Tuesday marks two weeks since the Oklahoma City Council voted 6-2 against fronting $6.9 million for OKC Grand Prix LLC to start racing downtown in 2011. As the deal went down in flames, promoter Trent Ward told the council he had two weeks before his arrangements with the American LeMans organization would fall apart.
After the deal went down, Trent Ward and partner Brad Lund were anything but clear in what their next step would be. Ward indicated a second run would be unlikely. But Lund, who didn’t stick around for the press interviews after the vote, joined Ward in a canceled, then rescheduled press conference (90 minutes after the original was set) in announcing, well, I guess that maybe something else would happen. Or maybe not.
What we now know is that the partners have nothing on Tuesday’s city council agenda. And a glance at the pair’s Twitter account and Facebook page show they were gearing up a campaign (post on Sept. 7 – four days ago) to contradict a city staff analysis that showed American LeMans Grand Prix racing had a record of failing on temporary street tracks.
I’d love to see their take on these races, but the posts from early last week were apparently then wiped off the Internet.
Interesting. What did they have?
They might have had a report on all sorts of street-courses similar to what was posted about the same time on OKC Talk. But there’s a problem with that sort of counter-punch if that’s what it was. Consider that the information posted at OKC Talk was not limited to American LeMans Grand Prix. Read the resulting conversation here.
From what I’m hearing from City Hall, this deal is dead, especially in light of perceived insults by the Grand Prix promoters of the city council. But do Trent Ward and Brad Lund know it’s dead, if that’s indeed true? One good bet is their heads are still spinning from what they clearly thought was an easy slam dunk.