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CITA(Ozzman @ Mar 21 2008, 09:38 AM) *
¿Se sabe por qué canal o plataforma se podrá ver en España?


puff Ab moteurs (francia) Premiere (alemania) asi desde españa nose si digital+ dara alguna creo recordar que las ponian en diferido por sportmania.
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puff Ab moteurs (francia) Premiere (alemania) asi desde españa nose si digital+ dara alguna creo recordar que las ponian en diferido por sportmania.


Gracias Yossi. Entonces el tema está complicado...

Saludos!
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Quizás Teledeporte de resúmenes largos de 1 hora de duración (este año estan echando la Nascar) al igual que lo hizo hace 2 temporadas. Por Motors TV (Ono y el cable operador R) quizás las den también. Eurosport habrá que ver.
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Gracias Yossi. Entonces el tema está complicado...

Saludos!


Yo la premiere la tengo configurada en el deco del satélite. Sólo me hará falta enterarme de los horarios, que siempre me entero cuándo ya han sido las carreras laugh.gif


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Oriol el mas rapido entre los ex-ccws






HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Ernesto Viso thought a phone call from his manager March 19 was to extend 23rd birthday greetings. That was an afterthought actually as the call to Barcelona, Spain, was to invite the driver to the IndyCar Series.
"It was a good present," Viso said after completing two days of testing on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval in preparation for the March 29 season opener.
Eleven drivers, including nine who are transitioning to the IndyCar Series from the Champ Car World Series, recorded 1,069 laps during five available hours on the 1.5-mile oval with a persistent and brisk westerly breeze (the two-day total reached 1,167). KV Racing Technology (Oriol Servia, Will Power), Conquest Racing (Enrique Bernoldi, Franck Perera), Dale Coyne Racing (Bruno Junqueira, Mario Moraes) and Newman/Haas/Laningan Racing (Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson) made use of every minute. Marty Roth and Jay Howard of Roth Racing also were granted track time because they did not participate in the full IndyCar Series oval Open Test in February.
Servia topped the speed chart of the migrating drivers at 25.4360 seconds (210.175 mph). Roth led the field at 25.1200 (212.818 mph). Dan Wheldon's 25.0619 (213.312 mph) was the quickest lap of 17 cars at the Feb. 27-28 Open Test.
The lone on-track incident over the sessions involved Rahal, whose No. 06 car made contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier with two hours left. He was checked in the infield care center and cleared to drive.
"The car felt really good," said Rahal, who had a quick lap of 25.4920 seconds (209.713 mph) among his 35. "I caught Oriol and overtook him in Turn 1 and was almost past him. I was on a higher line than I had been taking and that was a lot bumpier with a little less grip up there. The rear stepped out on me and I caught it and then it did it a second time and I couldn't catch it and crashed it."
The next time out (March 28 practice and qualifying) for all drivers, it will be with considerably more traffic on the high-banked oval, at higher speeds and will determine their starting position for the GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300.
Viso, who totaled xxx laps in the No. 33 HVM Racing car over the two days, acknowledged being "a little dizzy" initially on the track, which is analogous to the whirlwind since learning where he would be racing this year.
"Everything was quick," said Viso, who last year competed in the GP2 Series. "The 20th I was in Indy with a lot of jet lag. The 21st we were doing the seat fitting. The 22nd we flew here and rested (March 23). We started testing (March 24).
"At the start I was very tired because I was not breathing in the corners. Everything was like a video game. Once I did more and more laps, I got used to it. I'm still learning and will be learning in the coming races."
Even for a veteran with 27 oval starts, there's a learning curve.
"It would be tough even if we would have made the move in October," KV Racing Technology's Oriol Servia said. "There's nothing really to compare with the old Homestead (6 degrees of banking). In my head, (the 18- to 20-degree variably-banked track) feels more like Fontana and Michigan – high banking, lot of speed, full throttle when you have new tires. We're learning so much with the car, but the race weekend is here soon. We don't have much time."
Time is a luxury since teams committed to the unified series competing under the IndyCar Series banner.
"Time is important; it is more than gold in racing," Viso said. "Time is also what we need outside the car. The guys did a perfect job to prepare the car in four days. They started from scratch."
Some crew members were scratching their heads during the testing days, waiting for delivery of parts and spares. And a 6-foot-3 driver just sought some comfort.
"We just have a few more bits to do inside the cockpit to make me feel more comfortable," Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing's Justin Wilson said. "Fitting in these cars is not a straight-forward thing."





