Archive | November, 2011

Send in the next candidate please

30 Nov

Holy Schmolly! I just woke up from a short vacation in St. Pete, disappointed that I did not cross paths with local rising motorsport star Shanna Mac, only to find that Jenna Fryer got Scooped on a story the esteemed Pressdog feels she sat on too long. Robin Miller broke the story in the dark of the night Tuesday evening and by noon Wednesday, the motorsports world was falling all over themselves spouting such wisdom as: a coach had sacked his assistants; bloom was off the rose; treats symptom but illness remains. My, my, my….talk about a rush to judgment! Miller gets a pass because he has had a virtual War of the Roses approach to the ongoing tenure of Brian Barnhart.

No, he DOES NOT get a pass…..nor does the other proffered but useless opinions. In fact, few of them move my needle very much. They…just….don’t.

For your edification, the power links can be found here:
http://www.popoffvalve.com/2011/11/30/2600827/indycar-brian-barnhart-ouster-treats-symptom-but-illness-remains

http://www.ajc.com/sports/indycar-removes-barnhart-from-1246311.html

http://pressdog.typepad.com/dogblog/2011/11/bernard-moves-to-get-his-people-in-place.html

What more could I possibly add to this mumbo gumbo? Nothing to see here so move along, folks. Shall we move in a different direction? Heck ya! Barnhart had to go; of that there is no mistaking. Is the series at a watershed moment? I don’t really think so. Things will be different, but yet they will still remain the same. Take a breath, drop to a lower number and see whom inherits the reigns of Indy Car Race Control.

Today’s Test Your Smarts ™ question is: Do you know George Phillips? If you answered yes, you just may be a serious open wheel fan. If you said no, well then brother, allow me to point you in a direction of skillful insight as well as smooth word smithy. George is the author of the motorsports blog Oilpressure. You must add this to your list of required reading. George takes the high road in many of his posts and writes many things that appear well thought out. A lot of bloggers just sit and do stream of consciousness typing at the keyboard. George has a style that imparts knowledge as well as a passion for the game. I wonder what his day gig is, but I sure do enjoy his afterhours job. As a sterling example, today, November 30, George posted an article and no, it was not about TGBB. George wrote a very insightful piece on the passing of Jim Rathmann. In it, George correctly refers to my blogging peers as amateur journalists and I certainly fit that genre. No, I do not hold George in that regard as his style comes off being very professional. I highly endorse his remarks about Jim Rathmann and found the entire article to be spot on. I do wish to say this: Thanks George! I am sure Mr. Rathmann would be touched by the article. You can enjoy George’s fine work here:

http://oilpressure.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/jim-rathmann-the-true-racer/

Drop by and leave George a note about your take on his fine article!

Talk to you soon!
GForcePaul

Advertisements

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE DW12 CAR ??

17 Nov

Will balance issues get sorted out?

I cannot go into this posting without acknowledging the 30 day passage of time since the ill-fated Vegas race and it’s tragic aftermath. Right off the bat, I must share with you this link to an unbelievably moving testimony of the affection that was shared between Tony Kannan and Dan Wheldon. This is a locally produced news organization video that was conceived and produced by Indianapolis television station WISH TV8. TK bares his soul and comments on what went through his mind while he and Vitor Miera competed in a Miami based triathlon shortly after Dan’s death. In a burst forth of tantalizing video journalism, the local Indy channel captured some very private yet candid moments with Tony Kannan. This is most certainly about healing and being healed…….
The link:

http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/sports/auto_racing/indycar/exclusive-tony-kanaan-on-remembering-dan-wheldon

And now, today’s topic: Seems to be a little “issue” with the DW12 on super ‘not-so-speedy’ speedways. Not to dive in too deeply into the engineering on how a high velocity vehicle rotates when going into and exiting a turn but, it sure seems that therein lays the problem. For purposes of our quick discussion, let us first discern the difference of a loose versus a tight race car. On one of the stellar Versus broadcasts of the Izod Indy Car Series during the 2011 season, Wally Dallenbach gave the most comprehensive, yet simple explanation of the terms tight and lose. If the car is tight, you hit the wall with the front of the car. If the car is loose, you hit the wall with the back of the car. Seems simple enough to me!

Recent rumblings and writings on the topic by none other than the highly esteemed Robin Miller shed some insight into the discoveries made at Indy by the late Dan Wheldon and they were evidently confirmed by T.K. and Dario during testing that ended on November 5th.

Miller’s comments and report via SpeedTV.com go into greater detail here:

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-series-trying-to-solve-2012-cars-speedway-issues/

It appears that the car turns wickedly on entry into the turn and continues in a straight line at the apex and exit of a turn. Consequently, reported speeds at Indy were in the 208-216 range and as my tweeps say on twitter, #nonewtrackrecord at the Brickyard this year. Perhaps in 2013 with the new aero kits? Maybe Boeing will still consider building bits for the 2013 car since they seem to score big this year at all the air shows selling Dreamliners (Inject sarcasm here). But yikes! Only 216? Is this car taking its ROP? The answer is no, the weight distribution issue WILL get solved and the fact that Lotus Judd is on the dyno with established factory teams should help as well. There is still a ton of testing to take place at Homestead and Fontana. All of this is discussed and toxic comments submitted at Robin Miller’s Mail Bag, compliments of SpeedTV.com and the November 16th posting can be found here:

