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Tony George Says Family Remains Financially Committed To IRL
Published July 13, 2009
|George Says Family's Commitment
To Racing Remains Unchanged
OFF TO THE RACES: The GLOBE & MAIL's Jeff Pappone notes there were "empty seats in the sparse grandstands" at yesterday's Honda Indy Toronto, but organizers "stressed that 2009 is only the first in a five-year plan to rebuild the event." Organizers did not release official attendance numbers, but estimates "put the grandstand seats at about 15,000," and a "glance across the track toward the pit lane during the race showed grandstands with large blocks of empty seats." Andretti Green Racing co-Owner, President & COO Kevin Savoree, whose organization operates the race, said, "Would we like to have sold more tickets in these areas? Absolutely. But we did have a successful day. I think already we've looked at areas where we can add more seats and move seats to enhance the fan experience overall" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/13). More Savoree: "We have a five-year plan to rebuild this car race. We'll reflect on the event, and make it bigger and better next year" (TORONTO STAR, 7/13).