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Grand Prix of Sonoma 2009 - Means more than "in real life"

Published by Christine

The time has come for us to follow our intrepid driver Franck Montagny as he takes to the wheel of yet another series. We have followed him through F1 tests, Champ Car, Le Mans and now IRL. We are so unbelievably clueless about IRL it is actually quite amusing.

Yesterday, we saw qualifying and Montagny will start from 8th on the grid. Qualifying was a mess of Rounds, the top six of each going from Round 1 to 2, and then the top six of Round 2 heading into the Firestone Fast 6, where they try and get the Peak Performance Pole Award. It's like another language, isn't it?

Dario Franchitti
Credit: Terry Blanchard/Creative Commons

Basically, all we need to know is that Franck is starting 8th and has a red and yellow car. Dario Franchitti (pictured above) starts from pole, and is quite good, as it goes.

We have some handy links to help us along the way:

  • IndyCar.com - free feed to watch the race (requires free registration)
  • Live Timing - uh, live timing
  • IRL Support - a wiki page of who we are following (as if you need to ask)

I hope you will join us as we stumble our way through live commenting this event. For the die-hard F1 fans, our sincerest apologies, and we'll be back on topic very soon. For now though, go Franck!




The time has come for us to follow our intrepid driver Franck Montagny as he takes to the wheel of yet another series. We have followed him through F1 tests, Champ Car, Le Mans and now IRL. We are so unbelievably clueless about IRL it is actually quite amusing.

Event start

23:45GMT +01:00

23 August 2009