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I wonder how many who viewed the
amazing footage of the Tony Kanaan
crash with Helio Castroneves in the
warm-up at Baltimore ( RACER.com,
IndyCar, Sept. 4) noticed the
marshal who seems to vanish
microseconds before shrapnel is
about to take his life. This is why we
as racers appreciate the fine work of
those who love racing. Thanks to all
marshals and the amazing eyes
Cory Ussyk Edmonton, Alberta
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disservice to both the fans and the
racers. Like Matt, I don’t have an
answer, but I believe the
sanctioning bodies need to come up
with one to stop shams like this
from spoiling great finishes and
helping to decide championships.
Brian Donovan Albuquerque, N. M.
Danica Patrick concerned
about Motegi trip
“IndyCar should be responsible
for all that, but I’m not going to
rely on them.” I doubt four or
five days over there is going to
It was really encouraging to see
the grandstands so full for both the
American Le Mans Series and IndyCar
races at Baltimore. What a refreshing
change from the embarrassing sea of
aluminum fans of open-wheel racing
have tried not to notice at so many
races for the past decade or so.
I know there were some issues to
be overcome, as is undoubtedly the
case with all first-time street
circuits, but I was impressed with
the quality of the racing. I also
liked the friendly attitude of both
the track workers and Baltimore’s
citizenry, who seemed genuinely
welcoming and happy to have a
major new sports event in their
city. Bravo, Baltimore – I’ll be back
Like getting an x ray.
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next year and I will encourage all
my friends to attend as well.
Kathy Mo;ett Washington, D.C.
Fuel for thought
It’s easy to dismiss Matt Kenseth as
a sore loser for complaining about
fuel-mileage races after the NASCAR
Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland, but
I believe he was right.
Racing is supposed to be about
going fastest, and to have great
races be neutered into, “Let’s see
who can go slowest” runs is a
Easy to say when it’s not your
health at risk. And, to be
honest, she has a point. What is
the purpose of this race, really?
A thrown-together event that
will be viewed by almost no one,
here or in Japan, on a
rinky-dink infield track that
they have never raced on, when
plenty of better, proven U.S.
tracks sit idle. Why? It’s not like
Honda cares, they’ve already
pulled the plug on a race that
should have been taken off life
support years ago.
Jimmy Bly 2.0
room.” Sometimes these actions
are casually dismissed as a “racing
My second gripe is the use of
the word “awesome” by victors
and podium finishers. My girlfriend
and I almost want to turn the TV
off when we hear that darn word.
Maybe we’ll put up a prize for the
driver who can go a whole season
without saying “awesome.” If they
succeed, we will certainly hold
them in some “awe.” I’m afraid we
will be waiting a long time.
Meanwhile, drivers, please
As a longtime club racer and
instructor, I teach (as do too few
others) that the lead car “owns the
turn” if it arrives at a turn-in point
before the following car has
established an overlap. Fewer
incidents would result if more
drivers understood this concept.
Link Eveleth, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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I am a troubled “enthusiast” who
first saw road racing in the early
1950s with my dad. Two things
bother me today. They need fixing!
First, why do drivers roar down
the inside of a turn and then pass
a car that they have not
established an overlap on, before
the lead car has reached the
turn-in point? Crash, boom, bang!!
Stewards, corner workers, and
drivers argue what happened.
Obviously, there was not “racing
I was surprised by the level of vitriol
leveled at Danica Patrick after she
voiced a few – to my mind, perfectly
rational – concerns about racing in
Japan ( RACER.com, Sept. 9). Given
the fact that they had a good-sized
earthquake before the race, I’d say
her concerns were well justified.
I also wonder about the all-out
e;ort by IndyCar to make sure that
this race – which always has the
worst coverage and smallest
audience of the season – was run.
The series has dumped a number of
American racetracks for far less
tangible reasons, denying fans in
many regions of IndyCar’s home
country a chance to see it live. They
used to say it’s all about Indy, but I
guess now it’s all about Honda.
Jimmy Breggo Portland, Ore.
She races cars at over 200mph
and considers going to Japan
to be too much of a risk? And
she is not paid enough and
thinks IndyCar should feed her?
Dear citizens of Japan:
Please do not take this as
a representation of how
American’s perceive the
situation after such a horrific
tragedy. Please show up, enjoy,
and support a great racing
event as we all did this past
weekend in Baltimore. We are
glad that we can share this