Live blog – Edmonton Indy!

Live blog – Edmonton Indy!

- in Latest News, Race Reports

Well, Robin Miller survived another grid run (at least until the commercial break) and the weather looks fantastic in Alberta, so we’re settled in and ready for some racing. ┬áLive blog – start your engine!

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13.40

Well, that’s all for this live blog. Thanks for reading!

13.36

Yikes – take 30 seconds from @CharlieKimball for spinning @SimonPagenaud on the last lap. We’ll have to see how that impacts the standings.

13.32

@h3lio needs an energy drink. ­čÖé

13.30

@h3lio wins, @RyanHunterReay finishes 7th – tightens up the points race and keeps Helio in the hunt for his first championship. Next up is Mid-Ohio…we’re curious to see if the DW12 can help ┬áwith passing at that track. It’s usually a parade…

13.27

Wow – somehow we got all the way through that one without Bob Jenkins jinxing it – green flag-to-flag. And @h3lio has already gotten the fence-climb over with!

13.25

And it’s @h3lio for the win!

13.24

Last lap starting – it’s go time!

13.22

@h3lio and @takumasatoracer arestill fighting. @BobRahal is coaching Taku to save his last overtake push for the last lap.

13.20

@12willpower on the button to stay ahead of @GrahamRahal for 3rd.

13.20

Taku is fast through the rough section!

13.18

Oh, man – @takumasatoracer almost got @h3lio! ┬áThis is a dog fight!

13.09

LOL @BobRahal said @h3lio “starts blocking when he picks up his car at the airport.”

13.08

oooh, @h3lio close on fuel too, but they just told him he could use overtake as defense. @takumasatoracer is really dogging him in the turns.

13.06

@12willpower may not have enough fuel to get to the end. They think they do, but it could be close.

13.03

Looks like @GrahamRahal also got @tagliani, who’s now in 5th. Maybe he shoulda kept the blacks….

13.01

annnnnd here comes @12willpower – he’s by @tagliani and setting sail…

13.00

Just 20 laps to go – @edcarpenter20 was holding up @h3lio for a bit as he put Ed a lap down. @takumasatoracer has taken second from @tagliani.

12.58

So now we’ll see if @tagliani can catch @h3lio. @sidesilvestro was offroading a bit. @12willpower could not catch the top of the leaderboard as he left pit lane.

12.56

@tagliani in for his last stop now…Scuffed reds and a quick stop, but @h3lio just gets him!

12.54

So far, clean race and clean stops. And @h3lio is in early!

12.53

@Hinchtown in for a stop – taking on more reds. @OriolServia stalled it twice on his stop. Make that three times.

12.44

Crikey – these guys/gal are all going to be sore when this one is over. Bumpy mayhem.

12.42

Looks like bona fide speed bumps on that one spot on the track. Yeeee hawww!

12.41

Bob Jenkins jut mentioned that there have been no full-course yellows…did Jenks jinx it? We shall see…

12.38

(Also, we are┬ácompletely┬ástoked that the Olympics start Wednesday with women’s soccer. Bring on the sleep depro – we’ll be watching as much as we can.)

12.36

(We are creeped out by this cars.com woman with the singing hair.)

12.35

We love it – @scottdixon is up to 12th.

12.34

@takumasatoracer on the button to gain on and pass @dariofranchitti.

12.33

@TonyKanaan back in the pits for his second stop. He’s on a 3-stop strategy.

12.32

So, @BourdaisOnTrack gets a penalty for pit exit violation, and @12willpower does not. @RyanHunterReay is livid.

12.29

Pretty good race so far – we could use even more green-flag passes stops and passes. Hopefully it gets hectic near the end of the race. It’s great to see @tagliani leading, and we like it that he’s not pulled away, so it’s sill very much a race.

12.25

@DarioFranchitti went for the lead, locked it up, and @tagliani and @h3lio are now both past him.

12.24

@RyanHunterReay wants a penalty for @12willpower – Wally in the booth calls it “pretty dirty” and “obnoxious” as Power rejoined from the pits.

