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June 1, 2009

Be Careful For What You Wish

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:57 am

tonygeorgeThe cacophony of ill-tempered yapping by those predisposed toward hatred of Tony George has officially reached a fever pitch. Even though all the Hulman-George family business entities are private concerns whose financial data is not publicly shared (and is very closely guarded), plenty of ‘experts’ who claim to know not only how much money is spent but also what goes on in closed board meetings have slithered forth to employ their latest doom and gloom tactic.

As the desperation of such idiots grows, they look more and more stupid with each passing week.

I personally believe Tony George has done a magnificent job heading IMS. One need only look no further than the improvements under his watch, including:

-A modern F-1 facility and the USGP run through most of the decade until Bernie’s greed screwed hundreds of thousands of loyal fans en masse.

-A modern Moto-GP circuit that gave them their highest attendance.

-The Brickyard 400, the second most important race on NASCAR’s calendar. Hopefully Goodyear doesn’t pull another Michelin. The track has worn in so there is no excuse for another failure. Firestone has no problem building tires that work with no problems on that track, so neither should Goodyear.

-A new pagoda that harkens back to actual golden years.

-Continuous improvements to infrastructure.

There may be something to ‘the sisters’ and their attitude, and there may not be. The Tony hating idiots latched on to that notion a few years back, and will not let it go. It is obvious the entire Hulman-George clan is richer than most, and probably richer than 99% of the people who pay to get into their track. That alone gives many a reason to dislike the family, even though that alone is a stupid reason. Personally I only get frustrated when any of the family completely disregard what most fans want and simply ignore them. That type of arrogance is no different than those who ran the twice-failed open wheel series that used to race there.

If there is something to the mass hysteria being bleated by the idiot brigade, I hope they don’t turn the track into something equivalent to an average ISC track. That would be pathetic. I also really do not care what happens to the current league. Series come and series go. Hopefully the next evolution embraces innovation, ovals, natural terrain road courses and fans, keeps costs contained and that few associated with the old cart or the current Indy Car series in management roles survive. All the majority of them seem to want to do is make the same mistakes over and over and hope for different results.  If parity has been achieved in a spec car series, why do the same two teams always win then as well? Might as well offer innovation.

Tony George is one of the three most important people in motor sports. His critics had best figure out a way to work with him. When they work against him they usually end up with their arses kicked, and that makes them even more angry because Tony is such a quiet, almost dull person.

It is, however, funny to watch.



  1. The myth of “Firestone does it…”

    Paul Tracy pointed out that when the cars have lots of downforce taken out for qualifying the tires only last about 15 laps or so, as they are ground down by the diamond-ground surface of the track. It’s in race trim that the tires can go for long stints.

    The truth is that when the tires are sliding on the track, tire life is the same for both brands of tires—at least when the compounds have a similar hardness. The ones they used at the race last year were a little worse than what they’ve tested recently, because the compound didn’t rubber-in the track; it just blew around like a dust storm!

    Comment by Boo Boo — June 1, 2009 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  2. From what I hear, the Family does not want Tony Ousted. They just want him to hire more qualified people. That is the only beef I have heard. Otherwise, it’s all noise.

    If the tires are so similar, why didn’t NASCAR have this problem in the other three or four races since the diamond grinding?

    Comment by Mike Miller — June 1, 2009 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

    • The COT has a higher center of gravity and slides through the corners more than the old car.

      Comment by TroyM — June 2, 2009 @ 1:15 am | Reply

    • The COT travels sideways down the 3/4 mile straights, the rear end is set so cattywhompus the car crabs like a airplane would when landing with a side wind on final approach

      Comment by Rosco — June 2, 2009 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

      • True, but all of the wheels are turning the same direction. While the rear wheels are not following the front wheels, they are running parallel to each other as are the front wheels and all 4 are traveling the same direction. The “crab walk” has nothing to do with the tires not lasting at Indy.

        Comment by TroyM — June 3, 2009 @ 1:26 am

  3. Great post. Although I am surprised to hear that you don’t care what happens to the current league. I think it is a stretch to assume that a better, more competitive series would rise from the IRL’s ashes. That’s crapwagon talk 🙂

    Comment by Demond Sanders — June 1, 2009 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  4. The RR is trying to go up to the wall, the other 3 just drag the RR along for the ride, where by the rubber is heated and worn off during this dragging, now explain why we can read the car number and sometimes the sponsors name when TV shows a straight on view on the straights, a normal set car we can not read this on the same shot from the TV camera

    The Indy cars do not have this problem on the same track

    Comment by Rosco — June 3, 2009 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

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