Public Forum – July 7, 2010


Robby Got Dissed!
I have been an avid reader of National Speed Sport News for many years, but I took exception to the coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway.

We all know that Jimmie Johnson is a great driver. Do we need a three column “Marcos’s Mistake” story all about Johnson? There is second story about Johnson’s memories, which mentions Johnson, Marcos Ambrose, Chad Knaus, Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, Richard Petty, Bill Elliott, Casey Mears, Mattias Ekstrom, Reed Sorenson, Tommy Baldwin, Lake Speed, Brian Vickers, Jay Frye, Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and even Rick Hendrick. And there was a third article with more about nothing.

No attention was paid to second-place finisher Robby Gordon. Robby is an asset to NASCAR and it was a great finish for his team. Give credit where credit is due.
Paul Kirby
San Dimas, Calif.

Simpson Speaks Out
I have read the recent press release released by SFI Foundation (June 21, 2010) and found it full of legal jargon and missing a few major points I’d like the racing community to know. In siding with Impact in our prelimary injunction against SFI’s intended canceling of our contract with it two weeks ago, the court considered many facts that haven’t been officially released at this point.

SFI continues to reference incidents that occured in the years of 2007 and 2008. This is a period when I was personally not involved with day-to-day operations of the company and had left many matters to my management team at the time. Upon the recent issues we’ve had with SFI over the past year and my returning to the business fulltime again because of such, we’ve investigated these issues and found that there were significant problems caused by that management team (which has since been fired) that have obviously jeopardized Impact greatly and caused confusion and headaches for all of our valued customers and the motorsports world. We’ve presented evidence of this to the court in this latest hearing and are conducting even further investigation into the matter and will hopefully someday be able to let the motorsports community know the entire story behind this mess.

Since I have been back and am involved 100 percent with the company again (since January of 2009) I can attest we are making the highest-quality safety equipment and that we are following all certification standards by all of the certifying bodies we work with. I am actively involved with my new management team here at both our headquarters and our production facility, and can confidently say that what we are producing exceeds most standards.

The judge in our recent case in the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, concurred with Impact that SFI could not cancel our contract at this time pending SFI providing Impact with a fair hearing.
Bill Simpson

Start And Parkers
Jack Flowers wrote a good article last week about start-and-park drivers, but left out one important aspect that I would like to hear Eddie Gossage’s response to. 

Gossage states they are “stealing” and they “Add nothing..”. to the show. Speaking of nothing, let’s look at the purse structure.  Last week at Road America, Morgan Shepherd finished 19th on the lead lap and won $14,600. 

Kevin Lepage was credited with running one lap, finished 43rd, and was paid $13,623, less than a thousand dollars difference. Where’s the incentive?

If Gossage wants people to race, make the purse throughout the field attractive enough to race, instead of the “Dolly Parton” purse structure currently used.  
L. Phillip Walker
Hillsborough, N.C.

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