Tony George ripped in Australia

October 27, 2008
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surfersThe honeymoon in Australia between the Indy Racing League and locals ended almost before it began. The day after local newspapers published huge sections featuring the IRL race and drivers, local stories came out criticizing series officials for not moving quickly to sign a deal to bring the race back to Surfers Paradise.

The crowds this year were solid, with more than 60,000 turning out to watch practice sessions. Almost 84,000 fans turned out to watch qualifications, which was reported to be down about 6,000 from last year, when the race was held under the Champ Car banner. Race day attendance is not yet available.

The newspapers weren’t the only ones criticizing the IRL and its founder, Tony George. Team Australia principal Craig Gore also let loose on George while talking to local reporters.

“I think Tony George’s management has a huge influence over his decision-making process and in business you employ people to give you advice so you can understand the path forward. I just don't think he has the best people advising him,” Gore said.  “I just hope that Tony George and the rest of his boys of the IRL see sense and recognize that this is probably like throwing away the Indy 500. It is far and away their second biggest race. They ... probably need to hand out corn cobs at some of the races to get people to some of them. This (Surfers Paradise race) is an already made up and set up race for them.”

Given scheduling difficulties, the cost of getting to Australia and the payoff—or lack thereof—to IRL sponsors, the series’ race appeared dubious even before the negative press.
  • Corn Cobs :lol: Well Craig, this is the IRL, not ChampCar, and the USAC/Gomer mentality is here to stay. Meat on a stick, not shrimp on the barbie, unfortunately rule the mindset at 16th & Georgetown.
  • Some funny stuff by Craig, and he may even make a salient point or two ... but I'm not sure what the Aussies are barking about. From what I understand the folks there think shriners in go-karts are real racing. Pass another pint!
  • Tony G. is totally lacking a intelligence quotient. It's scary to think that this guy could control several million dollars of economic influx. The city should immediately discuss the purchase of the track in Speedway to guarantee economic prosperity for years to come.
  • Max, I am telling you that you are not too far from the truth on this. Shriners and the IRL are not far apart. :lol:
  • Gore is an idiot. Blaming FTG's underlings is ridiculous. Anton only hires yes-men to surround him and agree with his insane mumblings.
    Still, no one should be surprised that this was going to happen. The only reason FTG bothered with Australia this year was to placate KK as part of the buyout. He won't care if KK's team and the Australia race disappears now.

    I don't care if it disappears either. They should do the exact same thing with the rest of the earl schedule.
  • James says the city should immediately discuss the purchase of the track in Speedway to guarantee economic prosperity for years to come.

    Right, James, like the city has the economic prosperity to even consider such a purchase, let alone guide it successfully.
  • Everyone in Speedway Indiana knows that real American companies don't do business with foreigners, cause that's un-American. What kind of sponsors does the league have that don't want international exposure and money?
  • Well, take it form a yank (not a wank) who has watched the boob fest called the irl for the past 13 years here in the states. The series has been a running joke for every serious motorsports enthusiast since the leeges inception.

    Just today I got a promotional email from the Long Beach Grand Prix organizers. When I explained that I could no longer attend since the IRL was now stinking up the place I actually got a reply saying they understood and that SADLY they were stuck with the irl until 2013. Everyone now realizes what a mistke the IRL is and the murdification has become.
  • Did not you not get it yet? The message. You know. That you suck.

    That's the IRL message. YOU ALL SUCK. Everyone other than indy sucks.

    When you get the message you'll know.

  • Sadly...the running debacle that defines the 13 year history of the Mickey Mouse League of Wankers (The IRHell) continues to destroy the legacy of a once great and thriving race series that was CART/Champ Car World Series. It pains me to see the crap that is the SWirl polluting the sacred streets of the Surfers. So many great races from the history of CART and then Champ Car, in conjunction with the V8 series, wasted by the likes of FTG and his band of lick spittle toadies from 16th and FTGtown in SPindianna. What a waste!!
    having witnessed many CART/Champ Car races live and via TV since 1979 and to have attended every CART/Champ Car race at my home street course of Vancouver...all I can say to the long suffering Aussie fans is...Don't hold your hand over your asses waiting for FTG and his band of Morons to save your great race.
    He only serves to divide and conquer and leave total destruction in his wake.
    Sadly...I have no answers for the great Aussie racing fans...Perhaps there is something better that will come of these difficult Global economic times....One must hope for the best.
    This total destruction of quality openwheel formula racing can be blamed not just on a bad economy, but directly on the likes of FTG, FKevin Kalkoven and lying cheats like Craig Gore.
    Take heart Aussie race least you still have excellent racing in the V8 Super Cars!!

    Cheers Jake.
  • All this stuff is so *snort coke* wrong. I didn't destroy anything just
    i created a new series so *snort coke* i could control indycar (tm) (r) racing (tm).

    Surfers is a race (tm) (r) but one day it won't be. I rule. You drool.

    Peace out.

  • Why are all you guys bashing Earl? I love it!!! Whenever they show up in my home state of Iowa, I take both of my wives to the big event. Don't rag on me about being inbred either. One of those wives is NOT my sister.

    There is a lot to like about the IRL. We have fart festivals at our family reunions. Listening to those IRL cars at the Iowa Speedway is just like a huge family reunion where everyone participates. My wife (the one that is my sister) can bugle a fart that will call in a moose. It sounds just like the lap one at Iowa!! Yee haa...

    Don't think I'm just some NASCAR watching, bacco chewing hick from Iowa. I'm way to sophisticated for that. Tony George and his IRL is the elite side of our state. That's why Nikon sponsored the race in Australia. They know the real market is here in Iowa. Not that any of us would buy one them foreign made cameras. But we do know what Indy means!!!
  • Sorry about my son. I have always known he is rather special. Now the world is finding out.

    Wait I'm not dead.
  • With the current economy, NASCAR will be lucky to survive. Not sure how open wheel will make it. But the one thing that will be guaranteed, fewer teams and fewer cars. If you are a race fan...stop complaining and start supporting your local venues. Otherwise, you'll be watching stick and ball sports.
  • Wow, those DP01s sure were fast in Aussie this year, weren't they. Oh, wait...
  • They may be back (GreenPrixUSA) unlike the crapwagons....And it's nice to know that those crapwagons were way faster than the DP01's. Oh wait...
  • Why can't all you CART and Champ Car fans get along? This is the history
    of open-wheel racing in this country! Don't make us go back to the future.
  • Funny things is, after dumping most of the IRL season, ABC/ESPN goes out and picks up the ALMS broadcast rights. hahaha

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