First thing, it was not just the proxy votes. There were deals that were made between people to vote a certain way. If you didn't see that then you must be blind. Second thing, are all the people who voted QMA not going to be joining Kokomo's USAC club? I would hope thats the case seeing the way they made voting dual charter such a big deal. But I have a hard time believeing that all of those people will not show up at a Kokomo, Gasloine Alley, or any other special event that USAC decides to throw(ex. the night before the 500 midgets at ORP). There were also many people that were at the meeting that may only race one club race a year if that, who did a lot of the talking, which makes no sense. There was even an ex promoter from Putnamville who was there wanting to badmouth USAC.
Deals? No. It was more like folks lobbying their position to others in hopes of making sure everyone has a better understanding. The way a great democracy works.
Would it be bad for folks that didn't feel USAC or dual chartering was right for Mini Indy to go join Kokomo also? No. Not at all. What is not good for one club may be good for another. I see this as a opportunity for Kokomo to gain needed membership. On the contrary if Mini Indy would have gone dual charter, then that would have opened the door for Kokomo to loose members becuase hey with Mini Indy you could have had the best of both.
As for Mini Indy not dual chartering, I feel that the club membership made the right choice. I was in support of Mini Indy going to USAC and still am, but I am not in support of dual charter. Why. Because it is not in the best interest of our club. I have a list of reason, but the biggest reasons I was not in support of dual charter was because it would have limited the number of races our club could hold at its track. Every year we have to schedule our club races around state series, regional and national races (including Gasoline Alley). With 4 state series, 9 regional’s, four national races, and the State Fair (where the track is closed), that always left us with 10 races to try to schedule. With dual chartering, that will probably leave us with even less dates to pick from. Now with less regional’s, we can schedule more club races. Who benefits? The club.
As for the ex promoter at the meeting. Well he is a member in good standing with the club and as such has the right to voice his opinion and vote. It was good to see folks that have been a big part of the history of Mini Indy be there and be heard.
Like the drivers who race neck and neck with each other to the finish, a lot of folks walked out of the meeting with no hard feelings and in some cases with more respect for each other. Rumor has it board of director members (present and future) were seen mixing it up afterwards with membership. Mini Indy should stand tall and proud. Great job.
This anonymous poster is moving on. Not becuase it is in trouble, but becuase it was just time to do so. Thanks for the memories.
A Mini Indy Member that enjoyed the ride.