No race notes on the IndyCar season opener at St Petersburg from me tonight as I couldn’t watch the race – though I certainly tried.
Since IndyCar.com unlocked the Race Control service and made it free for this year I thought I would give it a go, unfortunately it didn’t want to work. No audio at any point, and the ‘video’ was more of a slideshow with a few frames running every 3 or 4 seconds. This caused a massive delay so I saw the race start some 15 minutes into the race (according to live timing).
Obviously I was very pissed off at the time because I’d been looking forward to it for a while. I somehow didn’t open the blog window but those following along on Twitter might have noticed my frustrations…
Thankfully it seems IndyCar know of the issues and are working on them:
“If you are watching Race Control…SORRY!!! Good news is that it got better, bad news is that there are a TON of things to do.” – IndyCarNation on Twitter
I think the only reason it will have got better is because of the reduced demand as people gave up. I hope they get it fixed for Long Beach.
Unfortunately I do not have Sky Sports so was unable to watch through ‘conventional’ means, and the other ‘unconventional’ means if you get my meaning were freezing and died just moments before the race started.
So I’m resorting to the back-up method, the method I’ve used for the last two years to watch IndyCar. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the official resources in future because racing series should know these other methods only exist out of sheer frustration.
I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch Long Beach live because it is a West Coast race and those are killers for Europeans – I don’t mind 2am on a Saturday night / Sunday morning, but not on a Sunday night.