Marty's party over in IRL

October 21, 2008
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martyIt’s official, kind of. Marty’s party in the Indy Racing League is over. Sources have told IBJ that IRL officials have asked driver and team owner Marty Roth (through intermediaries) to explore other options for the 2009 season—that don’t include him piloting a car full-time in the open-wheel series.

IRL officials have told Roth he could attempt to qualify at Indianapolis and for a limited number of other oval races next year, but he would not be given an unrestricted IRL license to run in all the events next year. Roth, who funds his own team, has put a for sale sign on all his racing equipment. The Canadian was a regular on the IRL circuit this year, but seldom got anywhere near the front of the pack.

For a more detailed account of Roth’s situation, go here.
  • Berwick guy's gonna be upset.

    This is good for the league/series. Safety should be their number one concern. Its obvious they can enjoy (their definition of the term) success with very little fan base. No worries there; they can grow the thing through Vs.

  • If the IRL is showing Roth the door, who's next? Milka isn't exactly burning up the track. Some would even say she's a hazzard. But maybe she's a bit too popular with certain demographics to give her the boot. Or maybe her sponsor has too much clout. So is this truly for safety's sake? Or are there business agendas at play as well when these decisions are made?
  • Marty, take a seat next to former IRL driver Dr. Jack. Miller. You can't race an Amish buggy on a go cart track.

    If Marty was smart, he would have left John Andretti in the drivers seat. John was able to get speed out of the equipment that you couldn't. Maybe you should try the Indy Lights series, maybe you could stay on the lead lap for at least 20 laps!

    Where's Lloyd Ruby when you need him?
  • I am assuming since marty was a fourriner (Canadienne) he was asked to make room for some good god fearing American Drivers (OK'd by Paffy or Howie) so this is right what the League needs, right?

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