Doesn't anyone understand what kind of damage this has done to Tony? Tony took a start and park team and turned it into a championship team in 3 years with Ryan and himself. Tony has worked hard to make SHR a success where Gene Haas couldn't. Now that the team is strong, Gene comes in and offers a contract Kurt Busch who we all know Tony has issues with. He did this without talking to Tony about it - Gene admitted that today - and did it when after Tony was injured. Tony has been taking the heat for this for over a week now with everyone thinking he lied to Ryan and in the press conference in New Hampshire. Tony has had a rep of being an honest and above board driver/businessman for years. That's why Gene Haas offered him the opportunity to partner with him. Now that the team is successful, thanks to Tony I might add, Gene comes in and does this. Damaging Tony's rep and making it look like Tony doesn't know what's going on while he races on dirt during the week. I am so upset that this has happened to Tony. He does not deserve any of this. For Gene to tell him to get on board or leave the building is insulting and shows just what an a$$hole he is. I just hope that Tony's legal team can figure a way for Tony to buy out Haas after Kurt's contract is up so he can have complete control and rebrand it Stewart Racing.
Gene seems to think he has the knowledge to sign a driver and be successful at it. If he could, why did the team flounder so badly for 10 years? It was only after Tony took over that the team started to win and build a reputation of being a top contender. Gene's man crush on Kurt is going to blow up in his face when the organization starts to come apart because of Kurt's unprofessional attitude and lack of being able to play well with others. