Sunday, 4 January 2009

RLB IndyCar Round Preview - Indianapolis

(Starting from today I will be posting all of my roleplays which I have written for the RLB. This first one is a preview at the upcoming race, the famous Indy 500)

So here we are. The big one, the grand daddy, the jewel in the IndyCar calendar. And now for the first time, it's a point-scoring event. The RLB IC convoy has arrived at its next scheduled stop in the championship and it couldn't get any more prestigious - The Indianapolis 500 at the legendary "Brickyard".

So what can we say about this historic mainstay of racing, the mecca of motorsport? Well it started live as an oval made of wooden boards constructed in 1909 and initially hosted motorcycle events before moving onto the first 500 two years later
in 1911. Since then the surface has changed to bricks (1909) and then the tarmac we now have (1935). Whoever takes victory here joins will join greats such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, AJ Foyt, Al Unser Jr and Bobby Rahal. The circuit also features a road course configuration which has hosted Formula 1 and more recently MotoGP, while NASCAR have also made their mark on the oval alongside the open-wheelers. What still survives from its past is the sacred yard of bricks directly after the start/finish line. Winners are traditionally known to kiss them and also drink from the famous bottle of milk.

After a weekend of fantastic fortunes for the team, Andretti Green Racing are going to the 500 on a massive high. The speed shown throughout the sessions at Nazareth made a considerable impact on the rest of the IndyCar field with Scott Woodwiss coming back from a driver error which put him down to last place, due to a pitstop to repair damage, to take the 2nd place step on the podium by the end. Now with the team at their home circuit, Scott feels that they could the dark horses of the Brickyard this weekend.

Scott Woodwiss:
"You know, we're really psyched up about coming here. Everyone in the team is still buzzing from that 2nd place last time out in Nazareth and we were all laughing and joking when we came here started unloading the transporters. But seriously, I think we now know where we feel at home and it's on the ovals. The speed we were able to produce in the previous weekend brought us up to a new level which we need to try and stay at for as long as possible, hopefully the remainder of the season. Plus, we are literally racing on our doorstep! This place is just a few miles away from our team factory so the short journey made a nice change."

Scott also rate his own chances for the weekend ahead.

"I scored the pole last season in the all-star event when it wasn't part of the championship and that's still something I regard as one of the highlights of my career so far. Whether I can do it again remains to be seen but I'm pretty confident. We don't want to seem too optimistic though because anything can happen here at Indy. But I'm sure we'll have a trouble-free schedule. Whether we can get that illusive win here remains to be seen. Do I think we can? If everything goes according to plan, yes I think it's possible."