Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mid-Ohio 2009, IRL Race #13 - Play By Play Via Tweet By Tweet

Mid-Ohio track map adorns the center of the steering wheel of Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter. The push to pass button on Ed's steering wheel is the yellow button to the right, just above the radio button. Image Credit: Vision Racing

Mid-Ohio 2009, IRL Race #13 - Play By Play Via Tweet By Tweet

Mid-Ohio is one of the crown jewels of American open-wheel racing road courses and it is good to see this venue to continue to be on the schedule. After an exciting race on the oval in Kentucky, last week - that featured an element of driver performance control adapted from ChampCar known as "push-to-pass" - Mid-Ohio will have the element of the option Red tires (another ChampCar innovation) added to the mix.

Justin Wilson, Dale Coyne Racing, seems poised to deliver another milestone win for team owner, Dale Coyne, as he did at Watkins Glen four weeks ago (boy, was it that long ago?). In the Firestone Fast Six - top six positions decided during qualifications, Justin will be lining up along side Peak Performance Pole winner, Penske Racing'sRyan Briscoe, just as he had at Watkins Glen.

Justin Wilson, Dale Coyne Racing goes for win #2 for the season starting P@ in row #1. Image Credit: Andy Sallee (2009)

The rest of the starting grid is as follows (** denotes Transition Player):

Pos Driver Team Time

1. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m06.6814s
2. Justin Wilson Coyne 1m06.7007s**
3. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m07.0238s
4. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan 1m07.0640s**
5. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m07.1809s
6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m07.3791s
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Foyt 1m07.2364s
8. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 1m07.5083s
9. EJ Viso HVM 1m07.5712s**
10. Paul Tracy KV 1m07.6129s**
11. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green 1m07.6699s
12. Danica Patrick Andretti Green 1m07.7440s
13. Marco Andretti Andretti Green 1m08.1779s
14. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas/Lanigan 1m08.4314s**
15. Raphael Matos Luczo Dragon 1m08.2311s
16. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold 1m08.5495s
17. Dan Wheldon Panther 1m08.8176s
18. Robert Doornbos HVM 1m08.5734s**
19. Richard Antinucci 3G 1m08.8516s
20. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold 1m14.5371s
21. Ed Carpenter Vision 1m09.7141s

This race will have only 21 competitors, five of which are drivers/teams from the former ChampCar World Series that merged into the IRL to compete for the IndyCar Series championship last year.

Robert Doornbos, HVM Racing - Image Credit: Andy Sallee (2009)

Oriol Servia returns to open-wheel racing, replacing Robert Doornbos at NHLR - Image Credit: Andy Sallee (2009)

A couple of seat and team changes have happened since the last race - Dutchman Robert Doornbos has left Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing to take a seat with his former CCWS team, joining EJ Viso at HVM Racing, and to be replaced by Spainaird Oriol Servia. Mario Moraes is attending to a family tragedy with the passing of his father in Brazil, so he will be replaced by Paul Tracy in the KV Racing Technology Dallara for this weekend road course event.

View from the Mid-Ohio media center tower just above the Vision Racing pits, flag tower and Start/Finish line. Image Credit: Vision Racing

This excerpted and edited from Twitter, IndyCat.Com Timing & Scoring, and various resources-

VisionRacing@pressdog Words of the late, great Alan B. Shepard, American's first in space. Nice. And indeed, let's light this candle!

13:05:47 GMT-0400 Next up: Honda Indy 200 from Mid-Ohio at 1:45 p.m. (ET).

93wibc'Push to Pass' Unlikely to Make Impact at Mid-Ohio: IndyCar drivers think it will probably take more than the pu..

Justin Wilson will see about that (push-to-pass)!

pressdogizod commercial number 1 of an estimated 8393.

MyNameIsIRLAnd by my count that is the 10,000th airing of the IZOD commercial. * blows kazoo *

FuriousWedgeesses are freakin packed for ICS. gotta love that the track blowers are just tractors with blowers strapped on
13:20:15 GMT-0400 Driver Introductions have started.
13:29:16 GMT-0400 Driver Introductions are done. Invocation is up next at 1:36 p.m. (ET).

