Chat with Marty Reid
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN Indy Racing League anchor Marty Reid will be by to chat about this weekend's race in Toronto (1 p.m. ET, ABC).
Reid, a former driver in both drag racing and sports cars, has been a commentator for a wide variety of ESPN auto racing telecasts since 1982. He became the anchor for ESPN's coverage of the IndyCar Series in 2006. He now works on the Indianapolis 500 on ESPN on ABC, while also serving as lead announcer on selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
Send your questions now and join Reid Friday at 3 p.m. ET!
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Marty Reid (3:00 PM)
Glad to be here, and fire away!
Who will be the next first-time winner in the series?
Marty Reid (3:02 PM)
Based on performance, I would have to lean towards Graham Rahal or Mario Moraes, especially if Moraes can calm down and not be so aggressive. He takes himself out of a lot of races. Rahal would be a first-time winner this year, technically.
What is the best race you called, to you personally?
Marty Reid (3:02 PM)
Obviously it would have to be Danica's win in Japan last year. The significance of it, that race, and that piece of video will live a lot longer than either of us.
Saw the drivers on Wall Street a couple months ago. Man, they're all tiny! So realistically, what's the biggest you can be to fit in one of these cars (paging Tony Stewart).
Marty Reid (3:03 PM)
The reality is, both Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson are over six feet. But they are the exception. More and more drivers are looking more like jockeys than they do any other type of frame. The lighter you are, the more the team can balance the car and get the center of gravity lower. It's all about aerodynamics and grip.
So is Dale Jr. really serious about driving in the Indy 500? Could his skiills even translate?
Marty Reid (3:04 PM)
I think anybody who drives a 3500 pound car at the Brickyard could make the adjustment. I think he would run into some of the same challenges that Dario and Sam Hornish did. The guys like Tony Stewart, who can adapt quickly, are few and far between.
Buzz (Pompano Beach)
What's the hardest part about calling a race? And which is harder, NASCAR or IndyCar?
Marty Reid (3:06 PM)
Believe it or not, the hardest is IndyCar...the cars sometimes have identical paint schemes, and the numbers are so small...it makes it impossible to distinguish. I had a miscall happen to me in the 500 because the two Penske cars were identical. The hardest part is, while I'm talking to everybody at home, the producer is talking in my ear and telling me where he wants the show to go next. That's what makes the job challenging. You don't get to see and hear what goes on in those headsets.
Billy (Fort Worth)
So, who is going to win it all this year?
Marty Reid (3:07 PM)
Right now, I still think you have to lean toward Scott Dixon. He's a brand-new daddy, just had a new kid named Poppy. He has a big smile from ear to ear, and is the guy you will have to get around to win.
James (Georgetown, Texas)
Are you surprised about Danica being in the top five in the standings? And when is she likely to win again?
Marty Reid (3:09 PM)
I'm not surprised. She has worked hard at her driving. None of the Andretti-Green cars are doing well in road courses, but she is practicing hard. I'm not sure how long she will stay in the top five, but her earliest chance to win could be Kentucky. AGR has been struggling and is in danger of falling out of contention.
What has suprised you most about this season?
Marty Reid (3:10 PM)
Probably the dropoff in AGR. Even Tony Kanaan is struggling. I thought when they made some of the changes that they did it would help, but I think many people would feel the same way...they are not getting the kind of results we're used to. But on the flipside. Moraes has been a big surprise. He's like a bull in a china shop, though, and needs patience.
Reg (Sonoma, Calif.)
Marty, do you think there are getting to be too many road and street courses in IndyCar? What would be the righht balance?
Marty Reid (3:11 PM)
I'm one that really loves watching these cars under the lights on the ovals. The sheer speed that these cars can run gets your blood going, especially when you are live and in-person. I also love the challenges the road courses bring. I would like to see it 65-35 in favor of ovals, but it could be an even split last year. That's probably the fairest way to do it in order to find the overall best driver. Maybe a mix is the best way to go.
So Marty, I'm here for the race. What should I be looking out for and where would be the best place to watch it from? Love your work, BTW.
Marty Reid (3:13 PM)
You can get around to multiple locations...I would try to get over to Turns 1 and 8. 8 could be very rough...these drivers will be sore and looking for a hot tub afterwards. When it's time for pit stops, try to get there if you can. You might see somebody try to go on one, but it's more than likely a two-stop race, especially with the new tire combination...the reds are providing a lot of grip.
Marty Reid (3:13 PM)
Some great questions, and thanks to everyone. This is a form I rarely get to do, and I love communicating with the fans.