Public Forum – Aug. 4, 2010


Helio Was The Winner
The IRL made a huge mistake by taking the win from Mr. Castroneves during the event in Edmonton.

Helio may have tried to make his car a bit wider, yet he didn’t make any erratic moves or dangerous ones. Drivers fight for every spot they can take during the race and not one of them will simply give their place away.

A much faster car is one thing to yield to, not an equal one that wants your position. Helio drove clean, he won, end of story.

Mr. Dixon is a very good driver; he does not need to win in this manner. Sadly he, too, will someday have a win stolen if officials can rule in such a manner. Let the drivers decide such issues. If a guy causes problems for the others, they will fix it as they have always done.

The IRL has the best racing of all and please do not fix what is not broken. Milka Duno is such a matter. She has had a great opportunity and has clearly shown she is not competitive.

She simply does not belong at this level of racing. Her sponsor and team have several fine female drivers they would be wise to consider.
Bill Krug
Checotah, Okla.

Blame It On Barnhart
Brian Barnhart ruined the IndyCar race at Edmonton by imposing a totally bogus blocking penalty on leader Helio Castroneves. How can someone who drove straight as an arrow be accused of blocking?

Barnhart used to be good for IndyCar, but no longer. He is now just a power-drunk buffoon. For the good of the sport he should resign immediately.
John Atlas
Hammond, Ind.

A Different Opinion
I watched the broadcast of the Honda Indy Edmonton. The best part was watching Helio Castoneves show his class act when he emerged from his car after he’d received the black flag.

Really wish I’d have been the IndyCar official he’d grabbed. The dancing fool would still be picking up his teeth after I punched him out. If you don’t like the way we do things up here, go back where you came from and don’t come back.

I know a lot of real race fans who will never miss you. It’s a real shame so many IndyCar owners can’t choose American drivers whose names we can pronounce to drive their cars.
Bruce Neal
Hope, Ind.

Save Us From Toyota
I noticed the Brickyard 400 lineup consisted of 15 Toyotas, 14 Chevrolets, 11 Fords and three Dodges. It appears that in a short time Toyota will make up 50 percent or more of the lineup in all of NASCAR’s divisions.

More empty seats, do I need to say more? In my opinion, the glory days of sellouts are a thing of the past as long as there is no limit on Toyotas.
John Cline
Independence, Mo.

Alonso Has Issues
Amorality reigns again in Formula One, courtesy of Fernando Alonso.

It started out with McLaren. Caught internally for being involved with obtaining secret info from Ferrari, he threatened the team principal, Ron Dennis. Dennis did the ethical thing, self-disclosed the team’s involvement and ended Alonso’s contract.

Alonso went to Renault. In order to allow this driver to benefit in a race, the second driver was ordered to crash, leading to the suspension of the team principal and others.

Now Alonso is at Ferrari. During the German GP team orders forced the leading driver to slow so Alonso could pass. The team was fined $100,000 for team orders.

When will F-1 penalize his driver points? He may be the leading Ferrari driver, but he is and will continue to be the cause of cheating no matter where he goes, based on history.
Larry De Cicco
Evergreen, Colo.

Indy Has A Problem
I have heard all the stories about the declining attendance at NASCAR events. While some of it can be blamed on the economy, lack of interest, etc., I feel at Indy it’s the track itself.

Having spent time at Indy from the ’60s on, watching the races and seeing how they have built up this track, I will never go again.

Why spend $195 on a ticket for the absolute best seats on the track and then watch as the whole field zooms past you for one fraction of the straightaway or maybe one corner then sit back and watch the rest of the lap on closed circuit television?

You would have to be crazy to spend that kind of money. A race at Indianapolis is better watched in the comfort of your own home on an HD TV. I will never go to a race at Indy again.
Barbara Rosenbury
Decatur, Ill.

Let Them Speak!
I’m trying to understand the newest situation created by the NASCAR brain trust. It’s perfectly fine for someone like Carl Edwards to flip his lid and cause sheer chaos, as he did earlier this year in Atlanta. However, speaking one’s mind and criticizing NASCAR is suddenly a major crime?

We hear that at least one driver has been fined $50,000 for negative comments against NASCAR. Carl Edwards received a $25,000 fine for crashing Brad Keselowski at Gateway. Does this make sense?

Actually, NASCAR has become its own worst enemy. If the folks at NASCAR actually had some consistency or common sense behind their rules and regulations, they wouldn’t have to worry about angry drivers, owners and fans. Fining drivers for speaking their minds won’t fill the empty seats in the grandstands.
Ken Bagenstose, Jr.
Temple, Pa.

Go Find A Map
During the truck race at ORP the guys in the booth tried to make us believe that the track is in Indianapolis. This was said more than once.

I suggest they use MapQuest or the Rand McNally atlas to find out the location of the track. And by the way, isn’t Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Ind.?
Jim Schmitt
Liberty, Mo.

Kings Royal Thoughts
I have been a big sprint-car fan for many years. I love the two-abreast restarts as they make it very exciting for the fans and close the gap that the cone caused.

I attended (as usual) this year’s Kings Royal with my son and it was the best Kings Royal I have seen in years because of the two-abreast restarts. Congratulations to the King (Steve Kinser).

Now to my complaint. We have a new group of fans, which is good for the sport, attending the Kings Royal because of the stars running the 360s. These newcomers need to learn to sit down during the race like all of the sprint-car and dirt-car racing fans do.

When they stand everyone else stands to see. Short people and little kids don’t get to see the race and that is borderline sin!

So please, all dirt-track promoters, please stress on the P.A. before they start the engines for the feature for fans to sit and stay sitting during the race so everyone can see and enjoy the race.
T.W. Witchey
Bannock, Ohio