Ground(ed) Effects

Indycar and general autosport opinion

Something recently rekindled my interest in listening to The Talk of Gasoline Alley radio show in May wherein Donald Davidson takes calls about the Indy 500 and fills in many blanks, detailing races and drivers past with astounding clarity and recall. It is, therefore, pertinent to note that I am, in fact, not Donald Davidson. …

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If you’re currently an Indycar fan or just a fan of the Indy 500, a vast majority of us would recall with great reverence, that first race we attended and became hooked on the entire sensory experience.How many of us recall the second race in a similar manner, however?My second race came in 1980, one …

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Following the conclusion of the IZOD Indycar Championship celebration, as viewed on Versus last night, I was left with several lingering thoughts, some positive, some negative, but all with the future of Indycar in mind: 1. Dario Franchitti has left no question on his status as Indycar legend. His two Indy 500 wins and three …

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1970 – PJ (Parnelli Jones) Colt – Johnny Lightning Special Perhaps the most styled and colorful of all modern eras at Indy, 1970 saw varied chassis designs and bright colors like never before.  Of those designs, one stands out for me which is also the race winner that year: Al Unser’s #2. The last of …

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1979 – Pennzoil Chaparral The very car from which this blog derives its name and first I saw live in an Indy 500.  While reading about this car in Sports Illustrated (I think it was), I realized this car was the ‘next wave’ of Indy cars which was the beginning of the ground effect era. …

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