Were the boos warranted or too harsh?

Were the boos warranted or too harsh?

There are 17 comments on the ESPN story from May 25, 2010, titled Were the boos warranted or too harsh?. In it, ESPN reports that:

Sometimes the truth hurts. Although presumably it hurts less than hitting a wall at 200 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Since: Jul 09

Livermore, CA

#1 May 25, 2010
I wonder if that little 'race car bimbo' understands why Nascar drivers thank their crews and the boys back at the engine shop as much as they do. Winning races is all about teamwork and good team spirit.

This really shows her 'it's all about me' approach to racing - if she ever pulled that in Nascar she'd be finished for good!

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#2 May 25, 2010
JimmyFlathead wrote:
This really shows her 'it's all about me' approach to racing - if she ever pulled that in Nascar she'd be finished for good!
Nah that kind of attitude is the norm at JR Motorsports.
MISSU3

Fort Worth, TX

#3 May 25, 2010
menards wrote:
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Nah that kind of attitude is the norm at JR Motorsports.
LOL! True, but we're talking about REAL NASCAR teams and drivers. The media personalities think that the tooth fairies bring them perfect little cars that any less than talented driver should be able to win in. In horses they call them "push button horses". One that looks good even if an idiot is at the controls. Think the same applies in car racing.

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#4 May 25, 2010
JimmyFlathead wrote:
I wonder if that little 'race car bimbo' understands why Nascar drivers thank their crews and the boys back at the engine shop as much as they do. Winning races is all about teamwork and good team spirit.
This really shows her 'it's all about me' approach to racing - if she ever pulled that in Nascar she'd be finished for good!
First off, you're not talking about a NASCAR driver so any lack of understanding is understandable. Second of all, if the whole team has less speed than the norm, it it is reasonable to assume she IS CORRECT.

Part of playing the game is you man up and accept responsibility if somebody points out your mistakes. If a driver says 'this car is junk' then the team has to accept that assessment. You can't just say 'Well we did out part' and put the blame on somebody else.

Danica haters are just looking for more reason to insult her. Well she is who she is and her comments may not suit you but you're not the one funding her ride, you're not her spotter, crew chief or mechanic. You may think your opinion in some small way determines whether or not she sleeps well at night...
Wang

Raleigh, NC

#5 May 25, 2010
alpinedigital wrote:
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First off, you're not talking about a NASCAR driver so any lack of understanding is understandable. Second of all, if the whole team has less speed than the norm, it it is reasonable to assume she IS CORRECT.
Part of playing the game is you man up and accept responsibility if somebody points out your mistakes. If a driver says 'this car is junk' then the team has to accept that assessment. You can't just say 'Well we did out part' and put the blame on somebody else.
Danica haters are just looking for more reason to insult her. Well she is who she is and her comments may not suit you but you're not the one funding her ride, you're not her spotter, crew chief or mechanic. You may think your opinion in some small way determines whether or not she sleeps well at night...
He was wliting about Danica? Wang thought he wlite about Dare Jl.
OSUSam

Bakersfield, CA

#6 May 25, 2010
alpinedigital wrote:
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First off, you're not talking about a NASCAR driver so any lack of understanding is understandable. Second of all, if the whole team has less speed than the norm, it it is reasonable to assume she IS CORRECT.
Part of playing the game is you man up and accept responsibility if somebody points out your mistakes. If a driver says 'this car is junk' then the team has to accept that assessment. You can't just say 'Well we did out part' and put the blame on somebody else.
Danica haters are just looking for more reason to insult her. Well she is who she is and her comments may not suit you but you're not the one funding her ride, you're not her spotter, crew chief or mechanic. You may think your opinion in some small way determines whether or not she sleeps well at night...
I don't blame her either. These cars aren't like stock cars. You crash in these cars and you can die. Plus, whether you NASCAR fans want to accept this or not, the Indy 500 is bigger than any stock car race on the planet. It's been around a hundred years. Twice as long as Daytona. It has worldwide recognition. It's like nothing else in Auto racing. Don't get me wrong, I love NASCAR, but, The Daytona 500 is just a fancier version of what they do every other weekend. The Indy 500 is their only 500 mile race. It's the most important race to all those drivers. Anretti Auto Sport cars were all terrible. Tony Kanaan crashed twice and almost didn't make it in the race. Their cars were out of control. The comments Danica made were right after she stepped out of the car after qualifying where she got the crap scared out of her because her car was so squirrely. Her adrenalin was running a million miles an hour. We've all said things in life that we regretted later after calming down and thinking about it.

As for the comment about praising the crews in NASCAR, nothing makes me laugh more than a driver after qualifying 43rd praising his crew for all their hard work....Uh...No...you qualified 43rd, your car sucks and your crew doesn't deserve praise. What does it take in NASCAR for a driver to say "My crew needs to get better?"

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#7 May 26, 2010
Painting things in phony rosy colors doesn't solve any problems for anyone, whether it's the driver or the crew chief or the owner. All have the responsibility to speak truthfully about any apparent problems their teams have. This is a public sport that the spectators are paying to see so they have a right to ask questions when there are problems. For a driver to truthfully say his crew needs to improve in some way or step up their performance, that is not a condemantion of the crew unless it is done with malice. For a crew chief or owner to say his driver is struggling with a certain track or some setup on the car doesn't mean they are saying the driver is incompetent. It's merely a truthful answer to why something happening. If a driver steps out of a car that he or she just put their life on the line trying to make competitive when the crew hadn't done their job and gotten it there, they have every right to speak the truth and say the crew didn't get it right. If the car is ready and the driver screws the pooch, the crew has a right to say the driver needs to pick it up.

