Tuesday, August 7, 2007

August 7 newsstand

Tuesdays tend to be slow news days in-between races, but the hot topics *continue* to be "how the heck did Dario walk away from that?" and the whole IRL-MIS divorce -- which might be the most contentious SillySeason topic in IndyCar Series history since Sam Hornish Jr. announced he was signing with Penske and shaved his goatee.

Toledo Blade: IndyCar's future at MIS uncertain, but sides still talking

Highlights ...
MIS president Roger Curtis acknowledged that a considerable amount of fence-mendingoccurred over the weekend, when phone conversations and e-mails were replaced with face-to-face discussions. Curtis also spoke at the drivers’ meeting before Sunday’s race and said the response to his optimistic message was encouraging. ...
Curtis said MIS will do everything it can to get open-wheel racing back, but it will have to demand a July race date so as to give the track time to adequately prepare for its traditional Nextel Cup events each June and August. “We’re parting company, taking a hiatus, and we hope it’s a short one, but we have to be realistic about the politics involved, and that a lot of dynamics play into the schedule each year,” Curtis said.

In other words: Don't hold your breath. The IRL needs to do some serious gymnastics, as every July date is currently taken (Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio, and then that NASCAR race at Indy). Nashville & MO have been rather successful at the gate. Of course, if ESPN and NASCAR hadn't requested IMS move the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard up one week, this would be a moot issue, as that last July weekend would be open for the ICS race at MIS.

Paddock Talk's Anne Proffit calls out everyone involved for the end of the MIS race

On Dario
IndyCar: The roll hoop did its job
Quote from Dario: "It really saved me. I guess I owe that car a lot."
Dario discusses the crash on the CBS Early Show
Best quote: "I was pleasantly surprised when it came down and it wasn't that bad."
Detroit Free Press: Franchitti's crash had friend cringing
(A shout out: The Free Press' Mike Brundell has done a tremendous job with daily columns from MIS this weekend. Worth a read, and read his archive of the weekend's stuff while you're there). And, of course, we can't go without this contribution from Starpulse
The Times (London): With video of the crash
London Telegraph: With quotes & video

And, the obligatory Danica story ... from USA Today

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