Jimmie Johnson Clarifies Comments About IndyCar on Ovals

10/19/11 in IndyCar   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

In the aftermath of Dan Wheldon's fatal crash, Jimmie Johnson created a stir when he said that IndyCar should not race on ovals at all. Today Johnson clarified those comments, saying he only meant that IndyCar should not run on 1.5 mile banked ovals such as Las Vegas, where Sunday's tragedy occurred.

I'll go one step further and say that if IndyCar can prevent the pack racing that has occurred on these high banked ovals over the years, then they can be raced on safely. If they can't, then yes, I agree with Johnson and others (including current IndyCar drivers) who have stated this. This issue will presumably be near the top of IndyCar's to do list this offseason as testing of the 2012 car (which will be named after Wheldon) continues.

For the record, while other fans were highly critical of Johnson's comments, I didn't have a problem with them. I did think they were more emotional and intellectual, but I certainly am not begrudging anyone their emotional response to this tragedy. It's those in the media that know nothing about racing that suddenly act like IndyCar experts that bother me.
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