Rumored Tony George Ouster Could Be Indy's Blessing in Disguise

TCorrespondent IIIMay 28, 2009

HOMESTEAD, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Tony George (L), president and CEO of the IndyCar Series and Kevin Kalkhoven, co-owner of the Champ Car World Series speaks at a press conference announcing the merger of the IndyCar Series and the Champ Car World Series after a 12 year split, prior to the IndyCar Series spring testing on February 27, 2008 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

When Robin Miller initially reported that Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George was voted out as head of the speedway, I gasped in shock. Shock that there is justice in the world of racing.

George has driven a once great sport into mediocrity by creating the divide that ultimately sunk American open wheel racing; allowing the 800 pound gorilla in the room that is NASCAR to become synonymous with racing in America. Both of which are George's crosses to bear. 

To return the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to glory, a change must be made.  The month of May is No. 1 on my calendar each and every year.  However, under George's supervision, it has become an after thought across the world of sports.

George's grandfather, Tony Hulman, saved this track from becoming another piece of Americana to become lost to dilapidation and decay after World War II.  George does not have the foresight to bring this great speedway to prominence once again. 

Sunday's race was a shining beacon for what this track and this event can produce.  Castroneves' win spurs on hope that anything is possible.  More importantly, there will be the buzz about the speedway of the possibility of a new four time winner or even perhaps a five time winner.

Tony George being relieved of his duties as the head of the speedway may be the best thing for this track's future.  For the speedway to survive another 100 years, new blood has to take over or else it will wither and die.