Thursday, January 08, 2004

Items of Passing Interest

If this report is to be believed, Joe Gibbs is returning to the Washington Redskins in an attempt to see if they can be persuaded to play football again. Since the source is his NASCAR race team site, I have no reason to disbelieve it. It is possible that he no longer sees a huge challenge in racing -- his team won the Winston (now Nextel) cup twice in eleven years -- and is seeking a "new" challenge. There certainly seems to be little doubt that working for Dan "Lord Voldemort" Snyder is a major challenge for anyone. After all, it is pretty impressive to go through five head coaches in five years.

In a vaguely related story, apparently Open Wheel Racing has a challenger for the carcass of CART. A company wholly owned by ISC, who also essentially own NASCAR, is challenging them for assets of the defunct organization, which apparently include a number of race fixtures, some open wheel chassis, and the traveling safety team equipment. Of those items, the safety team equipment is something that has been lacking in NASCAR for some time, and may be the reason for the bid. On the other hand, if ISC did want to promote CART, it would probably be a good thing for the series. The PR and marketing has been abysmal since the IRL/CART split, while at the same time ISC has promoted NASCAR into some very impressive publicity figures.