Before we begin, here is a brief public service announcement from the My Name Is IRL World Headquarters. We are currently experiencing networking difficulties (the wireless router croaked) so please note that today's "live" transmission will in fact be tape delayed until the conclusion of the race. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Notes will be scribbled "live", which means yes, we're totally copying the pressdog method today. Let's hope he considers it the sincerest form of flattery while he's rubbing elbows with the bigshots at the track this weekend.
In the meantime: Marco. Pole-o. AGR Karma?
Tony Kanaan is carrying Direct Supply logos on his car this weekend as a sign of goodwill toward Sarah Fisher. Direct Supply is based here in Milwaukee and if you think back a couple years, they sponsored Panther Racing and Vitor Meira when they were running the orange car with less than full sponsorship.0: Pen and pad in hand, and off to the living room.
The Direct Supply CEO, Bob Hillis is here today and he went over and thank Kevin Savoree of AGR for the support.
AGR has also given Sarah Fisher an underwing to help that team repair their damage.
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0: "Danica and gentlemen, start your engines!" Does that mean she's not a lady or am I overthinking this?
1: Despite the close quarters they're off to a clean start.
2: Or not. Looks like Servia needs a new nose.
4: Townsend Bell went from 21st to 10th in the one green lap, and no there's no "power to pass" involved.
6: Seems Servia has gone down a lap because his team had trouble changing the nose. You'd think a former CCWS team would have had plenty of practice with this exercise in 2007.
10: Back to green and Dixon moves into second behind Marco.
17: Bell is up to 8th, Viso up to 10th, and believe it or not the broadcast team is actually discussing them. Check for a swarm of locusts.
28-ish: My commercial breaks are not split-screened. I'm having an N-Word moment.
31: And we're back, where it's Marco, Dixon, Kanaan, Rahal and Helio. Viso has charged up to 8th.
39: Viso is now 7th, still being discussed. Who woulda thought he'd get more air than Danica what's-her-name.
41: Dixon takes the lead. I hear he's having a good year.
54: Oh no, the Mindy Song. If someone made shirts that read "I am Mindy" would you buy one? Just asking.
63: Yellow for invisible debris. In this case excessive marbles.
65: After mass pitting it's Dixon, Helio, Rahal.
68: Is it me or is this "Wipeout" show they keep advertising a total rip-off of Most Extreme Elimination Challenge? I guess the ABC exec didn't realize MXC is entertaining because it's dubbed over the Japanese.
70: We're still yellow and the sweeper is getting more airtime than Danica what's-her-name. Check for famine at the track.
73: FINALLY, we return to green flag racing.
74: Now Hunter-Reay is shown passing Power for 8th. 100 lbs of Fury has fallen to 18th and is still appropriately off-camera. Did ESPN get a new producer?
95: Wheldon is 4th and is wearing a helmet designed to look like the blanket of this 8-year-old cancer patient. Sniffles abound here in the household. Seriously, I'm now officially rooting for Dan this week.
98: After starting 20-something-th, Justin Wilson has stretched his way up to 10th.
123: Still Dixon, Helio, Rahal, although Briscoe has managed to not wreck his way up to 4th.
130: Trying to get around lapped traffic Rahal goes into the wall. Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before.
138: Rahal's lips don't match the audio, so maybe like MXC he's actually being speaking Japanese and being voiced over. Unlikely, though. Son of 'Stache blames Darren Manning for attempting to pass in front of him, disrupting Graham's vibe.
140: Time for another restart, where Dixon, Helio, Briscoe, Wheldon, Kanaan reassert the dominance of the Big Three. The locusts disappear.
144: Viso is now up to 6th and Servia and his new nose have recovered all the way back to 7th. And they're on camera. And I'm still shocked.
151: Dixon is stil leading and is said to be conserving fuel. High cost of ethanol, ya know. Also, Dixon's white racing gloves are unsettling. Is the Iceman becoming the Doorman? Will be checking his car for dust? Maybe busting out some magic tricks?
160: Brisoce passes Helio for second but he's two seconds back of Dixon.
172: Now Briscoe is one second back.
175: Now he's caught Dixon and passed him for the lead. Conserve this!
177: We are told Roger Penske said "You've got a good car there, Ryan. Take care of it." No, The Captain isn't nervous. Not worried at all.
193: Briscoe pits but takes nearly 10 seconds because of some issues with the right rear tire. So much for "Penske Perfect".
197: Viso's run just went sour as he does more than a little white-walling. Darn near making pancakes. Lucky for Briscoe who's a lap down because of the pit stop the yellow does not come out.
203: Dixon may be going green but he's still 9 seconds ahead of Helio in 2nd.
204: Dixon pits, out in 6 seconds.
208: Somehow despite the faster stop Dixon is in second directly behind Briscoe. OK.
213: Did Mary Reid just say Mike Hull is "steering" Dixon's car? This reminds me of the Toyota ad with the radio-controlled N-Word cars. "Zippy, run for your life!" Admit it, you thought it was funny too the first twenty times you saw it.
217: Dixon is all up in Briscoe's business but he can't get around him. This is going to be quite a finish.
222: Battling for sixth (I think) Carpenter and Andretti touch, taking out both cars. Holy Knievel! Vitor just launched over the bow of Marco's car!
225: Briscoe wins under yellow, although Dixon pulls up along side him to make it look close (yeah, right) at the finish. Style points for Iceman.
Looking at the replay it looks like Marco drifted up into Ed, meaning another inside move by Andretti 3.0 has resulted in a lot of carnage. Ugh. I hope Ed's OK since he hit the wall rather hard.
The replay also showed that Briscoe was thisclose to getting collected in that wreck as well. Much nervous cigarette smoking in the Penske camp these days.
It's too bad we didn't get see if Dixon could get around him, but congrats to the Briscoe Inferno on his first career ICS win. He becomes the third first time winner in the series in six races. Whoda thunk it.