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The Indianapolis 500 is a very, very long race event for us. It’s two weeks of content. And for the new media group, it’s overseeing both and Most of our race events run from Thursday-Sunday, with being the focus. Two weeks of racing is exciting, exhausting and a challenge. I love content, good storytelling and beautiful photography. Our May provided all of that. Some highlights.

Opening weekend brought the announcement of The Greatest 33. It was an honor working on this site and it was amazing to see how many fans voted, shared with friends and revealed their own personal memories.

The Greatest 33

The Greatest 33

4,028. That’s how many photographs were uploaded. It’s how our department sees what our photographers capture. We then title, caption and tag these images for our websites, media site, Flickr and so on. That’s a lot of images and it’s tedious work. BUT – it allows us to bring some really stunning moments to you (and shows what a great group of photographers we work with). A few of my favorite below. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Simona De Silvestro signs an autograph

One of the most compelling stories of the month


We’re asking fans to help decide which web writers will rep best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500 competition (Read more about the competition here). Any web writer ready to stake their claim will be put in front of our esteemed panel of sharp, clever, witty and good-looking judges (A.K.A. – you!).

So take a look at this entrant and leave your comments and likes here or hit us @INDYCAR with a tweet if you think Trackside Online will provide fans with the best Virtual Indy 500 coverage this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

Trackside Online | Website | Twitter “Providing INDYCAR Coverage for Over Ten Years.”

TrackSide Online presented by Honda Racing is a news service devoted exclusively to INDYCAR racing.  Commonly referred to as TSO, has been covering the IZOD IndyCar Series for over 10 years by attending all of the practices, qualifying sessions and races, including the international events.

A highly trusted news source, TSO’s in depth coverage is read by drivers, team owners, officials and race fans that want the inside scoop on what is really happening within INDYCAR.

That’s what we do.  So why does Joe from TSO want to run the virtual Indy 500 against other journalists?

Back before he joined up with TSO, he used to pass the time running racing simulations.  Anyone remember “Indianapolis 500: The Simulation?”

He used to spend hours trying to win in the Lola/Buick using a keyboard.  IndyCar Racing?  Grand Prix Legends?  He spent far more hours on all of these games than he probably should have.

But that was before marriage and two kids.  Why does he want to get back into sim racing against journalists?

Simple – he thinks he can win.  Is he good enough to beat anyone with any actual racing talent (real or sim)?  Of course not.

But based off some go-kart races against other journalists, and if I get some seat time in iRacing, I think I can win.

We’re asking fans to help decide which web writers will rep best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500 competition (Read more about the competition here). Any web writer ready to stake their claim will be put in front of our esteemed panel of sharp, clever, witty and good-looking judges (A.K.A. – you!).

So take a look at this entrant and leave your comments and likes here or hit us @INDYCAR with a tweet if you think OpenPaddock will provide fans with the best Virtual Indy 500 coverage this May and keep your eyes peeled for information on how fans can win a seat to race against up to three INDYCAR drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month!

OpenPaddock | WebsiteFacebook Twitter | Flickr “Motorsports Commentary for Fans, by Fans.” is a website built by fans for fans of motorsports. What makes our site unique is the coverage we give to each facet of racing. So whether you are a fan of INDYCAR, rally, formula or sports car racing, you can get your fill and meet great fans just like you who have a genuine passion for racing. Who knows, you may begin watching a new series and learning even more about one that you currently follow!

Created by Shaun Pechin and Mike Whitesell in February of 2009, the site has expanded in the couple years since its inception. Shaun focuses his efforts on the IZOD IndyCar Series, Rally America and the World Rally Championship. Mike also focuses on the IZOD IndyCar series while also writing on Formula 1. The third addition to the crew was our chief photographer Doug Patterson. While away from the track, he also gives full coverage to the Mazda Road to Indy program and the Firestone Indy Lights series. Ken Poe is the man behind Le Mans and the American Lemans Series coverage. A passionate sports car fan, Ken brings unique insight into the world of class endurance racing. Spike Rogan offers a weekly INDYCAR column and fantasy racing insights, while Kristi Welch serves as our fan ambassador providing fan guides to each IZOD IndyCar Series race event.

OpenPaddock is also partnered with IndyCar Garage, and works extensively with INDYCAR’s official fan club, INDYCAR Nation. Both avenues allow OpenPaddock to connect with fans of the series and allows for the open exchange of ideas and opinion. OpenPaddock also allows for fans to submit their own opinion-driven editorials to be published on the site for the world to read. Have an opinion on a hot topic? Submit an OP-ed segment for the world to read!

