Robin Miller
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

Jul 17

“The Indy” Is Back

“The Indy” Is Back

Photo: Marshall Pruett

For the better part of 15 years, Toronto was one of the true treasures for open wheel racing.

Canadians flocked to Exhibition Place to cheer for Paul Tracy, Greg Moore, Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani. Molson Brewery promoted “the Indy” like nobody in the states with and banners, billboards and commercials everywhere. There were also street parties and it became one of Canada’s largest sporting events.

That was the heyday of CART but by the time Champ Car was winding down in the middle of the last decade so were the crowds as well as the enthusiasm. In 2008, the year IRL and Champ Car unified, there was no longer a race in Canada’s largest city.

Jul 11

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.10

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.10

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: It was a great show all the way around Sunday at Pocono, nice weather, a very good crowd, and a very interesting race. I feel really bad for Marco, he had everyone covered. The ill-timed pass by TK on Dixie that broke his wing and RHR/Sato misfortune on pit lane were equally as disappointing for those drivers with fast cars I’m sure. There wasn’t a lead change every two laps, but the racing was good all day; my gal Simona showed fine form and I feel would of had a top six finish with a bit of better racing fortune that would have kept her in the lead pack. The Ganassi 1-2-3 was pretty impressive, and I don’t think you can say it was just a fuel mileage advantage, their pit stops were sharp and Dixon had the second fastest lap of the race. All and all a classic super speedway race and it makes me wonder how the series could stay away from a great place like Pocono for so long? Hoping they make this race a Fourth of July event regularly on the schedule!

Alan in Louisville

Jul 9

Boles Named As New President Of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Boles Named As New President Of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Photo: Marshall Pruett

It was more of moving the furniture that’s already in place than adding new pieces in Tuesday’s announcements out on West 16th Street.

In the most newsworthy move, Mark Miles promoted Doug Boles to president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a position held by Jeff Belskus since taking over for Tony George in 2009.

Jul 9

Pocono Does IndyCar Proud

Pocono Does IndyCar Proud

Photo: Marshall Pruett

Not many promoters are willing to take a gamble on an oval-track race for Indy cars these days but the Igdalsky brothers gave it a shot at Pocono over the weekend and may have laid the foundation to have a future.

Sure, the massive grandstand wasn’t half full and the infield didn’t resemble the masses at a NASCAR race but considering Indy cars had been away for 24 years it was encouraging.

No official figures were released but counting grandstands, bleachers, suites and the campers an estimate of 30,000 seemed to be in the ballpark.