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Slideshow: Racing at Indy Grand Prix & Le Mans
9/7/2011

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Driver Ho-Pin Tung in his Indy car at Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.  (Photo courtesy Mouser Electronics)
Driver Ho-Pin Tung in his Indy car at Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.
(Photo courtesy Mouser Electronics)

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Ozark Sage
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Re: An all electric Indy racer? NOT IF THERE SMART
Ozark Sage   2/13/2012 6:06:11 PM
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Jack.. You better not say that to ANY of the Worlds BEST engin OR car designers/builders who did more FOR Indy than Indy did for them!

naperlou
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Re: An all electric Indy racer? NOT IF THERE SMART
naperlou   2/17/2012 10:53:26 AM
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Ozark, I am not sure of what you are getting at, but Jack is correct.  Most of the racing circuits are a way for manufacturers to show off their product in extreme conditions.  This is the challenge. 

Ozark Sage
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Re: An all electric Indy racer? NOT IF THERE SMART
Ozark Sage   2/17/2012 2:33:49 PM
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 all electric Indy racer? NOT IF THERE SMART
naperlou  I agree that IS THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION, but disagree that it is the PRO BUILDER, OWNER & DRIVER perception.  I say this because the state of the art was DESIGNED, ENGINEERED, AND PAID FOR NOT BY INDY but, all the others involved in RACE CARS WORLDWIDE.

Indy Motor Speedway over the last 2 decades has inflated costs on everything to the extent a LARGE part of the public can't aford to attend EVEN WITH THE TV & COMMERCIAL UNDER WRITING.  And if you think I am kidding check out the cost of a summer nylon jacket in their Track Store next time you go there.

Names like OFFENHOUSER, CURTIS,  CHEVY, FORD,HONDA, and the list goes on, longer than your memory will hold, left their MARK and  BLOOD on tracks arround the world.   As I see it the LAST PLACE EVs will be RACED, AFTER THEY are proven, is gasoline  alley  ...to mark the passing of an era.... and CELEBRATE THE END OF FOSSIL FUEL

In short we sure don't need Indy to get there!

ChasChas
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I miss motor racing
ChasChas   3/6/2012 11:11:28 AM
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Racing used to be a contest between one car and driver against another car and driver with speed being the deciding factor.

Now there are so many rules, regulations, exceptions, etc. that you need a lawyer to win a race. Often races are decided in arbritation long ofter the fact. They say it makes racing safer.

The tracks are obsolete for modern racing. They need to design tracks to take on the new techonology in racing instead of outlawing it.

Drag racing, air racing and motocross are still pure enough to enjoy.

bob from maine
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Re: Sports have Rules
bob from maine   4/19/2012 12:10:23 PM
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Without rules, more rules and more rules again, races would be won by the team with the most money. When you're dealing with the technological comlexity of an Indy car, only the wealthiest teams can compete and even then, the team with the most money usually has a significant edge.  A team that can drive a million dollar race-car to destruction and have a ready spare is going to push harder than a single-car team. The most successful racing teams are the ones that can bend the rules without quite breaking them. Nice article and pic's.

 

BigDipper
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Re: Racing days
BigDipper   4/19/2012 1:25:49 PM
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Beth,

What you're seeing in the photo's is just the tip of the iceberg.  Compared to the technology in Formula One, this is kindergarten stuff.  Before it was outlawed, F1 had bidirectional telemetry - the car could be remotely modified by the engineers in the pits and, on occasion, from the factory.  Also, since real computers are needed in the pits, you won't be seeing too many iPads and such - not enough power or screen real estate - F1 engineers monitor upwards of 100 data points during a race.

notarboca
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Re: Fans in the stands
notarboca   10/1/2012 12:56:35 AM
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EV races, for me, wouldn't cut it as a fan driven sport.  Maybe when everybody, and I mean everybody, drives an electric car, and the speeds for racing were exceptional, would it be acceptable.  For a lot of race fans, the sights, sounds, and smells of these 750+ HP machines are as much a part of the experience as the competition.

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