One of the most vivid images I retain from those great Sid Collins et al radio broadcasts of “Greatest Spectacle In Racing” was the announcer’s around the track noting many of the drivers waving to the crowd on the parade lap.
Am I correct in assuming that this little tradition has been abandoned, whether officially or unofficially? If that is correct, my guess is that the reason is that today’s drivers have many tasks to attend to in the laps leading up to the green flag, e.g. checking gauges, testing the radio, scrubbing in the tires, etc. But IMHO what has been lost has been a touch of drama that had significant impact.
With today’s Indy cars giving us less of a look at the drivers than ever, wouldn’t a few drivers waving to the crowd on the parade laps bring back a bit of the humanity of the event? Add a bit more drama to ‘the Spectacle?’ Or is this just another old grey beard mumbling about “the good old days.”