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entropy

3,926 posts

161 months

Friday 15th May 2015
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FourWheelDrift said:
I didn't say the NASCAR engineers were geniuses hehe

The COT has been hammered for it's design, aero and lack of downforce and since 2010 (that accident) they have replaced the rear wing with a more traditional boot flip up spoiler.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugPoArlRe1U

MartG

16,609 posts

162 months

Sunday 17th May 2015
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anonymous-user

12 months

Sunday 17th May 2015
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If Twitter rumours are true then we might be lucky to get a race, INDYCAR want to make changes (lower boost, more downforce) HONDA dont want the changes, CHEVY refuse to race without the changes...

DiscoColin

3,328 posts

172 months

Sunday 17th May 2015
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tux said:
If Twitter rumours are true then we might be lucky to get a race, INDYCAR want to make changes (lower boost, more downforce) HONDA dont want the changes, CHEVY refuse to race without the changes...
Surely far too much money involved for nothing to happen at all, but a tangible risk that not all of the cars will run in it. I really would be surprised if there were not either a compromise or people backing down.

Munter

30,067 posts

199 months

Sunday 17th May 2015
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It's the 2005 US Grand Prix all over again....

FourWheelDrift

80,843 posts

242 months

Sunday 17th May 2015
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Justin Wilson just put in a good run to go 4th quickest in qualifying out of 18 currently run. 225.279 mph average

Speeds are slower due to wind and changes made, dixon currently quickest with a 226.760 mph

FourWheelDrift

80,843 posts

242 months

Sunday 17th May 2015
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Today's qualifying


Allyc85

7,095 posts

144 months

Monday 18th May 2015
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Hinchcliffe taken to hospital after a big hit into the wall, before the car briefly tried to flip over. .

Munter

30,067 posts

199 months

Monday 18th May 2015
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And now James Hinchcliffe has crashed. Car didn't take off until it was sliding sideways after the impact...then flipped onto it's "side".

Allyc85

7,095 posts

144 months

Monday 18th May 2015
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Update says he is having surgery on a thigh injury at the moment.

http://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/hinchliffe-...

FourWheelDrift

80,843 posts

242 months

Monday 18th May 2015
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Looks like something broke this time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlbdpXb3FSg

Pkh72

1,517 posts

144 months

Monday 18th May 2015
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I can't help but have an uneasy feeling about this years race.

marshall100

1,118 posts

159 months

Monday 18th May 2015
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Agreed. Feeling a little uneasy about this. These cars are hardly running in dirty air yet, could get messy.

Mini1275

11,098 posts

140 months

Monday 18th May 2015
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That was a huge hit, he's lucky to have seemingly 'only' suffered an injury to his leg.

Eric Mc

112,537 posts

223 months

Tuesday 19th May 2015
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What is worrying is that in EVERY one of these recent incidents, once the car starts moving at an angle that isn't head on into the airflow, it wants to take off.

There is obviously a big problem with the way the aerodynamics work on these cars. It has to be remembered that at over 150 mph ANY car will be trying to fly. Even Jim Clark's Lotus 49 - which had no aerodynamics at all apart from simple streamlining - exhibited lifting tendencies at high speed circuits like Spa and Monza.

hornet

6,333 posts

208 months

Tuesday 19th May 2015
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Not seen the video, but from photos alone, that looked like a monstrous impact, so glad he's relatively unscathed. I'm away this weekend, so won't be watching. This would usually be a cause for disappointment, but I'm not quite so sure now.

ETA - glad that was a SAFER barrier he hit...

Edited by hornet on Tuesday 19th May 13:27

mycool

233 posts

160 months

Tuesday 19th May 2015
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There must be a worry too that a car will spin or get turned around and then get airborne before it hits the wall meaning we could see a car into the catch fencing or worse over or through it?

The design of these cars and the SAFER barriers were specifically to stop them getting up into the fencing following Danny Wheldon's (RIP) fatal accident.

Vocal Minority

8,582 posts

110 months

Tuesday 19th May 2015
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One of these getting airborne on a crowded circuit is a slightly chilling concept too...

Allyc85

7,095 posts

144 months

Tuesday 19th May 2015
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More details on his injuries, can only wish him the best in his recovery.

http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/116939-indy-500-...

hornet

6,333 posts

208 months

Tuesday 19th May 2015
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Vocal Minority said:
One of these getting airborne on a crowded circuit is a slightly chilling concept too...
Also a worry that all of these have been solo incidents and we've yet to see how these kits work in pack racing. A multi-car incident with cars taking off all over the place has very unhappy memories. All this and Texas to come later in the year...

Allyc85 said:
More details on his injuries, can only wish him the best in his recovery.

http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/116939-indy-500-...
Having read that, it sounds like sustaining a career threatening injury should probably be considered a positive outcome. Sounds like it got very close indeed.

Edited by hornet on Tuesday 19th May 16:40