IndyCar founder Tony George became the 11th director on the board of Hulman & Company on Friday, five months after resigning to pursue a series acquisition effort with others. He was also voted to an at-large position on the IndyCar competition committee. Potentially the only bad decision IMS/IndyCar made was announcing it on the weekend of the season opening event. The dual announcements were predictably met with a Westboro Baptist Church-like cacophony of abject stupidity from ‘fans’ that have repeatedly stated they will never watch again but never actually go away.
17 years have gone by since Tony George decided to start what was designed to be a complementary series to cart that would not run on the same weekends. Unfortunately the powers that be at cart and their largely formula fan base freaked out and many have not stopped acting like screeching children since. Their levels of intelligence match their levels of maturity. Even though they and their preferred series bought the gasoline and the dynamite, lit the fuses, then began carpet bombing, napalm-style, anything and everything even remotely connected to IMS or IndyCar the only thing they actually killed was themselves. Twice. Then they stupidly blamed Tony George for ALL of their problems, always avoiding mirrors like vampires. Out there in the vacuum of empty thought that is the internet, incessant tirades about the latest return of Tony were swift:
‘Ugh. Just go away and stay there.’
‘Why does this guy have to keep causing trouble?’
‘Great, they got the conductor back to wave the baton at the front of the parade of stupid that is Hulman and Co.’
‘They reinstate a man who almost bankrupted the sport and helped kill its popularity. No thanks. They do know how divisive of a figure TG is right?’
‘He has not learned anything. He is untrainable.’
Not since Jesus Christ has one man been so crucified over fear, rampant misunderstanding of actual truth and misdirected blame assessment reflective of the failure of others. Worse, the kind of criticism to which we get subjected ad nauseum has no intellectual weight and is generally reflective of a level of maturity typically displayed by four-year-olds.
It is curious that folks who are generally the least qualified to manage any sort of business entity constantly spout off as if they could run the racing entities of Hulman & Company better than anyone they already have, especially Tony. Yet the people in charge (and most of the owners in the paddock) consistently value his participation.
Is it not time for the obsessed to stop clinging to the past and move forward? We have changed decades (and a century) since cart and its minions went nuclear on the sport. Enjoy the compelling product. One look at the top of the starting grid at St. Pete makes it appealing.
Above all, enjoy the season. If you say you hate it and won’t watch why not extend that philosophy (and courtesy) to inane, obsessive commentary about it as any actual adult would?