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SPORT NEWS – The RACER Mailbag, December 8

The RACER Mailbag, December 8



Welcome to the RACER Mailbag. Questions for Marshall Pruett or any of RACER’s different writers will be despatched to mailbag@racer.com. As a result of excessive quantity of questions obtained, we will’t assure that each letter might be printed, however we’ll reply as many as we will. Revealed questions could also be edited for type or readability.

Q: Let’s faux TGBB was the steward at Jeddah final weekend. How would have Robin reacted?

Jamie Carr

MARSHALL PRUETT: You pleasant anarchist, Jamie… Further factors for you with the wonderful callback of ‘The Nice Brian Barnhart.’ Appeared like Miller angrily wrote about ‘TGBB’ at the very least as soon as every week when Brian was in control of the IRL/IndyCar or the boss in race management.

Robin wasn’t a lot for contemporary F1, and actually couldn’t stand fixed bitching and moaning by drivers or crew leaders in any collection. I think it could have left him cursing on the display on Sunday and a post-race telephone name at the very least 60 minutes in size to curse out Hamilton, Verstappen, Horner, Wolff and race director Michael Masi with ninja-like precision.

After that, he in all probability would have penned an opinion column that torched F1, praised IndyCar, but additionally famous how IndyCar lacks something near the passionate rivalries between F1 groups and drivers that has each F1 fan absolutely engaged. Miller, as we’ll all the time keep in mind, was the practitioner of ‘Hate is sweet’ relating to racing needing rivalries. The Saudi GP was a complete ****present, however wow, what I wouldn’t give for IndyCar to generate 10 % of that warmth amongst its followers.

Q: Marshall, I used to be questioning if you happen to may develop in your NHRA profession? What crew, who was crew chief and driver? I used to be flabbergasted after I learn that you just labored within the collection. I learn RACER day by day, however having nitromethane flowing by means of my veins makes me a minority.

Bob the Nitro Fiend

MP: It was a short factor in 2003 or 2004, with the manufacturing unit Subaru ESX Motorsports crew within the former NHRA Sports activities Compact Sequence. By a pal I employed as a weekend tire changer with our TKM/Genoa Racing IRL crew, I used to be related to ESX, which was in dire want of crew administration and total group on the NHRA occasions. The driving force was crew proprietor Ali Afshar, and the crew chief was Australia’s Jamie Montesalvo.

Afshar was successful every part in one of many decrease, production-based Sport Compact lessons with a 2000hp WRX STi and had grown bored, so he acquired Subaru to fund the construct of an all-wheel-drive STi Humorous Automobile! I believe it was within the 2500-3000hp vary. It was an excessively formidable factor that didn’t work properly, and induced a whole lot of stress on the connection with the manufacturing unit. I knew nothing about drag racing, but it surely was a blast to be taught on the fly and try and carry some construction to the crew. We’d do extra collectively, constructing a World Problem GT WRX STi on pennies that did a race or two and a few 25-hour endurance races.

Comic story: I hadn’t seen Montesalvo in endlessly, had no purpose to count on to see him once more, and whereas at a bar at Surfers Paradise – a block or two away from the ultimate nook – with Leigh Diffey and Mick Doohan (that blew my thoughts, BTW) in the course of the 2012 or 2013 Gold Coast 600 Australian Supercars occasion, in walks Jamie! Had no clue he wasn’t with ESX in Los Angeles, a lot much less again house in Australia, and but, there he was, midway world wide, and on the similar random bar Diffey had chosen for some beers and yarns.

Q: Any fact to the rumor that F1 goes to two-seaters subsequent 12 months in order that the crew legal professionals can trip alongside within the race? I’ve by no means heard a lot bitching and whining from drivers as throughout this F1 season. Whether or not it’s observe limits, blocking, ways or yellow flag tempo, Hamilton, Verstappen and firm are a humiliation. As extra F2/F1 drivers discover their method into IndyCar, what will be completed to make sure that they depart their F1 mindset behind?

Invoice Carsey, North Omsted, OH

MP: We began to see it final season, particularly in qualifying when seemingly each crew was firing messages into IndyCar race management to cry about blocking. I lately advised IndyCar president Jay Frye I’d prefer to see the collection’ open-door messaging coverage on this space change. Possibly observe what the NFL, NBA, and MLB have completed with giving groups one or two ‘challenges’ per sport.

In our case, give groups two SMS messages to race management per entry every weekend. Or mannequin it off Chris Rock’s routine about curbing gun violence by charging $5000 per bullet. Swipe your bank card, approve the $5000 transaction to IndyCar, after which the SMS window opens as much as ship the message to race director Kyle Novak and co.

It’s a tradition factor. If IndyCar chooses to permit groups and drivers to complain at each alternative, it’s on them to alter the conduct or settle for it and cope with the depressing ramifications. I hope they’ve been watching the final handful of F1 races to see how a lot enjoyable it isn’t.

Q: I’m under no circumstances a follower of NASCAR, however after I learn that they want to have a race on the Nashville Fairgrounds, together with bringing again North Wilkesboro and Rockingham, it made me consider the Iowa Speedway.

Ever since NASCAR bought this observe, Iowans have been wishing for a Cup date. Nonetheless, with NASCAR presumably including these further occasions, one should marvel if this can be a nail in Iowa Speedway’s coffin? I don’t imagine that facility can survive with simply an IndyCar race and an ARCA race. Until in fact, The Captain saves it.

Pat Rizk, The Woodlands, Texas

MP: I don’t know if I’ve a ton to supply right here, however I do know NASCAR has been very strapped for money since reacquiring ISC. With that in thoughts, I can’t think about NASCAR can afford to maintain Iowa Speedway sitting in its books as a yearly revenue drain, so if it isn’t going to ship a few of its money-making collection there to show a revenue, I’d guess the observe might be offered off as soon as a purchaser believes the phrases are favorable. Penske Leisure has an fascinating lease deal the place it runs all facets of the upcoming IndyCar occasions there, however clearly, one thing extra sustainable to maintain the observe protected and powerful when IndyCar isn’t there may be mandatory.

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SPORT NEWS – The RACER Mailbag, December 8
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