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  • What doesn't kill you?

    Could it be that because Sam Hornish Jr had to work so hard to keep up with the leaders earlier in the year, that they developed a better everything for thier team? Dixon (not surprizingly) was the only car that seemed to be close to him, at all, and Dixon and DeFerran have dominated almost every event. So could it be that Panther, because of the weak Gen III engine, now has a car capable of domination like that which we saw today?

    Note: I am not saying that Sam is not good, infact, I believe quite the oppisiate. I'm just saying that Panther, by working even without the HP, could have saved themselves from being completely out of it.

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    It's just the combination of the Gen IV and Sam.

    Panther has an unfair advantage in Sam. The league needs to make him drive with an eye patch or something.
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    • #3
      Put him in the 2-seater with Paul Page in the back yelling, "Whoa!,Whoa!,Whoa!" in his ear for 300 miles - now that would be a handicap!


      jcr

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      • #4
        The new chevy has made panther extremely competative. But i still believe you could give that crew any combination of engine and chasey and they'll find ways to win races and run up front most of the time.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by semofive
          ...you could give that crew any combination of engine and chasey and they'll find ways to win races...
          Are you referring, perhaps, to former Indy car driver Steve Chassey? You left out an "s".

          "I would really like to go to NASCAR. I really enjoy NASCAR and if I could be there in a couple of years that's where I'd want to be." - Jeff Gordon (after testing a Formula Super Vee)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Spike
            Are you referring, perhaps, to former Indy car driver Steve Chassey? You left out an "s".

            Looked more like a case of Chevy Chasey to me. Of couse this was Sunday Afternoon Live rather than Saturday Night Live.
            Proud to be a complainer.

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            • #7
              I agree with Willo...Panther's setups have allowed Sam to be competitive even when short on power. Of course Sam seems to be one of the best at timing his moves in traffic to keep from lifting. Much more difficult to race that way than to have a sh!tload of power to make up for your driving errors.

              I can't remember if it was on TV or radio, but somebody mentioned that Panther had worked meticulously on their shocks to allow the wheels to "float" over the bumps rather than rebound rapidly and have the tires hit down in the bumps.

              Whatever Panther did, they provided Sam a car that was easy to drive.
              Jim Naden Atlanta, Indiana

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