Rumors of an Indy Car purchase offer spearheaded by Tony George have failed to subside, and the Sports Business Journal added a little more granularity on Friday. Somewhere in the seven figures. He has solicited help from owners and Zak Brown. Predictably, George neither confirmed nor denied. IMS/Hulman & Company, on the other hand, vigorously denied the rumor again, emphatically stating that although unsolicited offers arrive a lot the series is NOT for sale.
If there is any justice in the Indy Car world after years of strife that mostly began after a 1978 plane crash claimed the lives of nine USAC officials, here is one notion of things that should happen:
-Tony George should never again get into the series ownership business. It did not work once, and he has even less support from the parent company now. And can anyone imagine the destructive reaction from the same obsessed cart-centric idiots who have tried in earnest to destroy the sport since 1996?
-The one job for which Tony George is perfectly suited is running IMS. That, I believe, is his destiny. When he did that IMS became an even more magnificent showplace. Like his grandfather, he gets it. It is something he was born to do, and he ought to be allowed to do it. Mari is not getting younger, and it is Tony’s time.
-Allow Randy Bernard to do his job. As I sit in New York ads for the PBR at Madison Square Garden are abundant, and they will sell it out. And be on national television. All this from a sport that was largely concocted recently. That is how Randy Bernard rolled up until he arrived in Indy. Give the guy a raise and get out of his way.
The naysayers, particularly those who remain willfully impaired but no less obsessed, will inevitably chide Indy Car for being on the verge of oblivion, but that small group has appeared increasingly foolish as each of the past sixteen years have passed. The reality is small advancement in multiple areas. Who would have thought two years ago that Indy Car would ever return to Pocono?
Is it not time for Indy Car fate to take a different direction?