Q: What’s up with the blisters on the driver’s hands? In the post-race interviews after St. Pete both Colton Herta and Jack Harvey showed the huge blisters on their hands. I would assume most drivers have these blisters. Maybe not the older drivers as much. Texas is only six days away and that’s not nearly enough time for blisters to heal. Two more days of back-to-back excruciating pain on the existing blisters in Texas. It has to hurt. Do the drivers ignore the pain in their hands, or does the adrenaline of the race take their minds off of it?
LN: Drivers aren’t athletes and are typically huge wusses so they normally get shot up with painkillers before the race. Think of them more as soccer players who drive.
Q: I have have trouble with NBC’s coverage of what turned out a great race in St. Pete. The pre-race segment where little kids asked childish questions of drivers – designed to attract younger viewers, I’d assume – was a puerile waste of air time for real race fans. Then, early in the race, Graham Rahal’s radio told him to go easy, conserve fuel, that everyone was doing the same. This purported to be a race. Why wouldn’t the casual fan that NBC so desperately wants to court tune out from watching a procession of fuel-savers? If NBC and IndyCar want to grow the sport, shouldn’t they promoting actual racing and drop the childish gimmicks?
LN: I bet you’re a blast at parties and around the office water cooler.
Q: It’s great that NBC is putting more races on the network, but it’s not so great that whatever is not on the network seems to be very spotty. It is Sunday morning, before the St. Pete race. To this point, I have seen no reference to IndyCar qualifying (searches on Xfinity and the Peacock Premium app yielded nothing). Peacock only had last week’s race to view – nothing on this week’s race. No practice. No qualifying. For hardcore fans, this is very distressing. That qualifying especially was not streamed live on Peacock or shown on NBCSN is really a shame. But further, it’s not even available to me after the fact. I have no way to see yesterday’s qualifying. Do you know if this was a universal problem, Robin, or am I just a victim of my local Comcast network?
LN: Appears to be the 1D10T error.
Q: As much as I love watching the IndyCar races, one thing I always looked forward to was watching you! Now I feel like something is missing. Use to see you racing around the paddock interviewing or joking with everyone. Who do I get now? Rutledge Wood interviewing kids! I can do that in my living room with all of my kids! So tell me, will we ever see your return?
LN: You’re talking about Robin Miller?
Q: I just watched the 1994 Indy 500 again, and loved all the excitement about the Beast engine. Great race. What also caught my attention was a comment I think Sam Posey made about the apron being gone. This may have been one of the first races not to have it (can’t remember when it was removed). Anyway, he stated something along the lines of, since the apron was gone the spins that they were witnessing (practice, qualifying and in the race) were less dangerous to the drivers. In other words, the cars were less likely to hit the wall at bad angles. This seemed true during the race, and I was trying to remember if there had been any really bad accidents since the apron’s removal. The only bad one that I can remember was Sebastien Bourdais’s near head-on into the wall a few years ago. So my question is, has the missing apron made racing at the Indy 500 safer?
LN: How bored are you? You’re asking Robin Miller, a journalist, about safety? This dude loves gore and violence from the early days and 2) has no idea. Try harder next time.
Q: In the aftermath of the Miami Grand Prix announcement, a lot of people have complained that F1 should be going to somewhere like Laguna, Elkhart Lake or The Glen instead of what’s been called a car park. Firstly, do the owners of those aforementioned tracks want to host an F1 race? Secondly, would they want to splash out to bring their tracks up to FIA Grade 1 standards and to pay the astronomical race fees?
LN: Here we go. Do you realize how much it costs to upgrade to Grade 1? You think a track that fights with the residents who live across the street, a track that sells stale Sargento cheese curds, or a track that’s near Syracuse can afford to upgrade to Grade 1?