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Q: Loved the Mailbag final week and agree with Gary in California about Helio’s remark after the race. It was nearly the very first thing he stated when he lastly acquired interviewed and requested about profitable 4: “I do know P.T. has been saying issues about 2002 however that was my win PT, all the way in which, it was my win.” P.T. had been complementing him the entire time and by no means introduced it up. He was truly rooting for him too. I believe it was an excellent story for IndyCar, however was very disillusioned when he stated that; he may’ve been far more humble about it as a result of everyone knows the P.T. was main when that yellow got here out. Perhaps you may return and watch the interviews? Sustain all the nice work, all of us recognize it.
CAM in LA
RM: That tells me it’s at all times at the back of his thoughts, as a result of he is aware of the place P.T. was when that yellow got here out in 2002. Not a really elegant transfer when you think about how supportive P.T. had been all month, but it surely didn’t diminish his nice run to the checker and Shank’s fantastic story.
Q: Guessing you aren’t on Instagram and that’s OK. However the feedback by Helio towards P.T. may stem from Tracy’s three posts main as much as the race exhibiting the replay of the warning mild approaching, one other of the pylon together with his quantity on the high and the No.3 beneath it and a 3rd of a plaque exhibiting him because the “actual winner” with a photograph of him forward captioned as being the second warning got here out. P.T. appeared fixated on it this 12 months.
RM: Who cares about Instagram in comparison with seven million TV viewers? Tracy took the excessive highway all via the telecast and that’s what counts in my e book, however thanks for the information.
Q: Seeing that you simply’re higher gambler than I’m, what do you place the chances that Helio would run greater than six races this 12 months? Given the possibility, I believe he’s acquired a very good shot at making issues fascinating for the championship run. On one other word, simply heard F1 may add one other race within the USA. Any probability that with Liberty Media in attendance for this 12 months’s 500, the Captain may entertain the concept of bringing them again to Indy?
Kevin P., North Carolina
RM: Helio has 5 extra drives with Meyer Shank to shut out the 2021 season with all the things however Gateway however he’s additionally acquired 4 commitments to Tony Stewart’s collection over the following two months, so a run to his first title could be an extended shot. Shank stated Monday he’s engaged on a full-time experience for Helio subsequent season, however there are many shifting components. No F1 race at IMS in fast future in keeping with our F1 man Chris Medland’s newest story. However Penske says he’s open to it.
Q: Nice win for Helio! I don’t assume anybody else has ever had a victory celebration like his. Very talked-about win by a man who lives and breathes this sport. I’ve at all times appreciated the phrase: “Youth and enthusiasm is not any match for outdated age and treachery.” Whereas Helio wasn’t treacherous, he did have an excellent sense of figuring out when to carry ‘em and when to fold ‘em. The entire four-timers have been very astute about staying close to the entrance for a lot of the race, staying out of bother and protecting somewhat bit in hand for once they wanted it. They weren’t automobile breakers and have been by no means aggressive for the sake of being aggressive. Absolutely there have been others who as fast and possibly even a contact faster, however total they weren’t fairly on the degree of the four-timers.
So far as everybody else is anxious, I used to be stunned at who completed nearer to the again than the entrance – specifically, Herta, Dixon, Rossi, Energy, Hunter-Reay and Andretti. The Andretti Autosport guys took a beating as did the Penske workforce, except Pagenaud. Granted, over time I’ve seen this kind of factor earlier than, however this 12 months it simply appeared extra prevalent contemplating all the of us who have been fast in qualifying and/or Carb Day. What’s your take? Had been you stunned that so many who’re normally on the entrance have been simply so out to lunch?
Don Hopings, Cathedral Metropolis, CA
RM: Helio drove quite a bit like his mentor, Mr. Mears, and clearly has a contact at IMS. Dixon was going to be an element earlier than that unlucky yellow (and possibly Rossi too), RHR had a robust run previous to his brake situation and Herta was fast however acquired caught in visitors after making that additional early pit cease.