Title race: Q&A and YOU

Posted on: September 24, 2010 | Comments(43) | Drivers, Fans, Race Tracks | By: Admin

Next week kicks off the countdown to the IZOD IndyCar Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As you know, competition is tight between championship contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power, and naturally we want to know what’s on your mind.

So we are reaching out to the fans for questions for these drivers during their media ventures on Tuesday Sept. 28. Let’s get started- what do you want to ask them? All you have to do is leave a question on this blog and we will pick a few to have the drivers answer.

Championship Contenders: Franchitti v.Power

Who will it be?

We are also meeting with Target Chip Ganassi Racing  owner Chip Ganassi on Friday, Oct. 1, so if you have questions for him or the championship contenders this is the place to ask.

Questions that are selected will be included in a video segment that will be featured on indycar.com.

Comments

There are 43 comments for this post.

  1. Elena on September 24, 2010 11:58 am
    Elena

    How do you guys feel about IRL making road courses the dominant part of next season? How fo you think it will affect the fans?

  2. Dave Black on September 24, 2010 11:58 am
    Dave Black

    A question to either or even all of the drivers.

    What is their opinion of the direction that the series has taken from the dual champions on Oval and Street Circuits alongside an overall champion. Is this here to stay? Also is there any chance of the series coming to the UK again after the ill fated attempt at Rockingham?

  3. Joe on September 24, 2010 11:59 am
    Joe

    What songs do you listen to in order to get you mentally psyched up for such a crucial race?

  4. Tim Doyle on September 24, 2010 12:04 pm
    Tim Doyle

    Will, do you have any plans during the off season to work on your oval racing skills?

  5. Bryan on September 24, 2010 12:06 pm
    Bryan

    My question for both drivers – How do you feel about the competition currently in the IICS (or lack thereof), and how do you feel about the direction and future of the series?

  6. Perry Fague on September 24, 2010 12:23 pm
    Perry Fague

    How might an early caution effect your race strategy?

  7. fernando carmona jr on September 24, 2010 12:33 pm
    fernando carmona jr

    if one of you guys dont win this champion at homstead, how will you look back at the problems you faced this year, to try and overcome that, when you start a new season next year.

  8. Dave Hoff on September 24, 2010 12:59 pm
    Dave Hoff

    This year’s Indy Car season has been extremely competetive. Next year should be equally as competetive, with talk of team additions, driver movement, and a few new tracks. Are there any drivers, not currently running in the series, that you would like to see in an Indy Car?

  9. Terry on September 24, 2010 2:04 pm
    Terry

    To Dario: If Will wins the championship, what do you think will have been the deciding factor, besides speed and a great car?
    To WIll: If Dario wins the championship, what do you think will be the deciding factor, besides speed and a great car?

  10. Eric Nelson on September 24, 2010 2:08 pm
    Eric Nelson

    Will and Dario, what is your favorite track and why?

  11. Michelle Carroll on September 24, 2010 2:24 pm
    Michelle Carroll

    Will, are you more focused on winning next week’s race, finishing the race in the top 5, or making sure that Dario sees nothing but your tailpipes the whole time?

  12. roberta on September 24, 2010 4:16 pm
    roberta

    For Will or Dario

    I wondered what either of you felt about this, seems no matter how many races you win, the overall championship really depends on teamates help to get you there ,can’t be done alone, do you agree?

  13. Kyle Kramer on September 24, 2010 4:19 pm
    Kyle Kramer

    Dario do you ever eat tacos before the races? JK What is the pressure put on the championship drives to go and perform the last races

  14. Kelly French on September 24, 2010 4:54 pm
    Kelly French

    Question 1 – Do either of you have a pre-race ritual?
    Question 2 – Of the three tracks that are on the 2011 schedule that were not part of the 2010 schedule, which do you look forward racing at the most?
    Question 3 – Which track that has been removed from the IRL schedule for 2011 (any likely beyond) will you miss the most?

  15. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 5:11 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    My question is for both drivers: Having played sports myself,I always wanted to compete against the best! Having said that, I believe only 3 teams each week have a real chance at winning as is obvious by this seasons results! Do you feel a little empty knowing one of you are winning a championship that is a bit skewed, and really isn’t putting you up against the best in racing, just the best in your league? Thank You

  16. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 5:15 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: You always tout yourself as a Scotsman,although you obviously have an Italian last name. Do you consider yourself to also be a winning Italian American driver?

  17. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 5:19 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: Back in the day you raced for Team Kool Green and had Paul Tracy as a teammate! Paul’s exploits as a Playboy are well documented!How did this effect you as a teammate? And what did Ashley say about you hanging out with him?

  18. Matthew on September 24, 2010 5:21 pm
    Matthew

    To Dario: Do you consider it difficult that you have been having to face a 3 car team working together that have all been able to support will in impeding your success on the ovals to some degree?

    To Will: It looked like in KY something clic…ked and you just seem to start to get it on the ovals, do you still feel that way or has the last few races kind of killed that confidence you started to build.

  19. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 5:28 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: I always felt the move Marco made on you at Infineon Raceway back in 07 which almost took you out of contention was a big factor in you leaving Andretti Autosport, as well as how Michael Andretti maybe took the side of his son! I also thought the Andretti team was a great fit. But the way you talk now, it seems you make the point that Ganassi is the better fit,and kind of rub the Andretti’s team nose in it! Whats your feeling on this? And I know you and Kanaan are buddies so don’t use him as a scape goat!

