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    Just thought you all might be amused by comparing two past IRL champion's race results.

    I used 2003 season results for the 1999 Champ, because that's the last year he had anything close to enough money to be competitive. The 2003 Champ's 2005 results are posted. I only list results of races that each ran in the indicated years.

    Champ "A".................Champ "B"
    IMS.......8th..........................24th
    TMS......11th.........................11th
    PPIR......18th.........................16th
    KS.........8th............................18th
    RIR........12th..........................22nd
    NASH.....16th*..........................6th
    MIS.......10th.........................19th
    KY.........15th...........................23rd
    CHI........DNS**........................19th
    FON.......14th..........................10th

    *Pit fire and spin on a restart. Fun night...
    **Broken rear "A" arm bolt, destroyed car on 3rd practice lap

    Now that the facts are there, feel free to add any unproven BS about owing people money, improper business dealings, etc.

    Facts are that the driver everyone loved to hate outdrove lots of others that had unlimited resources. I could run the same numbers for many drivers this year, including Champ "B"s teammate that had 11 DNFs in 15 races. I'd list his other teammate's stats but somehow they have disappeared from Indycar.com. Two of the three RLR drivers weren't even close to Champ "A"s results on comparable tracks.

    Oh well. The guys that put the "A" car on the track knew what they were doing. I thought it was funny when "A" lost the pole at Motegi by .0017 seconds to AGR, who had four shots to better the time. Front row qual pic had seventeen crew guys behind Wheldon's car and seven behind the other.

    Have fun with the new improved IRL.

  • #2
    Originally posted by rrrr
    Just thought you all might be amused by comparing two past IRL champion's race results.

    I used 2003 season results for the 1999 Champ, because that's the last year he had anything close to enough money to be competitive. The 2003 Champ's 2005 results are posted. I only list results of races that each ran in the indicated years.

    Champ "A".................Champ "B"
    IMS.......8th..........................24th
    TMS......11th.........................11th
    PPIR......18th.........................16th
    KS.........8th............................18th
    RIR........12th..........................22nd
    NASH.....16th*..........................6th
    MIS.......10th.........................19th
    KY.........15th...........................23rd
    CHI........DNS**........................19th
    FON.......14th..........................10th

    *Pit fire and spin on a restart. Fun night...
    **Broken rear "A" arm bolt, destroyed car on 3rd practice lap

    Now that the facts are there, feel free to add any unproven BS about owing people money, improper business dealings, etc.

    Facts are that the driver everyone loved to hate outdrove lots of others that had unlimited resources. I could run the same numbers for many drivers this year, including Champ "B"s teammate that had 11 DNFs in 15 races. I'd list his other teammate's stats but somehow they have disappeared from Indycar.com. Two of the three RLR drivers weren't even close to Champ "A"s results on comparable tracks.

    Oh well. The guys that put the "A" car on the track knew what they were doing. I thought it was funny when "A" lost the pole at Motegi by .0017 seconds to AGR, who had four shots to better the time. Front row qual pic had seventeen crew guys behind Wheldon's car and seven behind the other.

    Have fun with the new improved IRL.
    ...it's definitely the 'new' IRL. Whether one thinks it's 'improved' I guess is a matter of one's perspective....which I think many here know my feelings on that.

    Good post rrrr.
    ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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    • #3
      Champ "A" was my favorite IRL driver - but Ron already knows that.

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      • #4
        I miss Access too. A favorite of mine. But it shows in the long run, this sport requires money to fuel it, no matter the talent level of the driver or crew or the passion for the sport. It was certainly a talented team.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hikari
          Champ "A" was my favorite IRL driver - but Ron already knows that.
          Champ "A" was a lot of peoples' favorite driver, and he is sorely missed.
          You've worked so hard on the kidney. Very special -- the kidney has a very special place in the heart. It's an incredible thing. Donald John Trump

          Brian's Wish * Jason Foundation

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          • #6
            Facts are that the driver everyone loved to hate outdrove lots of others that had unlimited resources.
            Who outdrove who? Those results look pretty evenly bad to me.
            Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the Keenest of them all?

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            • #7
              I enjoyed watching "Champ A". He was no Tiger Woods, but was a deserving champion nontheless.
              Preserving America's oval track tradition:
              1.New Hampshire, 2.Charlotte, 3.Dover, 4.Disney World, 5.Las Vegas, 6.Atlanta, 7.Gateway, 8.Nazereth, 9.Phoenix, 10.Fontana, 11.Pikes Peak, 12.Michigan.

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