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Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby Pepper » Mon 15 Aug, 2011 6:15 pm

This is why Indycars don't run in the wet on an oval. Shame no one told the officials that! bit of a real cock up, drivers all saying its too wet, team principals all saying its too wet, but allegedly no one told Brian Bernhardt.....



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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby vikki » Mon 15 Aug, 2011 8:17 pm

would have thought the water type drops might have given it away. >?:PLO

of course super sato gets caught up in it. :lol)
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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby Pepper » Tue 16 Aug, 2011 5:47 pm



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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby Pepper » Tue 16 Aug, 2011 6:53 pm

Race control holds a press conference to explain why they can't tell when it's raining.....


http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/ ... onference/

IZOD IndyCar Series Race Director Brian Barnhart and Race Control member Al Unser Jr. held a press conference to explain the decisions made at Loudon:

THE MODERATOR: We're now joined by Brian Barnhart, President of Competition Operations for IndyCar, and Al Unser, Jr., driver member in Race Control.

Brian, Al, could you walk us through the process today with the decision with the race and also the decision on the finishing.

BRIAN BARNHART: Where to start? It's obviously a challenging day for us out there from the get go with the late start, scheduled with the television windows and where we are at, knowing we had weather coming in, adjusting the start time to begin with was the first step.

But it followed through with some of the more difficult calls you ever have to make from a Race Control point of view. And that's when you get indecisiveness in terms of what the weather is doing on the racetrack and whether you have a safe condition to continue racing on the racetrack.

It would be one thing if it rained hard, your decision's a pretty easy one to make. But when you get calls from track safety and observer posts around the racetrack that report light moisture, the tough decision is to make that call whether you continue with the event or not. That's been the most difficult and challenging thing, because no matter what, our number one priority in every decision we make is safety.....................


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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby CrazyChick » Wed 17 Aug, 2011 1:29 pm

An independent panel will hear the protest of Ganassi Racing and Newman/Haas Racing

INDYCAR, the governing body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, will move forward with a hearing for protests filed by Newman/Haas Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing regarding the results of the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Aug. 14.

Protests on behalf of the No. 2 car fielded by Newman/Haas Racing and the No. 9 car fielded by Target Chip Ganassi Racing were received by INDYCAR within 30 minutes of the posting of official results.

The protest hearing will take place the week of Aug. 22 in Indianapolis. Andretti Autosport has been invited to participate in the hearing because of its No. 28 car’s interest in the outcome of the protests.


http://www.indycar.com/news/show/55-izo ... -protests/


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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby stradlin21 » Fri 26 Aug, 2011 9:48 am

It was a comedy of errors.

I backed Brian Barhardt during the solo IRL years, he gave the series a direction it needed and contributed greatly to creating a product that was superior to CART/Champ Car.

However, Barnhardt (and his team) have made a number of controversial calls this season from race control and the New Hampshire debacle was just embarrasing.

He made the wrong decision by throwing the green flag in such conditions, the drivers knew that, the fans knew that and the Sky studio guys were up in arms about it. After he appeared on tv in the US broadcast booth and preceeded to contridict comments that Michael Andretti had made as well as saying he'd recieved no communication from drivers. Michael Andretti clearly stated that he had spoke with race officials prior to the restart and begged them not to throw a green. I do not believe for one second that Andretti is telling fibs here but Barnhardt denied such a conversation took place. Barnhardt's back tracking was a joke and it was embarrasing.

Although he has done alot for IndyCar in the last few years it is now time for him to go. Ganassi, Andretti and the KV owners are hinting they want Barnhardt out according to SpeedTv's windtunnel programme.
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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby Pepper » Wed 31 Aug, 2011 9:22 am

Hey Stradlin, good to see you again.

Completely agree with your comments.


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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby Pepper » Wed 31 Aug, 2011 12:23 pm

.....although lets not forget that KK from KV racing probably has is own agenda for getting rid of Brian


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Re: Rain + Ovals = oops! New Hampshire!

Postby Pepper » Wed 30 Nov, 2011 2:46 pm

Brian Barnhart set to be removed from IndyCar race control

Brian Barnhart, IndyCar's embattled competition president, has been asked to leave his position according to reports in the US media.

Reports from SPEED suggest that Barnhart has been removed from his current role and will no longer be involved in the management or officiating of races, although he will be kept on the IndyCar payroll.

Barnhart drew wide and sometimes vociferous criticism during the 2011 season, peaking during a chaotic New Hampshire race when he made the decision to restart the race in wet conditions when the cars were still fitted with slicks.

He later took full responsibility for the incident and was defended by IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, who said he was "100 per cent supportive" of his president of race operations.

In addition, commercial president Terry Angstadt is understood to have been removed and replaced by Mark Koretzky, who served as IndyCar's business development director in 2011.

Angstadt has held his position since 2007. he and Barnhart are the final two remaining links to Tony George's Indy Racing League.

Potential replacements for Barnhart include American Le Mans Series race director Beaux Barfield, former CART driver Scott Pruett and longtime CART team owner Steve Horne.

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