Laps: 1071

Track Status:

Pos Driver Start Pos Diff Gap Last Time Last Speed Last Lap Best Time Best Speed Best Lap Sec Best Time Sec Best Speed Sec Best Lap Last Pt LSP Pits C/E/T Status
1 Marty Roth (25) 6 --.--- --.--- 27.2610 196.104 60 25.1200 212.818 49 25.1240 212.785 50 51 9 8 D/H/F Pit
2 Jay Howard (24) 5 0.136 0.136 55.5250 96.281 101 25.2560 211.672 58 25.2760 211.505 63 101 0 12 D/H/F Pit
3 Oriol Servia (5) 2 0.316 0.180 25.7060 207.967 95 25.4360 210.175 48 25.4700 209.894 49 85 10 13 D/H/F Pit
4 Enrique Bernoldi (36) 3 0.327 0.011 25.7210 207.846 132 25.4470 210.084 116 25.5550 209.196 119 120 12 20 D/H/F Pit
5 Will Power (8) 1 0.364 0.037 26.4180 202.362 145 25.4840 209.779 114 25.4970 209.672 113 143 2 17 D/H/F Pit
6 Graham Rahal (06) 9 0.372 0.008 25.5390 209.327 35 25.4920 209.713 26 25.4980 209.664 25 27 8 4 D/H/F
7 Justin Wilson (02) 7 0.373 0.001 25.8760 206.601 99 25.4930 209.705 76 25.5090 209.573 75 82 17 8 D/H/F Pit
8 Franck Perera (34) 8 0.436 0.063 25.6360 208.535 93 25.5560 209.188 57 25.5630 209.130 59 87 6 14 D/H/F Pit
9 Ernesto Viso (33) 4 0.448 0.012 25.7760 207.402 100 25.5680 209.089 96 25.5680 209.089 97 91 9 14 D/H/F Pit
10 Bruno Junqueira (18) 11 0.503 0.055 25.6350 208.543 82 25.6230 208.641 72 25.6300 208.584 70 77 5 9 D/H/F Pit
11 Mario Moraes (19) 10 0.722 0.219 27.3060 195.781 129 25.8420 206.873 56 25.8470 206.833 55 123 6 13 D/H/F Pit


EL problema esque combinado con los pasados tests al menos le falta tres o cuatro decimas. Aunque oriol comenta que los tiempos no se pueden comparar por la diferencia de temperatura.


01. Dan Wheldon (Ganassi) - 25,0619 (213,312 mph) - 136 Rdn.
02. Scott Dixon (Ganassi) - 25,0660 (213,277) - 136
03. Marty Roth (Roth Racing) - 25,1200 (212,818)
04. Helio Castroneves (Penske) - 25,1211 (212,809) - 148
05. Tony Kanaan (Andretti/Green) - 25,1227 (212,796) - 94
06. Ryan Briscoe (Penske) - 25,2127 (212,036) - 160
07. A.J. Foyt IV (Vision) - 25,2179 (211,992) - 103
08. Marco Andretti (Andretti/Green) - 25,2465 (211,752) - 119
09. Hideki Mutoh (Andretti/Green) - 25,2476 (211,743) - 114
10. Jay Howard (Roth Racing) - 25,2560 (211,672)
11. Ed Carpenter (Vision) - 25,2691 (211,563) - 68
12. Buddy Rice (Dreyer & Reinbold) - 25,3716 (210,708) - 104
13. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Rahal/Letterman) - 25,3934 (210,527) - 102
14. Vitor Meira (Panther) - 25,3987 (210,483) - 93
15. Oriol Servià (KV technology) - 25,4360 (210.175)
16. Bernoldi
17. Power
18. Rahal
19. Wilson
20. Perera
21. Viso
22. Junqueira
23. Milka Duno (Dreyer & Reinbold) - 25,6276 (208,603) - 68
24. Darren Manning (A.J. Foyt) - 25,6369 (208,528) - 85
25. Moraes

