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February 25, 2011

Tony George and the Crazy INDYCAR-Obsessed Who Stalk His Every Move

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:27 pm

There is certainly a beehive of negativity around the Internet about the return of Tony George to the board of directors of Hulman & Company. Collective angst is led, predictably, by Robin Miller. He laid out a far reaching set of conspiracy theories in his Speed TV website column this week, including Anton masterminding a coup d’état to return to power, Randy Bernard running for the hills, and Tony cronies being added to 3 more new slots on the board to help him facilitate his plan of attack.

Most of the whacko proclamations by Internet-based chicken littles are just plain nutty. I prefer using common sense and facts, which include Tony George being openly supportive of the great job Bernard is doing. There has even been talk of some sort of press release about open support for current direction.

Additional facts involve the bottom line. Under Tony both IMS and INDYCAR were said to be losing lots of money. Even though no one who spouts off has ever offered any sort of logical accounting of revenue versus expenses that has never stopped such know-it-alls from proclaiming losses over fifteen years of close to a billion smackers. Many of the same folks now say IMS is making money and INDYCAR could be profitable this year if not for additional expenditures to build INDYCAR insisted upon by Bernard. In other words, most admit it has turned around. Why would the family choose to lose money again?

Instead of positioning Tony George as he is; i.e., a passionate racing enthusiast who cares deeply about the sport and the institution of IMS, most panic-stricken whack jobs have convinced themselves that he is a bitter, megalomaniacal child angry that his previous overtures to buy the track/INDYCAR were rebuffed. He is perceived to be a guy desperate to control everything again. Of course most who think of Tony George in those terms are usually the same people who have planted themselves in 1995 and refuse to budge.

If Tony actually is as ignorant as his critics say he is, how could he possibly be smart enough to mastermind such a return to power?

Here is what I would do this week if I was a member of the Hulman-George family:

  1. Sign a contract extension with Randy Bernard at a higher salary.
  2. Inform Jeff Belskus that he will enthusiastically accept high dollar partnership deals crafted by INDYCAR even if it means risking offending outside parties used to having their backsides kissed.
  3. Start heavily promoting the ‘Most Important Race In History’ in media other than a billboard at 16th and Georgetown.

Start with those three things and we will all be OK.

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9 Comments »

  1. Regardless of anything else, they could not leave one of the heirs of the Hulman fortune out in the cold forever. This move should not be unexpected. But he will have only limited influence on the Indy Racing League, though I hope he has more influence on IMS because he did a great job with the speedway.

    I still believe Tony George’s dream was the right one. That he was not able to achieve it and resorted to compromise was a failing on his part.

    Comment by Bob F. — February 25, 2011 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  2. I think it’s good TG is back in the Hulman-George fold. I’d like to see him work with IMS to maintain and improve the track. I’d even like to see him have some imput as to the future direction of Indycar. There is no one who is more passionate about racing and the Speedway than Tony George.

    Having said that–if any part of these rumors were actually true–and if TG really moved in to replace Bernard–personally, I’m afraid that would be the end of Indycar for me. I’m a huge fan, but I have way too much hope in the present direction of the series to be able to deal with that.

    So I’m going to wish him well and forget about it. For now.

    Comment by redd — February 25, 2011 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  3. I have two questions,

    1. Why was he removed from his position in the first place if he was doing such a wonderful job?

    2. What about the information now coming out that Tony tried to buy the series last year but ultimately was unable to due to lack of enough investors?

    Editor’s Note: 1) He was spending too much of the family money. 2)Sh*t happens. It’s in good hands now anyway.

    Comment by Gary — February 25, 2011 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  4. If Anything, this signifies more stability in the family. If he’s in, he’s taking over. If he’s out, they’re selling the speedway. Always someone trolling for that negative spin.

    Someone said: if there was no TG there would be no Robin Miller.

    Comment by M. Miller — February 25, 2011 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  5. I would like to say, and I am being serious, that I do enjoy your blog. Where the other Indy blogs out there are mostly just old news and not that much opinion, your’s is fun to read due to your zest for the Indy Car series. Eventhough I leave comments once in awhile poking fun at Tony or telling you to stop hating on the haters I am glad you do this blog. It gives me something to look forward to and is interesting to read. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Gary — February 25, 2011 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  6. With all the momentum the series has had since Tony George’s ouster, this news is just very unfortunate timing. Like the good folks said on Trackside last night, “How long before he is back on the IMS board?”. Now that’s scary.

    Comment by Bill B. — February 25, 2011 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

    • Wouldn’t matter if he was on the IMS Board. He does a good job with the Speedway. The sisters are behind Randy all the way. No way TG gets nearIndyCar as the leader. Useless Parinoia.

      Besides, They just found a bunch of oil on the hulman george farm ground.

      Comment by M. Miller — February 25, 2011 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  7. Indycart will diem twice

    Editor’s Note: A little early to be hitting the bottle isn’t it?

    Comment by TroyM — February 27, 2011 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  8. I HAVE A QUESTION? DOES EVERY ONE TOTALLY ENJOY THE OVAL RACING THE MOST? I DO, THE ROAD RACE”S ARE BORING! VERY LITTLE REAL ACTION! SO MAYBE TG’S IDEA WAS OK BUT POORLY IMPLEMENTED. CERTAINLY NO HELP FROM CART. TG IS JUST ONE GUY,KIND OF AGAINST ALL THE CART GUYS! SO HE IS EASY TO BLAME! COULDN’T SOME OF THE BLAME BE PUT ON PENSKE, GANASSIE,NEWMAN HASS, ANDRETTI’S, LETTERMAN AND RAHAL. IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE KNUCKLE HEAD IN THIS. THE OLD WAY WAS FROM MIDGETS,SPRINT,AND CHAMP CARS AND ALL FROM OVALS. CART WANTED TO TAKE ON F1. A BALANCE COULD HAVE BEEN MET, TG HAD NO HELP! I QUIT WATCHING INDY CARS EXCEPT INDY500 WHEN CART WAS THE CHOICE, AM NOW BACK TO WATCH ONLY THE OVAL RACING! BALLSY RACING!!!
    TOM NOTT

    Comment by TOM NOTT — June 17, 2011 @ 3:35 am | Reply


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