THE EDITOR wHEn HIgH-TEcH mEAns HIgH In TEREs T
“You don’t have to be a physics
professor to appreciate
technology’s constant and
profound effect on racing”
Research for his homage to Paul Tracy in this issue caused
Robin Miller to stumble across a self-created “media kit” by the
“Crazy Canuck” from 1990. Robin felt obliged to share it with
P. T.’s amused former teammate and rival, Dario Franchitti.
projects for Paul
Laguette’s skills in
this issue: P. T. in a
punk flyer style,
and an exquisitely
executed take on a
2015 IndyCar aero
kit. Mr. Versatile!
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t’s a strange paradox that while no sport
embraces technology quite like racing,
it’s treated as a dirty word by some fans
who associate it with spoiling the action,
making life too easy for the drivers, or
making it too complicated to comprehend.
Well, let’s first of all point out that Miller
Indy cars, Lotus F1 cars and Chaparral
Can-Am cars incorporated cutting-edge
technology, and yet we cherish rather
than despise them for that. Secondly, you
don’t have to be a professor of physics
to appreciate technology’s constant and
profound effect on racing. And that’s what
much of this Technology Issue is about.
The 2015 IndyCar aero kits (page 48)
will be far more radical and distinctive than
many expected, and ferociously efficient,
too. However, they’re no match for the
amazing Dunlop Future Racecar which
former Brabham and Benetton designer
Sergio Rinland has penned (page 54). It uses
tech that he insists will be mature enough
to render aspects of his concept viable in as
little as five years. There’s some stunning
blue-sky thinking in that story alone…
But if you’re still trying to grasp the
present, namely those new-for-2014 F1
power units, and how Ferrari and Renault
(and Honda) can ever catch up with
Mercedes, it’s all explained starting page 36.
We’re not slaves to technology, however;
we appreciate the humans in the cockpits,
too, which is why this issue contains an
interview with Verizon IndyCar Series champ
Will Power (ABOVE), a tribute to former Indy
car ace Paul Tracy, and an analysis as to
why Red Bull feels Max Verstappen is ready
to race in F1 next year at the age of 17.
l We were saddened to learn of the death
of Ben Blake, our NASCAR correspondent
for almost 10 years. Ben was one of those
rare talents who could write incredibly
engaging and insightful feature stories, yet
was also a great news-hound, one who cut
through the baloney to find the facts and
put them out there. The world of racing
journalism is a poorer place without him.
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