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Homestead Report - 26th Mar 08, 04:40
Homestead Musings Part "Duh"


Cold (By South Florida standards) and windy. Cross-winds through the corners.

Very tense atmosphere. Teams are not happy. Not happy about the merger. Not happy about the rush to get ready for the race. And some not happy about the chassis they have acquired.

One Mechanic told me that the car that they received bends like a skateboard. A crew chief told me that there just wasn't enough time to get ready.

Was told that ticket sales are slower than last years, Yep. Merger is reaping benefits already.

Was weird to see the N/H/L McDonalds colors on a Dallara.

The Coyne People were still rushing to get Bruno's car together. Was finally finished until after the dinner break. Then he couldn't find a gear when the final session began.
Once the car was fixed Bruno quickly became smooth out there.

Interesting to see so many cars with noses and other parts that have pain schemes that are obviously from other teams.

Servia really impressed me. He was fast.

Wilson looked tentative.

Did you know that Bondo fixes Carbon Fiber on a Dallara?

I am really beginning to hate Oval racing for formula cars. We were on the roof of the Speedway when Graham backed into turn 2. For a second I was really worried but he emerged unscathed.
We got the whole thing on tape. Jeff, my main man, has a knack at following the car that will do something interesting. He was following Graham around for a few laps leading up to the crash and got it all on tape.
We took it to the N/H/L hauler and sat with Graham and his crew chief and went over the tape. He got loose in turn one passing Servia. When he corrected the car also bottomed out and lost grip which caused him to back into the wall in turn to. Pretty cool comparing the telemetry to the video.

The N/H/L guys will be working all tomorrow trying to put Graham's car back together for this weekend. Biggest problem….No Spare Parts.
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Bien bien, parece que Uri está en forma para esta temporada. Si tiene buena suerte estoy seguro de que será uno de los pilotos punteros de la Indy. Esperemos que el coche del equipo de Vasser y Kalkhoven esté a la altura y podamos disfrutar de un gran año.



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KV RACING TECHNOLOGY QUALIFIES BOTH CARS FOR SEASON OPENING

GAINSCO AUTO INSURANCE INDY 300


INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MARCH 28, 2008 - - KV Racing Technology began its inaugural IndyCar Series season by qualifying both cars for tomorrow's Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.


Oriol Servia, KV Racing Technology #5 Honda/Dallara/Firestone, qualified 16th overall with an average speed of 209.021 mph on the 1.5-mile high-banked oval. Teammate Will Power, KV Racing Technology #8 Aussie Vineyards – Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone, who was making his first appearance on a big oval, will start 21st after averaging 208.029 mph.


KVRT, which received its first IndyCar chassis just three weeks ago and has only tested on an oval once, a two day test on March 24-25 here in Homestead, spent the first practice continuing the development work they began earlier this week. With the emphasis on learning, improving the car and getting track time, Power notched the team's fast lap during the one hour and 45 minute practice with a speed of 209.070 mph (25.570 seconds), which put him 19th on the speed charts out of a field of 25 cars. Servia, who is making his second appearance at Homestead in a high horsepower car, logged the 21st fastest lap with a speed of 208.695 mph (25.616 seconds).