There are many awesome plans coming together for and we want you to be here for the evolution of this site and us as fans. We want to genuinely thank you for stopping by and hope you will tell your friends about us. The only thing we ask here at this site is that you keep the posts clean of derogatory language and treat everybody as a person. There are a number of sites on the web today that belittle those with an opinion and we want to be a safe haven where all can participate in an online community populated by sound, reasoned, passionate and courteous motorsports fans.

Know everything there is to know about racing? Run a website dedicated to motorsports? Think you could race head-to-head with IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and survive to share the story with your fans? Here’s your chance:

Journalists know that sometimes to get the story you have to be part of it. Tell us why you deserve the chance to compete against nine of your fellow motorsports writers in a virtual Indy 500 race on Carb Day – May 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The winner of the Carb Day race will receive the opportunity to compete in the A.J. Foyt Day Shootout on Saturday, May 28th against up to 3 Indy 500 drivers.

We’ve lined up some great swag for participants and winners of the event including an enhanced Indy 500 Race Day experience. Plus, we’ll work with the top ten motorsports writers to identify promotional opportunities online to support your coverage of the month of May. Want your chance to jump in the driver’s seat? Find out how below.

Not  a motorsports writer and/or unable to be in the Indianapolis-area this May? Keep an eye out on the blog to learn how you’ll decide which motorsports writers will represent fans best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500!


  • Shoot a DM to @INDYCAR on Twitter (or leave a comment on this post) telling us why you should rep for motorsports writers at this year’s Indianapolis 500. We’ll hit you back with details on how to “officially” stake your claim.
  • Be available and in Indianapolis for Carb Day (Friday – May 27th) and A.J. Foyt Day (Saturday – May 28th).
  • Register on when requested.

What is the Virtual Indy 500?

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and have partnered up to conduct a worldwide competition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.  The race will be held in 3 parts: online qualifier, local contesting, and the Virtual Indy 500 Event. The online qualifier series will consist of a 2 week long online time-trial qualification on All current iRacing members are invited to participate.  Non-iRacing members are encouraged to “Race it before you watch it” and join with a discounted special offering.

Find out more information on the event, discover what prizes are in store for participants /winners, and catch video highlights from last year on

A Win-Win Proposition

Posted on: April 12, 2011 | Comments (1) | iRacing | By: DPhillips

Will Power’s win at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday may have been his first of the 2011 IZOD INDYCAR Series, but it was not his first victory of the season.  In February, Power scored back-to-back wins at Summit Point Raceway in a Pontiac Solstice.  And if you think Oriol Servia is still looking for his first win of the year after top ten finishes at St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park, think again: Servia notched a win in Legends Cup competition at South Boston Speedway back in January.

iRacer and IndyCar Series competitor Will Power

Will Power on track in Barber

If that sounds confusing, consider that Power and Servia are members of, the world’s foremost online race simulation service.  They’re not alone.  A growing number of IndyCar Series regulars belong to iRacing, including Justin Wilson, JR Hildebrand, Vitor Meira, Danica Patrick, Mike Conway, Simona de Silvestro, Rafael Matos, Takuma Sato and Tomas Scheckter.

So too does Simon Pagenaud, who pinch-hit for injured Ana Beatriz last weekend, and wheeled the Dreyer and Reinbold Honda Dallara to an eighth place finish in his IndyCar debut.

Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud in the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing #24

Pagenaud is no stranger to high-powered open wheel cars, of course.  He and Power were teammates in the 2007 Champ Car Series and, since then, he has enjoyed considerable success in sports car racing, winning the American Le Mans Series prototype championship (with Highcroft Racing) and the Spa 1000K (with Peugeot) last year.  And if driving a Honda Dallara, Panoz Cosworth, HPD ARX-01e and Peugeot 908HDI at the highest levels of the sport qualifies him as an all-rounder, consider Pagenaud’s iRacing resume.  In his most recent online events, the Frenchman raced a Honda Dallara, VW Jetta TDi, SpecRacer Ford, NASCAR Late Model, Legends Ford and Skip Barber F2000 everywhere from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway and Lime Rock Park to Oxford Plains, South Boston and Stafford Motor Speedway.

Like most professional iRacers, Pagenaud uses the service for professional and recreational purposes.

