Q: In one of your recent RACER.com videos, you asked Dario and TK what they would think about bringing the apron back at Indy. Does this mean that the powers-that-be at IMS are actually discussing that possibility, or are you simply throwing that out there because you (like me!) would love to see that happen?
Steve, Eden Prairie, Minn.
RM: Derrick Walker is definitely looking into it but there's an issue with drainage that needs to be addressed.
Q: Just wondering if you've seen a preview of the movie “Rush”? It sounds like it's going to be pretty good. I guess anything will be better than “Driven.”
Do you think Helio can hang on to win the championship? He's had a lot of good luck up until this point but would like to see him come on strong and win it with speed and not others' misfortune.
RM: My pals liked it and enjoyed the realism of the racing scenes. See RACER's review here. “Drivel” was worse than “Red Line 5000.”
I picked Dixon before Mid-Ohio and I still think he's got a shot but HCN looks pretty composed. So, yes, he can win it.
Q: After watching the Stadium SUPER Trucks series races from Toronto on NBCSN, I am begging the St. Pete organizers to add this series to their next IndyCar event. Please relay this message to them. It was phenomenal to watch those big, awkward trucks race around a street circuit and go over those ramps, especially with Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy in the mix. Too bad Vasser got injured in practice and couldn't race. That would have been great to see.
I think the SST complements the IndyCar Series very well on street circuits as it offers a unique racing experience that breaks up all the street/road racing series that typically comprise a weekend-long event. And, those races are mayhem. If they are that entertaining on TV, I can only imagine how much fun they are in person.
Jeff Stark, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
RM: Robby Gordon's series was a big hit with the fans in Toronto, and everyone in the IndyCar paddock that I talked to enjoyed them. I know they're set for Long Beach next year.
Q: I just read where Raul Boesel was six laps behind Emmo and Little Al while they duked it out for the win at the '89 Indy 500. If both Emmo and Little Al had crashed on lap 198, wouldn't they have had to hold the scoreboard on lap 198 until Boesel had completely unlapped himself? Surely, a "what if?" occurrence like that had no precedent, right?
Michael Hackney, Nashville, Tenn.
P.S. I wish IndyCar would come back to Nashville. Their races at the Superspeedway were mostly way better than the NASCAR races.
RM: After a quick call to Donald Davidson, “You are correct, sir.” Boesel wouldn't have taken the lead until lap 199.