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July 7, 2009

A Tale of Two Tonys

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:02 am

Tony StewartTony GeorgeLost in the delinquency and obsession over the resignation of Tony George from IMS was a really cool last lap move by Tony Stewart at Daytona. He is about the most enjoyable driver to watch in the sport at the moment.

Almost as interesting is watching the continuing obsession with all things Indy by the Tony George stalkers. It seems ironic the critics would get all worked up for years over a flippant comment made a really long time ago about bringing a hammer to work every day but not say a word about the comments of the undisputed king of the arrogant twisty course brigade. Old Bernie Eccelstone uttered some priceless commentary over the weekend, slamming democracy, indicating Saddam Hussein was the right man to run Iraq, and praising Adolf Hitler’s ability to ‘get things done.’ How quaint.

I would like to offer a few words about tradition to Jeff Belksus, who many of us are hoping he is to Tony George what Joe Cloutier was to Tony Hulman. Bean counters in leadership roles generally becomes a scary proposition, particularly when tradition is involved and where there may be greedy family members lurking with their mitts out.

  1. Whore the track out to NASCAR and MotoGP and F-1 if it ever comes back. Put banners on the walls. Have advertising on grandstands and in the grass or wherever you can sell it. Have a field day. Go crazy.
  2. When it’s May, leave the walls alone. White only with IMS logos in the turns. Do not violate the sanctity of the place by turning May into a giant bunch of tacky commercialism. Do not whore out the track for Indy. There are several creative ways for placing messaging and raking in sponsorship funding other than on the walls. Avoid that completely. The Centennial Era and history make it worthwhile.

Prediction: Mary Hulman George is getting up there in years. Retirement cannot be far away. I would imagine Tony George will become Chairman of the Board. Hopefully the sisters and the current crew will not screw it up too badly in the interim.

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  1. “Almost as interesting is watching the continuing obsession with all things Indy by the Tony George stalkers. It seems ironic the critics would get all worked up for years over a flippant comment made a really long time ago about bringing a hammer to work every day but not say a word about the comments of the undisputed king of the arrogant twisty course brigade. Old Bernie Eccelstone uttered some priceless commentary over the weekend, slamming democracy, indicating Saddam Hussein was the right man to run Iraq, and praising Adolf Hitler’s ability to ‘get things done.’ How quaint.”

    You are so correct. The silence of some after these comments is quite loud. You’d think sponsors would be running away after these remarks.

    Comment by Mike Miller — July 7, 2009 @ 2:46 pm | Reply


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