“iRacing is good training,” he says. “It’s good to be able to race against other good drivers online. It brings you the kind of pressure you can have on a race weekend when you race against real people. It’s the same as the real world where you only get one chance: if you crash, you’re done! Just like real.

“Also the car models are very close to reality, and the tracks are very, very close to reality as well. So it’s a good training device for us drivers. I use the Formula One car mostly because its downforce level is very close to the prototype cars, but I love the IndyCar also because it’s the kind of racing that I love. And I also race NASCAR a few times because it’s good fun.”

All of the more than 40 tracks available on iRacing are laser-scanned to within two millimeters of accuracy.  That means if there’s a crack in the pavement entering the first turn – whether it’s the Milwaukee Mile or Infineon Raceway – you’ll feel it; and if there’s a severe bump, you’ll not only feel it, you’ll have to adjust your line accordingly.

“Accuracy is the most important thing,” says Wilson. “In the iRacing simulation, the corner spacing and radii are exactly right. Bumps, camber changes, curbing, changes in surface all have an influence on the optimal line, and iRacing has that level of detail. It’s great for learning tracks and cars, but even if you already know a track, you can refresh yourself, so you’re not spending the first session getting up to speed. You can attack straight away.”

Justin Wilson

IZOD IndyCar Series competitor and iRacing Member, Justin Wilson

Small wonder Hildebrand logged a few hundred laps at Phoenix International Raceway in iRacing’s virtual Dallara before his “try-out” test with Panther Racing last fall; or that, having never driven at Barber Motorsports Park before, Servia got to know the track forwards and backwards before last month’s pre-season test there with Newman/Haas Racing.  Likewise, Power logged a ton of laps on iRacing’s version of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course before his first race there last year . . . and started from pole position.

“All the tracks on iRacing are spot on,” he says.  “If you practice iRacing on a track you’ve never driven before, you will know that track when you drive it in a real car.  (But) it’s also a lot of fun. There’s a huge variety of different cars and tracks, from short tracks and speedways to the great road courses; Legends, Formula One, Solstice, MX5, IndyCar, Sprint Cup . . . the diversity of different styles of racing is fantastic.”

And you’ll never know who you might meet in your next iRacing event . . .

“You’re racing against real people on iRacing,” Power continues. “The other day I passed a guy at Lanier Speedway in a Legends race and he came on the voice chat and said, ‘Is that you Will? It’s me, Oriol [Servia].’  When I told him it was me, Oriol said, ‘If I’d known that, I wouldn’t have let you past so easily!’”

Every season in the 16th Street Racing League we finish at the greatest race track in the world, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  I decided to make this our championship round because Indy is without a doubt the most difficult track we race around.  Turns 1 and 3 are completely different from each other.  Passing is difficult and at times a bit scary in the corners.  The closing speed here can really catch you off guard.  Speaking of speed, that’s what it’s all about here.  Drivers spend months working on setups for Indy, not just for the 16th Street Racing League, but for general Indy races on iRacing as well.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway on iRacing

IMS on iRacing

For whatever reason, Indy is a point of pride for almost each and every sim racer.  It’s extremely difficult to pull off a win here (much like in real life).  There’s so many things that can happen to make it impossible to cross the line in first position.  You’re virtually always in traffic and it’s extremely easy to misjudge a corner entry and bounce it off the wall on exit.  Pit entry is tough, pit exit is tough, and 100 laps around here (which is how far we run in 16STRL) is tough.  I’ve been lucky enough to have some decent results at Indy but no wins.  I’ve been able to pull off a 2nd, a 5th and a 17th.  I’m very excited for this season’s Indy.  I’ve been practicing more than usual and I have a setup I feel supremely confident in.

This race should be quite interesting in terms of how our championship is shaping up.  It’s come down to two drivers who are both mega fast on ovals.  Yang Ou and Tim Doyle.   Tim has been racing with us from the start of our league and has had some very nice results at the speedway.  A 3rd in his first outing was followed up by a 2nd and an unfortunate 25th.  Yang has only run one Indy 250 with us but he finished a strong 2nd place in his debut.  Two-time winner Niles Anders will be in attendance tonight to make an attempt at becoming our first three time winner at IMS.

I’ve been hinting at the fact that we’d be broadcasting some of our events this year and I’m proud to let you know that TONIGHT we will be broadcasting our Indianapolis 250 presented by live via the Web Racing Network!  This is going to be huge (literally, we run a larger grid than 33 at the speedway)!  We’re expecting a lot of our professional drivers to turn out and give it a whirl.  I encourage you to tune in and get an taste of what iRacing is all about.  If you’re not familiar with us (how could that be possible?) check out the video below so you can get an idea of how we operate (and what’s made us popular).

