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Indy Split

The big money battle that nearly destroyed Indy racing by Oreovicz, John Code: 60941 Format: Hardback / 320 pages Publication date: 14/07/2021 Availability: In Stock. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia Price: AU $49.99

Indy Split is a fascinating, authoritative and overdue account of the big money battle that nearly destroyed the sport of Indy car racing. In the new book that will be on shelves in time for the 2021 Indy 500, long-time motorsports reporter John Oreovicz dives deep into the divisive battle between CART and the Indy Racing League. With insightful reporting, Oreovicz recounts the political infighting within the industry which climaxed with a 12-year "Split" from 1996 to 2007 between competing forms of Indy car racing and prevented the sport from achieving its potential.

The book traces the roots of Indy car racings dysfunction, which began in 1945 when Tony Hulman rescued the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from potential redevelopment. Over the next 75 years, the Hulman-George family used the stature of the Speedway to carve out a powerful position in American auto racing that sometimes resulted in conflict with Indy car competitors. A volatile period in the late 1970s sparked the formation of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), and tensions ramped up even more when Hulmans grandson, Tony George, assumed power in 1990.

In unprecedented detail, Indy Split uncovers how the Split forced Indy car fans, sponsors, broadcasters and participants to choose sides. The book brings to light the confusion and animosity which caused unnecessary damage to the sport, and covers how negotiations driven by legendary racer Mario Andretti and actor/racer Paul Newman ended the Split in 2008, only to have George to walk away less than three years later. The long struggle for stability was finally resolved in 2020 when Roger Penske acquired IMS and the IndyCar Series, securing a bright future for the Speedway, the Indy 500, and the sport.

Longtime motorsports reporter John Oreovicz began attending the Indianapolis 500 as a teenager in the late 70s, allowing him to witness the sports growth as an avid fan before documenting its decline as a journalist. With a foreword by Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Robin Miller, arguably Indy car racings most vocal advocate, this is the real story of The Split from one of the sports most respected voices.

Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
Availability: In Stock. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia
Publication date: 14/07/2021
Country of publication: UNITED STATES
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 229.00mm X 152.00mm
Code: 60941

John Oreovicz has loved cars since he was a little kid and has turned that love into a career as a professional sportswriter specializing in auto racing. He has been fortunate enough to cover Indy car racing in print and online for 30 years for major media outlets, including National Speed Sport News, Racer, and ESPN. He resides a short walk from Turn 1 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.