Tomorrow, as part of Memorial Day weekend in the US, sees the biggest day in motorsport. The Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the Coca-Cola 600 combine for over two thousand kilometres of racing, and a full day in front of the TV. Well, that is if I had access to all three on the TV – thanks Setanta...
So, the 2013 IndyCar schedule was properly announced yesterday morning (it was early enough over here to be considered the morning...), and while it included a few niceties, it’s still somewhat lacking. Continue reading
Wipe that smile off your face, you jammy git. That move you pulled on Takuma Sato going into Turn 1 there, on Lap 199 on the 96th Indy 500? That’s something that only a dirty son-of-a-bitch pulls when he realises the only way he’s going to win is by crashing out his competition.
I’d already lost most respect I had for the guy after he spun out Will Power in Toronto 2011, and again after he punted Josef Newgarden out in Turn 1 at Long Beach this year... but that move he pulled on Sato was the worst of the lot. Sato had the run and was going to get past, Dario could have easily pulled back and let him through only to catch his draft and then get back past either into Turn 3 or down the front-stretch. But no, he has to pinch Sato down below the white line causing him to crash. Yea, that’s really fair.
Oh, and by the way, Ashley Judd, you’re not the best yourself, and you look like a complete slut. You can finally count to 3 now? So, when are you going to learn to count to 4, when Dario cheats his way to another Indy win?
I think I’ve made it clear that I’m a fan of NASCAR. Can’t really explain how I got into it, can probably blame Montoya, Allmendinger, Ambrose and Franchitti for making the switch (even if they subsequently changed back!) and me following them into the sport just to see how they fare.
Generally, I end up watching it on one of the streams on Justin.tv. I have no alternative but to watch a P2P or website stream as the only two channels that offer it in this region – Setanta Sports and Premier Sports – are not carried on our TV provider, Magnet.
I don’t have a problem with watching the races streaming online, especially as it means I can actually watch while at my computer. What I do mind though, is when the web streams I’m watching are cut off because one of the two above mentioned channels files a DMCA to the website to take the stream down. Now this irks me somewhat as the US channels never have a problem with the streams (based on how they are never the ones doing the takedowns). It always happens with the Sprint Cup races, which are the only races broadcast by Setanta or Premier – it never happens with Nationwide or Truck as they are US-only for the most part.
Now I have said that neither channel is on TV over here. Setanta haven’t been on Magnet for a few years – we don’t even get Setanta Ireland, which used to occupy channel 105. Yet, they still show on UPC, but we wouldn’t get them here. In fact, the only alternative to Magnet would be to get Sky or some other satellite service, and we all know how expensive they can be at the bare minimum before you start adding any additional premium charges, which both channels force (since the NASCAR shows on Setanta Sports 1 – the premium channel).
I suppose I’ll go back to the chicken run that is finding new streams every time they close down my current one...
Well, I had tuned in hoping that Power would somehow manage to perform a miracle and win the race to hopefully win the championship instead of Dario “Francheaty” Franchitti, but I think I speak for everyone by saying I did not expect something like this to happen.
I know I’d given stick about it before, especially the oval variant of it – but I tell you now, I can’t wait for the new Dallara IR12 to come in next year, with all of its advances in safety designed to offer increased driver protection, and to stop them flipping over, especially following wheel-to-wheel contact.