacturers said to join in 2020.
      Wait what??? New cars? New cars as in a new constructor? Or a replacement for the tired spec Dallara If Indycar wants to return to the glory days of CART, then they should allow another constructor.

      I could see Penske fund or co-develop a chassis with an existing constructor. Then offer it to other teams.

      Any word on the engine front? Last I heard, Cosworth said they could whip up a Indycar engine. But the current rules mandating OEM badging prevents a Cosworth Indycar engine.

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      12-17-2018 03:07 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by mx5er View Post
      If Indycar wants to return to the glory days of CART, then they should allow another constructor.
      It has nothing to do with allowance. They are currently working with TWO additional chassis manufacturers (not including Dallara) to possibly have a total of three tub builders. Keep in mind that everything that is currently run is that way to make it out of the recession and the Tony George ****-up.

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      12-17-2018 03:52 PM #9
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      12-17-2018 07:21 PM #11
      For the first time in 44 years, the Long Beach GP will not be sponsored by Toyota. It's always been known as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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      12-17-2018 07:23 PM #12
      Is this the first time in the last decade or two that we have IndyCar and F1 racing on the same circuit (COTA)? Granted one's in March and the other in October, but I can't recall the last time we had the opportunity for such a comparison. i

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      12-17-2018 07:36 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      but I can't recall the last time we had the opportunity for such a comparison.
      CART was in Montreal for a few years. And I'm not talking about the spec Champcar days. I did a lowdown on the lap times in the 2018 Indycar thread.

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      12-19-2018 05:08 PM #14
      Great news! https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/n...314712/?nrt=86

      If it's FCA, then I think it will be Alfa Romeo Wildcard? Hyundai/Kia?

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      12-19-2018 05:10 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by mx5er View Post
      Great news! https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/n...314712/?nrt=86

      If it's FCA, then I think it will be Alfa Romeo Wildcard? Hyundai/Kia?
      There ARE two lined up. That's all I'm going to type for fear of losing my connections.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      There ARE two lined up. That's all I'm going to type for fear of losing my connections.
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      01-02-2019 01:47 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      The 2019 IndyCar season is almost upon us, and with many new faces, and the same regulations as last year, 2019 is primed to be one helluva year for open-wheel racing in America. We are one-step close to returning to the CART/Champ Car days of old with new cars and manufacturers said to join in 2020.

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      - Small aero changes allowed
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      - Laguna Seca back on the schedule
      - Fred Alonso racing at THE 500 again
      - Robbie Wickens recovery



      Funny they still call it Streets of Detroit on the official schedule. It's been off the streets since atleast mid-late 90's (onto a temporary raceway on Belle Isle) and the race calls itself the "Detroit Grand Prix".

      It'll definitely be good to see COTA host both Indy and F1 though.

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      01-02-2019 02:59 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Activ8 View Post

      It'll definitely be good to see COTA host both Indy and F1 though.
      People are complaining about how "slow" the IndyCars are out there. It's hilarious how short-sighted people are when it comes to the two series.
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      01-02-2019 11:02 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Activ8 View Post
      Funny they still call it Streets of Detroit on the official schedule. It's been off the streets since atleast mid-late 90's (onto a temporary raceway on Belle Isle) and the race calls itself the "Detroit Grand Prix".

      It'll definitely be good to see COTA host both Indy and F1 though.
      Belle Isle is a state park in Detroit, so I guess, technically, they can still call it the "streets of Detroit" but it's not like the previous races were when they were held downtown. That's more what you envision when you hear, "Streets of Detroit", that it's among the buildings and streets of the core of the city.

      Belle Isle used to be part of the City of Detroit's Parks and Rec Department, but amidst a contentious debate about upkeep costs and lack of funding, it found itself turned over to the state park system for renovation and ongoing maintenance. It can still be called the Detroit Grand Prix, regardless of which agency is in charge, at least IMO.
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      01-02-2019 11:11 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
      It can still be called the Detroit Grand Prix, regardless of which agency is in charge, at least IMO.
      Isn't it technically closer to Canada though?
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      Such a good era in CART. Five chassis constructors, four engine constructors, two tire constructors, and a big field of cars.
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      01-04-2019 12:36 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      Isn't it technically closer to Canada though?
      I dunno. Looks pretty centered. Maybe that northern point near the Marina District in Detroit is a bit closer. Maybe the USA won it in a series of rock-paper-scissors with Canada. Eh?

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