Strange how quickly news travels in motorsports, at times almost preceding the rumor upon which it is based. In what seemed like seconds after the whispers first began making the rounds in Indianapolis - Pssssst. Wheldon is leaving AGR! - the truth was unleashed in a high-profile teleconference.
Psssst. Not only is Dan Wheldon leaving Andretti Green Racing, he's joining rival Chip Ganassi. Psssst. There's more. Ganassi is switching to Honda and Dallara, leaving Toyota and Panoz on the verge of bagging the IRL altogether.
What seemed to be the off-season of everyone's discontent suddenly became interesting not for the usual boring corporate boardroom decisions, but for a blockbuster personnel story. The guy who just ran away with the IRL championship was running away from his A-list team and joining a team that hadn't been on that list for some time. As Wheldon, the record-setting yet turbulent defending champion, put it so boldly when the news hit the fan, "You've got to be greedy in this sport."