Originally Posted by skalogre
Fine, I'll give you that she is decent. But do you think that she deserves the amount of attention she gets considering her inconsistency? Of course leading a race is impressive but you must also be consistent and controlled enough to make it to the finish line in a good position. Do you think she will be able to mature in to a competent driver that will be able to win races - or at least be consistent enough to bring points to the team that are not near the bottom? The last part was an actual question. IRL is not my thing
I don's know how good a predictor of future success the whole rookie of the year rubbish is, either. Anyone have any stats on that? In IRL, what is the pont structure, anyway? If you are a near-backmarker, do you still get points?
Well as far as her consistancy goes, she has been somewhere between the fourth and tenth best driver in IndyCar for almost two years. Before IRL she raced Toyota Atlantic and was probably the third or fourth best racer in that league for two years. That seems pretty consistant to me, I'd say her problem is her agressiveness getting in the way of her decision making. She has been known to run her car longer and harder than anyone else in the race before pitting in, and she lost Indy because she refused to pit for fuel during the last stretch of the race, she had to back off the lead so she would have enough fuel to finish. If she wised up a little bit, she would probably be top five in IRL and maybe the best anywhere else. She has never WON a race, but consistantly finished in the top ten, and has frequently made it to the podium at Toyota Atlantic. Like I said, she finished 12th in IRL points last year with 325 points. Her Teammate Vitor Meira was seventh with 422 points. I'm pretty sure that in IRL you get points based only on your finishing positions. And to answer your question, yeah, I think that she's proven that she belongs in IRL racing and deserves to be recognized for it. The fact that she's a woman is a novelty, which brightens her spotlight a bit, but then again, Michelle Wie gets a lot of press too, and Annika Sorenstam when she played with the guys. Etc. Thats just the way it is.