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  • What if a driver runs both Motegi and Long Beach?

    Don't know if this has been discussed already, but KK hinted that perhaps some drivers may run both the Japan and Long Beach events, however since the IRL will pay points for both, would a driver doing that actually receive points for both events?

    If so it would be an obviously unfair advantage with regards to their place in the championship standings!

  • #2
    Good point, but honestly I don't see how that's feasible taking into consideration the time, distance and logistics involved. The driver and team would have to have a someone drive to secure his qualifying at Long Beach and there would have to be ample team members to do the job in both places.

    There's so many variables, that I just don't see how that's possible.

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    • #3
      They couldn't possibly award both sets of points. You'd have some driver like HCN announce that he was going to do the double, and the other 3 "red cars" and Andretti's guys would have to do the same -- because if HCN won both races, it'd be tough for anyone to catch him for the championship.

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      • #4
        Maybe only one result counts? Or you drop the lower of the two results. If one driver does it all could theoretically do it too. Now, the winner and top 3 might not try it.... but first out- choppers and fast learjet= LB I come!

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        • #5
          All things are possible if you really want to do them.

          If you aren't there for qualifying, you start at the back of the grid. If NOBODY is there for qualifying....? As to crews, surely there are enough out of work guys and folks who normally only do a one-off at Indy that they could put enough people together.
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          • #6
            Cavin said in one of his articles today that Barnhart will only allow a driver to earn points at one event.
            RIP Dan Wheldon :(

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            • #7
              BB said yesterday only 1 set of points count for that weekend. I think I saw in in Calvin's blog today...
              Still looking for Carmen San Diego....

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              • #8
                I bet Robby G. would have tried it, if he was still there!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cbreez99
                  I bet Robby G. would have tried it, if he was still there!
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                  • #10
                    I'm sure if a driver intended to run both races, the team would have to declare beforehand which race they intended to run for points. There's no way they would award double points, and taking the best finish is pretty sketchy as well.

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                    • #11
                      Would be nice of them to take their better finish and take the points of that finishing spot.... wold be some incentive... if you did poorly in Motegi, you could go to Long Beach...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jay J
                        Don't know if this has been discussed already, but KK hinted that perhaps some drivers may run both the Japan and Long Beach events, however since the IRL will pay points for both, would a driver doing that actually receive points for both events?

                        If so it would be an obviously unfair advantage with regards to their place in the championship standings!
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