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Girls and cars
After reading the letter by Sondra
Streckert in your July issue, I was
moved to respond to her complaints
about the showgirls in the picture
with the story on the Las Vegas
In what continues to be a
male-dominated sport, it’s no
surprise that female “eye candy” is
still a big part of the peripheral stu;
that goes on. This is hardly unique
to motorsports – if Mrs. Streckert
accompanies her husband to an NFL
game, she will see him being
exposed to stu; at least as racey
when the cheerleaders perform. I
find it outdated and maybe a bit
embarrassing, but not o;ensive,
and I don’t mind if my boyfriend
looks – seems a normal reaction.
I remember just a few years ago
F1 used to make a point of always
having girls in skimpy outfits
hanging around the paddocks, but
I am seeing less and less of that.
Maybe it’s a sign of the maturing
both of the sport and of society?
What we are seeing more of is
beautiful and accomplished ladies
in sports like Danica Patrick, who
are there not just as part of the
furniture but as key players, and I
find that a positive thing.
Kelly Brandt Pasadena, Calif.
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Spoiled and broiled?
It was interesting to read about the
various places that have tried to run
USGPs over the years (“Don’t Follow
our Lead,” RACER, July). I’d
forgotten about some of the Mickey
Mouse street tracks of the ’80s, and
guess I never knew about Sebring
and Riverside. Not exactly a
promising record, is it?
Unfortunately, it seems the new
track in Austin is following the lead
of many of those other races by a)
being located in a very hot part of the
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Straight-talk or whining?
I find it interesting that race fans
are constantly lamenting the fact
that modern drivers are too
corporate, bland and sponsorship-driven rather than the rough and
straight-talking heroes they loved
back in the day. But then,
whenever any modern racer does
step back and tell it like it is, or at
least as he or she sees it, they are
immediately branded as a
“whiner” and pilloried by many
of those same fans.
The reaction to Dario
Franchitti’s tirades at Texas and
Milwaukee were a case in point.
The issues that he was complaining
about – the draw for positions in
Texas and the, um, defensive
driving techniques of Helio
Castroneves, were not new: Many
had pointed out that leaving the
starting order up to chance was
not fair, but no one did anything
about it. And the series itself has
made a big deal of blocking, so why
would it not be a legitimate topic
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country and, b) choosing the middle
of June as a race date. I understand
the usefulness to the teams of
pairing up with the Canadian GP
but, come on, F1 – your business
exists to serve the fans, not just
yourselves. What’s the point of
spoiling the fans with all those great
amenities in Austin if they are
broiling them all in the process!
Doug Stern Baltimore, Md.
We share your concern about the likely
June weather in Austin, Doug. Word is the
Circuit of the Americas does, too, and is
considering pairing up with F1’s second
New World swing with Brazil in November
instead. Here’s hoping. -Ed.
Twice as good
I know they have some issues to
work through, like ditching that
lame qualifying draw, but I found
the twin-race approach at Texas a
lot more interesting than a
traditional long race. Hope IndyCar
does more of these – if nothing else,
it’s a way to protect the oval portion
of the schedule from shrinking. We
need as close to a 50-50 oval/road
split as possible.
Bob Tucker San Francisco, Calif.
for Dario to bring up? Maybe he
just realized that was the only way
he was going to be able to put
pressure on IndyCar to make
changes, since behind-the-scenes
talk hadn’t done anything?
Either way, I appreciate a driver
giving me insight into what is really
going on, rather than the official
version we get from the teams.
Bonny Harberle via e-mail
The return of Delta Wing as
a Le Mans design
This is a huge “in your face” to
IndyCar. It is a shame that fans
couldn’t get past the past and
go with a truly innovative
design. Congrats to Bowlby!
IndyCar passed on the
Delta Wing because this is a
truly revolutionary design and,
with the state of the series as it
is, they could not afford to take
a gamble. I wish they had
actually approved all the
designs because it would have
been great to see different
chassis go head to head like in
the good old days. I’m not sure
if the Delta Wing will work or not
but I’m going to be rooting for
them. Especially as one of my
heroes, the great Dan Gurney,
is involved in the project.
We love innovative. We just
don’t like ugly.
When racing becomes a beauty
contest, your argument will
make sense. As long as it’s a
contest to determine who and
what gets to the finish line first,
Jimmy Bly 2.0
That’s true, but racing series with
cars that don’t look cool, die.
That’s a fact. Why do people
collect classic cars? Because
they look cool. Why was
Indianapolis so popular in the
’80s and ’90s? Because the cars
looked cool and were wicked fast.