12.21

Same order leaving as entering – great work by all three teams.

12.21

Follow the leader into the pits – the top 3 are in.

12.19

Nice clean race so far – it’s @tagliani leading the way. We can’t help but hear “Ooooh, Barracuda…” Canadian music for a Canadian leader at a Canadian race. #BOOM

12.17

Pit stop chaos could ensue any moment…sure hope the clown music isn’t needed.

12.15

@CharlieKimball and @MarcoAndretti are tooth and nail back in 19th and 20th – love it that @NBCSN is showing us this battle. The other network would probably have still be talking about the girl who used to drive the Go Daddy car.

12.13

Twenty laps in, it’s been @tagliani, @dariofranchitti and @takumasatoracer in the top three spots.

12.10

(And now we sing along with the “Crazy Train” Honda ad…full screen commercial break.)

12.10

Ah, man – @scottdixon9 is falling back to 20th. Sucky birthday so far…

12.08

@12willpower took a couple positions on the track and walled it a bit on the exit of the turn. Gotta keep an eye on that car…

12.04

(Commercial break – we’re running to the kitchen to grab some lunch!)

12.03

We also don’t like seeing birthday boy @ScottDixon9 in 17th. That’s not much of a present.

12.02

We hate seeing @TonyKanaan having a rough time. He just pitted and is 24th, just in front of last-place @JRHildebrand.

12.01

@RyanHunterReay and @SimonPagenaud both using overtake, RHR manages to get by him. He’s up two places from the start, chasing his fourth straight win.

11.58

Keeping our eye on @rubarrichello and @BourdaisonTrack – thinking it might be good days for them.

11.51

Bummer that @JRHildebrand had a bit of damage on the first lap and had to come in.

11.48

@Tagliani is into the lead as he passes @DarioFranchitti – the Canadian crowd goes bonkers!

11.47

He won the pole, but got a 10-spot grid penalty and starts 11th. Can @RyanHunterReay will his fourth in a row?

11.49

Well, that’s it for this live blog. We had a few distractions during this one (learning the software, a kitten constantly jumping on the desk and blocking our view) so maybe the next one will pull together a bit better. Thanks for reading!

11.40

@CharlieKimball looks completely stoked. Second place for the young American.

11.39

Not yet in victory lane and RHR is already half out of the car, trying to peel off the helmet.

11.38

Monster steaks with extra butter for everyone at AJ Foyt Racing – Mike Conway takes the third spot on the podium.

11.34

RHR will win his third straight, this one under caution due to the complete carnage on the restart.

11.33

Cue the clown music! There are wrecks ALL over the track. Five in one turn – Briscoe, Dario, Marco, Ed Carpenter, Bourd’eh, Pagenaud are just some of the cars involved…

11.30

Pagenaud penalized for the block, so Sebastien Bourd’eh takes over 3rd. Wow!

11.27

Here’s that full course caution – sadly, Newgarten is out of the equation.

11.26

Dammit! Newgarten into the tires after Pagenaud cut him off. We’re wondering if Simon will be hearing from @BeauxBarfield soon.

11.25

We keep hearing that street races are boring… #humour

11.21

Kimball is flying! Newgarten moves to fourth. TK is saving fuel to finish. If there’s a caution, this is going to get interesting…

11.20

Holy crap! @CharlieKimball passes two cars at once and takes over second! Amazing pass!

11.15

@Justin_Wilson has climbed out on pit lane. He’d brushed the wall and their day is done. What a rotten weekend for Justin.

11.14

@RyanHunterReay is angling to take over the championship lead – he was three points behind Will Power coming into this race, and Power’s in 20th.

11.12

Ah, man – JWil is slowing on the track and pulling into the pits. Bummer – that battle with Pagenaud and Kimball was fab.

 

11.11

Kimball has draped himself over the back of Pagenaud and is dogging him turn by turn, battling for third. Justin Wilson is right on the rear of Kimball. RHR and TK are cruising.

