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Great article on Marco Andretti
(“I’m here to win...that’s it, so love
me or hate me,” RACER,
January). He should know that I
don’t hate or love him – I just want
him to win, and when he doesn’t
because he crashes out, I want him
to stop whining. Stop blaming
others. Keep your focus and mind
your manners and tongue.
His grandfather was one of my
favorites while I was a youth, and I
pulled for his dad, too, even though
Michael acted more the spoiled
brat at times than the champion.
Even now, in the pits when things
go south, he acts like a kid
throwing tantrums and anything
Marco, stop mimicking that
attitude and behavior, and stop
trying to win the race in the first
lap at the first turn. You are a
champion – act and drive like one.
Adolfo R. Gallo Sacramento, Calif.
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Texas reverts to single-race format for IndyCar
I appreciate them trying
something new but the
doubleheader format just didn’t
work. It just made for two
weaker races instead of one
stronger one. The whole thing
seemed like preseason football.
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Same here. We have so few
ovals races left, let’s not
butcher the remaining ones.
Texas will be the first actual
test to find out if the new
formula will succeed in
eliminating pack racing.
Love the magazine; have been a
subscriber for years and thanks for
the price reduction! Most of my car
magazines I get for bottom dollar,
but yours has articles on all my
favorite aspects of racing (except for
NASCAR – I know that is weird
coming from a Southerner based in
Atlanta, but I am a corner worker
and find that most of us first
responders and racing purists don’t
care for NASCAR).
The big snag in the format was
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the drawing of positions for the
second segment. It was boring
and time-consuming. If you
were going to do two segments
then line them up in the
finishing order of the first
segment as soon as practical.
On further consideration
I respectfully disagree with Mark
Lamontia’s conclusion that, “but
for the fans, Dan Wheldon would
be alive” (Feedback, RACER,
January). I didn’t know Dan, but I
knew he was a racer. People like
Wheldon and Dale Earnhardt and
Marco Simoncelli would be out
there racing if the only reward was
a $25 trophy.
I’m active in vintage sports car
racing with a Datsun 240Z. It
can’t do 220mph but 100-120 in
a 40-year-old car is thrilling
enough, thank you.
You and the rest of Dan’s fans
bear no blame – there is no blame
attached to anybody. We are all
going to die some day – might as
well have it happen doing
something we love.
Donald N. Mei, Branford, Conn.
I hate to be the odd man out,
but those gimmicks are the
thing that made NASCAR
what it is today. All the hoopla,
music, fireworks and drivers
acting silly on the stage is
what draws the fans in who
don’t really care about the
racing. I don’t need all that
stuff but it can be entertaining,
and most importantly, it helps
fill seats. To have a draw
based on luck didn’t work for a
points race, but that can be
tweaked. I am a hard-core race
fan and I found that Texas
halftime show refreshing.
stuff but it can be entertaining,