March 29, 2011
Quit whining about Indy re-starts
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - To hear the complaints coming from seasoned IZOD IndyCar drivers after the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, one would think that series CEO Randy Bernard’s double file re-start rule was the worst thing that ever happened in the sport.
Bernard brought in the NASCAR-like re-starts in hopes of spicing up the races.
Well no sooner had the checkered flag flown to end the race than the whining began.
First there was second place finisher Will Power.
“There’s zero room for error, and we can’t bump like NASCAR,” he said of the crashes that resulted in the first four attempts at re-starts on Sunday.
Then third place finisher Tony Kanaan chirped in.
“I think we are maybe trying to copy something that the other guys do,” he said. “But we don’t have bumpers and we can’t bump each other.”
But you know what, guys, check out what Simone de Silvestro had to say about the new rule.
“I thought the double-file restarts were pretty fun because it actually gave us a chance to actually make positions,” she said. “Last year, we would start single file every time, it would be hard. You would be just following the leader. I think it (the restarts) made it exciting.”
And guess who got the biggest ovation after the race?
Sometimes change is good and this is one of those times.