Interesting story in USA Today pointed out by Twitter buddy Matt (@Indy44), who all fellow Twitters should all follow, due to his constantly kicking out linkage to interesting stuff.
The key excerpt:
... (IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard) said the series won't be subsidizing its stars.
"I made that very clear the first day I took the job," said Bernard, who is nearly a year into his tenure. "If that were different, Graham Rahal would have had a ride last year, and Tony Kanaan would already. We have to stand on our own two feet. We can't be given things."
Big hue and cry from drivers and many fans about IndyCar fixing to start without big stars like Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon and Paul Tracy, all of whom can't find the cash to race. Naturally, some are looking at 'Nard Dog (Bernard) to pony up some league cash to get the "stars" back into the game. Many many people alleged that former CEO Tony George would frequently dip into the league coffers to find money (known as Tony Bucks) for those drivers deemed vital to the league.
I fully support the 'Nard Dog here. Just say no to subsidizing drivers. Not that I don't like these low-on-cash drivers as much at the next guy, but how do you give money to some drivers and not to others? The league can't be in the position of favoring one driver or team over another, and giving them cash is certainly favoring. Stay strong, Randy. Just say no to subsidization.
Also, we're expected to have some clarity on the Lucky Dog rule this week. Hmmmmm. Stay tuned.