Picturesque Baltimore with a race track laid out around Camden Yard Ballpark. Andretti Autosport driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay as he takes warm-up laps at the Baltimore Grand Prix. Image Credit: indycar.com
Inagural IZOD IndyCar Baltimore Grand Prix – Tweet-By-Tweet
A first-time new event on the IndyCar schedule deserves a report that, in itself, is a New Media approach to describe the Inagural IZOD IndyCar Baltimore Grand Prix – Race 15 of 18 for the 2011 season.
Welcome to an internet based exercise that this author/editor calls Tweet-By-Tweet. It is a form of New Media reporting on an event from the perspective of mostly well informed and rabid followers of a particular discipline that happen to be communicating LIVE at the same time, sharing their reactions to the happenings of an important event.
The following “Tweets” (entries from Twitter social media portal) come from those who have an account on Twitter and become followed by people of similar interests plus specific #hashtag searches. Contributors who “Tweet” (create an entry made on Twitter) come from many backgrounds such as racing team communications personnel, writers, drivers from other series, bloggers, and just plain fans.
This excerpted and edited from Twitter with entries added from IndyCar Race Control and the author –
pressdog Bill Zahren – Let’s light this candle … and all tighten our helmet chin straps …
Commentary: Lap 1: #28 – Ryan Hunter-Reay improved to 5th from 6th.
Safety Crew almost caught in the race start.
toomuchracing Pat W – Power takes it back
Commentary: Lap 2: #82 – Tony Kanaan improved to 26th from 27th.
pressdog Bill Zahren – Iron savored … Conway getting MASSIVE air in the B Dub’s car that I am watching in B Dubs because I asked them to show it.
pressdog Bill Zahren – Might take a while before drivers are confident enough to drive like idiots.
LAP 8 of 75 – top 10 settle in as Power, Rahal, Franchitti, Briscoe, Bourdais, RHR, Conway, Viso, Dixon, and de Silvestro
pressdog Bill Zahren – Graham did not DEFEND when Power tried to retake the lead. Are we angry about that? No we (I) am not.
AllenWedge Allen Wedge – Drivers starting to find rhythm, T&S says half the field keep putting up their fastest lap of the race almost every lap
Sebastian Bourdais has a problem and comes into the pits
toomuchracing Pat W – Bourdais in the pits with a problem, he’s stuck in 3rd gear
supermotoD50 Dennis Anderson – Watchin’ Indy Car…… One question ……. WHY does Open Wheel ANYTHING insist on running on street circuits??
First round of pit stops for tire changes – back markers looking to change things up by going out of fuel window sequence. Sheckter, Andretti, Patrick, Servia, & Castroneves pit to name a few.
toomuchracing Pat W – Kanaan passes Patrick, right in the place his brakes failed this morning, brave
kvracing KV Racing Technology – After 20 laps, Viso is running P6, Sato P14 and Kanaan P24
AllenWedge Allen Wedge – Sato has already close 2 seconds of gap off of Hildebrand, telling you, Sato is moving big time (hopefully he can control it)
LAP 21 Will Power and Graham Rahal come in to the pits leaving Dario in the lead.
Power out in P3 behind Briscoe and RHR.
HVMracing HVM Racing – This butterfly [photo above] just landed on crew guy Miguel’s shoulder! Is that good luck?!ow.ly/i/gMcq
penskeracing Penske Racing – Fastest service in pit lane [Will Power] takes care of business, taken by the crew of @RyanBriscoe6 . twitpic.com/6g41bj
LAP 25 of 75 Top 10 – Power, Rahal, Franchitti, RHR, Briscoe, Viso, de Silvestro, Dixon, Meira, and Pantano.
LAP 30 – Penalty charged to Power for skipping Chicane – 3 seconds
BeccyGordon Beccy Gordon – Power ran the chicane & his penalty was to slow 1 lap time by 3 seconds.
Marco Andretti in 24th place is holding up the leaders in turn #9
SBPopOffValve Mr. Pop Off Valve – Man, what is up with Marco Andretti lately on roadies? Dude needs a Herta spin just to stay on the lead lap.
YELLOW Flag – Full Course Caution at LAP 32.
danicaracing Danica Racing Online – Full course caution, pits closed.
kvracing KV Racing Technology – Full course yellow for Scheckter in turn 8
SBPopOffValve Mr. Pop Off Valve – Holmatro Safety Team gets to Scheckter belatedly. Probably tooling around somewhere on the track.
Next generation of IZOD IndyCar fan … this one knows who is going to win this drive! Image Credit: indycar.com
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN
Commentary: Yellow Flag at: 15:54:26.530 Contact
Viso and RHR spinning, gets through and Dixon has flat tires … bunches up the field with 7 cars needing assistance in Turn 3.
EJVISO E.J. Viso – P4 en el reinicio. …… Vamossssssss (via bix)
Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay started the collection – RHR out, Hinchcliffe out, Janes Jakes out, Vitor Meira nose damage repaired and back out in P18.
Tony Kanaan started dead last and is now up to P8.
LAP 40 of 75 – Top 10 are Power, Rahal, Dario, Viso, de Silvestro, Servia, Briscoe, Kanaan, Kimball, and Hildebrand.
kvracing KV Racing Technology – Kanaan and Sato pit under yellow. Viso is P5, Kanaan P11, Sato P19. Lap 43 of 75
shagers Shane Rogers – I’ll tell you the smart thing though. Race Control set the order *before* they opened the pits. That was a heads up move by race control.
