Whenever the subject of Tony George arises in casual conversation with others who refer to themselves as racing fans, the tone often changes. Hysteria often results. I have never fully understood such willful mental and emotional retardation, much less the accompanying squealing.
These folks are often enthusiasts of the twice bygone cart era. They simply dismiss 85 other years of Indy Car racing that both preceded and followed their 16 years in the evolutionary spotlight. Usually those are the worst excuses for fans in the long history of racing. They continually pound the drum for what they stupidly claim was the highest of high points for Indy Car and blame all of their failures on Tony George without the benefit of any sort of mirror much less actual history.
What anyone who calls themselves a fan must come to grips with is the fact that the Hulman-George family will probably be involved with the management of the sport for the rest of their lifetimes. I am on record as saying Tony George running IMS would be a great thing. He successfully channels his grandfather. IndyCar, as a subsidiary of IMS, should have autonomous management that is separate. In that regard Randy Bernard is well beyond adequate. My biggest frustration is that he is charged with doing a very important job with various limbs tied behind his back.
The one thing I would never favor is placing any ownership group in charge. That would be like putting Jerry Sandusky in charge of Chuck E Cheese. But what if Tony George suddenly ended up in charge? Does anyone really believe he would be the one calling shots? What if he appointed Zak Brown as CEO? Many Tony-haters actually respect Brown.
Here is my advice for those who despise Tony George for whatever reason: Grow up. Life is too short and the sport deserves responsible fans. The remote possibility that he could actually pull off a purchase remains unlikely. Indy Car is not failing, nor will it if Tony George manages to buy it. Unless it is a group of owners. At that point the cancer becomes terminal.