Oh. Gee. Thanks.

Posted by Iannucci | 12/10/2007 | 5 comments »
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Let’s just throw out this ludicrous sentence so you can start laughing immediately.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has won the FIA Formula One Promotional Trophy, presented to the best promoter and event organizer in Formula One each year.”

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Yes, the same FIA that demanded a reported $30 Meeeeellion from IMS to host yet another Formula One “race” in 2008 – a request to which Tony George responded by developing a sudden affinity for motorcycles – has decided to give Mr George and the IMS crew a lovely little parting gift. Namely, this trophy of a shimmering car inside what appears to be a glass crystal STOP sign. How apropos of the F1 folks.

At least Tony got a free trip to Monaco outta the whole thing, right? Offers Marc from Full Throttle:

Maybe if the FIA would spring for a few million cheap plastic replicas (free of Chinese lead paint of course) of the Race Promoters’ Trophy it would go a ways toward restoring the FIA’s reputation with the U.S. racing public. Doubtful, but possible. At least they would be in the hands of those most suffering from the FIA’s actions.

They could be handed out to fans attending the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, a replacement for the F1 USGP that actually offers lead changes under green flag conditions, is not reliant on pit strategies and most importantly, isn’t sanctioned by the FIA.


  1. mmack // December 11, 2007 7:34 AM  


    Every time I think The Three Stoo, sorry, The Three Amigos who run CART\OWRS\CCWS\So we're letting Paul Tracy go for a ride buyer from Uzbekistan, who cares, he was old anyway are the most clueless collection of series management in the world, the braintrust that runs F1 pops up to remind me there's a world outside of the US, and it's full of idiots too.

    Can we award the FIA the first annual official My Name is IRL\Pressdog Tin Ear Award for the dumbest statement or proclimation in racing with no concern or understanding on how it will be received? I will create the award if necessary to give to Max and Bernie if they will pay the airfare to Paris so you, Pressdog and I can award it in person.

    (BTW, Johnny, I was going to give the award to Brian France for trying to blame the decline in ratings on Dale Earnhardt Jr's fans not watching because he missed The Chase, but this takes the cake)

  2. Johnny // December 11, 2007 10:10 AM  

    Haha, for one, I think B. France should be exempt from the award as so much asinine detritus flows forth from his mouth you could never attribute a single comment for the award.

    As a retort to the F1 being worse than CCWS/CART/OWRS guys, at least amidst the spy scandals, media harassment, sanctioning body favoritism and everything else, they're making money for somebody. Who in CCWS can claim that? As I controversially stated in my last podcast, when the dirt late model guys are grossing more than the CART boys, it's time to pack it in.

  3. pressdog // December 12, 2007 6:16 AM  

    Tony looks like someone just handed him a warm cup of piss.

  4. John Edward // December 12, 2007 10:32 AM  


    hahahaha. so true...

  5. Johnny // December 12, 2007 12:15 PM  

    Haha, if it came from Bernie the only thing I'd dispute is the "warm" part.