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Tony George, shepherd of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for two decades, has resigned from the Speedway board effective immediately. The move severed his final tie with the historic venue, after he resigned from his CEO position last summer. In a statement, the board chairman, who also happens to be his mother, said that they asked George to stay and are disappointed to see him go.

George oversaw massive changes in the raceway and the series' it hosts: the IndyCar split and reunion, NASCAR's arrival and Formula One's arrival and departure, and a large number of track renovations and changes. When he left the CEO job, the given reason was to spend more time with his family and his Vision racing team in the IZOD IndyCar Series. We have a feeling he won't be gone from the public eye for too long. Hat tip to Michael

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad this didn't happen 15 years earlier. I want my real America open wheel racing back even worse than Tony's family wants the over 600 million dollars used to prop up the IRL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never a fan of TG. Ever since the NA reunification of open wheeled racing I have stopped following. Too bad CART/Champ Car had to disappear:(
      • 5 Years Ago
      'Bout damn time, should have happened 14 years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      His tenure will not be remembered well.
      bob jamieson
      • 5 Years Ago
      His arrogance is legendary, his successes few. When his mother put him in charge of the speedway he had only one real duty, "don't screw up the Indy 500". Now that he has quite possibly destroyed the 500 and American open wheel racing with it, his family finally gets the message and fires him. I sincerely hope it's not too late.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In January 1994 Tony hired me from Charlotte Motor Speedway to transform the Food and Beverage Services at the Speedway. My first day Tony said that my mission was to give the fans the best possible food service experience possible. There were many roadblocks including traditions that he and Jeff Belskus guided me through. I spent over 4 million dollars buying equipment and renovating existing concession spaces. He never questioned any of the spends. His trust in me was unconditional. He only wanted me to give his fans the very best food experience possible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      w00t me haha

      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonder if F1 will return once again as well after his departure?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So he stayed just long enough to single handedly destroy North American open wheel racing.

      Good riddance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      good riddance to bad rubbish!
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