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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.

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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 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 events for 20 years does Michael Andretti ever smile?

Luke, Canada

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Jul 18

Ricciardo First And Third In Silverstone Test

Ricciardo First And Third In Silverstone Test

Photo: LAT Photographic

managed to be both first and third fastest on the second day of the Silverstone test after swapping from Toro Rosso to Red Bull over the lunch break.

Ricciardo was one of four race drivers in action Thursday, with Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Paul Di Resta also appearing for half a day apiece with their respective teams.

The Aussie set his quicker time in his regular car before making his pitch for a 2014 seat with the RB9. An early trip into the gravel didn’t do him any favors and he was ultimately a little over two-tenths slower in the afternoon session.

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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.

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