MyNameIsIRLWas that footage of Graham as an infant? If so, why was he dressed like a girl? Should we start calling him Grahamica?

TheEDJE@MyNameIsIRL - Come on, Grammy is kinda' cute! #irl #ics #indycar
13:36:42 GMT-0400 Invocation and the National Anthem is happening now.

pressdogI LOVE the VS "flip the script" spots. Give me goose bumps every single time.

13:40:13 GMT-0400 The command for Drivers to their cars has been given.

chunter16Versus is off limits for me now, I'm on the IMS feed.

13:44:12 GMT-0400 Lap 0: All drivers are in their cars and awaiting the command to start engines.

IndyCarNationWelcome to the Tweetcast of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Aloha to all IndyCar race fans!

RacingNationWelcome to Mid-Ohio-can Rahal overcome the 'red' cars? Will Milka make herself part of the story? Is RHR a fluke in the top-10? Stay tuned.
TeamIndyChatDrivers, start your engines! #IndyCar

VisionRacingWe've kicked the tires and have lit the fires. Time to go #IndyCar racing. Good race all!

13:50:12 GMT-0400 Lap 0: All cars have fired and the field is away for the Hondy Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

We might not be at an oval track where they are mandatory but spotters are always handy even at a road course. Our Aaron "Dude" Nelson stands with other spotters in turn 4 overlooking "the esses". Image Credit: Vision Racing

IndyCarNation#27 Mutoh and #23 Duno are using scuffed reds.

13:53:03 GMT-0400 Lap 0: The Green Flag will be waved next time by.

RT @IndyCarNation: Today’s race is 85 laps/191.93 miles. • The green flag will be shown the third-time by the flag stand on the backstretch.

RacingNationFor you newer IndyCar fans, Teo Fabi's win at Mid-Ohio in 1989 was Porsche's lone win in IndyCar, loved that car. #IndyCar

Green Green Green!

indy44Nice start

13:57:25 GMT-0400 Lap 1: TK has went of course in T2 but comes back on track at the end of the field.

indy44Tk playing in the sandbox doh

13:58:46 GMT-0400 Lap 2: Wilson just used the over take button to try and get a run on Briscoe but the attempt failed.

TheSpeedgeekOh, and for the recird, Milka is listed as 8.6 seconds behind the leader after 1 lap.

luczodragonCars are finding track slippery
IndyCarPRLap 5: #6 Briscoe leads #18 Wilson by .4498 of a second.

VisionRacingJuston Wilson gets people on their feet and takes the lead form a red car. #Indycar

pressdogwilson. CLEAR

pressdogbuh bye, field. Wilson super sonic

luczodragonRafa gets by Marco to 14

RacingNationKanaan must really be looking forward to Homestead this year. Wow, what an ugly year. Could it be the APEXBRASIL curse? #Indycar

14:04:15 GMT-0400 Lap 7: After making the pass for the lead Wilson has taken off and leads Briscose by almost 2 seconds.

MyNameIsIRLJustin Wilson decides to "flip the script", takes the lead.

VisionRacingEd moves into P17 as some cars come in for wing adjustments. Ed is faster than three cars ahead of him. He's working on them.

IndyCarPRLap 7: #24 Conway, #98 Antinucci and #11 Kanaan on pit road for four tires and fuel. #24 Conway and #98 Antinucci take red tires.

14:07:50 GMT-0400 Lap 10: Wilson has extended his lead to over 4 seconds now. He is using the Alternate Firestones to his advantage.

VisionRacingTop 10 is Justin Wilson (who seems to be checking out!) Briscoe Dixon FRanchitti Rahal Helio RHR Viso PT Mutoh
luczodragonCar getting some great air time. Marines! FRS

14:11:04 GMT-0400 Lap 13: Wilson is catching to up Milka and getting ready to lap her.

