Indianapolis police briefly secured the massive Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday after a group of Tweeters and bloggers "lost their shit" and tried to form a human chain at the main entrance to the speedway.
"TONY GEORGE WAS APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF HIS FAMILY COMPANY," one blogger screamed through a megaphone. "BE SURE TO READ MY POST ON IT SOON."
"Changes Ahead for Bernard?" Speedtv.com asked ominously. Bernard is Randy Bernard, who replaced Tony George as IndyCar CEO after George was ousted from the position by other members of the Hulman George family more than a year ago.
"As soon as that came out over The Twitter, these -- whaddya call 'em? -- bloggers just appeared at the entrance and started singing and chanting E-GYPT, E-GYPT," said Police Sgt. Ron McSoliday. "Damnedest thing I ever saw."
The bloggers held signs that included "Slippery slope -- listen to our podcast coming soon!" and "Coming soon: 5-Parter on Why this is Bad."
McSoliday said some of the zeal left the gathering when it was revealed that initial stories of George joining the IMS board of directors were false. The intial headline, "Tony George Reinstated to the IMS Board" was quickly amended to "Tony George Reinstated to the H & C Board." Story here.
"We told them he's not on the IMS board, just the Hulman board, and they seemed a little disappointed," said McSoliday, who added he was interviewed an estimated 23 times for blog posts and asked repeatedly if he could help secure credentials for the Indy 500.
"Don't be fooled," said one unidentified blogger. "Today Hulman & Company, tomorrow IMS. This is all part of the Master Plan for Tony to regain power, kick out Randy Bernard, and ruin everything!"
By late Wednesday McSoliday said the crowd had dispersed. "They saw a couple black helicopters heading toward IndyCar headquarters and lit out of here in a hurry. By 9 p.m. it was all pretty quiet here."