Elizabeth Blackstock
elizabeth-werth
9/13/19
2:30 PM
6

This is fascinating and I am glad you went into detail about it! It’s great to know that it has tangible safety benefits—but it still did scare the shit out of me when I wasn’t expecting it! I haven’t experienced this tech on any other new car I’ve been in, so all of a sudden it felt like a snake was tightening

9/10/19
10:00 AM
19

I’m genuinely impressed with the amount of ass Hyundai has been kicking lately. It’s just having fun and it's so exciting to watch.

8/29/19
12:53 PM
3

I’m not sure if we can glean a ton, but for what it’s worth, the old press release from Ericsson’s SPM announcement noted that his IndyCar responsibilities would trump his Alfa Romeo ones. Given the whole McLaren-SPM deal which could technically impact his ability to race with SPM given that he has contractual ties to

8/29/19
12:49 PM
13

Honestly, I think it’s a big ~mind games~ thing. He isn’t nearly as dominant as Hamilton despite his consistently good results, and I’ve always felt like the whole “get better or we’ll scrap you” thing was meant to push a driver to be even better.

8/28/19
7:57 AM
3

Dr. Olvey is a straight-up hero. The interviews with him where you get a more intimate discussion of the accidents than you do in the book, which often can come across as a little detached just by its nature, were really fascinating when I wasn’t otherwise distracted.

8/27/19
8:32 PM
2

I definitely know what you mean (seriously—I watched onboard laps of Monticello religiously before the whole crew headed out there just in case I was horribly painfully terribly bad). Again, I’ve found it helps to just be open about it. It takes a lot of pressure off yourself if you’re just honest about your skill leve

8/27/19
8:25 PM
2

There’s also a line between showing history and sensationalizing it, though, which is what I’m trying to get at here. I’ve seen WWII in Color, and while it can be tough to watch, it’s handled with an appropriate amount of sincerity and gravity. It’s not spectacle so much as a history lesson.

8/27/19
8:22 PM
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I hesitated to do too much of a comparison between 1 and Rapid Response because I didn’t want the blog to be construed as an F1 vs. IndyCar thing. But the main thing I keep coming back to is the David Purley trying to save Roger Williamson scene in 1. It’s horrifying. It’s heartbreaking. It’s difficult to witness that

8/27/19
8:11 PM
3

I didn't, no!  I used to be very painfully self-conscious but after getting myself into a lot of "no, actually, I cannot fake this until I make this" situations, I find it's just better to be open about what you know and what you don't and to not be embarrassed about it.  I've never had a chance to drive on a track

8/27/19
2:38 PM
12

there was one point where we lost our whole entire seat. the whole thing. the seat. it was just gone and we had no idea where it was, and then one day it just showed up back in the garage

8/27/19
2:20 PM
24

My personal favorite was "where the fuck did that come from?" in reference to a random piece of car that was just...... no longer attached........ and no one could remember why it was taken off or where it was supposed to go

8/27/19
2:05 PM
5

My main critique was that modern incidents aren’t even mentioned. Most documentaries include that “where are they now” or “how we can change the future” bit at the end, and in this instance, there wasn’t anything like that. Especially as this film is tied in with the re-release of Olvey's book, and that new version

8/27/19
1:49 PM
2

The book is incredible, and I’m already re-reading it once more before my grad school semester starts. Easily one of the most well-written and illuminating books I’ve read about motorsport, hands down.

8/19/19
3:02 PM
9

I understand your point about JW, but I also do want to note that only eleven of 24 qualified drivers finished that race, with 74 laps of it being under yellow. That’s a terrifyingly high rate of attrition. Like, I don’t see it as Pocono’s fault specifically, but the nature of IndyCar racing as it played out on that