It’s so funny how many people are missing the point.
It’s not PT potentially leaving that is the issue… it’s the WAY he could be leaving that is the ugly point here. Obviously this is something that we, as fans, would be facing sooner rather than later. If the man chose to retire or was allowed to retire on his own terms, then ya, most would be bummed out, but we would say “bon voyage” and thank you and move forward, hopefully still enjoying his commentary as a colour commentator or an owner or whatever.
However, if the man is railroaded, shafted, pushed out, betrayed… or whatever word is apt in it’s description, as those in the know are indicating, well, then that brings up more than a few concerns. It makes the series look bad. It makes the owners look bad. It further pushes away sponsors and teams and drivers. Oh, and a good chunk of the fanbase, whether or not folks want to believe it.
The Canadian races are already suffering. Lack of sponsorship, lack of coverage, shite tv package, and an ever dwindling driver line up. There was already a good chance that PT would be the sole Canadian driver in 08 following rumours of Tags heading for the Nascar pasture. That in itself jeopardizes the Canadian events, specifically the Quebec event which could potentially not have any french driver presence with Seabass leaving and Nelson possibly getting tossed aside again.
Toronto is already on shaky ground with a good chunk of cash disappearing from one source and the Steelback sponsorship in question. Toss PT not racing into the mix and things go from bad to worse in record time.
This is not a simple case of fans getting their knickers in a knot over their favorite driver leaving. This goes much deeper than that. Situations like this are catalysts. This is the proverbial straw and there are a lot of people out there with sore, weak backs…