“it’s about damn time…” – Robin Miller.
Well ain’t that the truth…
Lot’s of soundbytes from open wheel peeps past and present, giving the thumbs up.
“my goal tonight, get past the hate, and start figuring out where open wheel racing goes from here, and how it can be made better” – Dave Despain
Segment 2: TG & KK
Ha! funny quote segment. Careful what you say, it will come back to bite you…
A look back at the history and the split. Wow. When you see it laid out like that, it’s amazing either series lasted as long as it did. Does make you wonder “what if” though…
And there they are… the two now “most hated men” in American Open Wheel. LOL… “the press stayed out of it”… nice little dig at Robin from Kevin (with a shit eating grin and giggle)
hmmm… unanimous decision huh… LOL… tell that to conspiracywagon…
hmmm… both are being rather humble and congenial. Seems genuine.
*Ok… but that split screen with TG, RM & KK just made me LMAO. Photoshoppers around the world are making screen captures*
They are dodging a lot of the questions in lieu of the press conference on Wednesday. Understandable I guess. Probably still some details to sign off on between now and then too.
Segment 3: More TG & KK
hmm… vaguely laying out the game plan…. (good questions by RM) (he’s almost giddy… hehe)
2008… just get er done. Get the teams up to speed.
2009… “bring the best of both series” together. (I’m taking this as the addition of a few more former CC events)
2010 is still being talked about as the introduction of a new car (thank god) and schedule expansion.
Both agree that they would like to see a return to the 90’s in terms of track diversity. (oh the irony on both accounts there) New technologies, alternative fuels, etc…
Segment 4: More TG & KK
This is not the “magic bullet” A lot of work to be done starting tomorrow…
Again, confirmation that Atlantics will continue. No word on where, when and with whom though.
Curiously TG is referring to Indy Car future as an “international” series with “international” drivers and manufacturer participation. (I think that bodes well)
KK gives major props to Mario A. before signing off.
Segment 5: Bonjour Jacques!!
Mostly talk about his Nascar ride (or lack thereof) & the Pollack snafu.
Despain: “for what it’s worth, if you need any help with this, I think I could get you a ride at long beach…” LOL… ok… gotta admit, that was funny…
Segment 6: Mario Andretti
hmmm he was USAC IndyCar Champion the year I was born!
he’s glad it’s over so he no longer has to talk about all the negativity. (amen to that!)
what did he see as the biggest positive? Pointing out that Tony and KK were complimenting each other. (I noticed that too, and it did seem genuine)
If it were up to him, pick the assets from both sides and build on that.
Segment 7: Robin Miller final word…
“All you zealots on both sides of open wheel, get over it!”
wise words my friend…
Jacques is growing into his looks… yum (sorry… girl moment…)
There seems to be a genuine respect (dare I say friendship?) between Tony George and Kevin Kalkhoven.
I’m excited about the potential going forward. I too want to talk about the racing and not the war, or the split or the differences.
I was amused throughout the show picturing the heads of fans on both side of the split exploding with each question/answer.
As Miller said… get over it. Let’s drop the fucking flag and just go racing.
Ok… off to read the melt downs on the interweb…