Classic Danica to Milka: "It's not my fault you're slow!"

luczodragonJust passed Danica now at 12

14:15:03 GMT-0400 Lap 16: Milka has just pitted. This is her first.

VisionRacing10 laps until @edcarpenter20 brings the no.20 Menards car in to the pits for fuel and tires. #Indycar

IndyCarPRLap 15: #18 Wilson leads #6 Briscoe by 5.3373 seconds.

VisionRacingwe hear that Milka Dunno left pits with a tire gun still attached to the wheel.... #Indycar

14:17:13 GMT-0400 Lap 18: Justin Wilson has extended his lead to over 5.25 seconds.

VisionRacingP2P for the newbies out there is the push to pass button that gives drivers a little more "get up and go". #indycar

FuriousWedgenot sure if its on tv but Ed is all over Doornbos back that seems backwards

TheEDJE@FuriousWedge - No they are just going through the field ... they are up to Tracy #irl #ics #indycar

VisionRacing6.5 second lead for Justin Wilson at Mid-Ohio. Always fun rooting for an underdog isn't it? #Indycar

14:20:34 GMT-0400 Lap 21: The teams are starting to set out for the first pit stops.
14:24:46 GMT-0400 Lap 24: Danica pits for her first stop and put in 22 gallons of Ethanol and a new set of Firestone Primaries. Servia put on alternates - Reds!

IndyCarPRLap 24: #18 Wilson leads #6 Briscoe by 7.3964 seconds. #7 Patrick on pit lane for four black tires and fuel.

IndyCarNationLap 25: #18 Wilson leads #6 Briscoe by 7.5698 seconds

VisionRacingPitting this lap. I LOVE pit stops! such a rush to watch. #Indycar

14:27:18 GMT-0400 Lap 27: The window to pit for the leaders has opened. We should be seeing him pit in the new few laps.

Justin Wilson IN - Fuel and out on Blacks! 14:28:53 GMT-0400 Lap 28: Wilson pits for his first stop. He is taking on 22 gallons of Ethanol and new Firestone Primaries tires.

MyNameIsIRLPaul Tracy is all up on Viso for 8th. This is gonna be awesome...and we cut away???

VisionRacingGood pitstop by the no.20 Menards crew. We'll have to wait for everyone to cycle through to see how that helps us. Good out laps Ed.

14:30:36 GMT-0400 Lap 29: PT leaves a nice burn out when he exits the pits.

14:31:40 GMT-0400 Lap 30: Dixon stays out due to getting great fuel milage by staying behind Briscoe for the first stint.

Marco26WebEJ pits, giving Marco a little more clean air. MA pits a lap later from P6

Changes behind Wilson on the pitstops - 14:33:11 GMT-0400 Lap 31: Wilson regains the lead from Dixon but Dixon comes out ahead of Brisoce and takes over P2.

luczodragonDixon was only car to beat us (Matos) on fuel

PT just squeezed past Matos in esses

RacingNationMilka's best lap was 1:14.2, nxt was Wheldon 1:11.3, then Doornbos 1:10.7, Wilson's fastest lap, 1:09.8, best lap overall, Briscoe 1:09.4

luczodragonCar feels loose, getting tires up to temp

14:35:37 GMT-0400 Lap 33: Wilson is trying to regain his 7 second lead that he had on Briscoe but this time on Dixon. Wilson leads by a little over one second.

IndyCarNationLap 35: Green flag stops complete, #18 Wilson leads #9 Dixon by .3317 seconds.

14:38:51 GMT-0400 Lap 36: The leaders are coming up on the lappd machines of Milka Dunno.

14:39:21 GMT-0400 Lap 36: With Milka's help Dixon takes the lead from Wilson.

VisionRacingOn next stop Vision crew will put red Firestone tires on the no.20 Menards car. Thanks to Milka, Dixon takes lead from Wilson.

luczodragonEngineers like the times we're posting on the blacks
14:41:38 GMT-0400 Lap 38: Dixon is taking off. His car is currently working better on the Firestone Primaries than Wilson's car is.