In Friday's second practice, which was split into two groups each with 30 minutes of track time, the team again continued to focus on developing the car. Power went out with the first group and appeared to have an improved machine. Despite running a slower speed, 208.528 mph (25.636), than during the first session he was 15th on the speed charts for the session, but remained 19th on the combined report. Servia, who practiced with the second group, once again recorded the 21st fastest lap clocking a speed of 206.964 mph (25.830) as the team worked diligently to balance his car.


In qualifying Power went out eighth of the 26 cars for his first big oval qualifying session. Unfortunately, he could not find the speed and will start on Row #11. Servia, however, saved his best for last. Taking to the track 18th in the qualifying order he put together four very consistent laps, all easily his fastest of the day, and will start on Row #8.


Commenting on his qualifying effort and tomorrow's race Servia said, "Overall we are trying to learn in two days what other teams have learned in five years. I thought I had the best car that I've had all weekend in qualifying today, which is what you want. And tomorrow I am sure we will have an even better car. What I would like is a balanced consistent car for the race tomorrow like I had for qualifying today. For KVRT, we just want to get some speed, do some miles, learn the car and just have a consistent race tomorrow."


Power noted, "I was basically flat all the way round, I felt the KVRT Aussie Vineyard – Team Australia car was improved from practice today, but we were lacking a little bit of pace. For me it is just about the race, get as many miles as I can, learn how to run in traffic while finding more out about the car."
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La carrera se puede ver a traves de Speed Channel en TVU o por la ESPN 2 en Sopcast


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tambien por aqui sino teneispremiere http://www.iseesports.tv/indy/
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Gracias por el link Yossi,eres un crack wink.gif


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Uri decimosegundo(el mejor de los pilotos provenientes de la Champ), Tony Kanaan perdio la victoria justo al final a favor de Scott Dixon.



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ervià suma sus primeros puntos en la IndyCar
Homestead – Indycar Series – Carrera
30/03/08 13:17



Oriol Serviá
Oriol Servià (KV Racing Technology) ha finalizado duodécimo en la primera carrera de la IndyCar Series, disputada en el circuito oval de Homestead, el mismo escenario donde el catalán inició el año 1998 su trayectoria deportiva en los Estados Unidos. Servià ha finalizado cuatro plazas por delante de la que había logrado el viernes en la calificación (efectuó su mejor vuelta a este trazado de 1,485 millas en 25,5436 segundos, a un promedio de 336,68 km/hora) y ha acreditado el mejor resultado entre los competidores procedentes de la Champ Car. El piloto del RACC ha sumado sus primeros puntos en este campeonato resultante de la fusión entre la IRL (Indy Racing League) y la Champ Car.

Servià ha cubierto las primeras vueltas a la expectativa, para tomar el pulso a lo que representa pilotar un coche que le era prácticamente desconocido (Dallara-Honda) en una carrera en circuito oval, rodando a más de 300 km/hora a pocos centímetros de los demás vehículos y entre los muros de protección. A partir de su primer 'pit-stop' (vuelta 20), en el que le ha sido reajustada la incidencia de los alerones delanteros, el gerundense ha empezado a ir a más, manteniéndose regularmente entre la 13ª y la 12ª plaza, esta última definitiva durante las últimas 60 vueltas.

Oriol Servià:
"Sabíamos que nos faltaba velocidad y que no sería fácil lograr un buen resultado; no podíamos esperar ningún milagro.
Y en estas condiciones hemos hecho lo que nos habíamos propuesto, mantener un ritmo consistente, terminar la carrera sin dañar el coche y obtener el mayor número posible de datos para poder comprender el monoplaza y trabajar en él cara al futuro. En general estoy satisfecho, el equipo ha trabajado en positivo y hemos dejado unos cuantos coches por detrás. Ha sido un primer paso entre los que debemos efectuar para poder acercarnos a los más rápidos".

Scott Dixon ha sido el vencedor de esta carrera, que ha tenido cinco líderes distintos y en la que Marco Andretti, nieto del mítico Mario Andretti, ha completado el mayor número de vueltas al frente (85).