  20. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 5:30 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: Alex Zanardi was a great friend,and I always thought we would see him again around the paddock. Do you still keep in contact with Alex? And how is our old friend doing?

  21. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 5:32 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: A lot of the drivers are having children lately.Any plans for you and Ashley?

  22. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 6:03 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: I know you used to fly a Eurocopter and had sold it a couple years ago. Did losing your friend Colin McRae have any thing to do with your decision to get rid of it? And would you consider getting another one?

  23. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 6:08 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To both drivers: It has been a favorite target of bloggers on open wheel sites that Milka Dunno is not qualified for racing Indy Car’s,and is basically a moving road hazard! What are your feelings on this subject? And if she caused you to lose the last race of the season,what would your reaction, and feelings be? If you answered above that “she is a capable driver” Would your feelings on the question change?”

  24. Paul Palmieri on September 24, 2010 6:11 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: It is obvious that you ans Tony Kanaan are good friends. Having said that I saw in an interview,that you trade helmets between yourselves,and other drivers. What if any thing would you not swap with Kanaan?

  25. Paul Palmieri on September 26, 2010 8:47 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    This question is for Dario: Assuming that you break with the same foot as you use for the gas pedal. And their has been talk of drivers that use both feet having an advantage on road course in particular over there one footed counter parts.Would you be willing to work on left foot breaking in the off season? And if not! Why not?

  26. Adrian Billy on September 26, 2010 9:31 pm
    Adrian Billy

    Will, do you need help at Homestead, I have lots of ideas for a setup. Sorry, but I only have wing strategy.

  27. Keith Waye on September 27, 2010 1:08 pm
    Keith Waye

    To Dario and Will: If you win the Championship, will you keep your helmet or suit to keep as a memory?

  28. Donald M. Gawron on September 27, 2010 1:26 pm
    Donald M. Gawron

    Dario & Will,
    You both have experience driving a CART/CCWS and an Indy Car in your past. If you could influence the creators for the new Indy Car, (outside the 2012 safety cell car by Dallara) what would you like to see the new car be?

  29. Carole on September 27, 2010 1:44 pm
    Carole

    To Dario:

    You’re fighting for the IndyCar title and your cousin Paul Di Resta is in the running for the DTM title. I’m assuming that if both of you succeed there’ll be some kind of epic party when you next get back to Scotland?

  30. Adam Walczak on September 27, 2010 1:52 pm
    Adam Walczak

    To Will:

    Dario has finished ahead of you the last few races. Are you going to be keeping an eye on him or trying to flat win the race?

    PS: Definitely pulling for you Will.

  31. Zachary on September 27, 2010 2:33 pm
    Zachary

    Will and Dario,

    Who are your favorite drivers through the long history of the Indy 500, and why?

  32. Traci on September 27, 2010 2:39 pm
    Traci

    To Both Drivers:
    Are there any team order for the last race???

  33. Adam on September 27, 2010 4:33 pm
    Adam

    I was wondering how either of you feel about the mass media’s continued focus on Danica Patrick especially since she’s not really in the points race? Do you feel she is a credit to Indy?

  34. Jeffrey Nixon on September 27, 2010 5:23 pm
    Jeffrey Nixon

    Will Power,
    When I met you at the Indianapolis International Airport back in February, I told you this was going to be your season. What do you think about my prediction now and has this season met or exceeded your own expectations?

  35. Paul Palmieri on September 28, 2010 3:58 am
    Paul Palmieri

    This question is for both Will and Dario: As with most athlete’s their comes a time when money is no longer the object of your affection, or the reason that you race! So having said that, is the IRL where you would choose to race if this is the case?

  36. Paul Palmieri on September 28, 2010 4:35 am
    Paul Palmieri

    To both drivers: I have a dare for the both of you! Who ever comes in second for the IZOD Championship has to strip off their race suit and run around the track for the winners favorite charity! And for every inch, the second place driver goes past the start finish line in his skivvies, people will pay your charity! Also if the winner joins you then you get double the money! So who’s it gonna be boys? Stand on the podium with your trophies! Or run around the track with your trophies exposed! And may the best man win! LOL

  37. Paul Palmieri on September 28, 2010 4:50 am
    Paul Palmieri

    To Dario: When your car went airborne a few years ago.Did you close your eye’s?

  38. Paul Palmieri on September 28, 2010 4:51 am
    Paul Palmieri

    To both driver’s: When the time comes for both of you to hang up your helmets,what will you want fans to remember you for?

  39. Paul Palmieri on September 28, 2010 4:53 am
    Paul Palmieri

    To both drivers: Do you think anyone is an atheist before they hit a wall at 230 MPH?

  40. Heather Luthor on September 28, 2010 5:05 am
    Heather Luthor

    For Dario and Will! Boxers, briefs, or Au natural?

  41. Rob L (NJ) on September 28, 2010 7:32 am
    Rob L (NJ)

    To Both: I am a film maker and a huge race fan!
    What is/are your favorite racing/car movie(s)?
    Did it influence your decion at all, to be professional drivers?

  42. Paul Palmieri on September 28, 2010 1:07 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To both drivers: If your life story was made for the big screen. Who would you want to play you? And why?

  43. Paul Palmieri on September 28, 2010 2:41 pm
    Paul Palmieri

    To both drivers: At the 2006 Indy 500 Marco Andretti I felt could have made a risky move to cut Sam Hornish off, and win the 500 race in his rookie season! Would either of you be willing to make the move Marco didn’t to win the IRL Championship?

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