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Taking time to consider
At the end of the day, each race fan
faces a troubling dilemma: Is it OK to
love a sport that sometimes takes the
life of someone we love? Racing is
most thrilling when it is just the soft
side of disaster. We don’t think about
a fundamental issue – that the
tickets we buy, the sponsors we
support, and the cable bills we pay
fund this edge of disaster. But for the
fans, Dan Wheldon would be alive.
It blew up in our faces at Las
Vegas – and so we must face it. And
there is no answer.
Mark Lamontia Landenberg, Pa.
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airborne into the fence. A canopy
might have saved Dan Wheldon’s
life and could have prevented some
of the injuries that we have seen as
cars snagged on the fence.
Sure, there are downsides and
side e;ects that must be looked at,
but I think the overall benefits of this
type of device would significantly
outweigh most negatives.
David Steinbrink via e-mail
Maid to order?
OK, I realize that it is sometimes
necessary to grab someone’s
attention with a snappy phrase. A
cute headline with a play on words is
a nice touch. But, really, “DECISION
MAID” (cover, RACER, November)?
The word “maid” conjures up
memories of Bernie Ecclestone
referring to Danica Patrick as a
kitchen appliance. One may love
her, one may hate her, but she’s
proven her talent and using the term
“maid” is wholly inappropriate.
David Miller via e-mail
Sorry you were o;ended, but we didn’t
consider the word to have the same
loaded connotations you see in it. -Ed.
The case for canopies
As a former open-wheel racer, I was
against any kind of canopy or
windshield that would a;ect my
vision. Granted, I was not going
200mph, and my reasoning had to do
with visibility and not driver safety.
But maybe it is time to revisit the
whole idea of open-cockpit racing.
Open cockpits put the driver in
danger of being struck by a flying
part or object. In recent cases, the
catch fence has caused injuries to
drivers as they have been launched
Sorry or not?
I saw the Penske team/Kurt Busch
apology to Dr. Jerry Punch and ESPN
but I have not seen NASCAR
apologizing for the rude behavior at
Homestead (boos) directed toward its
guests – the President’s and Vice
President’s wives. Is NASCAR so
craven that it will neither defend or
apologize for its fans’ behavior
toward invited guests?
Shame on NASCAR; shame on the
teams; shame on the drivers
(especially the three haters who
refused a White House invite). Since
there has been no apology, the only
assumption is they all agree with the
morons who booed. Shame.
David Fahey via e-mail
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Kurt Busch and his mouth
I e-mailed M&M’s and received
a response regarding Kyle
Busch’s behavior. The next
week they pulled their
advertising on the car. I guess
enough people did the same
and they listened, sort of. (Next
year, back on board with Kyle.
Boo. No M&M’s for me.)
Everyone e-mail the sponsors
for both Busch brothers and tell
them how you feel.
There HAS to be another driver
who can drive the 22. Why
would ANYBODY put up with
this moron unless he was the
greatest driver ever to come
down the pike? Dump him, now.
MOST ENTERTAINING LETTER...
When hopes get dashed
It is so frustrating that the two
most promising developments of
the 2011 U.S. racing season to my
mind – the success of the first
Baltimore Grand Prix and the
commitment of Formula 1 to
finally return to the United States
on a real, permanent racetrack –
both appear to have been killed by
We fans are well familiar with
stories about how difficult it is to
make street races profitable,
especially in the first year. Why,
then, should the Baltimore GP
authorities have been so surprised
by the costs involved? It’s not like
they were blazing a new trail –
street races have been staged in
America for decades.
I agree with you: The events
revealed on that video would be
a deal-breaker for me, if I were
Roger Penske. Kurt Busch has
had more than his share of
issues with his behavior, and it
is clear that he can’t or won’t
change. I don’t think this is
something NASCAR should fine
or suspend him over. It is up to
the Penske team to act.
2012 and the sport of auto racing
gets another black eye.
As for Austin, I don’t know
what to think – but the
“promoter” Tavo Hellmund
doesn’t seem to, either, judging by
his interview on RACER.com [Nov.
17, -Ed.]. And this from a group
that expected to build a $300m
racetrack! Appalling...and so sad.
Fred Chalmers, La Jolla, Calif.
Is it just me or has Kurt Busch
become an even more
arrogant, uncivil, rude, profane
jerk since he got his ears
pinned back? There’s no place
for his continued bad behavior
in a racing series where each
driver knows what and what
not to say whenever they’re
around the media, the public or