Arute speaks his mind

Posted by Iannucci | 7/22/2008 | 21 comments »
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At the risk of beating this further into the ground, here is Jack Arute's rather unique view of the whole Danica/Milka kerfuffle.

All that Danica did was what hundreds of drivers before have done -- asked a fellow driver what they were thinking or doing out on the track. There was no confrontation ... initially. Danica was asking Milka if she saw DP.

But, out of the blue, Milka went "Charo" and started yipping like a Chihuahua. Go ahead. Go to YouTube and listen carefully.

D.P. - "Did you see me out there?"

M.D. - Yip, Yip Yip ...

D.P. - Did you see me?

M.D. - Yip, Yip

Jack is totally wrong. Everyone knows it's Shih Tzus that go "yip yip yip". Chihuahuas ennunciate clearly and say things like "Yo quiero Taco Bell".


  1. Carrie // July 22, 2008 8:36 AM  

    You jumped on that quick. Don't you work? ;-)

    I say this as I'm supposed to be working. *ducks*

  2. Jeff Iannucci // July 22, 2008 8:38 AM  

    Let's just say that some days I multi-task better than others.

  3. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // July 22, 2008 8:45 AM  

    When you start a conversation by dropping the F-bomb it kind of sets the stage.

  4. Bash // July 22, 2008 11:25 AM  

    Danica could have opened the conversation on a much more cordial note and I agree that Milka overreacted, but I have to wonder if Jack's extremely-pointed charcterizing of Milka will get him labeled "racist." Maybe he could hve put it in slightly more neutral language...

  5. pressdog // July 22, 2008 11:28 AM  

    Making fun of someone's accent in their second language is really pretty cool. Kind of on the racial edge with the whole Chihuahua deal. I don't think I'd go there even in a word-butchering blog. The day Arute says anything bad about Princess Sparkle Pony is the day Jeff gets F1 Fever. She could have went in blazing with the F-word and even dropped a c-bomb and actually hurled her own feces at Milka and Arute would have loved the fire.

  6. pressdog // July 22, 2008 11:36 AM  

    on top of that, when it comes to being incoherent, there's no better expert than Jack Arute. BAM. Thank you, and be sure to tip your wait persons. I'll be here all week.

  7. Skip-SC // July 22, 2008 1:01 PM  

    I agree that Arute went kind of "over the top" with this one, but his basic premise is correct. Danica was correct in her assessment of what happened on the track, and while she needs to do better at handling these confrontations, I suspect A. J. and a number of others from the "old school" would have behaved in a similar manner, if not worse.

    Let's face it everyone, Milka, like her or not, is a hazard on the race track. When you're running 10 MPH slower than the following traffic, you need to get the Hell out of the way, particularly approaching a corner.

  8. Bash // July 22, 2008 1:15 PM  

    No doubt, Milka's a moving chicane. She and Marty should be sidelined - as so many folks have stated, we don't need filler anymore. I agree going to the driver is the way to handle things (maybe leave the "f-ing clueless" opener off the table for the sake of productivity) and escalate it to league officials if the problem persists. But I also agree with something Curt Cavin said in his blog, that Danica should be mindful to find a private space to do this sort of thing in. (Danica herself pointed out that everything around her evolves to another level due to her popularity.) She didn't do this privately, so now we have a firestorm of "Danica's a bitch" and "Milka's crazy" to live with for a while - and what becomes of the issue, that we have a legitimate on-track hazard?

  9. migue // July 22, 2008 1:33 PM  

    Jack Arude?

  10. A // July 22, 2008 1:37 PM  

    I think Jack Arute must be getting a cut from DP. That article was over the top even for him!

  11. Sarah Fan // July 22, 2008 2:06 PM  

    You know, the most interesting thing I find about this whole tempest-teacup thing, is how much slower Milka was on the track the farther away from the actual event we get. It now appears Milka was "10 mph slower", in other blogs it has gone from 4 sec. to 8 sec. slower. All I can say is, check the lap charts. She was definitely a good bit slower, but not THAT slow. Come on. If the Princess is as good as she thinks she is, and she tries to make sure we all know she is, this should not have been a problem for her. Lay back, pick your spots, and get the job done. Everybody else was.

