ron howard’s vision of 1976 Formula 1 was
readied for the silver screen on location
shooting in europe over the past year.
TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY
What is it with racing movies nowadays
all celebrating the past? yeah, Senna
was awesome – but it was as much a
biopic about a celebrity as it was a
racing movie. But now i read we have
ron howard making a movie about
niki Lauda and James hunt (Rush) and
according to RACER (the spin, May),
they’re planning a movie about
Francois cevert and Jackie stewart.
i like celebrating history as much
as the next guy, but i always thought
auto racing was supposed to be
about cutting-edge technology and
innovation, not just looking back at the
glory days. how about a movie about
the future of racing, too; something to
get a new generation excited about
what motorsports might become?
Clark Montreau Seattle, Wash.
STar Le T Ter
Franchitti vs. sato at indy
Franchitti is like the bad guy wrestler
who does something to his opponent
and then looks around like “Who,
me?!?” Remember what he did to
sato last year at Loudon and then
bad mouthed him?
heard on racer.com
i was there and saw dario push sato
down on the straight before they ever
got to turn 1. the crowd booed dario
louder than i’ve ever heard anyone be
booed at indy. the network blocked
that out. take a look at the replay
when dario crosses the finish line, no
one is cheering and lifting their hats.
indy tradition, the fans that were
there knew dario cheated.
Seeing isn’t believing
i was a little disappointed with the way
the indy 500 wound up, because i was
hoping for a clean last lap. But i was
very surprised by the diatribes after
the fact by so many fans claiming it
was an act of “dirty driving” by dario
Franchitti that denied takuma sato.
Watching live on tv, my impression
was that it was a brave move by sato
that might have panned out, but didn’t,
and i didn’t see anything in the
subsequent replays that convinced me
my initial judgment was wrong. and,
for sure, i saw nothing to warrant the
tirade of insults i saw by commenters
on racer.com after the race.
i can only conclude that a lot of fans
see with their hearts and not with their
eyes. i can’t help thinking that if it had
been two small teams going for the win
instead of the Goliath-beats-david
story we ended up with, the reaction
would have been very different.
Frank Bradford Brooklyn, N. Y.
some of the legends of the Brickyard
from yesteryear in your heroes issue
(“Where heroes are made,” RACER,
June). not saying there is anything
wrong with the current aces like
Franchitti, Kanaan and dixon – heroes
all – but it’s just human nature that
american fans are going to be able
to relate to the likes of a.J, Parnelli
and Lone star Jr more readily.
hopefully the promise shown at indy
this year by Marco andretti, Josef
newgarden and James hinchcliffe
(i know he’s canadian, but close
enough!) is part of a trend that will
enable a similar article to be written in
RACER 25 years or so from now relating
the indy memories of another
generation of american legends.
Bob Porterman Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Editors are not
bound to agree with
i have multiple photos of the
attempted pass. When sato moved
inside, dario was more than t WO car
widths up in the grey area. When the
rear of sato’s car came around, he
was well above the white line.
An American tale
in an era in which foreign drivers seem
to dominate the locals at indy as well
as in U.s. sports car racing, it was great
to take a trip down Memory Lane with
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This week’s hero
in retrospect, you might have jumped
on the sergio Perez bandwagon a little
early (“héroe nacional,” RACER, June).
a couple of weeks after the Malaysian
Grand Prix that made him a “star,” he
was back to the midfield and Pastor
Maldonaldo was flavor of the week. But
that’s Formula 1 for you, i guess.
Grant Paulsen Bloomington, Minn.