What They're Saying About IndyCar TEAM
Here's what several IndyCar Series team owners and team officials are saying about IndyCar TEAM, the new earnings distribution program for the IndyCar Series.
JOHN BARNES (Co-owner, Panther Racing): "I think this is something that needed to happen for a long time. This moves the IndyCar Series from the way it was in the early 20th century to something we needed to move us into this century. Teams need to know what they have coming in and how they can spend that with their different programs. Look at Major League Baseball and how the profit-sharing program has worked and benefited everybody involved. The Yankees spend a lot of money towards revenue-sharing every year and, if they didn't do that, they'd be playing against themselves. This is, without a doubt, going to take IndyCar racing to the next level."
GREG BECK (Owner, Beck Motorsports): "The program gives us an opportunity to get back in the series full time, which is what we've been trying to do. This gives us a great base to work from. We've already talked to some of our sponsors and they are willing to participate because there's already some funding in place. We're actually very happy with it and hopefully it can help me get back into the series as a full-time competitor."
LARRY CURRY (Team Manager, Vision Racing): "I think IndyCar TEAM once again shows the commitment that Tony George has made to the Indy Racing League. Hopefully, car owners will look at this as positive step as to why they would look seriously at fielding a team in the IndyCar Series. I think what they are going to do at Indianapolis is fantastic. It once again sets the 500 way out there compared to any other racing event that's put on in the world."
MIKE HULL (Managing Team Director, Target Chip Ganassi Racing): "As has always been the case, Target Chip Ganassi Racing is fully supportive of the IndyCar Series and in its continuing efforts to grow and strengthen the series. Anything that we can do to help support the growth of the series is in all our best interests."
DENNIS REINBOLD (Co-owner, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing): "This is clearly an investment into the future of the IndyCar Series by Tony George and his family. I look at this as a very generous way for them to reinvest the proceeds of their growth back into the IndyCar Series by helping each of their teams. They are very committed to the continued growth and development of the IndyCar Series, and this is just another step in that process. Any time you wake up and are better off than you were the day before, it's a good day."
KEVIN SAVOREE (Co-owner, Andretti Green Racing): What the (Indy Racing League has) done by basically rewarding every entrant with what amounts to a second-place finish based on the old prize money is great for everybody, small teams, big teams, everybody. When you look at what they've done for the Indy 500 and to still have championship money available, that's got to be exciting for the bigger teams. I think it's awesome. They've done a great job of thinking through how it affects everyone."