ok… no really… WHAT?!?!?!
This morning amidst rumours of imminent bankruptcy filings, the folks from Pi and KK cleared out their stuff from Indy HQ.
3pm – Staff Meeting.
We all await the inevitable announcement… then comes this:
Evidently SJ got up in fron of the class and told them 08 is on. repeat 08 is on. BOD meeting tomorrow, with a budget to be approved. Ziggy (not ours ) has quit, and he has no idea where these rumors are coming from.
At the same time, the PKV crews were told they are leaving CCWS for ICS for 08. Yes, 08.
So, wtf is going on?
Unka Gerra going it alone for 08? with Paulie & Pettit?
Oh, the drama……I cannot f’in believe this crap.”
So… The much rumoured but poopoo’d dissent between the owners… TRUE. (again, validation… but this ain’t about me…)
Apparently my Ponder if you… will essay was not so far off the mark huh boys? *big cheeky grin*
So, Jerry Forsythe, who wouldn’t pay for hospitality for his team, and got into a contract dispute with his driver over money, just forked out a grand canyon sized crater of cash in the 11th hour to “save” this thing. Doubtful that Pettit opened his wallet. (otherwise there would have been 10 teams on the docket for this year… RIP RuSPORT) and we all know that Gentilozzi doesn’t have 2 dimes to rub together.
A friend on the insided offered this possible scenario:
*KK gets Pi, Long Beach, Surfers and Edmonton to take with him to the IRL
*GF gets Toronto, Mexico City and Cosworth as well as CCWS
Great… the split just turned into a fault line. Let the mud-slinging and side taking begin!
And what of the teams?
Rocketspurts (guess Jerry is gonna have to foot his bill now that Kevin is gone)
Team Australia (already rumoured to have jumped)
NHL (I’m thinking they will jump with Kevin, or run both?)
DCR (with the right insentive ($$$) will jump)
Minardi (KK brought him in, and was rumoured to be funding… will likely jump unless Jerry opens his wallet again)
And let’s not forget the drivers! Only 6 (7?) were signed before the merger talks, half of which could hop the fence with their teams. The ones who didn’t I’m sure are wondering who to pin their future hopes on. (some have already signed elsewhere according to rumours)
Oh ya, and now we have no data acquisition, no race director, no head of tech, and the Manager of the Cosworth Engine program resigned a month ago too. (those are just the resignations I know of)
So… Best case scenario Champ Car now has:
7 Teams, 11 races (several not actually inked) and a tv package that rivals an infomercial. (at least infomercials are on network) & Steve Johnson
You know the movie Weekend at Bernies? Champ Car is Bernie.
How long will they be able to prop him up and drag him around the world before folks figure out he’s dead?
My gut says enjoy 2008, collect your souvenirs, take your pictures, say farewell.
Guess we wait now for the “official” press release and explanation. (oh ya, and the IRL will be waaaaaaay ahead of us out of the gate there too, as they actually have several people, a PR/MEDIA staff if you will, that do that)
I wish I could be happy, but I’m to busy being confused.