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Tony George Resigns As CEO of IMS: What Now For F1 In the USA?

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)
Mike WilkinsCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

Whilst I'm not a fan of the current Indianapolis Motor Speedway's F1 circuit as it's much too Mickey Mouse in the infield, the news that's emerging that Tony George has resigned as CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway does worry me. A lot.

It seems to me that most of the reason that F1 went back to the States was because of George, and despite not racing there currently, he was instrumental in trying to get the race back to the Brickyard and was in talks with Bernie Ecclestone concerning this.

However, a media release in May stated that the circuit was going to concentrate on the IRL, which had insiders criticising the investment that George had put into F1. This seems to have been the catalyst of his move.

So what does this mean for F1 in the States? Is this the end?

Personally, I hope not, as I think there are many many fans of our sport in America, and they have always been shortchanged.

Also, the teams in particular, the manufacturer teams all consider a Grand Prix in America as vital as it's their biggest market, especially Ferrari...and that could spell trouble in these tough times.

I say let's get back to Long Beach, and get F1 back with our American cousins.

P.S Let's get back to Canada too.

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