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Those cars seem to be moving pretty quick so I'm guessing that car isn't putting around. Remember Mark Reuss spinning the Corvette a few years ago? Doesn't happen milling around like Grandma I reckon.^ Also applies to pretty much everyone that pitted that wasn't Rossi or Herta.
Edit: 8 laps to go and Ferrucci's car craps out. Caution.
Also, something I just thought of: Does the pace car in Indycar have to move at a high speed so that the Indycars have grip, like you see with the pace car in f1?
That chicane in Portland has often produced starts like this.Chaos at the start again. Not as chaotic as last year's opening lap, but chaos nonetheless. Newgarden got very lucky in that given the damage he could have had.
I know Robin Miller suggested that in the Portland debrief video that Racer did with Marshall Pruett and Sebastien Bourdais. I'm thinking bypassing the chicane would be the best idea and the easiest to implement. All they'd need to do is either make someone give positions back or drive throughs for blowing the chicane after the start and restarts.That chicane in Portland has often produced starts like this.
I'm originally from Portland, attended many Indycar races at the track, and also have raced on it.
The track is quite wide right there, but the chicane is tight enough that it's basically a one line corner. You can overtake going into it, but it requires cooperation from both parties.
The original track configuration was without a chicane, what is turn 4 now was turn 1. The chicane was added to reduce speeds and to add an overtaking zone.
I think that's generally been effective, but with tight fields during starts and restarts, it can create some issues.
One idea would be to bypass the chicane on starts and restarts. The speeds are not going to be as high as they will be on a flying lap, especially if they fly the restart green flag later in the lap.
Because of the foam blocks that they want the drivers to use in the event of straight lining the chicane, this approach would have to be rethought. But they might be able to use only painted markers on the pavement to designate those zones, possibly with sensors like they have at other tracks to determine if drivers have run wide.
I get that if drivers just behaved, it would all be fine, but I'm not sure we can expect all 24 to behave.
Rosenqvist simply drove it to the front -- and won the Rookie of the year championship too, despite Herta's best effort to foil that.