Originally Posted by Ericglo
Now that is a reply.
Thanks for being so detailed. What I meant by outsider is someone new to the series and not in the US.
That's pretty much me :-)
I could nitpick, but your list is good.
Thanks. As I tried to make clear, it was just a brain-dump, so if anyone was to take just one sentence out of it and snipe at that, it wouldn't really be fair
I would say the pit stops would be one my one disagreement. Since there is only one stall per team in F1, there really isn't a lot of chaos unless there is a safety car. In the US, each car has a stall.
I see. I did not know that.
So they don't share pit-crews and can't ever "double stack" - because they have their own people? That certainly explains why it takes up such a massive length of road.
I could see were that could be more dangerous, but it hasn't really been an issue. My one concern would be making sure the crew can't jump the wall till the car enters the stall. Nascar does this and Indy should as well. I can't recall a crew member being killed in Indycar. IIRC Nascar had one in the mid '80s. I will add that US tracks have walls whereas F1 doesn't.
What if someone trips when they are trying to jump over a wall and falls badly? I thought one of the mechanics at one of the oval races hurt himself that way a few weeks ago, but they are all merging into one and my memory is hazy.
Your observation about pit reporters is spot on. Since I think it has always been done that way, I never thought about it. Glad to get your perspective on it.
Ta. It may also be an UK vs American culture thing. When I first saw American news TV I was gobsmacked at the causal way they "hand over" to each other. Often with a single word, such as the name of the "destination" presenter.
Robin at the track: .....blah blah blah, Paul?
[fast cut to]
Paul in the studio: thanks Robin! In other news today..
you have the time it takes him to say the single word "Paul", which for some reason is voiced like a question, to know that it's a handover. This is similar to what they are doing to the drivers, right in front of them.
In the UK that would be.
Robin at the track: .....blah blah blah, but that's where we are. (a)This is Robin Miller reporting for BBC News, Chicago.
[fast cut to]
Paul in the studio: [short pause] - (b)Robin Miller there, reporting from Chicago. In other news today
We might not get both (a) and (b), but we would normally get at least one of them!
If you watch the Sky coverage of any interview with a driver (not so much on the grid, but pre and post-race), you'll notice a very big difference in style. They always end by thanking them, without fail.
Robin Miller has been covering Indycar since like 1970. He has been one of if not the biggest supporters of the series. He reminds me of the father who will criticize his kid, but become outraged if someone else says the same thing.
Wow, that makes sense then.