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Old 03-18-2019, 03:27 PM   #101
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I watch it when it’s on. The racing is usually quite good. So much less dominance based on the power unit and car. It’s a budget series compared to F1. It lacks the car tech and glitz and glamour. But it feels like purer racing in some ways. I believe they only use Chevy or Honda power and all have nearly identical chassis’ so you don’t get the constructor dominance.

I’m not a fan of ovals though. I find them boring.

Next race is at COTA so we’ll get to see Indy and F1 race the same track for the first time in a while.

I’ve got a soft spot for Indy because it was my first exposure to Motorsport. I was at the 93 Toronto race when Paul Tracy won. It’s too bad the series suffered so many behind the scenes problems in the 90s and 00s. But i feel like they’ve gone the right direction recently to keep costs low and make the focus on the drivers and racing.
Yep, for me Indy represents racing that is FAR more defined by the quality of the driver than F1. I'll always remember Greg Moore...RIP. My first real racing hero (and Villeneuve). I went to a bunch of Indy's in Vancouver and Edmonton. Even worked for Indy as a scrutineering volunteering for a few races.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:34 AM   #102
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Iím not a fan of ovals though. I find them boring.
You're watching them wrong. On the surface I get it, I fall asleep sometimes too. But the fundamentals are all there and if you really pay attention you can enjoy it just as much as a road course.

Close your eyes and its basically the same thing, speed up, slow down, turn, repeat.

Chassis set up and lines are key. But that's the same on a road course. F1 is just a procession nowadays. Most of the key passes are made in pit strategy.

Both avenues are suffering dramatically from technology taking the driver out of the equation. I long for the days when a driver could drive the wheels off a car and put a 5th place car in victory lane.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:30 PM   #103
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Does anyone here watch Indy? Is it worth the watch or is it a clear step down in quality?
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I watch it when itís on. The racing is usually quite good. So much less dominance based on the power unit and car. Itís a budget series compared to F1. It lacks the car tech and glitz and glamour. But it feels like purer racing in some ways. I believe they only use Chevy or Honda power and all have nearly identical chassisí so you donít get the constructor dominance.
Wait, so I just looked up the schedule for Indy. It looks like Sportsnet has the rights but only streams the races, no TV?
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:55 PM   #104
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That would be an unfortunate development. I don’t think they show all the races but quite a few have been on TV in previous years.

After some googling it appears you are correct. Thanks SN. I found a quote with no source on reddit saying it’ll be on SN World or online via SN Now. Lol. As if I’m gonna pay for that crap channel.

Thankfully quite a few races are on NBC.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:38 PM   #106
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That's bad news if true about Indy.

Legal motorsports broadcasting in Canada just plain sucks. It got even worse when Fox bought Speed.

You can get Fox Sports racing on Telus, but they treat it as a premium channel which is super annoying. Speed was a part of the normal sports package and I don't remember getting a discount when it went off air.

This is partially offset by the addition of MavTV which has some good content, especially if you are into dirt racing.
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I just noticed last night that Shaw added Fox Sports Racing and MavTV to our channels. This was in the last day or 2. Had a look to the weekend and they're not showing any Indy, but Fox is showing all Formula E races from what I assume is last year. I believe last year they were still the Gen 1 cars...the 2019 Gen 2 is in China this weekend.

Either way it was a nice surprise to see them show up.

I streamed the Indy season opener off Sportsnet website to the TV...not great, but better than nothing.
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Like they showed up on Shaw for free, or you had to subscribe?
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MavTV showed up on Telus with the latest guide update.

Fox Sports Racing did at the same time but was only on a preview.
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Like they showed up on Shaw for free, or you had to subscribe?
They just showed up. We certainly didn't add them. And there isnt the usual disclaimer about it being "in preview" or similar.
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