This ethanol is fuming

Posted by Iannucci | 6/13/2008 | 4 comments »
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Chris Estrada at Indy Racing Revolution has found quite an intriguing audio clip. In an interview with Hoosier Ag Today (it’s an ethanol thang) a bummed out Ryan Hunter-Reay minces no words about his touching moment with Marco Andretti last Saturday, saying “the more I talk about it the more frustrated I get.”

“It’s unfortunate, because Marco’s driving like he’s gonna lose his ride. Four other drivers complained after the race; they all came up to me after the race complaining about how Marco was driving. I don’t know, he’s just got to reshape his attitude a little bit.

“He’s just got a horrible attitude about everything, and he just seems to be — I mean, he’s a talented driver, he’s just needs to drive within the limits and he’ll bring home great race cars. Right now, he’s just driving over his head at the moment.”
Guess we won’t hear a lot of “Hunter-Reay to AGR” rumors this year.

The Hunter also mentions that he felt confident about scoring a win in those final laps because his had already passed Dixon a few times, and that in all of his years driving on ovals in other series this was “the first incident with another car”. I’m not confirming that as true but it’s what he said.

Look, we all saw Ryan’s car get squirrelly a couple of times (once right in front of Ryan Briscoe) and the camera from the back of Dixon’s car showed that Marco had (barely) given enough room for The Hunter to race, but the guy had to be doing something right to be in the Top 3 that late.

Whether Ryan is simply cryin’ or Marco really did find his way off the Christmas Card lists of “four other drivers”, the fact is we have another budding rivalry to watch for on Sundays. And as Martha Stewart says, “that’s a good thing”.

4 comments

  1. Carrie // June 13, 2008 10:42 AM  

    I'm a fan of both guys. I like both guys a lot. In the end, it was a racing deal. That said, Marco was absolutely driving like a mad man at Texas. You could see an incident was coming from some time last week, it was so obvious. Marco has been the common denominator too many times for it always to be the other guy's fault.

  2. mmack // June 13, 2008 11:43 AM  

    “He’s just got a horrible attitude about everything, and he just seems to be — I mean, he’s a talented driver, he’s just needs to drive within the limits and he’ll bring home great race cars. Right now, he’s just driving over his head at the moment.”

    3.0 keeps it up and the punchline to the joke about the four most famous words in racing won't be "Andretti is slowing down", they'll be "Andretti into the wall!". One hopes Marco doesn't violate The Danica Directive and take The Princess into the wall with him one of these days.

  3. Anonymous // June 16, 2008 11:26 PM  

    I'm a fan of both driver. can we all get over it ??

  4. mmack // June 17, 2008 6:59 AM  

    can we all get over it??

    Anon,

    Over it? Did you say "Over it?" NOBODY is "over it" until JEFF decides we're "over it"! Were we over it when Scott Dixon knocked Danica Patrick out of this year's Indy 500?!?!?!?!? Hell No!

    Hey, we have to do something until the next race at Iowa.

    :^P