Thursday, May 27, 2010

There Are Not Many Racing Rivalries at the Indianapolis 500

Race fans may remember the Marco Andretti - Mario Moraes dustup from last year's Indianapolis 500. Since that one still seems to be on a low boil, I decided to ask a few of the drivers whether they had any rivalries with other drivers.

The three drivers I asked — Tomas Scheckter, Alex Lloyd, and Ryan Hunter-Reay — all said the same thing. "We don't have any rivalries, we just want to beat everyone."

Man, these guys are just too nice. This isn't like NASCAR, where drivers have bitter feuds that have lasted for years. These guys understand the dangers and risks they face on the track, so it brings them closer together, rather than creating any rivalries.

I did like Ryan Hunter-Reay's answer. He's gunning for one guy in particular. Sort of.

Tomas Scheckter, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing



Alex Lloyd, Dale Coyne Racing



Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport



The thing that's really cool about Indy Car racing is that while the competition is fierce, they still watch out for each other. It's not like Formula 1, like Scheckter said, where even the teammates won't speak to each other. Many times, the drivers are often former teammates, or have known each other for years, coming up through the Indy Lights series (the driver training circuit), so while they may want to beat the bejeezus out of each other, they're still concerned about their fellow drivers.

Either that, or they all lied to me and secretly hate each other.


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