Marco26WebLap 38 - MA P8. The #26 struggling on speed on laps 36/37. Tracy and Matos right in the mirrors. Gap to RHR 13.8. Gap to lead 30.6

Full Course YELLOW - Helio Castroneves off ... then back off.

14:43:30 GMT-0400 Lap 40: Yellow for Helio Castroneves off course in T9.

VisionRacing@Ryanhunterreay picks up a spot and is P6 after Helio goes off course for a sec.

pressdogThe IRL really needs to work on their full-course local yellow. Need to be more F1-ish -- full course is very rare.

chunter16@pressdog All I see now is the bottom of a helicopter. I'm guessing it was a little "off" with no debris.

MyNameIsIRLRobbie keeps talking about a "rhythm section". Is there a VERSUS band I don't know about?

14:45:45 GMT-0400 Lap 41: Pits are open.

luczodragonRafa up to 8th with Marco and Helio pitting

14:48:10 GMT-0400 Lap 42: Green flag this time by.

Green, Green, Green!

TheSpeedgeekHow many restarts have we missed this year because of the crutch of "side-by-side"?

Graham Rahal passes Dario Franchitti for P4!

TheEDJEDanica Patrick goes off course with the help of Mike Conway - off of the main straight in turn 4. #irl #ics #indycar

Full Course YELLOW!

indy44Graham does a magically delicious move on Dario,Danica with a mouthful of sand,Conway prepare for postrace headslap!
FollowMidOhioDixon (1), Wilson (2), Briscoe (3) with 38 laps to go....Under Caution

Vision Racing's team owner, Tony George watches timing and scoring and calculates the strategy. Vision Racing

14:58:17 GMT-0400 Lap 48: Green Flag!

IndyCarPRLap 43: GREEN. #9 Dixon leads the field into Turn 1. #02 Rahal passes #10 Franchitti for fourth in Turn 4.

pressdogconway got a drive through penalty. milka -7 seconds off the leader's pace. dude.

14:59:00 GMT-0400 Lap 48: Mike Conway gets a drive thru penalty for avoidable contact with Danica Patrick.

VisionRacingWe'll need a few more yellows to help with our fuel strategy and make it the rest of the way to the checkered.
pressdogI tell ya, it's all about the Benjamen's [money] with the IHJ re: who gets parked. At least Benjamen's have a lot to do with it.

15:03:22 GMT-0400 Lap 52: Dixon is in control of the this race now and looks to be the one to beat.

IndyCarNationLap 53: #9 Dixon leads #18 Wilson by 2.5584 seconds

chunter16Looks like Dixon's lap is about half second faster than Wilson's.

IndyCarPRLap 55: #9 Dixon leads #18 Wilson by 3.8459 seconds.

MyNameIsIRLSuddenly everyone on twitter is now unabashedly calling Conway "Conweasel". He's only marginally more popular than Milka right now.

TheSpeedgeek@mynameisirl Hey, people could go with "Con-weezie", in a Sanford and Son shout-out.

15:10:12 GMT-0400 Lap 58: Dixon and Wilson have both just set their best laps of the race.
MyNameIsIRLMutoh is in 7th? did this happen?

VisionRacingThat's it for Vision Racing pitstops as long as there is a caution before the checkered flag. #IndyCar

TheSpeedgeekI have been hyp-mo-tized by EJ's radio antenna on his on-board.

VisionRacingThe crew did NOT change tires. Ed is still on Firestone Reds and will try to make it to the checkered on them. #Indycar

15:14:04 GMT-0400 Lap 61: Milka Duno has come into the pits and called it again.

IndyCarPRLap 62: #18 Wilson on pit lane for four red tires and fuel. Car was very slow on pit entry and stalls on exit.

Justin Wilson STALLS in the pits - Lost a bunch of time - 30 plus seconds, may have run out of fuel! A little more than 20 laps to go.

chunter16Pits for everybody, Ganassi make it look easy. #irl

15:16:06 GMT-0400 Lap 63: With Wilsons problems in the pit's it's now Dixons race to lose.

chunter16Wilson disappeared from T&S and was not shown in race control. So much for Dale Coyne repeat.

