INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Tony George
said complaints about the depleted lineup for the U.S. Grand Prix
should be directed to Formula One, to the series' governing body
and to tiremaker Michelin.
All but three of the F1 teams withdrew before the start of
Sunday's race because of safety concerns with the Michelin tires.
The only cars that raced were the Ferraris of winner Michael
Schumacher and runner-up Rubens Barrichello, the Jordans of Tiago
Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan and the Minardis of Christijan
Albers and Patrick Friesacher.
"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway shares in the disappointment
with the loyal fans of IMS and Formula One that we did not see the
exciting race we all anticipated due to circumstances beyond our
control," George said in a statement.
"The FIA [Federation Internationale de l'Automobile], Formula
One and manufacturers that represent the cars on the starting grid
made decisions on an individual basis to limit participation in
today's USGP," he said.
"We suggest the fans who wish to make their feelings known,
contact the following," George said, listing the mailing addresses
and Web sites for Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and the FIA
in Paris, and the address of Formula One in London.
George did not immediately respond to a request made through
Speedway spokesman Ron Green for an interview with The Associated