La segunda carrera de la IndyCar Series se disputará el próximo domingo, día 6 de abril, en el circuito urbano de St. Petersburg (Florida).

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Bien por Oriol, siempre se le han dado bien los ovales. Espero que con su experiencia consiga llevar ese coche lo más cerca de los coches rápidos. ¡¡Ánimo!!

Por cierto, me encanta ese casco con el motivo de Dalí, muy original.
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Hay que ver como sufren los ex pilotos de IRL cuando les toca un circuito urbano en vez de oval,esto es una bendicion para los ex de Champ,Uri saldra septimo:

Pos Driver Team Time Speed
1. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 1:02.5322 103.627mph
2. Will Power KV 1:02.6096 103.499mph
3. Justin Wilson Newman/Haas/Lanigan 1:02.6426 103.444mph
4. Helio Castroneves Penske 1:02.6462 103.438mph
5. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1:02.7071 103.338mph
6. Ryan Hunter-Raey Rahal Letterman 1:03.0077 102.845mph
7. Oriol Servia KV 1:02.7427 103.279mph
8. Dan Wheldon Ganassi 1:02.7694 103.191mph
9. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan 1:02.8122 103.165mph
10. Franck Perera Conquest 1:02.8749 103.062mph
11. Darren Manning Foyt 1:03.0136 102.835mph
12. Marco Andretti Andretti Green 1:03.2443 102.460mph
13. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1:03.2365 102.472mph
14. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green 1:03.2757 102.409mph
15. Ernesto Viso HVM 1:03.3067 102.359mph
16. Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold 1:03.3591 102.274mph
17. Vitor Meira Panther 1:03.4480 102.131mph
18. Enrique Bernoldi Conquest 1:03.4568 102.117mph
19. Danica Patrick Andretti Green 1:03.5766 101.924mph
20. Jay Howard Roth 1:03.7447 101.656mph
21. Ed Carpenter Vision 1:03.8007 101.566mph
22. Mario Moraes Dale Coyne 1:04.1590 100.999mph
23. Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold 1:04.3880 100.640mph
24. AJ Foyt IV Vision 1:04.4996 100.466mph
25. Marty Roth Roth 1:07.7041 95.711mph
26. Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne 1:09.3851 93.392mph


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la carrera es a las 20.45 se puede seguir video y tiempos por indycar.com
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Positivo fin de semana para Oriol Servià y su equipo, KV Racing Technology, en el Gran Premio de St. Petersburg, segunda prueba de la IndyCar Series. Al volante de un Dallara-Honda, el catalán ha finalizado séptimo en una carrera que ha arrancado bajo una intensa lluvia (las nueve primeras vueltas han sido neutralizadas tras el coche de seguridad) y acortada a 83 vueltas, 17 menos de las programadas, al agotarse el tiempo máximo de dos horas previsto por el reglamento.

El piloto del RACC ha aprovechado las adversidades iniciales para remontar desde la séptima posición que ha ocupado en la formación de salida hasta la tercera, plaza que ha mantenido desde la vuelta 20 hasta la 28, poco antes de efectuar la primera de las tres paradas en boxes para cambiar ruedas y repostar combustible.

Con el asfalto cada vez más seco, Servià se ha visto perjudicado en el segundo 'stint' por haber seguido utilizando neumáticos de lluvia, perdiendo unos cuantos segundos por vuelta respecto a quiénes se habían decidido por los 'slicks' y bajando hasta la 16ª posición antes de la segunda parada (vuelta 43).

A partir de aquel momento, el gerundense ha iniciado una recuperación que le ha llevado a estar entre los diez primeros en la vuelta 75. Servià ha llegado hasta el sexto lugar en la penúltima vuelta pero con los neumáticos bajo mínimos no ha podido defender la posición en el último giro.

