Geo. Gillett and Saudi Arabia
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#1 Sep 29, 2009
Scene Daily reported today that George Gillett entered into an agreement with a sports management firm called F6 from Saudi Arabia. George called the CEO or owner "His Highness Prince Faisal." This announcement has led to reports of Petty Motorsports and other holdings of Gillett being sold. I would rather see RPM bought out by Roush/Yates and the whole kept in America. Sad day, everything is being connected to overseas. Thoughts?
#2 Sep 29, 2009
makes about as much sense as everything else does these days--CRAZY times we live in!!
Since: Oct 09
#3 Oct 1, 2009
If we're to believe Jayski, Gillett is already receiving "funding" from F6 (Faisal) even though he denies any upcoming changes in ownership of his NASCAR team. The "commercial agreement" investigates the creation of NASCAR-like motorsports in SA and the Middle East.
How ethical is it to open a Petty Driving experience in a country that denies women the right to drive? Saudi Arabia has system of control including separate schools, inequities in legal rights, unequal access to property and jobs, and restrictions on freedom of movement imposed only on women. Guess there will be no "drives for diversity" in Faisal' version of NASCAR.
I've always supported Petty/Sadler/Kahne, et al - but I'll be damned if I'll actively support an operation that gets funding from one of the worst human rights violating countries in the Middle East! In fact, if this plays out - I'll actively DISCOURAGE fellow fans from supporting any of Petty or Gillett's endeavors.
They don't make Nomex bhurkas, so I doubt we'll have to worry about Danica making any guest appearances! Wonder when the North Koreans will decide to take up racing?
#4 Oct 3, 2009
It was only a matter of time. Welcome to the new America!
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