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-millers-mailbag-1116

No, this is NOT going to turn into an R.M. love fest! Miller’s legs are not all that pretty……..but I do want to give a shout out to the ongoing herculean efforts of Pippa Mann. She still posts on twitter even slogging through the pain and painkillers as she recovers from her incident at Las Vegas. This is one hard working Senorita and remains one of the most approachable shoes in the paddock. If you have something for her to sign, take it to the bank, it will get signed and with a smile! Now go and get some sponsors or your rich uncle to sign on or open the check book. It was kind of her to not complain when I used her photo from the garages at Indy as the lead in picture to my last post. The day Mr. Bachelart signed her to run Indy, she was so overcome with emotion that she just had to run out and be a guest on the Don Kay Autosportsradio.com show. That night I tried to box Pippa in a corner and get a negative quote out of her regarding another driver and she passed the ‘don’t take the bait’ test. She is obviously a TEAM player and I hold that in high regard! I still wonder why so few have jumped on the Pippa bandwagon. She is a sponsor’s dream and hopefully, they acknowledge that.

 

Where ARE the sponsors? Missing out they are!

Blog is on a SHORT Hiatus

14 Nov

Give this lady a ride for God's sake!

GForcePaul is on temporary assignment seeking a replacement for his day, techie job. This column will return in the next few days with a feature about…..you did not seriously think I would divulge such info, now did you?

I didn’t do it for the love, I did it for the money, SIR!

2 Nov

Here is a little confession for you; I am a fool for parades. Parades such as Watkins Glen with CUP; IICS at Barber; Formula One at Indy. But nothing beats a good F1 show. Not even a GOOD F1 show….isn’t that a contradiction? I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen a riveting Formm-Yoo-Luh one event that took my breath away. Hell, the last one I personally went to was when a tire non-war, screw the FAN event erupted at the Hallowed Ground. I think that was the second to last USGP for a while and the man sometimes referred to as the “Troll” took his hand out of US pockets. Of course, being a local makes one have these personal views on things. Of course……

It was quite a bit more then a shock when I read about the city of Austin, Texas being chosen to host the next incarnation of the USGP. Everyone knows that one of Mr. Ecclestone’s spectacles comes to your town for a princely sum and nothing less. My post back in August talked about the $25,000,000 to be put up each year by the state of Texas to support the ongoing USGP. You are smoking those left handed cigarettes if you think that the citizens of the People’s Republic of Texas will continue this very long. I also doubt that Eddie Gossage would remain silent and not speak up on the topic of subsidies.

Now we come to this; yet ANOTHER potential, perhaps it will happen, possibly a GP of America. Why is it that when I type that, I hear a chorus of angels in the background? Angels aren’t skeptics, are they? One would think that they are, or at least should be when it comes to dealing with FOM. You have to hand it to Bernie, he sure knows how to blunt a direct, head on question. Here is how he did it (and props to RACER mag for this fine piece of editortial effort):

http://www.racer.com/f1-chiefs-to-discuss-calendar-concerns/article/215737/?DCMP=EMC-RACER_DAILY

So, after spending a week cruising the well stocked motorsport blogosphere, I came across some more information about the 2013 GP of America. It really is astounding how fast peeps like Indy44 and SBPopOff Valve post fresh, breaking and sometimes (well, most times) humorous material about all things motorsport. You had best add them to your must follow list. More of my “To Follow” selections and lists to come your way at a later post. But, back on point, this info has been out there for a long time now about Bernie coveting a Neuu Yaawwk race. It was just a smarter school of thought to believe that it was totally impossible to shut down Manhattan for a motor car race. Then, along came Governor Christy and the rest, as they say is history (no, the rest is still subject to approval and the clearing of the checque in the FOM account). I will say this, if you do not follow some of the prolific tweets and nuggets of info posted by these afore mentioned new media types, then you also missed this;
New Jersey GP of America simulation lap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m10_f1o_0So

Given the elevation changes and the general layout of the course, it sure feels like Monaco. I cannot fault the beauty of a Manhattan skyline as a killer backdrop. All I can say is time will tell. The future picture will look a lot different 6 years from now if both Austin and the New Jersey venues continue to operate under the guise of an F1 sanctioned event. That adds up to 50 million in today’s paltry U.S. Dollars. See? Like the title says, I did it for the money, SIR!

Since this is supposed to be an open wheel column and not just a motorsport electronic rag, I would be remiss if I failed to chat up the recently completed Chris Griffiths Memorial Road to Indy Test. A great time was NOT had by all, especially if you ask Woman of Press Dog Shannon McIntosh. She was transmitting on 453.8375 on Saturday and she was just coming out of the pits from yet another stop to chase an engine performance issue when the checkered flag fell. The session was shortened and I am guessing that an ambient temp of 52 degrees had something to do with it. As for the results, well; that has been covered by many scribes and is old news. But please DO enjoy these 2 links from the Saturday afternoon session. Sorry for the stupid, amature footage; I shake a little after some of Fuzzy’s best. It tastes sooooo good. Right, Ed?
See you next time!
GForcePaul

 

The good stuff: