iRacing: Starting Lineup Set for Open-Wheels 500

After a hectic weekend the starting lineup for Sunday’s  Open-Wheels 500 Presented by Mitchell Transmissions is set.


Three rookies and seven former winners of the past iteration of the the event made the field. Three time winner Yang Ou is on the pole. Yang Ou returns to iracing after sitting out for a few years. All cars are the Dallara IR-18 chassis. the chassis was definitely the fastest during practice as well.

Logan Simmons, starting 10th, is the fastest rookie.

On Saturday race weekend festivities begin with the Veterans 100 followed by the Pit Stop Competition Presented by The Pit Window.

Saturday’s schedule:

Saturday, November 16
“Day Before the 500”

9:00 to 10:00 AM | Today at the 500 streaming show airing
11:00 AM | Optional Drivers Meeting
12:30 to 1:30 PM | Final 500 Mile Race Practice Session (1 hour)
2:00 PM | Veterans 100 Race (40 Laps, 100 Miles)
3:30 PM | Pit Stop Competition (30 Laps, 75 Miles)

Later in the week I’ll provide viewing opportunities and times.

iRacing: Yang Ou Wins Pole for Open-Wheels 500

Yang Ou returned to iracing and picked up right where he left off. Yang won the pole Saturday for the inaugural Open-Wheels 500 Presented by Mitchell Transmissions.  he edged Wilson Neto by 0.009 seconds. Neto had the fastest lap, 39.101 seconds, and both drivers had two laps over 230 mph. Yang’s other two laps were higher in the 229 range than Neto’s 229 mph laps. Both drivers earned their spots on second qualifying attempts.

After receiving the Pit Lane Parley Pole Award, Yang said, It was “a no-brainer to go out again. I was little conservative on my second run, but just enough.” For next Sunday’s race day, he is looking for “a little more speed” and to “learn to drive in traffic.”

Sunday’s race will e his first race in the IR-18. Yang previously drove the DW 12.

Neto had the fastest lap of the day at 230.173 mph. “I knew I had car to be in the top 5,” Neto said. To prepare for the race, he will run a couple of races during the week.

65 cars completed qualifying attempts yesterday. On the bubble in 33rd position is Niall McBride with an average  time of 39.292.

Bump Day is currently ongoing and ends at 5:50 pm, when the field of 33 will be set for the race.

Another Link to the Past is Gone

Photo: Sonny Meyer in 1960. Photo from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

For the second time this week, the Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Indycar racing has lost a legendary link in the chain of its past.

Sonny Meyer, 89, died Saturday. Meyer was the son of the 500’s first three time winner, Louis Meyer. He began working on engines as a teenager after his father purchased the Offenhauser engine business.  Meyer was directly in involved in at least 15 winning Indianapolis 500 engines. He worked with many of the greats, including Bill Vukovich, Tony Bettenhausen, Troy Ruttman,  Gordon Johncock, and A. J. Foyt.

The events earlier this week and now this news intensifies my resolve to continue writing about Indycar racing’s past. Beginning next month I plan to recognize  those links to the past that are still living, so fans can pay tribute to the people who have made this sport what it is.

As I have said before, should you encounter one of these heroes of yesteryear, please say hello and let them know how much they are appreciated. Time is speeding by quickly.


iRacing: Qualifications Underway for Open-Wheels 500

The first day of qualifying for the Open Wheels 500, an iracing event, beagn at 6 am Saturday morning and continues until 5:50 pm.

Race Director Tanner John Watkins said,

“You can watch 6 am to 5 pm at and then from 5 to 5:50 PM on RaceSpot TV (search RaceSpot TV on YouTube)”
I watched a bit of practice yesterday. The realism is amazing. I recommend watching.
 Today the pole is up for grabs as drivers take single runs in two groups. Tomorrow is Bump Day. Drivers will have a chance to re-qualify Sunday.
As of the time I’m writing, 11 cars have qualified. Marco Aurelio Brasil recorded the fastest time with a four lap average of 229.611.


