There is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Who knew that sections of Patrick Henry's speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses would apply 235-or so years later? With ESPN and NASCAR continuing to float the rumors that Danica Patrick will sign a deal to drive the soulless Minor League cars and trucks of NASCAR, it's a pretty obvious attempt to steal some of the thunder away from the IndyCar Series' announcement about signing a title sponsor.
Now, I'm not going to spend any time wringing my hands over who is leaking the information, when it's being leaked at specific times (it does seem similar to the Chinese Water Torture-level of baseball and steroid-related leaks, though) and the reasons why. Por que, you ask? Because, for IndyCar fans, today is a day to celebrate, just as another major press conference back in February of 2008 was a cause to toast IndyCar racing.
Today, watch it here, and know that the IndyCar Series is taking another step back into the public conscience with their partnership with Izod. The die has been cast, the Rubicon crossed - the IndyCar Series is not going to fade away, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will not be sold. And NASCAR's place as America's most popular form of auto racing is hereby under assault.
The war may not be won in a day, a month or a year. But slowly, with a unified series and strong sponsorships (like Izod), the IndyCar Series will be back. And hopefully, we will look back on this day as one of the major steppingstones in the process.