IndyCar chief makes ‘crock of s***’ F1 claim as tensions flare between the two
IndyCar chief Mark Miles has described F1’s pre-race introductory message as a ‘crock of s***’.
As is often the case when F1 arrives on US shores, the Miami Grand Prix was glamorous, in your face, and full of celebrities. But while this is certainly not anything new, race organisers divided motorsport fans by giving each racer a ‘WWE’ style introduction, delivered by rapstar LL Cool J.
It certainly gave the race – which saw Red Bull driver Max Verstappen become the first driver since Niki Lauda to win a GP from as far back as ninth on the grid – the significant glossing of show business the US loves in their sport. However, LL Cool J’s pre-race announcement, describing F1 as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” has not gone down too well with Miles.
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When asked about the messaging in LL Cool J’s announcements, the Indianapolis supremo’s message was very simple. “I heard that,” Miles said to IndyStar. “And my reaction was, ‘I’ll bet you race fans know that’s a crock of s***.
“The greatest spectacle in racing is right here (at IMS) in May, by every measure. And I don’t expect (the potential trademark infringements) to continue.
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“We had a little conversation with them when it was popping up around Vegas, and it was very informal and quick, so I was surprised by (Sunday). But I don’t think that’s their general MO.”
The rap star also described the racers competing in the Miami GP as the “20 best drivers in the world” something which, inevitably, would have gone down badly with Miles. However, the 70-year-old did appear to give the benefit of the doubt to F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali.
“I’m not sure who the chain of people is for writing something like that that gets said on the mic,” Miles admitted. “But I don’t believe it would come from as high up as (F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali).
“I didn’t consider it a corporate policy, given our relationship.”
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