Note to the feeble. Champ Car did yank Robin's hard card, but there are probably still more than six people covering the series.
Champ Car World Series officials' decision to yank veteran racing reporter Robin Miller's credentials recently has reduced the number of reporters who remotely care about Champ Car to an estimated six.
According to a non-fiction article by veteran racing journalist Gordon Kirby, Miller had his "hard card" yanked by the Champ Car World Series recently. "Hard card" in racing lingo is a permanent credential issued by the league or series, often to journalists who cover motorsports full time. A hard card gives the holder broad access to the tracks, teams and drivers and is much prized in the world of racing media.
Hard cards (so called because they are made of hard plastic and
feature the owner's photo, much like a driver's license) are issued by
the league or series and can, therefore, be revoked if you piss off
said league or series.
Miller, who has become rather expert at pissing off various groups and individuals, did, in fact, piss off Champ Car, according to Kirby. From Kirby's column:
Then of course, there's the matter of Champ Car's complete lack of credibility with the American media. I've reported a number of times about the tiny and dwindling press corps covering Champ Car and sadly, this little group is only getting smaller. At Elkhart last weekend quite a few fans asked me if it was true that Robin Miller's hard card had been revoked by Champ Car.
I told them it was true and added that the result of Champ Car's heavy-handed move is that Speed TV's coverage of Champ Car will be token at best. This was the inevitable result of the contempt Champ Car showed for Miller and the fact that Champ Car didn't understand what they were doing shows they are an amateur organization that is doomed to life at the margins of the media. (Read Gordon's column here.)
In fact, research now shows that the number of reporters who know that "Champ Car World Series" is not a baseball game has dropped to six with the departure of Miller. "We think it can go lower," said one member of the series hierarchy who declined to be identified. "We're pretty sure we can get it down to a couple of guys from New Jersey, some obscure blogger and Sebastien Bourdais' wife. That's the goal, anyway."
Earlier in the year Miller got axed from writing for www.champcar.ws after going off on the series management online. In a related note, an online survey found champcar.ws to be the least navigable site online, maybe ever.