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The RACER Mailbag, September 21 – EAST AUTO NEWS

The RACER Mailbag, September 21


Welcome to the RACER Mailbag. Questions for any of RACER’s writers might be despatched to mailbag@racer.com. Because of the excessive quantity of questions acquired, we will’t assure that each letter can be printed, however we’ll reply as many as we will. Printed questions could also be edited for size and readability. Questions acquired after 3pm ET every Monday will seem the next week.

Q: Final week point out was made from IndyCar drivers not doing doughnuts anymore. I by no means missed an IndyCar race at Highway America and I can’t ever recall the winner not placing some large rubber down in Flip 5 for the gang. I’m fairly positive each NASCAR winner has additionally placed on a show there, with Ty Gibbs setting the requirements for doughnuts and burnouts when he carried one midway up the hill to Flip 6 after his Xfinity win this 12 months. No scarcity of doughnuts in Flip 5 at Highway America – the Flip 5 run off space ought to most likely be nicknamed ‘The Doughnut Store!’

Craig, Slinger, WI (sure, that Slinger with the infamous brief observe)

MP: Properly, since IndyCar hasn’t accomplished it, I’m going to do it myself, Craig:

Rule 0.0.0.0, Submit-Race Vehicular Celebrations: In accordance with worldwide requirements, the winner of each NTT IndyCar Sequence race should carry out a minimal of 5 (5) rotations carried out by deliberately rotating the rear tires at a pace that far exceeds the pace of the rear tires with a view to produce copious volumes of smoke from the rear tires. A failure to take action in a way that pleases the assembles crowd will end in a $25,000 advantageous and lack of 25 Drivers’ and Entrant factors.

Q: As a long-time Swedish IndyCar fan, I’m thrilled that the late evenings and nights staying up watching IndyCar racing have been blessed with the presence of not one, however two, and may the celebrities align for 2023, three of my countrymen within the sequence.

From this facet of the pond, it appears like IndyCar racing is on the up and up right here as nicely, little doubt boosted by drivers with F1 pedigree (Magnussen, Alonso, Grosjean, Ericsson) and powerful F2 drivers corresponding to Lundgaard. Whereas I do miss Rockingham and Lausitzring I garner no hope for the sequence racing in Europe an time quickly (and it shouldn’t – get Mexico a race first!), however I’m eager to know the way a lot the IndyCar administration pays consideration to Europe when planning ITS races, as to when the inexperienced flag ought to fly, and issues like this? Is Europe a part of the dialog in any respect, or is it only a completely satisfied little accident that many of the races begin on a handy time for many Europeans?

John A

MP: Someplace between virtually none and under no circumstances, John. I do know the brand new IndyCar schedule has an absence of home conflicts with the 12 Hours of Sebring and internationally with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, however past that, I’m unaware of every other efforts being made to plan a North American sequence’ calendar round favorable timing for viewing or an absence of clashes with worldwide occasions.

Q: Do you’ve got any perception into Scott Dixon’s alternate racing line at Laguna Seca? The NBC broadcast talked about it a couple of occasions, with a terrific view of it from a following Colton Herta. Did Dixon should drive in another way as a consequence of worn tires? Or did he suppose he’d discovered a greater racing line for the day?

Second, any concept why folks nonetheless can’t say Alex Palou’s title appropriately? Dixon referred to as him ‘Paloo’ in his postrace interview on NBC, and somebody on Dixie’s radio referred to as him ‘Palow’ after the race. Appears particularly egregious from two folks from his personal workforce. Any concept if it bothers Alex?

Mike Brockmeier

MP: From what I noticed from that digicam, Dixie’s automotive was a fully handful. I wouldn’t, for a second, painting it as an alternate racing line; the automotive was an understeering mess.

Palou pronounces Dixon’s first title as ‘Skoht,’ quite than ‘Skawtt,’ however I don’t understand it as an intentional slight. Heck, my final title is both ‘Proo-it’ or ‘Proo-et’ more often than not, or ‘Pure-rett’ for individuals who are actually confused. I determine if it actually mattered to Alex, he’d set Dixon and Mike Hull straight.

Q: How a lot does a promoter should pay the NTT IndyCar Sequence only for them to indicate up and race? Does this sanctioning payment range relating to the kind of observe? For instance highway and avenue programs versus an oval? I’m additionally questioning whether or not or not Highway to Indy races got here as a bundle deal when promoters signal on to host an NTT IndyCar Sequence race?

David Coquitt

MP: Arduous to say, since each negotiation is completely different. It’s not like there’s a worth menu with Oval, Highway Course, and Avenue Course listed for observe house owners and promoters to select from after which add some sides with Indy Lights, Stadium Tremendous Vans, and parachuting anthem singers. I do know Monterey County pays $1.5 million for the privilege of internet hosting IndyCar, since that determine is made public. Additionally take into accout the occasions that IndyCar/Penske promote or perform because the entity renting the observe, like Iowa, to placed on a present of its personal. I’m not making an attempt to be imprecise — there’s simply no single reply to any of it.

The RACER Mailbag, September 21 – EAST AUTO NEWS
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