iRacing: Constantini Wins Open-Wheels .com 500

Michele Constantini saved enough fuel on Sunday to win the inaugural open-Wheels.com 500 Presented by Mitchell transmissions. In contrast to Saturday’s Pit Stop Competition presented by The Pit Window, when he ran out of fuel on the last lap, Constantini began saving fuel after the first caution at the midway point of the race. The final caution with four laps to go erased any doubt that he had enough to complete the distance.

Constantini led a race high 63 laps, first taking the lead on lap 29 and assuming the point for the last time on lap 190. “I was good to go even without the caution,” he said after the race.

“I began saving fuel after the first caution. Yesterday really helped me.”

The win was Constantini’s first in a major event. “The car was amazing,” he said.

Runner-up Liam Quinn admitted he could’nt have caught the winner. Third place Henry Bennett lurked in second place while trying to save fuel and hoping Constantini would need to get a splash of fuel at the end. Quinn passed him as he was going slow. bennett admitted afterwards that the race ending caution saved his third place.

Pole sitter Yang Ou had issues from the start and was never a factor in the race. He finished 24th, three laps down.

The top five:

Michele Constantin

Liam Quinn

Henry Bennett

Simon Briant

Adam Blocker

Notes

The race was extremely clean with just two cautions for seven laps. The first yellow came on lap 98 and the second one on lap 196 efffctively ended the race.

There were 52 lead changes among 12 drivers.

24 cars were running at the finish. Dylan Freckelton did not start and was awarded 33rd place.

despitre his lap 196 incident, Jeff Drake still came home in 10th on the lead lap.

17 cars finished on the lead lap.

 

iRacing: It’s Open-Wheels 500 Race Day

Race day has arrived for the inaugural   Open-Wheels 500 presented by Mitchell Transmissions. Yang Ou, who came out of retirement for this race will lead the field to the green flag at 11:45EST this morning. Anyone in the first three rows could win the race, which features seven former winners of past iterations of this event.

Pre race activities begin soon. Race  Director Tanner J. Watkins shares today’s viewing opportunities:

Pre-race airing of Today at the 500 presented by Thru Kaiser’s Visor begins at 9:00 AM ET, and we think you will enjoy not only the into theme, but the rest of the pre-race ceremonies. You can listen along by going to http://open-wheels.com/Today500 Then at 11:15 AM ET, hop on over to https://iracing.com/Live for the worldwide broadcast of the race via RaceSpot TV. Finally, live timing and scoring (provided by JRT) can be found at http://open-wheels.com/timing. See you all soon!

Wild Action on the Day Before the 500

yesterday’s two events provided some wild on track action.  In the Veterans 100, Lluc Ibanez won after 40 laps of lead swapping with several other drivers. cars were thre and four wide at the stripe for much of the race.  Jeff Drake led much of the race from the pole, but faded toward the end.

In the Pit Stop Competition presented by The Pit Window, Michele Constantini gambled pitting a lap earlier than the rest of the field. It cost him at the end as he ran out of fuel on the last lap. Brad Lichtenberg went on to take the victory.  Constantini had built a 2.8 second lead following his final stop, but the margin was quickly erased as he tried to save fuel to get to the finish.

Congratulations to Tanner Watkins

Tanner John Watkins has worked tirelessly to put this event together from organizing, finding sponsors, creating peripheral items, and running the races and qualifying. He has got to be one tired guy today.

I want to thank him for all his hard work. it has been fun following along this month, in spite of that small distraction on November 4.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the race program, go to

http://open-wheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Open-Wheels-500-Digital-Program-compressed.pdf

This program is extremely well done.  back with a race recap this evening.

iRacing Update: Open Wheels 500 Weekend Veterans 100, Pit Stop Competition on Tap Today

Today’s schedule:

“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 presented by Goke (40 Laps, 100 Miles)
3:30 PM | Pit Stop Competition presented by The Pit Window (30 Laps, 75 Miles)

Qualifying results for the Veterans 100:

http://open-wheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Veterans-100-Qualifications-Results.pdf

The Pit Stop Competition is different from the one at the Indianapolis 500.  I actually like this idea better.

Round One- Four heats of 12 laps with the top four in each heat advancing to the final round.

Round Two- The top 16 drivers participate in a 20 lap race.

In each heat and the final, cars have only 17% of full fuel load, necessitating pit stops. When they pit, the car can only be filled to the 17% level, just a bit more than three gallons. According to Race Director Tanner John Watkins, drivers will need to pit every three  or four laps. Stops will be crucial to winning the race.

Action can be viewed on twitchtv. https//twitch.tv/openwheels

Tomorrow the Open-Wheels 500 presented by Mitchell Transmissions begins at 11:45 am EST. The race can be seen on RaceSpot TV. Go to

https.//iRacing.com/live

 

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.

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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.

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- https://www.indycar.com/News/2019/11/11-05-Autonomous-Car-Event-IMS

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: https://www.indycar.com/News/2019/11/11-05-Aeroscreen-Sebring

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:

Open-Wheels.com 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 Open-Wheels.com. 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: Open-Wheels.com 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

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