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October 19, 2012

The Irrational Fear of Tony George

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 4:28 pm

Whenever the subject of Tony George arises in casual conversation with others who refer to themselves as racing fans, the tone often changes. Hysteria often results. I have never fully understood such willful mental and emotional retardation, much less the accompanying squealing.

These folks are often enthusiasts of the twice bygone cart era. They simply dismiss 85 other years of Indy Car racing that both preceded and followed their 16 years in the evolutionary spotlight. Usually those are the worst excuses for fans in the long history of racing. They continually pound the drum for what they stupidly claim was the highest of high points for Indy Car and blame all of their failures on Tony George without the benefit of any sort of mirror much less actual history.

What anyone who calls themselves a fan must come to grips with is the fact that the Hulman-George family will probably be involved with the management of the sport for the rest of their lifetimes. I am on record as saying Tony George running IMS would be a great thing. He successfully channels his grandfather. IndyCar, as a subsidiary of IMS, should have autonomous management that is separate. In that regard Randy Bernard is well beyond adequate. My biggest frustration is that he is charged with doing a very important job with various limbs tied behind his back.

The one thing I would never favor is placing any ownership group in charge. That would be like putting Jerry Sandusky in charge of Chuck E Cheese. But what if Tony George suddenly ended up in charge? Does anyone really believe he would be the one calling shots? What if he appointed Zak Brown as CEO? Many Tony-haters actually respect Brown.

Here is my advice for those who despise Tony George for whatever reason: Grow up. Life is too short and the sport deserves responsible fans. The remote possibility that he could actually pull off a purchase remains unlikely. Indy Car is not failing, nor will it if Tony George manages to buy it. Unless it is a group of owners. At that point the cancer becomes terminal.



  1. Hi,

    I respectfully disagree with your opinion and I’ll refrain from telling you to ‘grow up’ but suggest you take an long hard look at what happened to open wheel racing in America when Tony George was in charge. I like where the series is now and where it’s going – if TG regains control it will certainly not be good for the series or the fans.



    Comment by bob bird — October 19, 2012 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  2. LOL, what is this, a week after refuting that Tony George and Zac Brown were trying to put together a purchase of the series? Insider status revealed.
    Editor’s Note: Please learn how to comprehend what you think you read before obsessively commenting.

    Comment by we gon be rich one day — October 20, 2012 @ 12:35 am | Reply

    • “The most genuinely sleazy and suspicious aspect of the announcement unrelated to IndyCar management was the timing of a Sports Business Journal story that claimed Tony George and owners enlisting Zak Brown and pooling some funding to buy the series. The only official retort is a press release from IMS saying the series is not for sale, there have been no negotiations and no one has even asked, and denials from at least three owners that they are involved.” Genuinely sleaze = journalism of true stories.
      Editor’s Note: Is there some point you are crudely attempting?

      Comment by ham in the trap — October 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am | Reply

      • Are you going to suggest “going slow” again before some nonsensical statements are typed out? You don’t have a coherent, intellectually consistent opinion or position: Tony George wanting to buy back the Indycar Series to run with the owners is “sleezy” to suggest being true and a bad idea, except when it is true, because then it is no different than Randy Bernard running the series in spite of Tony buying the series to essentially fire Randy Bernard and reverse all his alterations to the sport. Also it would be bad to have the owners run the series, unless it is Tony with the owners running the series as Tony is now an independent of IMS owner. Because it is different. “Going slow.”
        Editor’s Note: This is not something about which you will ever have to worry your purty li’l heads. It will never happen, although I kind of wish it would just to laugh at those who will call it the final straw and vow to leave only to offer obsessed, non-stop commentary about it for the next twenty years.

        Comment by ham in the trap — October 22, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  3. Whether it’s Tony George,,NASCAR or someone else is not the main issue. What this country needs is a good open wheel oval series, period. Your comment about ignoring 85 years of history goes right to the issue. There is no reason why an oval series can’t exist along side of a road/street series with both counting towards a National Championship. Mike Conway doesn’t want to race the ovals anymore, fine, earn your points in the road series. I’m sure Ed Carpenter will earn just as many in the oval series! The National Champion would have to be show skill in both series to reach the top in points. Thus there would be cross over especially among the top level teams.

    Also, if they are going to have a Triple Crown, why not make it a real triple crown and double the points for those races. (That way the oval series could get by with fewer races to match the road series in point total.)

    Comment by J STEIN — October 20, 2012 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  4. I am all for Tony taking over. Then we can finally “evolve” into something besides this steaming pile of dogshit called the IRL
    Editor’s Note: Yo, JC…when are you going to seek professional help for your alcoholism or mental illness in either order? Uh, in your stupor you may have missed the name change from ‘IRL’ three years ago. The best part of Tony taking over in the unlikely event that actually occurs is the distress it will bring to you and your six obsessed little pals. Go watch F-1 like other Nancy boys.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — October 20, 2012 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  5. Most people see that Tony is the one person most responsible for the decline in open wheel racing.
    Editor’s Note: ‘Mot people’ who are mentally and emotionally retarded, perhaps. Let’s see…Tony came up with a complementary series to cart….cart flipped out, boycotted, scorched the earth….killed itself, twice, and Tony George is at fault? You kids remain completely delusional.

    The real fools are the bootlickers like yourself that took his side back in 1996 and seeing him in charge is the most important thing. Sadly, I think you want him in charge just to stick it to those “enthusiasts” that you talk about and demonize all of the time. It is time for you to move forward and stop living in the past.
    Editor’s note: I selfishly want to see this little attempt by Anton to succeed simply to maintain the obsessed, whacko commentary of the six of you still dwelling in 1995.

    Comment by TroyM — October 21, 2012 @ 3:28 am | Reply

    • The IRL was not meant to be complementary to CART, only imbeciles like you actually believe that.
      Editor’s Note: Imbeciles = the group that got their panicked panties in a bunch, then killed themselves off, twice. Still laughing.

      Comment by TroyM — October 22, 2012 @ 2:24 am | Reply

  6. You do realize this is the “IRL Defender” blog thingy, right?

    Comment by Troyboi — October 21, 2012 @ 4:13 am | Reply

  7. Nice to see I can still get nder your skin, tubby. Lets face it: umpteen years of the IRL have been complete failure. They have tried every gimmick, every type of promotion, every marketing twist and STILL, nobody watched, nobody cares. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent with no decent returns, and NOW its “the right thing to do” having ___king Tony come back and “Fix Thngs”? I really hope he does. With his reverse Midas touch, he’s sure to find a new low in what has be ome the laughingstock of the racing world – the IRL!
    Editor’s Note: You give yourself way too much credit. I just enjoy laughing at you. Always have. I feel guilty sometimes, but can’t help it.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — October 21, 2012 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  8. Just the six of us D? Seriously? You need to get out from under the grandstand more mate, the crowds have gone,,,,,,,,, Take care buddy, Kiwifan.
    Editor’s Note: I’m guessing that you do not take in too many IndyCar events in person. This year I attended nine. And as in all recent years, season attendance topped well over a million. Again. The ‘crowds are gone’ line makes for good propaganda and straw men, but Indy Car attendance is proportionate to the attendance of most every other sports and entertainment offerings. Even NASCAR is shutting entire grandstands. Just the facts…

    Comment by Kiwifan — October 22, 2012 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  9. So when again is the breakout year? Lol x 1000000000000
    Editor’s Note: 1996.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — October 22, 2012 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

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