IndyCar – Andretti vs Andretti: and all the lawyers rejoiced

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IndyCar just can’t seem to maintain any kind of forward momentum. Not even a week has gone by since we learned that IndyCar was returning to the magnificent Road America circuit in 2016 and we hear of some of the most bizarre example of infighting we’ve seen in a long while. The internet rumor mill has been hinting that Andretti Sports Marketing will be closing its doors, although it remains open for business right now. Two of the three owners of ASM, John Lopes and Starke Taylor, have filed suit against the third owner Michael Andretti and Andretti Autosport claiming that mismanagement led to the companies current financial woes after losing the IndyCar events at Baltimore, NOLA, and Milwaukee, and the Formula E event in Miami. They also claim that Andretti Autosport is insolvent. Michael Andretti, for his part, wasn’t standing any of it.

“This lawsuit is a disingenuous and self-serving attempt to benefit John Lopes and Starke Taylor at the expense of Andretti Autosport and its 120 employees. The allegations by Lopes and Taylor will not be supported by the evidence and we will aggressively respond with the truth.

“My family has strived to earn an exemplary reputation in all facets of our personal and professional lives. We will not allow this reckless attempt at grabbing leverage to impact our family name.” — Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport and CEO of Andretti Sports Marketing

This infighting is certainly not healthy for Andretti’s IndyCar, GRC, and Formula E race teams, but it’s also not great news for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The open-wheel racing series recently scored it’s highest ever TV rating on NBCSN for the reairing of it’s race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and announced that it would be returning to Road America, a circuit long-demanded by the fandom. This litigation definitely detracts from these positives at a time when the beleaguered series is struggling for on-track attendance and TV viewership. It seem like we’re always taking two steps forward and one step back.

[h/t Tony DiZinno at MotorSportsTalk]

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maserati123

SORRY FOR MICHAEL.I HOPE HE CAN COME OUT OF THIS A WINNER.

maserati123

THE ONLY INDY CAR NAME THAT REALLY MEANS ANYTHING TO ME.

Shocks&Awe

Well, if you agree with Bernie, all publicity is good publicity, so this will only help IndyCar… maybe… ;-)

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