Aug 9

Miller’s Mailbag, 8.9

Charlie Kimball's win was a popular one among Mailbag readers.

Photo Credit: Marshall Pruett

Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: It was great seeing Charlie Kimball get the win at Mid-Ohio. I have been waiting all season for the “we need to save fuel” strategy to blow up in someone’s face. I get so sick and tired of hearing the phrase “save fuel.” The races should be a sprint with the drivers pushing the entire way, not a clinic on fuel conservation. If we wanted to watch clinics on fuel conservation we would watch people roll on down the road in Hybrid cars. Bravo to Charlie for pushing the car. I do have some gripes to add though, can we get rid of these big gaps between races in 2014 or can we have more races in 2014? Can we get MIS back on the schedule in May, June, July, August, or September? Invite the Brewers guild, and Michigan car clubs the people will come in droves.

CJ Shoemaker, Charlotte NC

Aug 6

Kimball Follows In Branson’s Footsteps

Indy car Don Branson kept his medical condition a secret while Mid-Ohio IndyCar Series winner Charlie Kimball has become the face of the very issue Branson kept hidden.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Robin Miller

Charlie Kimball didn’t know it but Sunday he was carrying the spirit of Don Branson into victory lane at Mid-Ohio.

The sidelight of Kimball’s popular and first win in the IZOD IndyCar series is that he’s a Type 1 diabetic who’s overcome a potential career-ending health issue with perseverance and a big assist from his sponsor, Novo Nordisk.

Thanks to the Novo Log FlexPen, which produces the perfect mixture of insulin before Charlie straps in, he was able to run full bore to the checkered flag in a caution-free race on one of the most physically-demanding road courses in North America.

When the 28-year-old Californian hopped out of his car to begin celebrating, he looked like he could have run another 90 laps.

Jul 31

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.31

The Mailbag has plenty of questions regarding the old Indy 500 apron that was used through the 1991 event.

Photo Credit: IMS Photo

Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: Looked like a lot of empty seats at the Brickyard. And it looked like it was even worse for the Grand-Am race. Isn’t it about time to drop some of these races from the IMS calendar?

Craig Phillips

Jul 26

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.26

The Mailbag is in!

Photo Credit: Marshall Pruett

Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: It’s obvious the Chipster read your mid-season report and didn’t take kindly to the grade you gave the Target Team! What did he do to turn things around in such a dramatic fashion, especially as regards Dixon? He’s sure on fire and may soon upend Helio for the points lead! And it seems as if Andretti Autosport has suddenly hit a wall…what gives? I continue to be impressed with Justin Wilson’s quiet but consistent season thus far. Ninth in the points ain’t bad given Coyne’s typical shoestring operation. I really wish J-Will could score a top ride, but I know he’s considered long of tooth at this stage in his career. Too bad, a true talent wasted.

Chris Pericak, Charlottesville, VA

Jul 19

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.19

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.19

Photo: Marshall Pruett

Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: Spent the weekend up in Toronto and it was everything an Indy weekend should be. Gorgeous women, cold beers and most importantly great racing. It had the same vibe as when i started going to races in the 90′s minus the Tecate Girls. This should be a blueprint for every event IndyCar stages. All the talk the past few weeks of kids and fans buried in their cell phones was completely void this weekend. I didn’t see it once when the on track product was on. Two questions: In the first race, Bourdais stayed out a couple extra laps while leading before pitting and came out with no advantage, that used to guarantee bigger gaps running on lighter fuel while others were full. What has changed? Do the tires make that big a difference? And my final question or statement is I’ve been attending IndyCar events for 20 years does Michael Andretti ever smile?

Luke, Canada