VisionRacingThe boss watches timing and scoring and calculates the strategy.

VisionRacing20 laps left at Mid-Ohio. How about a caution to help mix things up a but? It's about that time, right?

RacingNationWell, with Wilson's 30 sec plus pit stop, the Iceman Dixon is in control, only a Honda engineer with a self-destruct button can stop Dixon.
MyNameIsIRLHunter-Reay and Mutoh appear to be a few 10ths of a second apart, battling for 6th. That might be kinda nice to watch Mr Broadcast Director.

IndyCarNationLap 68: #9 Dixon leads #26 Andretti by 10.3302 seconds.

pressdogBig Two ... viewing not enhanced ... wake me when it's over

Graham Rahal running in P5 goes off course - too much rear brake bias - back on course local YELLOW only - Rahal to P8.

RacingNationNice run for RHR and the Foyt crew, they're in 5th, been running strong all weekend. They needed it. #Indycar

luczodragonRahal went off track, Tracy got by but Rafa couldnt. Still 9th

MyNameIsIRLLet's cut away from Tracy passing Rahal so we can show something that was taped. They are bound and determined to not show any passes today.

15:27:45 GMT-0400 Lap 73: Dixon is up over 12 seconds over Marco Andretti. Wilson rides along in P13 just behind Helio Castroneves in P12.

IndyCarNationLap 73: #9 Dixon leads #26 Andretti by 12.9744 seconds. #13 Viso pitted for four tires and fuel.

VisionRacing@RyanHunterReay is now in the Top 5 at Mid-Ohio. @BeccyGordon can't twitter here at Mid-Ohio. Mobile twitter dead zone. #Indycar

Marco26WebAs the stops take at least 20 secs we're looking at a drop to at least P10

15:30:55 GMT-0400 Lap 75: With Marco Andretti pitting Dixon's lead is now almost 20 seconds. He can put on the cruise control.

chunter16RT @indy44: Would love to see post race foot in Conway's ass cam

FuriousWedgehaven't seen Conway in a while. has he dropped out?

luczodragon7 laps left and Rafa has 3 of 20 PTP overtakes left

MyNameIsIRLVitor sighting! That's probably the best thing I've seen all day.

FuriousWedgeIts this kind of dominance that makes me wonder what Scott could do racing for Gil.

VisionRacing5 laps left. Not quite as interesting an #Indycar race as last week. Can I get a "Understatement of the race" award for that tweet?

TheEDJE@VisionRacing - Duhhh - After Wilson's miscue, not much fun. #irl #ics #indycar

15:35:56 GMT-0400 Lap 80: With 5 laps to go Dixon's lead is now 23.8 seconds head of P2.

luczodragonBriscoe and Dario in battle for 2nd

15:39:56 GMT-0400 Lap 83: White flag for Scott Dixon in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Marco26WebWith Danica (12pts) and Dan W (14pts) both scoring low today MA's 28pts halves the gap to DP.

15:41:06 GMT-0400 Lap 84: Scott Dixon Wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio!

Congratulations to Scott Dixon in becoming the winningest driver in IRL history, eclipsing Sam Hornish Jr. This is Scott's first win on a road course in over a year!

luczodragonDixon the winner, Briscoe holds of Dario, Hunter-Reay 4th

luczodragonRafa: "great job guys, I drove so hard today."


VisionRacingCongrats to Scott Dixon and the Ganassi crew. Thanks for following our twittercast from Mid-Ohio. Safe travels home. #Indycar

Another exciting Scott Dixon victory is in the books. *rolls eyes *

VisionRacingShout out to @RyanHunterReay for a strong 4th place finish at Mid-Ohio. #Indycar

TheEDJEThe highest placed Transition Driver, Paul Tracy P7, Rahal P8, Servia P11 - Wilson, Bobby D, Viso 13-15 #irl #ics #indycar

... notes from The EDJE

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