Wednesday, June 28, 2006

George Says Reports Are Overblown

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George said yesterday that open-wheel racing is not be as close to unification as recent headlines claim.

George said a deal to bring the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series together is not nearly as close as the headlines might lead us to believe. “We've talked conceptually about how things might be structured,” said George yesterday, “but it's so far from being done, it's not even worth talking about. Where they came up with the story is a bit beyond me.”

The IMS President called reports that IRL and Champ Car could hold companion events on race weekends next season “entirely fabricated by the people who wrote the story.”

George’s comments were not entirely discouraging, however. Of his talks with Champ Car co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven, he said, “We're going to get back together in a few weeks. Certainly nothing is imminent, and we've got a lot of work ahead of us. We're still getting to know one another, still trying to understand one another. I enjoy his company and getting to know him, but it’s just one of those things. It's not gonna happen anytime soon."


  1. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Typical Tony! I'm not a journalist I just pretend to be one on the radio. However if the story is not true and they (Indy Star) has direct quotes in the story from Tony. I would imagine Tony George has a case for a pretty good lawsuit. Don't hold your breath waiting for one though. This is not the first time and it will not be the last time that Tony back tracked on something. A 13 year old with ADD has more stability then Tony George.

    With the media attention that is being paid to this open wheel merger. The more Tony steps on himself the more that people will see what the rest of the racing world has been saying now for over a decade. Tony George is not fit to run any form of racing today nor was he fit to run it 10 years ago.

  2. Anonymous3:07 PM

    Dave I got wonder about NASCAR at times. They fine drivers like Jeff Gordon for pushing another driver. They call it "actions detrimental to the sport". Yet on many shows, some even produced by NASCAR's own media arm, they replay those same clips over and over again. If those actions are so bad for the sport why does NASCAR keep replaying them?