S2E29 - It's Binary. It's an oval or it's not an oval.
Warm Up the Tires
- News 1:40
- Woman of the Week: Pat Moss-Carlson 14:25
- Shit We Didn’t Make Up - Gas 20:34
- Pocono Preview - 27:33
Everyone was panicking because Scott Dixon was announced as being on a press conference call with IndyCar Media, Monday (August 13) at 2pm. Of course, the world started crashing down because this was seen as the first domino in the IndyCar silly season. Until the news broke late Sunday, well after we had finished taping, that Dixon will be staying with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2019 season.
To add to the craziness, Fernando Alonso tweeted out a cryptic message that there was a big announcement happening on Tuesday (August 14). Everyone again leaping to conclusions about what this would be regarding his future…
In other driver news, Tony Stewart indicated he’d like to try the Indianapolis 500 again, but he doesn’t want to be a “sideshow” like Danica. Dear Smoke – sorry but any one-off with a healthy career in a different motorsport discipline is going to be a “sideshow”. Please see Fernando Alonso two years ago…oh and when you attempted to do the Memorial Day Double. Editorially – can everyone just STOP jumping quickly to hate on Danica. She’s retired doing her non-motorsports thing. You all are just wasting energy.
Roger Penske beat Eddie Gossage in the schedule war. The Detroit Grand Prix will continue for at least three years (with an option for an additional two years after that) on the weekend after the Indianapolis 500. Final details are found at the Detroit GP’s webpage.
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NASCAR - Watkins Glen
- Chase Elliott (Chevy) received his first win!; Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota); and Kyle Bush (Toyota)
- Standings: Kyle Bush, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr.
Formula 1 - Summer Break
NHRA - Seattle
- Top Fuel: Antron Brown
- Funny Car: Ron Capps
- Pro Stock: Tanner Gray
- Top Fuel: Steve Torrence, Tony Schumacher, Clay Millican
- Funny Car: Courtney Force, Ron Capps, Robert Height
- Pro Stock: Greg Anderson, Tanner Gray, Erica Enders
IMSA - Road America
- ORECA LMP2 came 1st and 2nd
- Penske Cars: JPM - finished 5 and Helio - finished 19
Woman of the Week Pat Moss-Carlson (14:25)
Pat Moss-Carlson was born into a racing family. Her father, Alfred Moss, competed in the 1924 Indianapolis 500 (finishing 16th), and her brother Stirling Moss was a famous F1 driver.
As far as her racing career, it started when the British Motoring Corporation as her to professionally drive one of their cars. This was quite common at the time as the automobile companies were attempting to market cars to women and one such tactic was to show them that other women could drive the cars, and could drive them very well.
Pat’s career focused mainly on rally driving. In 1958 she competed in the RAC Rally (4th) and the Liege-Rome-Liege rally (4th). Two years later she went on to win the Liege-Rome-Liege rally. In 1962 Pat won the Tulip Rally, in the Netherlands while driving a Mini Cooper, with her navigator Anne Wisdome who was also pregnant at the time. The two also competed in the RAC Rally again and the East Africa Rally.
She retired from motorsports in 1963 after marrying another racer. She and her husband went on to co-author the book “The Art and Technique of Driving”.
What’s interesting is the interplay between Pat and her brother Stirling. Stirling Moss has been very dismissive of women in Formula 1, but when asked about his sister: “she was strong, mentally and physically, and therefore she wouldn’t give an inch, and wouldn’t expect to be given an inch. After her win in the Liege, rallying people realized how fast she was because they knew how hard that event was."
SWDMU Gas (of a car variety) (20:34)
We got a little childish and after a few fart jokes (which are always funny) we turned to the gas that fuels IndyCar. Since approximately 1964, IndyCar was fueled by Methanol. It was found to be safer than gasoline, have a higher flash point, and could be more easily extinguished by water. Interesting, Methanol burns invisible and so additives have been added to make the gas have a color when it burns. It’s still very hard to see, but easier then what it could have been.
Starting in 2005, the Ethanol counsel starting lobbying the series for the use of ethanol fuel, they were quite successful in 2006 the fuel was then 90% Ethanol and 10% Methanol. One year later the mixture was 98% Ethanol and 2% Methanol (though it was touted as being 100% Ethanol). Currently, the mix is an 85% mix and is very similar to the mix in the cars on the road. As you may have heard when pit stops are discussed, the fuel is provided by Sunoco, and if you’re interested Sunoco only uses oil that is from the U.S.A.
So why the switch? Mainly because of the lobbying. But Ethanol is much easier when it makes contact with human skin, and the fumes are not as caustic. It does also burn invisible so there are additives to help with that problem.
Both NASCAR and NHRA are fueled by Sunoco. NASCAR uses a 15% mix of ethanol and NHRA uses Nitromethane. Formula 1 uses a petrol mix similar to commercial gasoline.
We have been waiting for this race for a year. Last year, in a flurry of texts, Abby and I decided we’d make our way to the 2018 race in Pocono come hell or high water (and as this is typed they’re under a flash flood warning!).
Pocono Raceway is a very unique track, designed by a two-time Indy 500 winner Rodger Ward. Each turn of the speedway is an homage to other tracks. Turn 1 is modeled after Trenton Speedway; Turn 2 is modeled after the IMS; and Turn 3 is modeled after the Milwaukee Mile. It’s a three-turn oval, or as we always hear it’s a “Tricky Triangle”.
The race, ABC Supply 500, is similar to the Indianapolis 500. It is 500 miles in length, the cars will complete two-hundred laps with a lap being 2.5 miles. At one point it was part of the USAC Triple Crown, along with the Indianapolis 500 and the California 500 (and we actually discussed the triple crowns and what we’d like to see as a Triple Crown race in current IndyCar races). The race fell victim to the split, but IndyCar returned in 2013, with Scott Dixon winning naturally, and has been a consistent race ever since.
Though it being held in ‘Andretti Country’ Team Penske has the record for most wins as a team, and A.J. Foyt holds the record for most wins as a driver. Will Power won a rain-delayed race in 2016, and then came back in 2017 to make it back-to-back wins.
- First – Will Power
- Top 5 – Simon Pagenaud
- Top 10 – Ed Carpenter
- First Out – Takuma Sato
- First – Alexander Rossi
- Top 5 – Ed Carpenter
- Top 10 – Marco Andretti
- First Out - Ryan Hunter-Reay
We’re looking forward to seeing cars going all-wide on that front stretch and how the new aero kit will help with passing. It’s going to be an interesting race. If you want to make it even more interesting – join in the drinking game.
Finally, at Pocono we’ll be doing a live podcast on Saturday evening (we believe it will start approximately at 6:30/6:45) and will have more information on our social media when it becomes available).
Be sure to follow us on our social media this weekend: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat (FastCarsFSTGRLS). We’ll be taking over the IndyCar Nation twitter this weekend, but our good friend Juliana is coming with us and we’re giving her full access to our Instagram (and probably other forms of social media as well).
We’ll pose this on our Facebook this week, but feel free to answer our “white flag” question in the comments below.