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Alonso's Indy Performance

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  1. David Lind

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    I watched Fernando at the Brickyard today. He looked completely under control (no surprise) as he worked through the various phases of his rookie test ... nothing spectacular, which is probably what his team wants at this stage. Fernando never came very close to the wall and never ran without at least a small Gurney Flap, so it's obvious he wasn't after a 230 mph lap.
    So far, so good.
     
  2. Jana

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    Thanks for the report! I'm looking forward to seeing how he does.
     
  3. tomc

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  4. BartonWorkman

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    It seems as though every racing website has multiple stories running about Alonso's
    Indy test debut yesterday.

    According to everyone, he hit all the marks. Mikey in particular seems very happy
    (for once) and called Alonso's day "Perfect".

    Everyone is singing Alonso's praises so far. Hope it continues. But, as we all know,
    Indy can come up and bite you in the ass when it's least expected.

    BHW
     
  5. tervuren

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    Its a lot of good publicity for Indy.

    Shame the cars are so dang ugly.

    At least the mono color of the Mclaren isn't as bad as some of the other cars on the grid.
     
  6. GuyIncognito

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    He did well, but then he's spent his whole life in open wheel cars, and was on track by himself (no drafting, turbulence, etc), so that was expected.

    Kurt Busch, with virtually no open wheel experience, qualified 12th and finished 6th with Andretti in 2014. IMO that's the target for Alonso.

    I will say this has been a wildly successful publicity stunt. apparently ticket sales are on track to exceed 300k again this year, I hope Alonso is getting a cut ;)
     
  7. jimpo1

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    I might actually watch, just to see him race....
     
  8. Kravchak

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    Me too
     
  9. william

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    Yep, driving alone at Indy is fine, but racing in traffic with plenty of cars around may be a bit spooky for him. Time will tell ...
     
  10. stever

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    Absolutely, and he said the track was narrower than he thought.

    He couldn't have handled himself/the car much better, however. It was pretty much a perfect outing.
     
  11. NürScud

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    Saw a couple of videos on YouTube. He did well. Does anyone have to suggest a site/link for the race's live stream. It would be appreciated.

    :)
     
  12. Whisky

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    I wonder what Indy/IRL is paying him to compete?

    If he brings in more viewers, ad rates will be up for next year..
     
  13. BigTex

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    It's real narrow at race speeds!

    As in "one line thru" once race rubber is down......he will elarn.
     
  14. BMW.SauberF1Team

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    This single race deal alone I'm sure is bringing in money for all involved that is multiple folds over what FA makes salary-wise. Financially this is a lot better than him racing in Monaco for being 15th place.
     
  15. furmano

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    Cool! Go Fernando!!!

    -F
     
  16. tifoso2728

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    I hoped he's well coached by Gil DeFerran. To me, the best thing he can do for the first 400 miles IS concentrate on staying on the lead lap and staying out of trouble. We all know there will be multiple yellows. When it gets down to the last 40 laps, GO LIKE HELL!
     
  17. lorenzobandini

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    Absolutely. Pretty standard procedure; 'specially if running competitively. Might be better off talkin' to Rick (Mears) tho'....;) :)
     
  18. Whisky

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    As much as Mears is my second favorite Indy driver of all time (Mark Donohue is 1st),
    Rick was in a different era totally, GdF might know these cars a bit better than
    Rick would. Even though GdF has been out of it for awhile, he'd still be more
    familiar than Rick.

    As far as just cruising for 80% of the race and then going for it, that's
    standard procedure for all oval races, indy or stock cars.
     
  19. Whisky

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    And he has 2 wins at Monaco so he doesn't need that.
     
  20. David Lind

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    With one hour to go in the first practice day, Alonso is already up to speed. Fernando is at mid- 223 mph and is already faster than Marco Andretti, RHR, Will Power, Juan Montoya, etc. So far, so good.
     
  21. David Lind

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    Alonso mired in second half of the field today. Is it possible this is harder than he thought, or is he pacing himself? I would think he is due to uncork a really fast lap or three.
     
  22. GuyIncognito

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    he's running in traffic now, so my guess is they have a ton of downforce in the car and he's taking his time getting used to traffic/tows/turbulence and will gradually peel off the downforce, and he'll get up to speed.
     
  23. lorenzobandini

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    ;)
     
  24. kizdan

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    I hope Alonso does as well as Mansell did in his very 1st oval race...,...
     
  25. the_stig

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    This. Not sure why people think that anyone can turn up and show a lot of speed - this is totally foreign to Fred.
     

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