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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