Q: I’ve read a lot of comments on Facebook and various websites like Reddit complaining about this year’s Indy 500. I admit I really wish it was like the other Indy 500s from 2012 to 2017, but fans wanted see an IndyCar go back to the era of the 1990s, and they got it. So what’s there to complain about?
RM: Like I said, it wasn’t the best Indy 500 I’ve ever seen, but it was still more competitive and compelling than some of those years when Mario or Michael had a two-lap lead.
Q: Should we really be alarmed at the reaction of the drivers regarding the new aero kits at Indy? Bourdais said it was hard to go flat. Shouldn’t it be? Just seemed to me some guys found the answer and some didn’t. Having said that, not being able to pass continues to be a problem. Hats off to Meyer/Shank and Jack Harvey for throwing everything they had at it.
John Fulton, Akron, Ohio
RM: Damn straight. We all want the drivers to lift in the corners and make it tougher, and that’s exactly what we got. There was a point where everyone seemed to be running in place, a couple seconds apart, but that happens more often than not and then somebody crashes and the restarts and mayhem that ensues makes us all forget.
Q: I’m sure not a fan of this year’s aero package. Everyone I talked to back at the hotel thought the race was the most boring they’ve seen. The cars were strung out in single file in a lap or two after the restarts. Even as strong as Carpenter was at the start, he couldn’t get around Conor Daly when he caught him. Sure hope they figure it out for next year.
Chris, Winona Lake, IN
RM: Marshall Pruett said the mandated rear wing angles need to be loosened up and more rear downforce is necessary, and I’m sure it’s something IndyCar will look at for 2019. But I also wonder how much the oppressive heat and humidity played a factor.
Q: Do you believe that there would have been closer racing if the temperatures at Indy were normal for this time of year? Do you think there will be a rush-to-judgment regarding the lack of overtaking and the new aero package? Based on Rossi’s performance drivers could pass, but it required a lot more commitment than the previous aero package.
Jonathan and Cleide Morris, Ventura, CA
RM: I’m sure it played a factor because the drivers were predicting as much after Carb Day, but I don’t see any big changes. Here’s what IndyCar competition boss Jay Frye says: “We have a lot of data to sort through and will in the coming days. This car has incredible potential and performed well at its first superspeedway race in very difficult circumstances. We can learn from all of it and always looking for ways to improve.”
Q: The first half of the race was a borefest, and if it hadn’t been for Rossi and the restarts, the second half might have been too. Please tell them to bring the old aero package back. We are going to Detroit this weekend. Should we get general admission and walk around, or book a reserved seat?
RM: See the question above and Jay Frye’s response to changes. I’d buy a GA and a paddock pass, and watch the big screen.