Simple, But Unanswered Questions
Sitting just past the halfway point, there are several questions I have regarding different aspects of the IndyCar Series. These aren’t rhetorical questions that I actually know the answer to, but they are instead actual situations that need explaining to me. Some are trivial, meaningless, and are probably things I should have known years ago; while others are of a completely serious nature. If anyone has answers to any of these questions, please fill me in and post them in the comment section below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday’s are usually the slowest day traffic-wise on this site, so I understand I may not get many (or any) of these questions answered. Hopefully I’ll get some, though.
First, a couple of aerodynamic questions – with all of the speculation of the new exhaust outlets being the culprits of the lack of racing, I got to wondering about some other things possibly making a difference in aerodynamics. First of all…if a wickerbill can make such a huge difference, what about the camera that is mounted on the end plate of Dan Wheldon’s rear wing. Yes, it’s small but it isn’t flush. Could this cause significant aerodynamic drag on long straightaways? I also wonder about the “flat” (non-glossy, non-polished) paintjob that the William Rast cars have carried (i.e. Ed Carpenter’s car this weekend). So much care goes into make a car slip through the air on straightaways. Does a flat paintjob produce more drag than a slick polished finish?
Does Dallara still build these current cars or are there just a finite number of these cars available?
When a car crashes on a race weekend, how do the teams get the car repainted so meticulously? I know they use a lot of decals, but is there any type of painting facility that the teams use? Or is there no painting involved at all?
On consecutive race weekends like we are in right now? Did most of the teams take the cars straight from Watkins Glen to Toronto, or did they take them back to their respective shops?
Do the drivers stay in their motor homes at all of the tracks at every race weekend or just Indy?
Why did Justin Wilson run the first race this season in Dale Coyne’s #19 Sonny’s BBQ car, then switch to the #18 Z-Line Design car for very race since?
Why is Robert Doornbos running McDonald’s livery now? Did McDonald’s put up additional money?
Unfortunately, I wrap this up on a sad and serious note. I hope my last question is not viewed as tasteless, but it involves the death of Mary Unser Tanner, who was the daughter of Al Unser and the sister of Al Unser, Jr. Apparently, Mary passed away in March on the day before Lloyd Ruby’s death. I had heard nothing of this until last week, when I heard someone mention it in passing. This is terrible for Al Unser. He lost his other daughter, Debbie, to a dune buggy accident in 1982 on the weekend of the Milwaukee 200 in August. This latest loss leaves Al Unser, Jr. as his only remaining child. Does anyone know what the circumstances were? Whatever the case, my condolences go to the Unser and Tanner families.
These are some things that have been on my mind lately, but didn’t really know where to go to for answers. Based on the comments I’ve received from readers of this site, there is no better place I could go. Thanks for reading.