Tony George breaks silence

July 10, 2009
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georgeTony George broke his silence today—sort of.

In a carefully crafted statement on Vision Racing’s Web site, George explained why he declined to retain the position of Indy Racing League CEO after the board removed him as boss of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

George said retaining the position of IRL chief would have added an unneeded layer of bureaucracy to the organization. He also pointed out in his statement, that as head of the IRL he would have reported to Jeffrey Belskus, who was appointed by the board to replace him as head of the Speedway. That set-up, sources close to the IRL and IMS said, didn’t sit well with George. Belskus is now in charge of the IMS and IRL.

“From the perspective of my experience as president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I am acutely aware that the interests of IndyCar racing as a sport, the IRL as a league, and the most important motorsports race in the world, are mutually dependant and inter-connected, both now and in the future,” George said in his statement. “I did not feel that a subordinate position as “CEO of the IRL” was a management vehicle which would allow me to accomplish the objectives that the family and the board requested me to pursue. I declined that position.”

George explained in his statement that he does not plan to do any media interviews or speak publicly on the matter further until a time he deems appropriate.

Belskus has not been available for comment since his new position was announced. IRL media relations officials said he would not be available for interviews until at least mid July.

To read George's entire statement, click here.

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  • THAnk you TOney Gorge. IF it aint for you weed still have CArt and who knows what shape the INdyCars woud be in. YOU did a dang good job of killin that sieres and everthing along with it. NOw you got the IRl under the IMS and its tiem for you to set back and just enjoy the frutes of your labors. YOU did a hell of a job. DOubt anyone else could have done it. OR even try.
  • What a strange post BigIrlFan. Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or serious. But then, I can barely decipher your spelling. As for TG's media comments, in the words of Mark Twain, Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. I'm doubting we'll hear another peep out of the deposed IMS and IRL chairman any more this season. Which is not a bad thing.

    By the way, Tony, your IRL race team has been ranked dead last in talent, organization and accomplishment so far this year. Best you get to work pumping millions more dollars into your stepson's weekend hobby.
  • BAAAAHHHHHN HAHAHAHAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a delusional idiot! What a bunch of empty rubbish from the biggest, most hated dimwit in the history of motorized transport!

    TG is completely, totally insane. If he didn't inherit all that money, he would be institutionalized for life (and still should be).

    My favorite part of his nonsensical blather was this: I will be providing a proposal for the board to evaluate. I have been assured by the Chairman that the board will engage in appropriate dialogue, with constructive give and take.

    What?!? Give and take?? How would he even know how to recognize that?!?

    A big, hearty...to the entire Hulman-George family for not getting rid of the ... in 1992, and instead allowing a rampage that has completely destroyed the American tradition and institution they were entrusted to protect. The entire lot of those vermin deserves every bit of hate that can be heaped unto them, and then some.

    What a bunch of bums, Anton the stupid being the cream of the crop of the scum of the earth.
  • Have you ever seen a flounder flop on the deck of a boat, gasping for life?
  • Right on, SteveR. While Ed may be a nice guy, a contending racer he's not. Imagine being a team owner and passing on Tracy, Hunter-Reay, Schecter, Wilson, Power - heck, he could even have run Buddy Lazier for cying out loud. What does that tell you about his racing prowess? Boggles the mind sometimes, doesn't it. No wonder the sisty uglers kicked off the island!

    How's that Da Hooey, Brett, SSD, Stan, Countess and others. No hate, just the truth. No point in spewing hate when the truth will set you free!
  • A big, hearty ... to the entire Hulman-George crime family for not getting rid of the moron in 1992, and instead allowing a rampage that has completely destroyed the American tradition and institution they were entrusted to protect. The entire lot of those vermin deserves every bit of hate that can be heaped unto them, and then some.

    What a bunch of bums, Anton the stupid being the cream of the crop of the scum of the earth.

    Hmm, then I think you have to change to other sports or re-watching the old tapes because the current IndyCar is obviously bad for you. So why commenting STILL? :D
  • I would argue the biggest, most hated dimwit in the history of motorized transport is ole F1 Bernie. At least TG hasn't publicly expressed his admiration for Hitler's leadership nor his feeling that the Jews caused the banking crisis....
  • $600 million and still a failure. Hey George family, what has TOney done for you lately?
  • Tony George destroyed Indycars. He should've left it alone. I think his legacy will always be one of negative opinion.
  • If the split alone killed open-wheel, why isn't the reunification having any affect on a rebound?

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