This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.
I want to be careful about what I say about the Indy 500 Sunday. It’s such a great race with 107 examples to draw from.
IndyCar racing is so competitive. By far, most of the drivers are skilled and driven to win. But watching them at Sunday’s race I found many blinded by the red haze of competition.
They drove like they’d never been in a race car or on a race track before. They ran into each other trying to get out of the pits. They ran into each other’s open wheels on the track. A couple of those incidents ended up in the walls.
33 starters. Four rookies. At least three drivers aren’t part of the regular IndyCar series.
And I can hear you now: what do you know? A hack writer doesn’t know anything. I know this. Watching an Indy 500 driven like a stock car race was disappointing to me.
If you want to see drivers and cars littered all over the track, with wheels and tires bouncing over the grandstands and into the parking lot, that’s on you.
I want and expect better from the Indy 500.