Top 10 in reset running order – Power, Rahal, Dario, Briscoe, Viso, de Silvestro, Kimball, Hildebrand, Beatriz, And Servia. Additional delay to clean up gearbox oil laid down by Marco Andretti as he ended his race coming into the pits.
toomuchracing Pat W – A whole lot of cement dust down to cover that oil
AllenWedge Allen Wedge – People, calm downb, TK gained half the positions back when everyone pitted and will get the rest when those other pit too
LAP 49 – GREEN, GREEN, GREEN
AllenWedge Allen Wedge – Servia and Kanaan racing for the win it sounds like
kvracing KV Racing Technology – After 20mins of yellow we r back to Green. Lap 49 of 75
HVMracing HVM Racing – Simona has passed Viso on the restart to advance to P4!
NewmanHaas Newman Haas Racing – O is now P6. SERVIA! SERVIA! SERVIA!
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series – Current Top 10 with 23 laps to go [52 of 75]: Power, Rahal, Franchitti, de Silvestro, Viso, Hildebrand, Servia, Kanaan, Dixon, Beatriz
TonyKanaan Tony Kanaan – Lap 52, P8 (by Benito)
P6 through P10 sees a real dogfight breaking out between Servia, Hildebrand, Kanaan, and Dixon.
toomuchracing Pat W – Rahal pits from 2nd [Lap 56]
NewmanHaas Newman Haas Racing – Ok. One bullet dodged. O got by on track before GR exited the pits
Will Power pits on Lap 58 – Lead goes to Franchitti – Viso pits
Franchitti pits and Simona de Silvestra takes the lead followed by Power, Servia, Kanaan, Franchitti, Dixon, Tagliani, Patrick, Sato, and Meira
Simona Pits – Power, Servia, Kanaan, Franchitti, Dixon, Tagliani, Patrick, Sato, Meira, and … RHR!
BeccyGordon Beccy Gordon – I’m so confused on strategy, but RHR is ahead of Graham. Go Ry go!!’
NewmanHaas Newman Haas Racing – O has P2P for almost every remaining lap. We are P2 now and all have stopped.
One-Half a second separates P6 – P8 – Sato, Tagliani, and Patrick.
10 laps to go and Will Power is in another world flying by at over 9 seconds ahead of P2 Oriol Servia.
kvracing KV Racing Technology – 10 laps to go, Kanaan is P3, Sato P6 and Viso P15
If Dario Franchitti looses another position, Will Power will come aeway from the BGP tied for the season championship! This may not happen because he is being followed by his team-mate Scott Dixon.
BeccyGordon Beccy Gordon [RHR’s lady takes photo, above] – Our pit lockerz.com/s/135871147
Patrick passes RHR to take over P7 on Lap 73.
kvracing KV Racing Technology – 3 laps remain, TK is still P3, Sato P6 and Viso P15
NewmanHaas Newman Haas Racing – To O: Use your overtake
danicaracing Danica Racing Online – White flag! One more to go!!
toomuchracing Pat W – Chequered flag – Power wins! Servia 2nd, Kanaan an amazing 3rd, Dario 4th
KVRT-Lotus disaster in the hairpin when Viso takes out Sato – WHEN is this guy going to get sat down?!
Will Power started from the pole, led the most laps and rolled on to win Sunday’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix IZOD IndyCar Series race. Power, who has dominated qualifying in the series this season, tallied his record-tying sixth victory of the year. The IndyCar Series championship points race tightens to only 5 points separating points leader Dario Franchitti and Will Power with three races to go – one street/road course and two oval courses!
toomuchracing Pat W – Rahal very unhappy with the 10 lap yellow
pressdog Bill Zahren – Sounds like they herded the goats off the track and finished strong(er). Festival of Outrage at the IHJ tho.
SBPopOffValve Mr. Pop Off Valve – So does Danica get penalized for passing under a yellow condition? You know what, never mind.
indy44 Matt Archuleta – Describing the traffic jam “It was just confusion, we looked like a bunch of idiots out there.” -Scott Dixon
TerryBlountESPN Terry Blount – by IndyCarGarage – I’m not a big fan of most street races, but a great crowd today in Baltimore and a thumbs up for the inaugural event.
IndyCar to Danica as it relates to moving on to NASCAR next year … don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
SBPopOffValve Mr. Pop Off Valve – The biggest winner is Baltimore. My goodness, did they ever put on a great event. Well done.
TonyKanaan Tony Kanaan – TK, P3! [on podium, right] (by Benito) yfrog.com/mm74ngj
In the end, at the winner’s podium, the crowd at Baltimore gathered around as if it was at a stage door waiting for a rock star to show up … Will Power gains 57 points in three races which eclipses Darion Franchitti’s 55 points over four races gain on Power last year to win the championship.
People estimate the crowd to be larger than Long Beach over the last three days … wake up Long Beach!
In the Podium post race interview, a deeply superstitious P3 Tony Kanaan reflected that after the warm-up crash where his car lost its brakes while traveling approximately 170mph (no injuries, on-board video here), he noticed every engine has a number assigned to it by Honda and that since the team planned to use the engine and transmission in the back-up car, he looked at the number … it was #99. It turns out the car number that Greg Moore drove was #99 … Tony stated he took this as a sign that Greg Moore was not ready to have him be side-by-side with Greg in heaven.
… notes from The EDJE