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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:45 am 
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It's been more than ten years since the Indycar (Champ cars) ran at Portland International Raceway. Have to say it's great to see them pounding around the old familiar circuit.

Interestingly the front half of the track, (Last turn onto the front straight through turn four) is very much like the front half of Monza this weekend. (Parabolica through Curva Grande) Very similar front straight chicane and braking tactics also.

Portland: 1.95 miles, 12 turns.
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Monza: 3.6 miles, 11 turns.
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Santino Ferrucci put in some very nice laps in the first practice session. Will be interesting to see if there is any redemption in Indycar for him after making himself too hot to handle in European motorsports.

The points race tightened up at the last oval race in St. Louis and the points leaders, Dixon, Rossi, and Powers have a pretty good battle for the championship.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:15 am 
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I need to remember to watch it I missed the last race.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:26 pm 
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Dixon in a turn one crash has damage. Looks like Power has gearbox problems. Rossi in the lead.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:23 am 
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Today, the day belonged to Scott Dixon who survived a crash and drove away with minimal damage in his nose and was able to walk away also after getting hit with a drive-thru for speeding with a 3-point extension. But the day belonged to Takuma Sato after holding off a charging Ryan Hunter-Reay snapping a 26-race drought from that ilustrious indy 500 win last year. Rounding up the podium was Sebastian Bourdais who was the previous winner of the event. Also with a great performance was Spencer Pigot holding off series points leader Dixon. Another superb run for Charlie Kimball finishing 6th ahead of Alexander Rossi who had a terrible day after his teammate Zach Veach losing control in the apex of turns 11 and 12 on lap 56. Pietro Fittipaldi and Josef Newgarden round up the top 10. Polesitter Will Power had a horrendous day with gear box issues and a crash on lap 43 finishing 21st and -7. The Penske drivers will be needing a huge miracle to win a championship because Dixon leads Rossi with the margin of 598-569. Newgarden and Power have 511 each. Both have 3 wins a piece. But Will holds the tiebreaker because of his 3 podium finishes. Newgarden has none.

It is off to Sonoma to settle it.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:09 pm 
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Incredibly impressive drive by Sato: he got a bit lucky with the safety car, but he was picking cars off left and right to put himself in that position.

But the luckiest man of the day has got to be Dixon, who turned a race where he qualified 11th and was involved in a first-corner pileup into a championship gain. That doesn't happen often.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:33 pm 
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Am looking forward to Sonoma in two weeks.

Given that it's a double points event, Dixon and Rossi are definitely in contention. Power and Newgarden are longer shots.

I am really becoming a fan of the new Dallara DW12 chassis. The racing has been close and passing is possible. The car also looks a lot better than the previous version they used.

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