Oriol Servià: [color="NAVY"] "Considero que ha sido un fin de semana muy positivo. El azar, en forma de lluvia al inicio, de banderas amarillas y de acierto en las estrategias, ha intervenido mucho en el desenlace de esta carrera. En este sentido, haber terminado séptimo es un resultado decente después de no haber acertado con los neumáticos cuando la pista se ha secado más rápidamente de lo que preveíamos. Lo más destacable es la mejora que el equipo ha hecho en relación a la carrera anterior y esto nos motiva mucho. En la calificación estuvimos a tan solo dos décimas de la 'pole' y en la carrera me he sentido muy a gusto con el coche. Vamos por el buen camino".
Graham Rahal ha sido el vencedor de esta carrera que ha tenido ocho líderes distintos y Helio Castroneves, segundo, es el nuevo líder de la clasificación general. La siguiente cita de la IndyCar Series será doble y obedecerá a los compromisos adquiridos por los anteriores campeonatos IRL y Champ Car antes de su fusión.

Los equipos de la IRL correrán el día 19 del presente mes de abril en el circuito oval de Motegi (Japón) y el día siguiente los de la Champ Car lo harán en el trazado urbano de Long Beach (California), donde competirán con los Panoz-Cosworth estrenados el pasado año. Las dos carreras puntuarán independientemente.

Clasificación carrera
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Graham Rahal Newman Haas Lanigan Racing 2h00:43.5562
2. H.Castroneves Team Penske + 3.5192
3. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing + 5.5134
4. Ernesto Viso HVM Racing + 8.8575
5. Enrique Bernoldi Conquest Racing + 9.6360
6. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing + 10.0071
7. Oriol Servia KV Racing Technology + 11.2871
8. Will Power KV Racing Technology + 12.8493
9. Justin Wilson Newman Haas Lanigan Racing + 14.3598
10. Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing + 16.7298
11. AJ Foyt IV Vision Racing + 20.8319
12. Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi Racing + 24.7800
13. Darren Manning AJ Foyt Enterprises + 45.8601
14. Jay Howard Roth Racing + 1 Lap
15. Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + 1 Lap
16. Mario Moraes Dale Coyne Racing + 1 Lap
17. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing + 2 Laps
18. Ed Carpenter Vision Racing + 3 Laps
19. Vitor Meira Panther Racing + 8 Laps
20. Franck Perera Conquest Racing + 8 Laps
21. Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + 8 Laps
22. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing + 9 Laps
23. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske + 27 Laps
24. Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing + 39 Laps
25. Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing + 42 Laps
26. Marty Roth Roth Racing ---

Fastest lap: Kanaan, 1:03.8874 on lap 76

General: 1. Helio Castroneves, 72 puntos; 2. Scott Dixon, 62; 3. Tony Kanaan, 59; 4. Graham Rahal, 53; 5. Marco Andretti, 53... 9. Oriol Servià, 44.

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  • By Dave Lewandowski
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MOTEGI, Japan - Since exploding into the consciousness of an international audience at the 2005 Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick has answered incessant questions of when she would win an IndyCar Series race.
Next question, please.
Patrick, competing in her 50th IndyCar Series race, became the first female to win a major auto racing event.

● The setting: The Indy Japan 300 on the Twin Ring Motegi oval.
● The scenario: Moving from ninth place on Lap 189, seeing leaders pit for a splash of fuel a few laps later and overtaking Helio Castroneves on Lap 198.
● The post-race scene: The sun broke through for the first time all weekend as Patrick made her way through a sea of well-wishers to the victory stage.

"Finally," Patrick said through tears before a victory lap to compose her thoughts. "This is a long time coming. It was a fuel strategy race, but my team called it perfectly for me. I know I was on the same strategy as Helio, and when I passed him for the lead I couldn't believe it. This is fabulous."

