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INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Sears Point)

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"The Friday Setup" will be a preview of the upcoming races and the schedule of the weekend events (practice and qualifications) leading up to race day. Also it will include other forms of rambling about the upcoming race (and the overall state of IndyCar) by yours truly, because I got to somehow bring up the word-count so SBNation will allow the posting of this article/schedule so you can see it. Or something like that.

The month of May. The Indianapolis 500. The most lead changes in history. A memorable last lap. Another three-time winner. The new car is brilliant.

Nope, can't have any of that. REVOLT.

Fast forward to now. Sure, it all ain't perfect, but look what's on the table: An American is in the hunt for the title with 3 races to go. Several other drivers are, too. There's more passing on courses where there usually aren't many to begin with. Solid race-day attendance during a recessed economy. More races scheduled next year.

No, still not having any of that. VIVA REVOLUTION.

Peace? Nobody's buying it, Dave. They'd rather buy another failure.

Now if this is indeed a brand new way, I'll be the first in line. But of course it had better work this time.

Meh, I doubt it. Sounds like irony rearing its ugly head and now some IRL and ChampCar owners wish to break it all up all over again (strange bedfellows). Now I wish the US Government had indeed ended military sponsorship, just to see John Barnes squirm. Sad that EJ Viso isn't hitting things nearly with the same frequency in years past; Kevin Kalkhoven would actually have to spend money on his own team rather than purchase and run a series (again).

It didn't quite work the first time (CART - 1979). It surely didn't work the second time (IRL - 1996). So why should such actions work today? Luckily we can breathe a slight sigh of relief since Tony George, whom may or may not be behind this to a degree, doesn't have the entire Hulman-George family fortune in his back pocket to fund yet another apocalypse.

Okay, enough of this. We've got a championship fight to watch.

So onwards to Sears Point this weekend (yes I said it...SEARS POINT). Also this will be my first weekend that won't include a single night of work, the use of vacation time, or a trip out of town. So that means I finally get to stay at home, watch the race, get drunk and eat myself to a coma. Or a heart-attack. Or a brain hemorrhage. Or an anal hemorrhage. Whichever comes first.

So, will we continue the trend of yellowless races? This IS boring Sears Point, mind you. Also it must be noted Takuma Sato has already got his DERP in during testing, so the answer is most likely.

So...a Scott Dixon flag-to-flag race it is, then?

(Race weekend schedule, Pre-Race Snack of the Week AND Iron Maiden Video of the Week after the jump)

TV Schedule (NBC Sports Channel)

Qualifying, Saturday 6pm Eastern
Race, Sunday 4pm Eastern

(INDYCAR 36 will air after qualifying)

Race Weekend Schedule of Events


Friday, August 24

11:30 a.m. - Noon Formula Car Challenge Practice
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. World Challenge Touring Car (TC) & Touring Car B Spec Qualifying
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. World Challenge GT/GTS Qualifying
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Formula Car Challenge Practice
2:50 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. GoPro Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma Practice

Saturday, August 25

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Formula Car Challenge Qualifying
10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Practice
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Cadillac Sonoma World Challenge GT/GTS Race
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Formula Car Challenge Race 1
2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Brasil IT+ Pole Day Qualifying
4:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. World Challenge TC & B Spec Race 1 & 2

Sunday, August 26

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. GoPro Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma Warm-Up
9:50 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. World Challenge TC & B Spec Race 3
Noon - 12:20 p.m. World Challenge Marque Race
1:45 p.m. GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Race (75 Laps) Followed by Formula Car Challenge Race 2

Iron Maiden Video of the Week - "Women in Uniform"

With the return of Katherine Legge to the track this week, I figured this rare piece would be (semi) appropriate.

Pre-Race Snack of the Week - Epic Meal Time's day with the Bacon Bacon truck in San Francisco

Of course with Sears Point being so close to SFO I had to post this gem, even if it isn't a specific meal.