I’ve also embedded the player in here so that you can watch our race live tonight.  The broadcast starts at 9pm EST and you can view it here as well as and  Enjoy and wish me luck!

16th Street Racing League: Fast and close

Posted on: November 16, 2010 | Comments (0) | iRacing | By: Brian

As I said last week, Road Atlanta is one of the more difficult race tracks we go to during the season.  It’s a super fast, super twisty, and very narrow course.  Passing is pretty much impossible as there are really only 3 clean passing zones on the entire track.  Patience truly is a virtue around here and the lack there of ended quite a few of the front runners races.

I seem to be having one of my best seasons on the road courses this year.  I worked on my setup for a couple days prior to our race and was feeling confident I would have a decent showing going into practice.  I was amazed when I ended our practice session with a 1:08.952 just under a second behind the leaders placing me in 7th place.  This was quite the improvement considering last season my best lap was a 1:10.6.  Heading into qualifying I was excited to get started.  I knew it was going to be difficult to put down a clean lap with 31 cars on track and I thought if I could  manage to get a fast lap posted I might be able to gain a few more positions on drivers who were slowed by other cars.  The fastest I managed to go was a 1:09.096, not as fast as I had been but pretty respectable.  I watched with anticipation as the qualifying timer ticked down.  With less than two minutes left three drivers posted lap times better than mine.  So, unfortunately, I was pushed back to 9th place.  I would start just behind Highcroft Engineer Ben Bretzman and in front of Firestone Indy Lights driver Martin Plowman.  IZOD IndyCar Series runner-up Will Power would start in 7th position.

Once again the pace lap was scary.  This place is NARROW.  While there’s no cork-screw to drive through like at Laguna Seca the esses are equally as challenging.  Thankfully all 31 cars made it around to take the green.  Yang Ou led the field to the green with Ryan Murray (P2), Andrew Kristensen (P3), Pat Dotson (P4), and Bryan Heitkotter (P5).

Yang Ou leads the field into turn 1

Yang Ou leads the field into Turn 1

I settled in and started to focus on how I was going to pass Ben Bretzman who was just in front of me.  Ben was faster through a few corners than I was but I gained on him coming off the last corner and going into the first corner.  I can’t explain how difficult it is to remain patient in races like this.  More than a few times I contemplated lunging underneath Ben and going for the pass.  I managed to convince myself it was a better idea to hang back, put the pressure on and hope he makes a mistake.

Will Power leading Ben Bretzman and Brian Simpson

Will Power leads Ben Bretzman and Brian Simpson through the esses

On lap 4 Will Power, who was running just in front of Ben, spun giving both Ben and I a position.  I figured I didn’t have to worry about Will too much as when I passed him he was off in the grass.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.   Within two laps Will was all over me.  I was trying to focus on Ben to be sure I didn’t make a mistake and take him out but at the same time I was driving in my mirrors as Will closed on me substantially in every single braking zone.  I tried to be sure I left the inside open when he started to get close, that way if he made a move he could either get by or if he missed the corner I would be able to avoid him.  This went on for about 4 laps before Will spun again coming off the last corner.

Will Power spins coming off the last corner

IZOD IndyCar Series driver Will Power spins in the last corner

I was able to relax again and focus on putting pressure on Ben.  After about three laps Ben made a mistake and spun off allowing me to take his position.  I now had a nice gap in front of me so I could work on putting down consistent quick laps.   On lap 12 leader Yang Ou spun off at the exit of esses and collected second place driver Ryan Murray.

Yang Ou spins into Ryan Murray

Yang Ou and Ryan Murray make contact

While Ryan managed to keep running he gave up the lead to Andrew Kristensen. I was running quite well and had moved up to 5th position by lap 16.  Unfortunately, I started getting the low fuel warning.  I had made a mistake and not filled my car up prior to the start so I was going to have to stop early.  This worried me even more as I wasn’t sure a full tank would make it from there and I was concerned I was going to have to make a second stop while everyone else was on a one stop strategy.  I had a nice gap so I only lost two positions coming out of the pits putting me in 7th place.

I pushed as hard as I could for the next 15 laps and by lap 32 I was up to 6th place.  Disaster struck the next lap as leader Andrew Kristensen made contact with Tim Holgate going through the chicane, effectively knocking Andrew out of the race.

