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09/04/13
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Fans getting fed up with whining Indy Car drivers  I'm starting to be disappointed in watching IndyCar. Not the product, or the races themselves, but the rules, whining, bitching and complaining. I've never heard so much whining from every driver on the grid. It's getting old, and I wonder how these drivers would cope if they were racing in the days of CART in the early 1990s. I'm sorry, but that “avoidable contact” rule needs to be thrown out. Besides, what really constitutes avoidable contact? It's racing, it's going to happen. So what you got punted, isn't that what all the great Indy car drivers of the past are famous for? The Chrome Horn? I'm not just talking Paul Tracy, but Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr. Michael Andretti, these and other “named” drivers have all been guilty of “avoidable contact,” and there was never a punishment. (Watch Cleveland 1995 for an example).

I'm still trying to figure out the big deal with Dixon at Sonoma. He hit a pit crew man; you can't do that, it's in the rulebook. Maybe I am old school, but I hardly saw Wally Dallenbach on TV or his name even mentioned in the broadcast when he ran the show in CART. It just seems like there is too much focus on Race Control than the race itself. Let them settle it on the racetrack. Was Baltimore a fiasco? I'm not so sure. I enjoyed the race. Come on people, it's a street race; you are going to have pile-ups, backups, and a lot of contact in those close quarters. What are people expecting? NASCAR thrives on chaos, and it brings people to the track.

I'm very disappointed that there isn't another race for a month, cause emotions are high, and again IndyCar fails to capitalize on it. IndyCar is a great product, let Race Control do its job and stop questioning everything. I'd like to see Dixon fined for calling Beaux Barfield an idiot. Wasn't Paul Tracy fined for calling Chris Kneifel an a** clown?  IndyCar and Beaux Barfield need to take control of the show, and if the drivers don't like it, go somewhere else to race, or pull up your panties, climb in the cockpit, shut up and go racing. Kris Branch, Ocala, Fla.

Robin Miller: You've hit on all my hot buttons. The bitching and moaning is out of control. Unavoidable contact is the most objectionable and senseless rule in street racing. Street racing is like indoor midget racing – there's always going to be contact. The greats of the 1960s and '70s didn't use the Chrome Horn because it was way too dangerous, the cars weren't safe, the tracks weren't safe and there was no such thing as a street race. Nobody in the '60s had a clue about who was the USAC chief steward (it wasn't Harlan Fengler, he was Indy only). Dallenbach did a good job and I feel bad for criticizing him unfairly a couple times. The chief steward's job is thankless and the people screaming for Barfield's head are the same ones who backed Brian Barnhart and then wanted him beheaded. It's just IndyCar's luck that we've got to wait a month before the next race and it sucks. But hey, Little E's going to make The Chase so life's not all bad… Racer.com

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