Racers, beware: Speed spies lurk

Racers, beware: Speed spies lurk

There are 55 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from May 22, 2007, titled Racers, beware: Speed spies lurk. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The e-mail showed a picture of two men strolling pit road at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one with a long-lens camera draped around his neck.

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IndyMan

Indianapolis, IN

#1 May 23, 2007
They may cover up the wings and other parts but the part about some crew guy grabbing a camera and smashing it is pure B.S. as only an Unser could tell.
IndyMan

Indianapolis, IN

#2 May 23, 2007
Also, Big Ears Bobby did not win in 1981, that was Mario's race, Penske just had the better lawyer (win was given to Big Ears Bobby in the fall of 1981) and if all the evidence were allowed, Vern Shupan would have been declared the winner.
Tiger Fan

United States

#3 May 23, 2007
Keep the guests in a formal area off to the side?
Matt

Jenison, MI

#4 May 23, 2007
Pictures are one thing, but unless you have the actual numbers in writing it really won't amount to anything.
some guy

United States

#5 May 23, 2007
They're probably doing this to try and copy-cat the cheating that goes on in NASCAR to drum up publicity.
News Photographer

Colfax, IN

#6 May 23, 2007
Once upon a time while working the 1990 Michigan 500 for a daily paper I took a shot of Emerson Fittipaldi's blown engine as the crew pushed the car past me. I was quickly removed from the press pit I was in and yelled at by no less than 4 Penske crew members. It took a CART official to get them to let me keep my film...
Bobby

Circleville, OH

#7 May 23, 2007
IndyMan wrote:
Also, Big Ears Bobby did not win in 1981, that was Mario's race, Penske just had the better lawyer (win was given to Big Ears Bobby in the fall of 1981) and if all the evidence were allowed, Vern Shupan would have been declared the winner.
Vern Schuppan wasn't awarded the race because he didn't complete 500 miles. Bobby was given the victory because he beat Mario to the line. The facts are they BOTH cheated by passing cars under yellow. It's not about who had the better lawyers. There was no other choice but to assess a fine. If Mario hadn't cheated also he would have been declared the winner. Just like in 1982 if he hadn't jumped out of the second row before the start he wouldn't have gotten caught up in the "Coogan" incident.
Ron

Circleville, OH

#8 May 23, 2007
IndyMan wrote:
They may cover up the wings and other parts but the part about some crew guy grabbing a camera and smashing it is pure B.S. as only an Unser could tell.
If a crew member ever approaches me or my camera he's leaving in an ambulance. I doubt IMS would ever condone attacking photographers.
Jeanne D

Delaware, OH

#9 May 23, 2007
I have a 19-year old son working on a team at the track this year for the first time. Your Spying article was great! Good reporting!

Since: Jan 07

Fishers, IN

#10 May 23, 2007
Ron wrote:
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If a crew member ever approaches me or my camera he's leaving in an ambulance. I doubt IMS would ever condone attacking photographers.
Didn't Tony Stewart punch a reporter or photographer back in 2002?
staggerlee

Wyocena, WI

#11 May 23, 2007
Bobby wrote:
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Vern Schuppan wasn't awarded the race because he didn't complete 500 miles. Bobby was given the victory because he beat Mario to the line. The facts are they BOTH cheated by passing cars under yellow. It's not about who had the better lawyers. There was no other choice but to assess a fine. If Mario hadn't cheated also he would have been declared the winner. Just like in 1982 if he hadn't jumped out of the second row before the start he wouldn't have gotten caught up in the "Coogan" incident.
Bobby, you are so right on both instances, espcially Mario's jumping the start and as per Mario, blaming someone else for his screw up.
Jackie

Circleville, OH

#12 May 23, 2007
Norman Dale wrote:
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Didn't Tony Stewart punch a reporter or photographer back in 2002?
It was Wil Hampton. I'd have struck back, I guarantee it.
Chris

Appleton, WI

#13 May 23, 2007
Unfortunately I live very close to the Milwaukee Mile and will have to hear the IRL cars Saturday and Sunday June 1 & 2. The goog news is nobody cares so traffic won't be a problem.
Just like Dan Gurney, I'm staying away from the IRL.
Purdue Fan

United States

#14 May 23, 2007
Jackie wrote:
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It was Wil Hampton. I'd have struck back, I guarantee it.
Wow, you're internet-tough.
Gary

Florence, KY

#15 May 23, 2007
Chris must be one of the knuckle-draggers who think NASCAR is best. How boring! IRL on the Milwaukee Mile is some of the best racing in the world...closer than sprinters on half-mile dirt.
Chris

Appleton, WI

#16 May 23, 2007
Gary wrote:
Chris must be one of the knuckle-draggers who think NASCAR is best. How boring! IRL on the Milwaukee Mile is some of the best racing in the world...closer than sprinters on half-mile dirt.
Gary your ignorance shines bright. No, NASCAR has a good marketing department but the racing is terrible. I follow the ALMS and Champ Car. It's funny because Tony is turning the IRL into the series that he broke away from. He realized that his business plan was a complete disater so he decided to copy the Champ Car plan. I will be at Road America for the Champ Car and ALMS double header weekend. Gary, do you have something more interesting to say other than make assumptions?
Vernon

Indianapolis, IN

#17 May 23, 2007
Ron wrote:
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If a crew member ever approaches me or my camera he's leaving in an ambulance. I doubt IMS would ever condone attacking photographers.
I am a crew member and I approached you before Ronnie and I did not leave in an ambulance. In fact, I grabbed your camera and gave it to my little cousin Tyrone and he opened it up and put bubble gum in the loading chamber. And what did you do? You smiled and told us about the time your girlfriend ate 5 pounds of beef jerky. So stop talking like Mr. Tough Guy. We all know you are compensating for your hairline and lack of knowledge about pop music.
Homer

Mount Prospect, IL

#18 May 23, 2007
NASCAR is too easy of a target to beat up on. It's a great marketing company, but more akin to the WWF than any other sport. They stole what technology they have from Indycar racing, which has featured much more exciting racing, especially the last few years. Drivers would leave NASCAR 'en masse were it not for the big bucks they are getting over there. When an also-ran can make several million a year driving a tintop, who can blame them? "Gee Johnny, that was one nice top-25 finish you had there." "Yeah, if I'd just got one more lucky-dog, I woulda finished top-20." Yeehaw!
AJL

Glen Burnie, MD

#19 May 23, 2007
Great article. I'm guessing the hard part was getting Bobby Unser to STOP talking.
StillA500Fan

Indianapolis, IN

#20 May 23, 2007
Chris wrote:
<quoted text>Gary your ignorance shines bright. No, NASCAR has a good marketing department but the racing is terrible. I follow the ALMS and Champ Car. It's funny because Tony is turning the IRL into the series that he broke away from. He realized that his business plan was a complete disater so he decided to copy the Champ Car plan. I will be at Road America for the Champ Car and ALMS double header weekend. Gary, do you have something more interesting to say other than make assumptions?
Yeah, because Champ Car is so wildly successful? That series is worse off than the IRL. Congratulations! That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

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