01/08/09 09:55 AM
I remember the great events we had at TRP back in the days when I was with the Southwest Tour. The racing was terrific and I really liked the people and the facility.
But my recollection is that, for the regular season Tour shows and even the Winter Heat races, the grandstands were never really full.
I've been to race tracks all over this country and the one thing they all have in common is that EVERY promoter and general manager has SOMEONE mad at them. What's more, every race track has people who are certain that they have a simple answer to even the most complicated problems. Those folks, while well meaning, don't usually understand the entire issue.
So why has TRP gone dark? I don't know. But do I know that nothing is easy in any industry right now. The successful businesses are running lean, communicating well (within the confines of the company) and, above all, not tolerating internal sniping. If you figure every racer, official and fan is a part of a race track, then you can see where I'm leading.
As a friend of mine once told his employees, "You'll work together or you will not work here."
My pal Bob Gardner made a great point when he wished good luck to the efforts at Stockton and Bakersfield. I hope all the people concerned are able to work together and make good things happen at both places.