for you just might get it. Just not in the form you wanted.
So, apparently, we were but a whisper away from mergification Thursday, but Honda pulled the plug (or at least halted the proceedings) due to one date conflict.
now, I’m a pretty intelligent woman… and I fully agree that unification is needed for American Open wheel to survive at this point, but this… this seems off.
Why the rush? Why the cloak and dagger? The ramifications of an 08 merge are huge and ugly and in some cases may be irreparable. (events, promoters, sponsors and fans could be, no, will be mighty pissed and pull away for good)
That said, now that it’s out there in all it’s ugly glory, why not take a step back, run the respective series for their 08 season as is, while openly and actively planning and preparing for an 09 merge. Think of it. There is an entire year to establish sponsors, work out schedules , design/build a new unified chassis, repair the relationship with the media and fill every weekend with merger progress updates. The buzz generated would be huge by the end of the year. Both series go out in a blaze of glory, then start the 09 season as one. New name, new leadership, new car, new attitude. At least that’s how I’d do it.
Selling out the assets of CC (events and fans) and morphing into some bastardized version of the IRL seemingly overnight reeks of desperation and lack of planning or forethought. But then most of the decisions made lately fall into the same category.