Sunday, June 25, 2006

Open Wheel Reunification--or regurgitation?

Reports on suggest that Messrs. George (Anton H.--founder of the Indy Racing League) and Kalkoven (Kevin--the major co-owner of the entity that controls Champ Car) have buried part of the hatchet that splits open wheel racing. Any of the people (from former drivers like Danny Sullivan to owners like Roger Penske to sponsor reps) I talk with in both series paddocks tell me they want to see one strong series. This could have happened much more quickly in the days before the proliferation of media--since it is MUCH more difficult to conduct talks where both parties can speak candidly and freely without exposing the most sensitive parts of that negotiation.
My sense is that this is not 75% done...Nor 51% done. More like 25%, with the ownership issue floated like a balloon. The four P's of the marketing "quadratic equation" (product, price, place and promotion) are yet to be determined.
No, that hatchet has a long handle and a big head. It needs to be excavated and reburied in the proper manner...Because the issues are still sharp enough to keep the parties split.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Melanie Troxel/NHRA Top Fuel Champ 2006??

She has the best chance of any woman to win a major auto racing championship...good competitive equipment out of Don Schumacher's stable...not only is she consistent..she is consistently fast.

Rookie Hillary Will has a Kalitta Top Fuel tune-up...and will be heard from in the second half of the season. You can also read her blog at .

Both are the real deal...which is not good for the IRL (Danica Patrick), Champ Car (Katherine Legge) and NASCAR (Erin Crocker) marketeers who must tub thump for their racing ladies.

Just for the record...Shirley Muldowney is a past NHRA Top Fuel champion...won hers 30 some years ago.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Strong Comments about the "Taxicabs"

I suspect Mr. Olson's not on the "A" list at 1801 W Int'l Speedway Blvd. The truth shall make you free (or mad as the case may be).

Saturday, June 03, 2006

So Much for the Texas Throwdown

It's official...both Al Unser, Jr and Michael Andretti declined Texas Motor Speedway's offer for $100 K of sponsorship if they'd both run at Texas...the offer intrigued both teams...but the time to get competitive pieces ready after Indy was too short, so they said.

Eddie Gossage is (like all his counterparts at Speedway Motorsports tracks) a master is an attribute that is a rarity among the majority of racing executives, save for the uber-meister, H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler--who is in a class by himself.

Paul Kaminski