Kristensen spins off and into the barrier

Leader Andrew Kristensen spins off into the barrier

This accident enabled me to slip into 5th place with 8 laps to go.  I was becoming increasingly worried about my fuel.  I had a nice gap on the next car behind me so I went into fuel conservation mode.  I started lifting early going into corners, coasting in as late as I could, and short shifting through the gears on exit.  It seemed to be working although it was going to be close.  To make matters worse on lap 37 I spun off and brushed the wall just slightly bending my front suspension.  Miraculously the car still handled decently and since I was conserving fuel I didn’t have to press the issue too much.  I managed to limp the car home and finish in 5th place.  It’s not a win but with how competitive the road courses are in our league it’s very satisfying.  Last season I was crashed out of this race two laps in so finishing was quite rewarding.

Bryan Heitkotter took home the win with Tim Holgate (P2), Pat Dotson (P3), Ryan Murray (P4), and myself rounding out the top 5.  Firestone Indy Lights driver Martin Plowman finished in 7th place while Will Power finished in 18th.

The lead pack gets racey

Heitkotter, Kristensen, Holgate, and Dotson

This week we head to New Hampshire.  A new track for the IZOD IndyCar Series this coming 2011 season but this will be the second time the 16th Street Racing League has run here.  New Hampshire is a ton of fun.  Short track racing in IndyCars is incredible.  New Hampshire is particularly challenging as you can’t run at the bottom at all.  If you venture down there you have about a 98% chance of spinning.   We should have another full field so it should be a carnage filled event!

Last Tuesday the 16th Street Racing League was at Michigan International Speedway for 100 laps around the 2 mile oval.  Michigan is in one word, AWESOME.  It’s big, wide, and super fast.  The IZOD IndyCar’s are perfectly suited for here.  You can run flat out in multiple grooves and if you hook up with the right cars you can really run some people down.

Coming into this race I was extremely excited.  I knew I had an incredibly fast car that was going to be a threat to win the race.  It’s crazy how realistic iRacing can be.  The setup on your car is so important that it can literally destroy your chances in a race.  You have to find the happy medium between a fast car and a car that handles well.  Sometimes you have to take a hit on one side or the other and this past week my car was mega-quick but handled a bit “funny.”

I spent most of practice grouping up with 4-5 other cars to see how my car handled in the draft.  It took me a bit to get used to the handling as I had understeer on corner entry, oversteer in the center, and understeer on exit.  As you can imagine, this kept me on my toes.  If I was on the bottom entering the corner I had to come off the throttle a bit to keep it underneath the car next to me which was then quickly followed by counter steering as the back end slid around in the center.  All in all, after practice I felt like I was in for a good race.  If I could get out front I knew I was going to be FAST.

We run two lap qualifying on the big (2 mile plus) ovals so you really have to be on it right from the moment you exit the pits.  I managed to string together two pretty solid laps and finished with a fast time of 31.830 seconds putting me in 4th position.  John Paquin continued to show his oval prowess with a quick time of 31.725, which was good enough for the pole.   Scott Manifold (P2), Tim Holgate (P3), and former Nationwide Series and current USAC driver Billy Wease (P5) completed the first few rows.  From first to fifth the time split was only .108 of a second!

The field comes to the green

The field comes to the green for 100 laps

The race started out great.  Everyone gave each other a ton of room and we had no problems.  I picked up one spot at the start and by lap 2 I was up to second place.  Billy Wease got loose coming into turn 2 on the fourth lap allowing me to sneak by and take the lead.  Once I got into the clean air my car really hooked up.  I managed to stay out front for 37 laps.  The downside to leading is you burn a lot more fuel.  As lap 42 approached I had to pit.  Billy followed me into pit lane so I was confident I would be ok as I had someone to draft with after my stop.  Billy and I raced off pit lane and I was coming out just a touch ahead.  I moved over to the left to give him more room as he was getting a little too close for comfort.  My mistake… there’s a massive bump at the exit of the pits and when I hit it around I went.  Rather than try to correct the car and risk slamming into Billy I turned with the spin, spun the car around, got it pointed straight and took off.  I got back to the race track in 21st place.  It was painful and I knew I had some work ahead of me.

