I think the Africa/aids comment was censor worthy.
FWIW, this morning Cavin wrote that PT was still talking mainly to Honda teams.
With Servia going to DRR, there was a little nugger og information in the article talking about Servia talking to Panther abiout a 2nd car, I think Tracy might well end up at Panther.
1) Panther needs a guy that can develop this new car. That could be Tracy. He's definitely got the experience. Plus, he only wants to run another year or so, which means Pather gets immediate rewards from him that they can use for the 4 remaining years of the chassis cycle.
2) Panther hinges their season around winning Indy. Tracy has either done it (according to some) or come very close.
If the National Guard sponsorship money being as good as it is rumored to be, it wouldn't take a lot of money to fund a second car. Tracy has some money not tied to Honda, probably in the $750k-$1M range, so that could be the missing dollar amount to really pay for two cars for Panther this year.
I think foyt would like to have PT, but without the TEAM money $2m only goes so far. I think some people would even run him through the Canadian rounds on that money, if they could get in the leaders circle, but if you can only guarantee the seat through Canada you not getting in Leaders Circle and it's a pretty big risk to stretch for a small team.
EDIT: I did a little googling. I came up with this from an article printed in Feb, 2011:
The largest amount may be the $20 million the National Guard spends to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver. The U.S. Army pays $7.4 million to sponsor Ryan Newman. The U.S. Air Force spends $1.6 million to sponsor AJ Allmendinger.
The Army spends an additional $8 million for NASCAR programs on its recruiting efforts. It puts $3.9 million more into the sponsorship of Tony Schumacher's NHRA dragster.
The Air Force's NASCAR spending is less than 2 percent of its marketing budget. The National Guard's outlay last year, $32.7 million, represented 14 percent of its marketing budget.
And here is my source, http://www.thatsracin.com/2011/02/25...er-racing.html
OK, so if I look at the Guards total outlay of $32.7 and substract the $20 million they give Junior, that leaves $12.7 million. But they also sponsor some other motorsport teams, so I would think the $8 million that someone listed before to be pretty close to what they probably give Panther. Where the heck did you come up with such a huge number? I'm thinking maybe you saw a number of what the Armed Forces spends on all of motorsports.
No, it's a decent sum that Barnes gets from them. Can't remember the actual rumored total, but it's one of the highest in the series. Barnes retains a fair amount of it.
"paul tracy @paultracy3
The emails were flying today , the fax was fired up , and the pen moved across the paper"
Sounds like a positive tweet from PT.
I JUST PRAY THAT HE IS IN WHOLE HOG! not Part time!
I hate this. Lol. Paul, just leak it to somebody and play stupid this is killing me!
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paul tracy @paultracy3
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Some fans claim one series or another runs "real race cars." What's everybody else running, fake race cars? :confused:
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arma enegy as a sponsor? it was his sponsor at vegas
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