Robin Miller
Jul 3

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.3

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.3

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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: Regarding the start of the Iowa race and Mark Miles saying they wanted it on ABC. I think the series is going to have to decide if it is going to be a racing series for the fans at the track or a TV show trying to get ratings. They can’t have both ways. Even NASCAR is losing its longtime fan base because the races, season, and mostly TV production are too long. Also Indy Car needs to stop with the “Festival of Speed” label on many of its events. Fan zones, play zones for the kids, and of course the famous Ferris Wheel will not keep bringing people back. It’s the on-track product that will, with the last two years being incredible. Before live TV, I attended dozens of races at Mid Ohio including the Can Am, F 5000, , and CART. Every weekend was a thrill. The on-track product was great and we saw lots of action including support races before the main event. For TV to stick it to the live fans at the track is wrong. This past weekend I watched the Iowa race on DVR after I knew the winner. I still enjoyed the race and didn’t feel like it lost anything because I didn’t see it live. Maybe its time for Indy Car to tape its races (except the Indy 500) and present the best possible race to the loyal fans in the stands.

Rick, Charlotte

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Jul 1

Miller’s Mid-Season Report Card

Miller’s Mid-Season Report Card

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Seven different winners in 10 races, three for the first time, and none of them are Will Power, Dario Franchitti or Scott Dixon. To quote the late, great Slim Pickens in Blazing Saddles: “What in the wide, wide world of sports is a goin’ on?”

Crazy, unpredictable things are what’s going on in the first half of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar series as the competition is fierce and the outcomes are impossible to gauge.

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Jun 26

Iowa IndyCar Musings

Iowa IndyCar Musings

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Lots of things to ponder after Sunday’s Hinchtown Beatdown in Iowa.

*** First and foremost should be when and how to run the most exciting oval on the IZOD IndyCar schedule.

Iowa Speedway has always drawn big crowds when the IndyCar race was held on Saturday night but Sunday’s turnout was disappointing (half full) to say the least. Yes, it rained hard Sunday morning and that certainly didn’t help the walk-up but everything about a night race is better.

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Jun 26

Miller’s Mailbag, 6.27

Miller’s Mailbag, 6.27

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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: What is the status of the number “99″ in IndyCar? Is it officially retired? If not, and Hinch finishes the season strong, or even wins the championship, we need to start a petition so he can run the number. He has proven that he is worthy of it.

Also, what is to become of the Mailbag and the other writings of you and Mr. Pruett?

John Risser

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Jun 24

Hinch Takes Iowa For Third Win Of 2013

Hinch Takes Iowa For Third Win Of 2013

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James Hinchcliffe has always been a good road racer but Sunday afternoon he looked a little like Rick Mears.

Starting on the outside of the front row in his GO DADDY Dallara/Chevy, Hinch beat pole-sitter Will Power into the first turn, led 226 of 250 laps and won his initial oval-track race in impressivefashion.

“I don’t think I’ve ever led that many laps in any kind of race,” exclaimed the 27-year-old Canadian after scoring a series high third victory for Andretti Autosport.

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