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gofast182
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Honda & Dixon in Indycar Driver's Seat After Surprise Texas Domination    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-12-2018 19:51
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I hate when people are self-referential. Hate it. But I am going to do that now, so if you hate the practice as much as I do, I apologize in advance.

In my preview for how the Indy 500 might play out https://motorsports.vtec.net/blog/200/can-honda-turn-chevy-tide-indy-500/ I opined that Honda’s fuel mileage advantage could negate Chevy’s obvious top end power advantage:

“You will see Chevys going into Fuel Save mode almost from the drop of the Green Flag. If this is the case, you will see a bunch of Hondas moving up in the order. In particular you should watch the Andrettis (Hunter-Reay, Rossi, Andretti, Veach, Munoz and Wilson). If they have generally moved up a few spots each, then you are seeing the effects of Fuel Mileage.”

That didn’t happen in the Indy 500 (because no one could pass). But it did happen in Texas Saturday night. Although the Three Penske-Chevys were clearly the class of the field (qualifying 1-2-3 by a big margin), Honda dominated the race from about lap 73 onward and the race finished with Simon Pagenaud in second place, floating in a sea of Hondas.

To read the rest of the analysis, including a look at the races ahead, click over to TOV-M!
https://motorsports.vtec.net/blog/204/honda-dixon-indycar-drivers-seat-after-surprise-te/

gofast182
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Re: Honda & Dixon in Indycar Driver's Seat After Surprise Texas Domination    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-12-2018 20:27
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Good analysis. I'm looking forward to Road America.
sadlerau
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Re: Honda & Dixon in Indycar Driver's Seat After Surprise Texas Domination    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-12-2018 20:42
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I managed to watch the race, and I thought it was probably more about the blistering tyre problems the Penske cars encountered, than it was about fuel mileage?

RolledaNsx
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Re: Honda & Dixon in Indycar Driver's Seat After Surprise Texas Domination    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-12-2018 22:09
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sadlerau wrote:
I managed to watch the race, and I thought it was probably more about the blistering tyre problems the Penske cars encountered, than it was about fuel mileage?



Yep

94sirX
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Re: Honda & Dixon in Indycar Driver's Seat After Surprise Texas Domination    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-13-2018 07:16
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Well done Dixon! Now share some of your good fortune with your not so lucky compatriot piloting that Honda in F1!
Bullwinkle
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Re: Honda & Dixon in Indycar Driver's Seat After Surprise Texas Domination    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-13-2018 09:35
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sadlerau wrote:
I managed to watch the race, and I thought it was probably more about the blistering tyre problems the Penske cars encountered, than it was about fuel mileage?



Power and Pagenaud each made it to the end of their fuel runs on their first and second sets of tires. NONE of the Chevys, blistering tires of not, made a first stint past 63 (Power). Most only made 60. With a couple of exceptions ALL the Hondas made it to the 64-68 range. In a 248 lap race that's the difference between three stops and four.

Also, Pagenaud said after the race that the blistering did not affect him.

In the second stint of the race, Pagenaud was passed by Wickens, Dixon and Rossi. All of them had some blisters. The Honda's were running with more HP at the time because Pagenaud had to stretch his fuel to make 60 laps.


 
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