Public Forum – June 30, 2010


More IndyCar Ovals, Please
Once again the IRL has ended its short series of oval-track racing. There is very little interesting in street racing. The IRL does not need that kind of racing, where they seem to tear up a lot of expensive equipment.

Years ago the “pavement pounders” seemed to have voted out the good USAC/IRL racing, which was a terrible mistake. If those guys want to come to America and race — and bring that “Formula Flavor” — let’s give them the Streets of Long Beach, Cleveland and Road Atlanta.

American fans must have felt so bad for Davey Hamilton this year at Indy. Many fans in this wonderful country have watched guys like him, J.J. Yeley, Steve Kinser, Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart and others run the dirt and pavement tracks.

If I had all the dirt that these guys have thrown over the fence for several years, I would have 40 acres (if I had a place to put it).
Curt Wright
Lawrence, Kan.

Bad Luck, Davey
The Indy race has come and gone, but I was hoping for a better day for Davey Hamilton. One eager beaver put an end to Davey’s day. Better luck next time, Davey. America loves you.

It’s just a shame that more American drivers are not in the lineup at Indy every year. Thanks to American car owners, I guess that won’t happen until speedway management gets the guts to change that. American race fans don’t want to keep spending money for tickets to watch unknowns.

For years I have been to Indy, Eldora, Knoxville, Belleville, and the Indy Fairgrounds for the Hoosier Hundred. Each time the Hoosier race introduces the “World’s Greatest Drivers,” like Viso, Helio, Bruno, Briscoe, but they never show up.

Maybe it’s just as well because at the green flag it would be like “corn popping.” That is, if they were lucky enough to make the show!
Dee Zelmer
Sunrise Beach, Mo.

Amazing Dave Darland!
I attended the Midget Week race at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway June 19 and the run Dave Darland had was fantastic. Starting 17th in the midget feature, Dave was up to sixth by lap 12. He finished fifth.

In the sprint-car feature he was running up on the fence between turns three and four and shooting some rooster tails, which was great. Dave’s ability to run on the fence is an art form. He had a blast and won the sprint-car feature! A true racer to visit with and a class act!
John Huss
Oconomowoc, Wis.

Dreaming Of 2010
Here are my belated 10 wishes for the 2010 racing season:
1. Danica Patrick to win an IndyCar race.
2. Danica Patrick to have a decent Nationwide experience.
3. Danica Patrick to compete in the Iowa Nationwide race.
4. Scott Speed to make the NASCAR Chase.
5. Will Power to have a fantastic year in IndyCar.
6. Robin Miller to get his own TV show.
7. Randy Bernard, the new IndyCar CEO, to have a great year.
8. Karting to be noticed nationwide as a great sport.
9. James Hinchcliffe to have a great year in Firestone Indy Lights.
10. J.R. Hildebrand to get an IndyCar ride.
Linda Willareth
Bettendorf, Iowa

Talladega, A Bore?
Overall the Sprint Cup race from Michigan (June 13) was a bore. It had a few lead changes, cars spread out all over, a dull finish, etc.

Then I thought about Talladega, cars nose to tail and close to 190 miles per hour, an all-time record for lead changes, one of the closest finishes in NASCAR, etc., yet I saw some letters in NSSN about Talladega being boring or whatever.

They can’t be serious. With approximately 95 percent of the sports on TV and in the media, racing needs more Talladegas.
T.J. Megover
St. Louis, Mo.

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