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July 10, 2009

Call An Exterminator

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:21 am

The Indy Car group is off to Toronto for a street parade. As street parades go that is not the worst and the people of Toronto are great. I am hoping they do not have the sentiments of the cart apologists who thumb their noses at the IRL like many other less fortunate. I wish I could go.

A RatNow for the real story line. I have been thinking about the laundry leak in the Hulman-George family that caused Tony to resign from all meaningful positions. I have decided to offer my advice to the family. You need to find the rat and get rid of it/her. The more unceremoniously the better. It can be quiet, as is your style. Call an executive session, put some cash together, then get her out of there. That is what you must do to a rat.

Loose lips sink ships. I do not want the one you are on to sink. Isolate the rat, then say goodbye. That is something you must do. Family is family but business is business. That type of sleazeball betrayal is not acceptable. Ever.

End of suggestion. Let’s all enjoy the racing this weekend!



  1. I bet that rat has a horse face.

    Comment by Some guy — July 10, 2009 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  2. Absolutely. If the leaker worked for a guy like Steve Jobs at Apple he/she’d be history by now.

    By the time Jobs returned to Apple, the company was looking like a terminal case. The user base had a large percentage of diehard fanatics, and the relationship between Apple employees and the Mac-centric press had become way too cosy. There was an embattled, “were all in this together” attitude, underpinned by a fanatical belief in the product amongst the users and the press.

    Sound familiar? It reminds me of the last days of CART (otherwise known as “Champ Car”). A small number of diehard fanatical fans. A small group of true believers in the media that have an almost employee-like status with the organization that they cover.

    Jobs began shutting this down at Apple. He set about to rebuild the wall between the company and the outside world. You can’t have all your plans and decisions being printed in the press before you ever have a chance to even truly make them. What Jobs did was task a group in the company with stopping the leaks. He went so far as to leak false stories inside the company, to specific individuals, and then watch to see where the stories ended up.

    Then came the firing. And now, Apple is one very tight, successful ship.

    So who does Miller know so well in the IMS/IRL side of things that he would be privy to that type of information? My thinking is that the info either came from inside the board room from one of TG’s sisters, in which case there is nothing that can be done; or, perhaps more likely (since the info didn’t seem to be accurate enough to come from inside the board), the info came from a former Champ Car employee with a more distant “outside the room” view of the proceedings.

    Which narrows things down a lot. Perhaps you and I are thinking of the same person? I bet we are.

    Comment by Boo Boo — July 10, 2009 @ 10:56 am | Reply

    • Boo Boo,

      It’s pretty obvious where you are going with this and it’s a rediculous and paranoid assumption.

      Do you really think Tony Cotman is the rat? If so you’re delusional, paranoid, and gullible. Why would Tony Cotman care about leaking information? More importantly why would Cotman be given access to this information anyways.

      Somehow I highly doubt the guy in charge of the Firestone Indy Lights series is being given top secret information that goes on between TG and the Sisters.

      Furthermore your comparisons to Steve Jobs and Apple are equally as absurd.

      Do you really think that finding the “rat” is going to magically fix all of the problems that Indycar has? There were problems before there was a rat and there will continue to be problems until the series does a better job of marketing itself, improving the product, and re-establishing (growing) the sport.

      The crap that goes on between TG and the Sisters has nothing to do with how the sport got to where it is today.

      Comment by Serg — July 12, 2009 @ 6:35 am | Reply

      • Serg,

        having major board decisions leaked (not entirely accurately, I might add) to the press in advance is always a bad thing. The person who leaked that story (if an employee) was sabotaging the efforts of his coworkers and causing harm to his employer, and deserves to be fired. Full stop. “Defender” is absolutely correct on this point.

        Saying that it has nothing to do with the past history of Indy Car proves nothing, and is a pointless statement on your part. Your style of arguing is well developed; it’s the content you need to work on. “How the sport got to where it is today” has nothing at all to do with my post.

        The comparison to Apple is simply that Apple was having it’s business harmed, by it’s own employees, who were seriously damaging the company’s ability to conduct PR and Marketing in the way that the people actually responsible for those functions intended. And that, Serg, is exactly what the leaker at IMS/IRL did to his employer.

        It’s interesting that you finger Tony Cotman. What makes you think that he’s the leaker? Is he a former Champ Car guy? Is he known to be friends with Robin Miller?

        I rely on your expertise. I can tell from your tone that you’re a very knowledgeable and authoritative person.

        Comment by Boo Boo — July 16, 2009 @ 10:37 am

  3. Pretty cool post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your posts.

    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

    Comment by Zack — July 11, 2009 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  4. Speaking of rats, I noticed the Toronto race drew several of them.

    Comment by Some guy — July 12, 2009 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

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