Originally posted by Keir
Let's play even nicer.
Beside Bernie, who has made a profit running an open wheel series ???
I think I came up with the answer earlier ?
It's, it's ..... N O B O D Y !!
Oh, and by the way, Bernie runs F1, the top of the heap, the apex, the king of all hills and they collectively are having finance problems.
The IndyCar Series is still intrenched in "State Fair" mentality USA. Our corporate pockets get tighter by the second and as I have said earlier ..... YOU CAN"T MAKE MONEY IN OPEN WHEEL RACING - PERIOD !
Deal - ignor me if I act up.
CART made a profit from 1992 - 1998. That's it. But CART was destined to fail based on corruption and a severe neglect of venue owners - especially when they shit on the States in their bid to take on F1. At that point it was over.
However many people like myself however argued that just because TG was born into the family - does not mean he can run a business. 13 years later I think we have not only proven that but also proven that he has surrouonded himself with people in power who lack the same basic business skills he does. Let's face it had this been a corporation they would have all been fired long ago.
Why not put Cottman in charge? He has shitloads of respect from all levels. Personally I believe the current mgt is fearful that he may take the CART II initiative (basically making the IRL into CART with more road and street courses - as well as foriegn courses) too fast thus displacing even more of the original fan base and making TG look more like he's full of shit from the start. But why wait??? Is it worth tanking the series anymore? Shit - lets fess up, fire the right people and hire the right people and go racing. Why wait until 2011 for changes??? Higher an engineering staff and bring in the Reynard, Lola and DP01 - the former 2 available everywhere for less the $40k - all
of which can take Cosi power. Additionally with Honda subsidies gone for 09 bring in an option to run the Cosworth Turbo engines - KK now owns 93 which could be refurbed and put in place at a fraction of cost compared to what Honda charges.
Again - too fast.
IMO Audi and Volkswagon are a pipe dream - Hey Robin Miller - another bottle bet of MaCallan on that if you like
. The IRL in 2011 will either look the same or by 2012 we'll see drastic changes in management (TG stays) and the absorbtion of those elements mentioned in the paragraph above. THEN I would be on board as would many other fans as well - it would truely be a unified series.
Two things stand in the way of this "natural progression"
1. With no reserve and costs even higher can the IRL withstand the economic downturn?
2. With Versus - a relatively no name channel can the IRL withstand the abandonment of probably more then 3/4 of major sponsors as a result of ratings which will be between 0-1.3 at best. And as a result look for the Indy 500 ratings to continue to decline.
Personally as long as the BY400 is there to pay into TG's coffers I think they can make it to 2011 - that is if TG's sisters do not pull the plug first.