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October 12, 2012

The Indy Racing Destiny of Tony George

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:29 pm

Rumors of an Indy Car purchase offer spearheaded by Tony George have failed to subside, and the Sports Business Journal added a little more granularity on Friday. Somewhere in the seven figures. He has solicited help from owners and Zak Brown. Predictably, George neither confirmed nor denied. IMS/Hulman & Company, on the other hand, vigorously denied the rumor again, emphatically stating that although unsolicited offers arrive a lot the series is NOT for sale.

If there is any justice in the Indy Car world after years of strife that mostly began after a 1978 plane crash claimed the lives of nine USAC officials, here is one notion of things that should happen:

-Tony George should never again get into the series ownership business. It did not work once, and he has even less support from the parent company now. And can anyone imagine the destructive reaction from the same obsessed cart-centric idiots who have tried in earnest to destroy the sport since 1996?

-The one job for which Tony George is perfectly suited is running IMS. That, I believe, is his destiny. When he did that IMS became an even more magnificent showplace. Like his grandfather, he gets it. It is something he was born to do, and he ought to be allowed to do it. Mari is not getting younger, and it is Tony’s time.

-The next set of firings probably ought to be his sisters. It is my belief they are collectively far more guilty of the stereotype that led to Tony’s departure than was Tony.

-Allow Randy Bernard to do his job. As I sit in New York ads for the PBR at Madison Square Garden are abundant, and they will sell it out. And be on national television. All this from a sport that was largely concocted recently. That is how Randy Bernard rolled up until he arrived in Indy. Give the guy a raise and get out of his way.

The naysayers, particularly those who remain willfully impaired but no less obsessed, will inevitably chide Indy Car for being on the verge of oblivion, but that small group has appeared increasingly foolish as each of the past sixteen years have passed. The reality is small advancement in multiple areas. Who would have thought two years ago that Indy Car would ever return to Pocono?

Is it not time for Indy Car fate to take a different direction?



  1. Once again, you and I see things almost exactly the same as to the future and legacy of Tony George.. I posted the very same thought to Cavin’s article iun the IndyStar yesterday.

    Comment by SkipinSC — October 13, 2012 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  2. 17 years after forming the IRL, Tony now believes owners should run the series. LOLLLLLLLL. Better hope Mari lives forever.

    Comment by ham in the trap — October 13, 2012 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  3. Who is going to fire his sisters? They have seats on the board, doubt they can be fired from those positions. Nice to see you still are a bootlicker of Tony’s 3 years after his removal.
    Editor’s Note: Kid, do you ever even attempt to comprehend anything you think you read, or do you just use epithets like ‘bootlicker’ and stew in your own ignorance and immaturity?

    Comment by TroyM — October 15, 2012 @ 2:49 am | Reply

    • LOL he’s right. How do you plan on “firing” the sisters? Or is that just an emotional suggestion with no actual thought attached?
      Editor’s Note: Money talks. Bullshit walks. I suspect they will manage a Darwinian exit of some sort. It is inevitable.

      Comment by ham in the trap — October 15, 2012 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

    • So what is it, fire the sisters or are you hoping for a Darwinian exit? Also, “Money talks, Bullshit walks”?? What are you trying to get at with that phrase? Perhaps the IMS board wanted to make money again, so they made Tony George walk?
      Editor’s Note: I’ll slow down. My hope is neutral. If the IMS board, however, wants to make more money perhaps they should take a closer look at a board without the sisters.

      Comment by TroyM — October 16, 2012 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  4. Amen.

    Comment by TonyD — October 15, 2012 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  5. Tony had great ideas, but he did not have the ability to make them happen. He will probably be more effective promoting his ideas to current management, who perhaps can make more of them happen than Tony was able to do. I agree what he did for the speedway was terrific. What I don’t want to see is ownership by the drivers, whether or not it includes Tony George.

    Comment by Bob F. — October 19, 2012 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

    • Of course I meant car owners, not drivers.

      Comment by Bob F. — October 19, 2012 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

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