One of the best owners for my fan money in the Indy Car Series for many years is John Barnes. Some folks have problems with him and business partners have come and gone. But he and his team are remarkably consistent and have been there for the series for many years. They are one of my top three favorite teams every year.
One of the biggest jokes perpetrated all year by IndyCar management is the levying of a $25,000 fine and probation for a TWEET. Are they kidding me? Being the classy professional he is, Barnes issued a statement in which he basically kissed the arses of the management.
Here is what he tweeted: “Today is the day to resolve TURBOGATE! I hope @indycar gets their act together. It has been embarrassing.”
$25,000 and probation for that!? Are they out of their minds? Whose thin skin was rubbed the wrong way? Randy? Barfield? Who the hell do they think they are? Bernie Eccelstone? It’s a good thing I am not John Barnes because I would have told them to cram their fine and probation right up their ass(es). First of all, IndyCar was stupid enough to let rules loopholes create a situation in which everyone does look foolish. It IS embarrassing. They do not appear to have much control over manufacturing participant actions.
If IndyCar has a brain in its collective head they will quietly rescind this bullshit fine and probation, respect freedom of speech, and lose the colossal arrogance they just displayed with this classless action.