Ladies and gentleman, the intrepid Curt Cavin has located Brian Barnhart!
Question: So where were Brian Barnhart and Tony George at the end of the Chicago race? I'm not trying to be a smarty. I'm genuinely curious as to the honest reason they couldn't be there to present the IRL champion his trophy. Do you know? (Lisa, Carmel, Ind.)So the President of the Indy Racing League is about as adept at negotiating his way through traffic as Milka Duno? Pffft. Yeah, whatever. And the dog ate my homework.
Answer: First of all, it will be a short batch of questions today; I'm off to a 9:05 tee time. I spoke with Brian yesterday on the matter, and he said TV rushed the post-race to get it on the air. (He wasn't complaining, just explaining.) He was at the crowded crossover gate coming down from race control (which is in a suite overlooking the track) when his name got called. He hated that it happened like that but in no way would he slight Dario or AGR. I believe him. As I said the other day, chances are it was a logistical situation. As for Brian leaving race control early, I know that was not possible given the down-to-the-wire way the race went. Perhaps TG should have been the one; he would have only had to walk from Vision's spot on pit road.