Panther Racing's Neffry Aawg battling with Ryan Murray

Panther Racing blogger Neffry Aawg chases Ryan Murray and Scott Manifold

John Paquin also spun on pit road during his stop which would prove to be my lucky break.  He pulled back onto the track just behind me, we hooked up, and started gaining on the lead pack.  By lap 56 I was back in 6th place with about a 2.5 second gap between my group and the leaders.  Once again, leading a group of cars hurt me.  I had to pit quite early compared to some drivers, a few even made it to the end.  I came in on lap 85 to get tires and fuel.  I came out in 16th place with 15 laps to go.  It was time to get moving.  I started running as hard as I could and by lap 94 I had moved back up to 8th place.  I was passing cars on the outside all by myself and it was a blast.  Absolutely some of the most fun I’ve ever had on this sim.  On lap 95 I came off turn 4 on the outside of Highcroft Racing engineer Ben Bretzman.  I had been going wheel to wheel with this group for about 3 laps.  As we came across the start finish Ben and I touched wheels sending us both into the grass.  I came so close to saving the car.  I actually got it pointed straight and thought I was going to be ok.  If pitwall would have been about 6 inches to the left I would have made it through.  Unfortunately I clipped the wall, flipped over, and shot up the track bringing out the first yellow of the race.  I felt bad for multiple reasons.  I had taken out Ben and I thought the race was going to finish under caution because of my mistake, snatching away a potential win from the guys up front.  Luckily we got a green-white-checkered.

Ben Bretzman and Brian Simpson spin on lap 95

Brian Simpson and Ben Bretzman make contact on lap 95

As the field came to the green it was Tim Doyle in the lead, with Vincent Sciuto, John Paquin, Billy Wease and Kevin Cress following closely behind.  Tim got a great start and hauled the car off into turn 1.  It looked like he had the win secured.  Just when it seemed that way Vincent Sciuto and John Paquin got a big tow going down the backstretch.  This was shaping up to be great finish.  As they came off of turn 4 Tim hugged the bottom, Vincent tried to stay in his tow while John Paquin took his own line and tried to go around on the high side.  As they crossed the start/finish it was Tim Doyle out front, Vincent Sciuto in second, and John Paquin in third.  The top three were only separated by .098 of a second!  Quite the finish!

Less then a tenth of second among the top three!

Tim Doyle takes the win in a close finish with Vincent Sciuto and John Paquin

This week we move on to Road Atlanta.  This is probably one of the most difficult road courses we go to.  It’s a fast, narrow, and twisty track with very few passing zones.  With 30 cars in the races there can be some big disparities in speed.  It can make the race pretty nerve racking as you’ll close in on drivers who are going 40-50 mph slower through a corner than you may be going.  All these factors make winning (and surviving) the race all that much more rewarding.   Check out these highlights from our last race at Road Atlanta:

This past Tuesday the 16th Street Racing League headed to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for 45 laps on the 2.238 mile historic road course.  Laguna is an incredible race track.  It has some of the fastest corners and most extreme elevation changes you will find at any road course, especially in the United States.  The “cork-screw,” made famous by Alex Zanardi and his legendary move “The Pass” when CART ran here in the 90’s, is one of the most difficult and iconic corners in all of motorsports.

We had a total of 25 drivers show up to give it a go around this twisty California race track.


150 Miles of Carnage

Posted on: October 26, 2010 | Comments(2) | iRacing | By: Brian

It has become our league’s standard for our races at Phoenix to have quite a few cautions at the start and then generally a long green flag run.  This seasons opener at the one-mile oval in Arizona was no exception.

We had a decent sized field of 28 drivers show up to take to the track and practice showed (with multiple crashes) that this was going to be a race of attrition.  Qualifying was as close as ever with the top three drivers being seperated by less than a tenth of a second.  Yang Ou started the season off with bonus points by taking the pole with John Paquin, Tim Holgate, Tim Doyle, and Larry Foyt filling out the rest of the top 5.  I made a small mistake in qualifying which slowed what should have been my fastest lap resulting in a disappointing 10th place starting position.

John Paquin

John Paquin

Lap 1 of the race didn’t last very long as the caution came out before we’d even made it down the backstretch.  I assumed it was going to be a long race and settled in, preparing myself for multiple cautions.  When we went back to green flag racing Firestone Indy Lights driver James Davison and Firestone Indy Lights Manager of Business Development Tony George Jr.  made it three-wide as they took an aggressive line to my inside.  I lifted and let them through.  As we came back around the next lap James’ car began to understeer resulting in a late spin.  I was about 8 inches off Tony’s gearbox and tried to pick the correct line through.  Unfortunately James came back across the track and collected me ending my race on lap 7.  A disappointing result as I felt I had one of the best cars on track.


Dan O and Niles Crash