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A few minutes later, fans streamed down the frontstretch grandstand to get a closer glimpse (and hopefully a snapshot) of the winner - proof they were witness to history and had the ability to return to the venue after the sixth annual race was postponed 22 hours because of rain.
"I've always said that I wouldn't do this, but on my last lap I was kind of just excited," said Patrick, 26. "And when I actually had to talk on my radio, finally the emotion came out. I really couldn't manage any other words than 'thank you.' And then I was as relieved as I expected I would be years ago, how I knew I would feel when I won my first race."

Patrick has come close before, including after starting on the front row at Twin Ring Motegi in her fourth IndyCar Series race in '05. She finished fourth and really captured the public's attention a month later by becoming the first female to lead the Indianapolis 500. Patrick finished fourth again, and over the next two-plus seasons (with Rahal Letterman Racing and now Andretti Green Racing) second place (at Belle Isle last September) had been the high-water mark.
"I've been asked so many times when I'm going to win my first race, and finally, no more of those questions."

No, they will turn to 'When can you win another?' starting with the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway in a week.

"It feels like it's taken a long time," she continued. "I had a lot of opportunities last year that were missed due to bad luck. I can only say I'm just glad it's over."

Castroneves finished 5.8594 seconds behind and Scott Dixon was third. Dixon's Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dan Wheldon, finished fourth and Tony Kanaan was fifth. Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter, staring at a career-best finish, also had to pit and wound up sixth. Rahal Letterman Racing's Ryan Hunter-Reay was seventh and A.J. Foyt Racing's Darren Manning eighth.

Patrick, who competed in European junior formulas seeking her open-wheel racing break, returned to the States to compete in the Toyota Atlantic series in 2003 for Team Rahal. Co-owner Bobby Rahal gave her the opportunity in 2005. The move was met with some questions about a relatively inexperienced driver - and a female - competing in the premier North American open-wheel racing series.
"I think that the disadvantage to overcome was just that I hadn't won," Patrick said. "A lot of women hadn't really proved on a consistent basis that they could be a good driver and always run up front. I think there had been times when they had done well but not consistently.

"I can't tell you that I blame them for not believing that we could do it. But when you have 100 guys come through, finding one good one, the odds are a lot better than 100 girls since it takes a lot longer for 100 to come through. The odds are against us. But I grew up with never really using guys as a reference, using drivers as a reference, and if I wasn't fast enough, I wasn't fast enough. That was the most important thing."

The car was plenty fast enough at Twin Ring Motegi. Her team calculated the fuel mileage to the liter. And Patrick drove into history.
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Los problemas mecánicos relegan a Oriol Servià a la sexta fila de la formación de salida de la tercera carrera de la temporada.
Long Beach (California, EUA), 19.04.2008.- Los problemas mecánicos han afectado a Oriol Servià (KV Racing Technology) en la segunda jornada de entrenamientos del Gran Premio de Long Beach, tercera cita de la IndyCar Series. El catalán, que el viernes había logrado el segundo mejor tiempo en la sesión de calificación, ha tenido que cambiar el motor de su Panoz-Coworth durante la sesión libre matinal después de que se le rompiera la bomba de aceite cuando rodaba de nuevo entre los más rápidos. En la calificación, el piloto del RACC no ha podido completar ni una sola vuelta a causa de la rotura del diferencial en el giro de instalación. De esta forma, Oriol Servià ha bajado de la primera fila que ocupaba en la formación provisional de salida hasta la sexta, siempre en función de su registro del viernes.
Oriol Servià: "Ha sido una lástima ya que el equipo había logrado un coche muy rápido, con plenas posibilidades de luchar por la 'pole'. Pero todos sabemos que los problemas mecánicos también forman parte de las carreras, donde se exige al máximo todos los elementos. A pesar de los contratiempos, no vamos a caer en el desánimo; el año pasado inicié esta carrera desde el decimocuarto lugar y la terminé segundo. A ver si esta vez, saliendo desde un poco más arriba, podemos acabar incluso mejor".


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