Dyson Racing’s teen protégé
Matt McMurry relates his
ELMS adventures in web and
video blogs at RACER.com. JUNE 2014
Still room for heroes
I saw on Facebook that some killjoys
criticized your selections of racing
heroes, or even the decision to make
racers heroes at all, but please ignore
them: Your Heroes III Issue (RACER,
May) was not only a work of art, but
a reminder of everything racing can
and should be in an increasingly
technologically driven age. Thanks!
Brian Overton via e-mail
Thanks Brian. The other thing for
the critics to remember is that we’ve
picked other heroes in previous Heroes
Issues and we’ll pick more in future. To
put them all into one issue would
require an 800-page RACER. Imagine
the mailing costs! - Ed.
Keep it coming, Long Beach!
I was very relieved to read on
RACER.com that the Long Beach City
Council has renewed its deal for an
IndyCar race rather than try to go
back to the past with Formula 1.
I know that’s how the TGPLB first
became a big thing, but it’s now
known for having an IndyCar as well
as a sports car race – which F1
wouldn’t include. Plus, the changes
The Editors are not
bound to agree with
your letters, if sent via
U.S. Mail or e-mailed
Or, log onto RACER.com
and click on the link
provided on the
they would make to “modernize” the
track would remove all its character.
Maybe now F1 will come to its senses
and do the right thing: Build a proper
road course to race on here in SoCal!
Bobby Fleet Santa Monica, Calif.
Since I was quick to complain about
the first “special issue” of RACER,
I feel compelled to say the TUDOR
magazine is what a special issue
should be and should be given to
anyone who wants to know what
sports car racing is all about and the
history behind the category.
There’s great info about the cars,
drivers and owners who made sports
car racing. The photos are first class
and TUDOR tells its commercial story,
but does not beat the reader over the
head with that message. Well done.
David Fahey via e-mail
Lighting the darkness
Rush may not have been a big
commercial hit in this country, but
it does seem to have opened the
eyes of film makers and publishing
companies. Now we’ve got a movie
about Carroll Shelby vs. Ferrari
at Le Mans coming, as well as
fascinating new books like Black Noon.
After years of nothing, the media
is finally noticing racing again!
Lisa Ailes via e-mail
We agree there’s a lot to be excited
about on those fronts, Lisa. Check out
RACER founder Paul Pfanner’s review
of Black Noon on RACER.com. -Ed.
If you grab the “most
slot in the next issue of
RACER, we’ll send you
an official RACER cap
with which to attend
the races in style.
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Defining a hero
I’m not big on calling people heroes
but, in the case of Alex Zanardi, I
have to make an exception.
Anybody who was able to see his
exploits in Indy cars first hand was
privileged to see a true artist at
work; but what he has done since
transcends all that. Not just his
incredible triumphs of will, but in the
examples he has set for so many
around the world by refusing to
surrender to adversity.
Thanks for the memories stoked
by your Heroes Issue, and helping
Alex’s story to inspire others.
Ken Wells Toronto, Ontario
Ron Dennis, 6/1/47; Tom Sneva, 6/1/48;
Martin Brundle, 6/1/59; Davy Jones,
6/1/64; Steve Kinser, 6/2/55; Jan
Lammers, 6/2/56; Kyle Petty, 6/2/60;
Patrick Head, 6/5/46; David Hobbs,
6/9/39; Vic Elford, 6/10/35; Jackie
Stewart, 6/11/39; DUANE “PANCHO”
CARTER, 6/11/50; Jean Alesi, 6/11/64;
Rinaldo Capello, 6/17/64; Shirley
Muldowney, 6/19/40; Rob Dyson, 6/21/46;
Jeff Ward, 6/22/61; Jeg Coughlin Jr.,
6/23/70; Tim Parnell, 6/25/32; Patrick
Tambay, 6/25/49; Johnny Herbert,
6/27/64; Junior Johnson, 6/28/31; Page
Jones, 6/29/72; Sterling Marlin, 6/30/57;
Ralf Schumacher, 6/30/75.
Ray Keech, 6/25/39; Louis Chevrolet,
6/6/41; PIERRE LEVEGH, 6/11/55; Bob
Sweikert, 6/17/56; Jimmy Bryan, 6/19/60;
Jud Larson, 6/11/66; Giuseppe Farina,
6/30/66; Ludovico Scarfiotti, 6/8/68; Lucien
Bianchi, 6/2/70; Piers Courage, 6/21/70; Jo
Bonnier, 6/11/72; Riccardo Paletti, 6/13/82;
Jo Gartner, 6/1/86; William H.G. France,
6/7/92; JAMES HUNT, 6/15/93; SAM
HANKS, 6/27/94; Vel Miletich, 6/11/98;
William C. France, 6/4/07; Scott Kalitta,