Ladies and gentlemen, I am saddened to report that longtime Indycar writer John Oreovicz has been sacked at ESPN. Well, actually he reported this himself on twitter. Or maybe it was Bruce Martin. Either way, the truth is out there.
And it’s my fault. And probably yours as well. Seriously, I don’t recall the last time I went to ESPN.com to read Indycar news, because they hide Indycar news like (…?) Seriously, go there now – just this once – click through the sports and try to find “Indycar”. Let’s see…”NFL”, “NBA”, “MLB”…”WWE”…”NASCAR”…”Cricket”…wait, what?!? No, you have to look under “Racing”, which is 90% “Formula One” articles with some small fraction Indycar. Thanks, mothership.
Oreo, I’m sorry. Truly. It wasn’t you, it was me. Well, actually you were sabotaged by your employer’s website. But I’ll take the blame.
Like many of you your humble host gets most of his Indycar information from social media, or web sites with snarky writers who write with lots of oh-so-clever sarcasm instead of actual facts.
(“Total lack of self-awareness on that lap.” – The Spotter)
Of course, the real indignity of all of this was not just that they let him go right before the start of the season, but that his last articles was written…wait for it…covering the Daytona 500. It was like making Oreovicz, a well-known Pink Floyd aficionado, cover a Fall Out Boy concert.
By the way, if you have five seconds to spare, then I’ll tell you the story of my life. Wait…that’s someone else. If you have a few moments to spare, check out this interview Oreovicz did on a nearly-famous site a few (err, NINE?) years ago, discussing the unlikely scenario of an IRL\Champ Car merger…about a month before it actually occurred.