11.09

RHR in the lead and trying for his third straight win of the season.

11.08

Defending champion Dario Franchitti wouldn’t mind the current running order being final – he’s up to 13 d Power’s in 20. Might help Dario back into points race.

11.06

Will Power will need to pit again for a nose/wing assembly.

11.04

Jacques DeBris has made an appearance in turn 5/6 area.

11.03

Hildebrand in – this should be just about it for scheduled pit stops.

11.02

Flat left front for Power

11.02

Will Power is slowing!

11.01

The leader pits – RHR pulls that yellow beast in for service and they’re out quickly. Newgarten makes a great pit stop as well.

11.00

Wilson and Bourd’eh pit together – unlike Friday’s practice, no contact.

11.00

Power and Kimball going  to reds for the last stint. Meanwhile, Newgarten is up to 3rd.

10.59

Viso pits again – left rear tire area is the concern.

10.58

JR Hildebrand marches into the top 10.

10.57

TK in, Viso as well. Tag also pitting.

10.56

Dario pits and falls back to 20th.

10.55

RHR into the lead…

10.55

Massive break dust, and a problem on the right rear, but Simon is away…

10.54

Pagenaud pits, giving up the lead…

10.54

Dario’s up to 16th, Will Power’s 11th, RHR is 2nd, Helio is 13th, Dixon is out and so is Hinch. The points race may get a good scramble when this one is over.

10.48

Kimball says “sayonara” to Sato-san and takes over 6th place.

10.48

RHR is closing on Pagenaud…we could have a race soon, and pit stops are about 10 laps away.

10.47

The Mayor of @Hinchtown’s term is over. (At least for this race.) His constituents are bummed.

10.45

@Simonpagenaud is nearly in another postal code, and second-place @RyanHunterReay is finally gaining ground on him.

10.41

A bit of pressure on @CharlieKimball now – he’s the only Ganassi car having a good race. Dario’s currently in 20th, and Dixie and Graham are out.

 

10.38

TK doing his usual ‘Watch me pass a zillion cars!” routine…so much fun!

10.36

Did the Mayor forgot to leave an offering of Timbits to the racing gods? They’re tinkering with the engine in the pits…

10.34

The Mayor is in the pits, and parts are being passed around. Meanwhile, @rubarrichello moving up through the pack…

10.32

Simon says, “First place? Don’t mind if I do. ­čÖé “

10.29

We’re gutted for Simona – someone take the Swiss Missile to Swiss Chalet for a commiserative dinner…

10.28

TK to the penalty box – drive through for hitting the tire during his pit stop.

10.27

Oh dear, the Gramburglar into the wall…locked it up big time and went a bit too straight to match the turn he was in.

10.24

If @mikeconwayindy keeps up this great outing, A.J. will be buying a fancy steak dinner for the whole team. All-you-can-eat extra butter, too. ­čÖé

10.22

Speaking of tires, @CharlieKimball got a bit cozy with a stack of them on course. Got it going again, though.

10.21

TK punted a tire in the pits – will he be sent to the penalty box?

10.20

Look at Sebastien Bourd’eh go! Up to P3 and keeping his foot down.

10.16

It appears @TonyKanaan was not swayed by the Timbits bribe from Mayor Hinch. He’s not letting the Mayor by without a fight. #humour

10.14

We hate seeing @simdesilvestro in the pits – she deserves a break.

10.13

Engine quit on @scottdixon9.

10.11

The Mayor of @Hinchtown suffered a 10-spot grid penalty for an engine change. We hear he was spotted during prerace doling out Timbits and campaigning for those starting ahead of him to let him by if he pulls up on their rear wing. #humour

10.04

Nice to see a lack of carnage on the start…

10.01

GEEN GEEN GEEN!

09.59

Be warned – we may drop some (sometimes snarky) stereotypes here in honor of the awesomeness that is Canada. We’re just having fun – nobody get upset, k?

09.50

It appears to be a gorgeous day in Tranna (as the locals call it)…