News & Multimedia

The IndyCar Whatdya-Call-It?

It’s not a Scandinavian flick. It’s not Hooning. So what is it?

What’s the name for the fairly common practice among IndyCar drivers of executing a power half-spin in a runoff area when they make a mistake and run too long into a braking zone?

The Spin-Flick. The Snap-Spin? The Roasty-Table-Top-180?

“Hmmn, I have no idea,” said Panther Racing IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand. “That’s a good question, and it needs a name, for sure.”

I figured if Hildebrand, IndyCar’s resident drifting expert (he’ll compete in two Formula D rounds later this year driving for his friend Tyler McQuarrie) doesn’t know what to call the maneuver, it’s time to take it to the fans for input.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and maybe it will get picked up by drivers and commentators at the next street race, held one week after the Indy 500 on June 1-2 in Detroit.

And while we’re at it, like drifting, this IndyCar Whatd’ya-Call-It move is worthy of being judged. Five drivers took trips into the runoff last weekend in this clip from the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and perform the yet-to-be-named turn, so which one do you think did the best job from start to finish?
Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s James Jakes kicks things off and does a nice spin but doesn’t power away after getting pointed in the right direction. Big loss of points on my scorecard.

Brazil’s Ana Beatriz is impressive in how close she executes the move next to the barrier—risked bashing the right rear wheel of her Dale Coyne Racing car—but takes her time getting back to the action. Also a big loss of points.

Next up is four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais, who is pretty smooth and fluid every step of the way and does a marvelous burnout in his Dragon Racing machine to leave the runoff. It’s a contender for the Whatd’ya-Call-It win.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti gets high marks for the start of his move, but the Target Chip Ganassi driver only turns the car about 130 degrees—not even a proper rotation—but does keep the car moving and pulls back onto the track. He might make the podium, but certainly not the top step.

The champion, at least during qualifying at Brazil, is Andretti Autosport’s E.J. Viso. He brings the car to a stop, lets the revs rise, drops the (hand) clutch, spins the car and even gasses it up with a bit of opposite lock once he’s on the course.

Which one do you like most and why? Share your rankings below.

Marshall Pruett is a contributor for IMS.com and also writes for SPEED.com, Racer and Road & Track.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
The IndyCar Whatdya-Call-It?
 
The IndyCar Whatdya-Call-It?
It’s not a Scandinavian flick. It’s not Hooning. So what is it?
Read More
Related Media
Indianapolis Golf Putter
 
PGA Pro Rodgers Ties Family's Indy Legacy to Golf with Putter
Before striking his first golf club at 6 years old and forging a path to the PGA Tour, Patrick Rodgers became enamored with racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Alexander Rossi
 
Rossi's Life-Changing Year Comes Full Circle with Indy 500 Ticket Unveiling
the talented American who’d spent most of his early career racing in Europe, was boarding a flight from London with an eventual destination of Indianapolis to sign with Andretti Autosport and drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Read More
Indy 500
 
Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi Helps Unveil 101st Running Ticket
A new piece of racing history came to life today as reigning race winner Alexander Rossi and officials unveiled the colorful, coveted ticket for the 101st Indianapolis 500.
Read More
Tony Stewart
 
Tony Stewart Foundation to Sponsor Entry for 101st Running of the Indy 500
To raise more awareness of the program, Team One Cure will sponsor the entry for the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The driver of the car will be announced at a future date.
Read More
The Greatest Finishes in Racing
 
Super Bowl LI Broadcast to be Revved Up with Indy 500 Commercial
While you’re watching Super Bowl LI this Sunday as the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots, be on the lookout for a special message from “The Greatest Race Course in the World.” During the second quarter of the game, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will unveil a regional Super Bowl commercial highlighting the 101st Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,279
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
.@PGATOUR Pro @PRodgersGolf ties family's Indy legacy to golf with adding some "Indianapolis" to his putter -… https://t.co/2d0AMMG6ZD
about 1 hour ago