Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Delusions of Grandeur

Originally uploaded by sethsdisciple.
Well, it is true that Ego/Confidence is an important part of the makeup of a race driver. You have to trust than your skills will keep you safe while you do something so inadvisable as to drive a car at 200+ MPH. However, Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon doesn't get it.

"There are guys out there other than Danica, probably some better," Wheldon commented. "It wasn't just Danica pushing up the television ratings by 40 (actually 59) percent, it was all 33 drivers. I keep telling the IRL that we need to be pushing all the personalities more in front of different people. She's not the only driver that has a fan base."

Sorry Danny, dead wrong. She was the reason people were watching. Nice that there was some good racing, both by her, and by you, but you didn't raise the ratings one point. You were around (and won the series!) when they were trash. What changed?

Speaking of Danica, top 10 at Richmond last week. Hung around, learned some lessons, kept the car clean when she didn't have a top car on a tough track. It will be interesting to see how she does this week on a track that more resembles the tracks where Rahal's team has run well this year.


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