You always hurt the one you love
The one you shouldn't hurt at all
You always take the sweetest rose
And crush it till the petals fall
You always break the kindest heart
With a hasty word you can't recall
So If I broke your heart last night
It's because I love you most of all
The Intrepid Curt Cavin is reporting that Tony George will be returning to Indianapolis today from a Formula One-related conference in Florida (start your own rumors with that one) while Kevin Kalkhoven is arriving from London after conferring with penguins. Or family members. Whatever.
It looks like the powers that be will be having a nice afternoon of sitting down in person and trying to seal the deal, which at this point seems to still be held up by the same issue that existed two weeks ago.
Still to be resolved is the April 19-20 weekend that currently shows an IRL race in Motegi, Japan, and a Champ Car race in Long Beach, Calif., the latter of which has a contract that must be executed.Wow. Asking Honda to cancel their showcase event in their homeland so that the IRL could feature a race in Long Beach sponsored by Toyota would require some serious bowling balls in Tony George’s pants, but both series have gone so far down this path together in recent weeks they can’t let a little thing like upsetting the sole engine manufacturer get in the way of the Almighty Unification.
Jim Michaelian, Long Beach Grand Prix president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday he is still awaiting unification notice and final details.
Michaelian said he is aware one option is to stage both races as planned. If that happens, Champ Car's teams and its cars would go to Long Beach and its participants would receive the same number of points as the IRL drivers receive for racing in Japan.
Another option would be for the IRL to cancel the Japan event even though tickets are already on sale.
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This re-marriage is looking as messy as the last divorce, but one way or another it really really really looks like it's going to get done.