Update with Comments: Meyer-Shank, Harvey Set for Full Time Run

I’m very happy to see Meyer-Shank and Jack Harvey will run the entire season for the next two years.

Michael Shank has set a great example for other fledgling teams of how to build up to a full season. I admire his tireless work to get to this point.

Last year Harvey had good results in the first  part of the season where they ran the majority of their schedule. After the team took a break, they seemed to struggle in the remaining races which were scattered through the last part of the year. I’m hoping the consistency of running every race will provide even better results.

With Meyer-Shank in an alliance with Andretti, this eliminates any chance of another full time car. i wouldn’t be surprised if there is an extra entry for May, though.

Their video is very cool. Welcome to a full season, MSR.

There Is Some Other News

Good morning on the third consecutive day that Roger Penske hasn’t bought anything.  A few other news items actually happened.

Indy Autonomous Challenge

Universities will compete for a $1 million prize in a race for self-driving vehicles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 23, 2021. The contest was announced at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.  Teams will use the Indy Lights chassis and develop an autonomous car.

Read the full story here-

While this may be the future of road cars, i hope we never see the 500 become a race for either  autonomous or electric cars . While the race will be intriguing, I would n’t want to see an entire series with these vehicles.

Aeroscreen Cooling the Last Remaining Issue

The NTT Indycar Series Aeroscreen testing has encountered some fortuitous weather during the test sessions.  Barber provided a test of the new protection device in the rain. Tuesday’s test at Sebring allowed the drivers to see how heat will affect the car.

It appears some helmet modifications will occur to get more air to the drivers.

From indycar. com:

From the photos I saw from  Sebring, the aeroscreen is barely noticeable at speed. It will probably stick out more during the pace laps and caution periods.

Open-Wheels 500

An iracing event, the Open Wheels 500, has begun practice. 104 entries will vie for 33 spots in this weekend’s qualifying for next weekend’s race. The Pit Window sponsors next Saturday’s Pit Stop Competition. I will post reports every other day on activities relating to the event.

From race director and Open-Wheels owner Tanner John Watkins: is hosting a 500-mile race (at Indianapolis) on the popular iRacing Motorsports Simulation. Individuals from around the world (104 in total on this year’s entry list) will attempt to qualify for a spot in the field of 33 this weekend, and those 33 will run a full 500-mile race at iRacing’s scanned Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 17.

iRacing has long been considered the most authentic motorsports simulation (not video game) available to the public – primarily due to their laser scanning process that replicates every bump, crack, and characteristic of racing surfaces for our favorite tracks… from Indy, all the way to the Nürburgring.

You can find more information at Click the OpenWheels 500 tab at the top.

There was some confusion about my post yesterday. I hope this clears things up.

Meyer Shank Announcement Tomorrow

Meyer-Shank racing will announce their 2020 plans tomorrow. Jack harvey should be driving for the team again, which is expected to have an alliance with Andretti Autosport. Meyer Shank planned to run the full season. We’ll find out tomorrow.




Practice Opens for Open Wheels 500

On Monday, November 3, practice began for the November 17 Open-Wheels 500 Presented by Mitchell Tracking. The race and all related events are at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Pit Window will provide coverage of the event and is proudly sponsoring the Pit Stop Competition on November 16.

The Schedule:

Nov. 7: Day Three Practice

Nov. 8: Day Four “Fast Friday” Practice

Nov. 9: Qualifications Day One

Nov. 10: Qualifications Day Two

Nov. 12: Day Five Practice

Nov. 14: Day Six Practice Results

Nov. 16: Final Practice;  Veterans 100

Pit Stop Competition

Nov. 17: 500 Mile Race

Silvio Roberto Sanchez in a Dallara IR18 led yesterday’s session with a best lap of 232.360. The IR18 seems to be the fastest  chassis so far.

Results of yesterday’s practice can be found at this link