    And by the way, if the Princess of Pout and Slap would find her way to my pit, I would definitely be on guard. She never, ever comes to "talk nice". Doesn't know how, never was taught, doesn't care to learn. Feels she doesn't have to. She just lets her inner brat free rein whenever, and everybody else is supposed to bow down and tolerate it. And finally someone didn't.

  12. Demond Sanders // July 22, 2008 3:33 PM  

    Arute is smart. He knows that DP is the only chance this series has to make it back into the mainstream.

    But I think he may have crossed ABC's line. If I was him I'd be calling's editor and begging him to pull the article.

  13. Ansen B. // July 22, 2008 11:43 PM  

    Everyone is so quick to point out that Arute overstepped his bounds, Milka overreacted, and Danica should've had the conversation in private.

    Morally, perhaps that is all correct, but for the sake of the Indycar Series, I'm ALL FOR public spats caught on tape. CONTROVERSY SELLS!!! Take the NFL for example. What are the biggest stories recently? Brett Favre vs Green Bay, Spygate, Pacman Jones vs League, Jason Taylor vs Dolphins. Everyone in the media jumps on their high horses wagging their fingers at how bad sports has gotten, all the while forgetting the fact that they're the ones building the hype by talking about it! Danica vs Milka, Hornish vs Kanaan last year - these things are, overall, good for the sport.

    Plus, people have done much dumber things than what Danica did here. Anyone remember AJ Foyt punching a certain Arie Luyendyke in the face at Texas?

    Despite the questionable morality of the was in the heat of the moment, and is now forgiven. It's become a fond memory for fans, not a bad one, and this will end up the same way.

  14. Dale Nixon // July 23, 2008 5:09 AM  

    Anyone remember AJ Foyt punching a certain Arie Luyendyke in the face at Texas?

    Except AJ never punched Arie in the face.

    He bear hugged Arie and tossed him out of the way, showing good basic grappling and a nice takedown.

  15. Anonymous // July 23, 2008 5:35 AM  

    Anyone remember AJ Foyt punching a certain Arie Luyendyke in the face at Texas?

    Today, Arie and AJ are friends. I can't see the Princess and Milka ever being friends. Actually, I can't see the Princess being friends with any driver

  16. mmack // July 23, 2008 6:14 AM  

    Maria and I discussed this last night. Frankly we're hoping Danica! and The Thrill from West Hill make contact on the last corner of the last lap of the Edmonton race.

    Something tells me Paul won't be throwing a towel if that happened and The Princess "gets all up in his business".

    It'll at least be a Subway foot long.

  17. Rick James // July 23, 2008 10:38 AM  

    I love it, feminine road rage on a international level.

  18. Tabernerus // July 23, 2008 7:55 PM  

    First of all, I can see Danica being friends with one driver - Marco Andretti. At least until they collide on track.

    Second, I think we should change Milka's name to "Manager," the person on the field who tosses the college football players towels and water as they come off the field.

    Marty Roth should really be known as "Car Count." For so many reasons.

  19. Jeff Iannucci // July 24, 2008 9:05 AM  

    It's my understanding that Danica and Helio are both good buddies. Their families kind of hang out together and I've never heard either one of them say a bad word about the other.

    And AJ didn't exactly "punch" Arie. Watch for yourself.

  20. LA // July 25, 2008 7:29 AM  

    "I agree that Arute went kind of "over the top" with this one, but his basic premise is correct. Danica was correct in her assessment of what happened on the track." The key here is she was slower... IN PRACTICE. Is being held up behind a driver IN PRACTICE really worth the side show Danica made? Nope!

  21. Bob Mc // July 25, 2008 4:54 PM  

    This whole thing kills me, because I don't like either of them. Danica (meh!) is so over-exposed that I want to shoot myself every time I see her mentioned in 14th place. And Milka, well, let's face it. If it wasn't for the full backing of the Venezuelan government, she'd be kickin' it in the Indy Pro Series for life a la Roberto Quintanilla!

    Really, people, if you want a female driver to back, keep backing Sarah Fisher!