Q: I’m going to go against the grain and say that I really enjoyed the race with the new aero package. I know there were some drivers complaining about lack of grip. I guess I’m old-fashioned, but I like the fact that they have to work harder to race. I think it’s great that the cars are getting trickier to drive. I can’t wait for the higher horsepower engines to show up. Your thoughts?
John in Medford, Oregon
RM: Like I said earlier, the fans are split evenly on last Sunday. Many like yourself enjoyed the difficulty that faced the drivers, and others want the drafting exhibition of the previous few Mays.
Q: Are you thinking they missed the superspeedway aero package? From my spot in the Tower Terrace it seemed that no one could really get close except for restarts and early in the run. It kind of reminded me of one of the final races at Richmond, with cars being able to get close but not overtake. I sure hope the Texas package kicks ass.
RM: IndyCar says it’s going to look at all its post-Indy data, but I guess if nobody was able to pass it would be an immediate cry for help. Although Rahal, Rossi and Servia managed to do plenty of overtaking considering the conditions.
Q: I always enjoy the 500, and Power deserves his win. I thought it was one of the strongest fields in a few years. That said, was it just me. or did it lack some race day excitement? I wondered if the heat plus the new aero kit made everyone a bit more timid — especially for the first 40 laps? Then as they seemed to get more racy, the crashes took over. I’ll be back next year, but I just wanted your thoughts.
Jim Bryan, St. Louis, MO
RM: I think it was treacherous, and those who handled it were rewarded, and those that didn’t were in the wall. The race didn’t have the duel at the end like Helio/Sato or Hunter-Reay/Helio or Montoya/Power, but there was enough drama with Wilson, Harvey and Servia that people probably stayed tuned in.
Q: To watch two Aussie drivers win their respective races on two of the grandest stages in the history of the sport, on the same day, is just an amazing feat! All together now: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie”!! Ol’ Willy P. might have won the race, finally getting that monkey off his back, and snagging another Baby Borg for Roger Penske, adding yet more to the grandest of legacies in IndyCar racing, but don’t you agree that the star of the race was Alexander Rossi? We always thought TK and Marco and Graham made some moves up in the high groove but, man, Rossi’s passes up there and down low were just something to behold.
The one pass ABC actually captured on the onboard where he passed, Pagenaud I think it was, on one of the restarts, where there didn’t seem to be anything but wall to the right and the yellow car to the left, and somehow Rossi made it through… impressive stuff! When he got to third, I really thought he had a chance of spoiling Chevy’s dominance!
Tony Mezzacca, Madison, NJ
RM: Daniel Ricciardo winning Monaco and Willy P. taking Indy got high marks from Australian fans. Rossi and Servia stole the show in terms of breathtaking passes, but sadly, we didn’t get to see many of Oriol’s. I also thought Rossi was going to win after he disposed of Hunter-Reay and Pagenaud in one fell swoop.
Q: I thought the race was decent. I think the heat made it worse because it really emphasized over-the-top downforce, which really made it a struggle to pass after about seven laps on the tires. It was different, and I’m glad it wasn’t 2013, where you could just slingshot every straight, but I think IndyCar needs to try to find a happier medium between the slingshot-style racing and the racing that took place Sunday, and try to help the cars follow through the corners. Do you think it would be feasible to for IndyCar to try to change the package up a bit before Pocono?
Also, thank the lord ABC is gone after Detroit. Ten minutes of post-race, two interviews, and it leaves 54 years of coverage with a shot of Liz Power’s butt to go to a rerun of Monaco. Not to mention commercials every four to seven laps. I could go on and on, but I’m sure other people already have.
RM: IndyCar says it’s going to review all its data so it’s possible there could be a tweak for Pocono, but way too early to tell. ABC has left the building. Almost.