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#8 May 26, 2010
Massive applause...
It's nice to see somebody with a good assessment of the situation, and not the typical biased hater remarks that I've seen everywhere else.
She may not be competitive everywhere but the Indy 5 is where everyone wants to be at their absolute best. That said, I have to say her Indy 5 stats are very respectable:
Qualified 4th, 10th, 8th, 5th, and 10th from 2005-2009
Her finishes: 4th, 8th, 8th, 22nd, and 3rd.
OSUSam

Bakersfield, CA

#9 May 26, 2010
alpinedigital wrote:
Massive applause...
It's nice to see somebody with a good assessment of the situation, and not the typical biased hater remarks that I've seen everywhere else.
She may not be competitive everywhere but the Indy 5 is where everyone wants to be at their absolute best. That said, I have to say her Indy 5 stats are very respectable:
Qualified 4th, 10th, 8th, 5th, and 10th from 2005-2009
Her finishes: 4th, 8th, 8th, 22nd, and 3rd.
You've done your research well. She actually has the best finishing record at Indy of ALL drivers since 2005. Pretty impressive. It would have been even better if Ryan Briscoe hadn't booted her in the pits a couple of years ago.
Strike

Fairfield, OH

#10 May 26, 2010
OSUSam wrote:
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I don't blame her either. These cars aren't like stock cars. You crash in these cars and you can die. Plus, whether you NASCAR fans want to accept this or not, the Indy 500 is bigger than any stock car race on the planet. It's been around a hundred years. Twice as long as Daytona. It has worldwide recognition. It's like nothing else in Auto racing. Don't get me wrong, I love NASCAR, but, The Daytona 500 is just a fancier version of what they do every other weekend. The Indy 500 is their only 500 mile race. It's the most important race to all those drivers. Anretti Auto Sport cars were all terrible. Tony Kanaan crashed twice and almost didn't make it in the race. Their cars were out of control. The comments Danica made were right after she stepped out of the car after qualifying where she got the crap scared out of her because her car was so squirrely. Her adrenalin was running a million miles an hour. We've all said things in life that we regretted later after calming down and thinking about it.
As for the comment about praising the crews in NASCAR, nothing makes me laugh more than a driver after qualifying 43rd praising his crew for all their hard work....Uh...No...you qualified 43rd, your car sucks and your crew doesn't deserve praise. What does it take in NASCAR for a driver to say "My crew needs to get better?"
You crash in these cars and you die, you say? Then why is she driving it..doesn't have to..maybe she should get out then

Since: Apr 07

United States

#11 May 26, 2010
This is a double standard.

If Tony Stewart had made those comments, the crowd would have being saying, "Give em hell Tony!"

Some people have licence to be an azz at times, some people do not.
OSUSam

Bakersfield, CA

#12 May 26, 2010
Strike wrote:
<quoted text> You crash in these cars and you die, you say? Then why is she driving it..doesn't have to..maybe she should get out then
Why do any of them drive if they can die? Because they have a passion. Something you obviously know nothing about. Look at the accidents they've had in the near past. Davey Hamilton and Kenny Brach, horrific accidents with lots of sheet time. Tony Renna and Paul Dana died. Injuries are a common thing in open wheel racing. The cars are much safer now than "Back in the Day" when drivers died all the time but I don't care what you are in, when you hit a wall at 220 MPH, it's going to hurt. I admire each and every one of them for their courage and putting a great show on for us to enjoy.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#13 May 26, 2010
Fans don't have to be brave.

They don't have to take a hit from Ray Lewis...
They don't have to stare down a 100mph Sabatha fastball...
They don't have to take a charge from Shaq O'Neal...
They don't have to stop a slapshot from Ovetchkin...
They don't have to drive a 900hp ground rocket around a 2.5 mile track with four 45 degree turns without lifting.

Courage is a cavaleer thing when all you do is buy a ticket.

Ski

“Is It Friday Yet?????”

Since: May 07

Smalltown New York

#14 May 27, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
Fans don't have to be brave.
They don't have to take a hit from Ray Lewis...
They don't have to stare down a 100mph Sabatha fastball...
They don't have to take a charge from Shaq O'Neal...
They don't have to stop a slapshot from Ovetchkin...
They don't have to drive a 900hp ground rocket around a 2.5 mile track with four 45 degree turns without lifting.
Courage is a cavaleer thing when all you do is buy a ticket.
Bravo!!!
One does not need courage to be an arm chair quarterback.

But courage does come in handy when going to some races. You have to not be afraid of getting hit with a flying beer can, or slipping in the bleachers on a greasy chicken bone. Then there is the ever present threat of being face to face with a woman who thinks her muffin top is sexy.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#15 May 27, 2010
Ski wrote:
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Bravo!!!
One does not need courage to be an arm chair quarterback.
But courage does come in handy when going to some races. You have to not be afraid of getting hit with a flying beer can, or slipping in the bleachers on a greasy chicken bone. Then there is the ever present threat of being face to face with a woman who thinks her muffin top is sexy.
Yes... I agree. The liability language on some tickets doesn't really seem to be enough! Bravo to you as well. Well said!
Hilton Head

Apopka, FL

#16 May 27, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
Fans don't have to be brave.
They don't have to take a hit from Ray Lewis...
They don't have to stare down a 100mph Sabatha fastball...
They don't have to take a charge from Shaq O'Neal...
They don't have to stop a slapshot from Ovetchkin...
They don't have to drive a 900hp ground rocket around a 2.5 mile track with four 45 degree turns without lifting.
Courage is a cavaleer thing when all you do is buy a ticket.
As long as your not sitting near the fence when Brad Crashlowski turns Edwards.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#17 May 27, 2010
Hilton Head wrote:
<quoted text>As long as your not sitting near the fence when Brad Crashlowski turns Edwards.
I take it all back, you DO have a point there!!!

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