Q: Not the greatest 500 ever and I’m not a Power fan, but boy did he deserve that win! The race definitely had its moments. Why was Davison still out there? The one thing ABC did right was the pre-race show – it was really good and really informative for the first-time Indy car viewer. The race itself was normal bad coverage! I think ABC stands for A Bunch of Commercials!! Glad they’re gone, can’t wait for NBC next year. See you in Portland!
Brad Heuer, Coeurdalene, Idaho
RM: Not sure how many laps Davison was off the pace, but IndyCar usually black flags anyone not keeping up and his crash might have been avoided if Sato had been warned (and maybe he was) by his spotter.
Q: What a race! Congratulations for a well-deserved win by Will. And yes, I do not think I have ever seen a driver so thrilled to be the winner. Such genuine emotion from Will and Liz! I was at Fontana in 2012 when he crashed into the wall, but have had the pleasure of seeing Will build his oval skills since. I do feel for Ed Carpenter and his strong second place finish. Some people have said that he should hang up his helmet and solely be an owner. No, I think Ed showed he still has the skill and drive to be a winner. And his team qualified well, but had some bad luck.
Deb Schaeffer, L.A.
RM: Ed is the same age as Will and his pole run drew the admiration of every driver. He also drove a helluva race, and ECR pushed Team Penske to the checkered flag after putting all three cars in the Fast 9.
Q: Danicrash in a green car with the number 13 provided a predictable outcome for her final race. Then, after one last visit with her friends on the safety team, and some quality time reminiscing with her old pals in the infield care center, she graces ABC with her presence for an interview where she fails to thank her fans, her sponsors, her team, or even Ed Carpenter for giving her the privilege of destroying one last race car. And she wonders why so many people dislike her? Luckily for the rest of us, a kickass deserving driver and team won the race! Congrats Will Power!
RM: I think it was only the second time she crashed at Indy, and she was much more gracious in her media center interview. I figured if she ran all day a top 10 would have been possible and she was 12th for about half the race.
Q: While listening to a post-qualification weekend podcast that Hinch did, the topic of being bumped obviously came up. Hinch presented the idea of making the 500 an exhibition race. He explained that it is unlike any other series race – longer, more practice and qualifying time, bigger purse, etc. Make it the “All-Star Race” of IndyCar. It doesn’t lose its luster, and if they make it not count for championship points, it can’t hurt or help a series driver, or only give points for pole and winning. Drivers still want to be in it, it’s the Indianapolis 500. If a series driver isn’t fast enough to make it in, then they aren’t. I kind of like this idea. Thoughts?
Carin Hollandbeck, Brownsburg, IN
RM: It’s an interesting concept but I’d rather see Indy just pay the same amount of points as any other race and get rid of that stupid double points at Sonoma. Winning Indy should be rewarded in more than cash, because it’s the oldest, most prestigious race we have.
Q: I hope the powers to be at IndyCar aren’t blowing smoke up our backsides about 900 horsepower. I would like to see that, and then some – the “then some” being outrageously loud engines that spin at a couple thousand more RPM. I suspect that won’t happen.
I attended the CART GP of Denver in 2002, the last year Ford, Honda, and Toyota were involved. I was told the engines were spinning at 17,000rpm. They sounded great because they were intimidating. I attended the Monaco GP in 2006. I was told that Cosworth produced an engine that approached 21,000rpm. Your ears could take only a couple minutes of the scream, which was great. Nothing elicits attention more than a screaming, high-horsepower, high-decibel engine. Intimidation is part of the attraction. I would say it’s the MAIN attraction. It’s something IndyCar and F1 have forgotten. You can talk about passing all you want. Drama and the visceral experience are much more important, which is why oval racing is dying.
Steve M., Downingtown, PA
RM: I think IndyCar, Honda and Chevrolet are all serious about upping the horsepower, and whether it’s Mears, Sato or de Ferran, we all know that an IndyCar should be a beast and sound like one as well. When we were young, it was the sound that hooked a lot of us.