The incessant cackling of Internet chicken littles has reached a fever pitch. Their hysterical nonsense bleating continues to be a source of darkly retarded entertainment for those of us who are smarter, better and more mature racing fans than they are.
For fifteen years they have whined, screamed, yelped, and begged for Tony George to go away. Now that Anton has been fired has the noise dissipated? Not hardly. If anything, they are in an even more rambunctious mood.
With the predictably misspelled, grammatically incorrect yammering to which we are all assaulted one might think Indy Racing is doomed. The most ignorant of the bunch always present what they feel are plausible doomsday scenarios between cuss words.
My feeling is that while the series will continue to face challenges in the short term, the long term seems viable. There must, after all, be a series to support the Indianapolis 500. Any understanding of Indy Car evolution is not a strong suit for the Anton haters.
Those who would like to see Tony George not only out of the picture but, in many of the more vulgar scenarios…dead, should seriously consider what they wish for. Who has the vision to carry Indy Car into the middle of this century? The sisters? Uh, no. Mari Hulman-George does not have an indefinite shelf life, and it is my esteemed opinion that the best possible scenario would be a transition to Tony of the Chairmanship. A chair person must have vision. Tony does. That is his strength. His weakness is glaring lack of business acumen. The sisters are not much better.
What Tony needs is a board filled with competent business people and not teat suckling relatives. IMS needs to figure out a way to have the gals cash out, then butt out. The generation that follows Anton has potential, but they are unproven. They are, however, receiving a swell hands-on education.
The best and most valid question Tony has asked to date is: ‘…My question for the board has been not one of who is going to manage the company, but rather, who is going to lead it? There is a distinction.’ I am one who does not want to see the facility devolve into a weed field again. That is going to take someone with real vision and not simply bean counting or legal skills.
Curiously, many of the ignorant IRL haters frequently focus their clueless angst on things that are relatively unimportant, including assuming folks like yours truly claimed there were never any financial subsidies to Indy Car teams. They point to Tony’s own words as ‘proof’ of their assumption: ‘Now, I don’t think it is a secret that most IndyCar and Champ Car teams have relied heavily on financial support from series owners to fund or subsidize their operations over the last 5 years. In fact, I know that in the case of the IRL, every team that has ever competed in the series, since inception, has received support to some degree.’ Duh. Evidently subsidies have not been enough to keep those unable to get sponsorship around. Many of the same kids enjoy pointing out team failures. I wonder how they reconcile ‘…it is a testament to the commitment of the teams and sponsors in the series today that they have persevered this season without any subsidy from the League.’
I’ll focus additional commentary later, but in the meantime it is obvious to me that with all the attention Indy Car, its principals and its fans receive, the league is in little danger of failure. I would be genuinely worried if yapping cretins just stopped offering commentary altogether. It is unlikely that will ever happen. In the meantime, I would settle for even an illusion these squawking naysayers actually enjoy the sport.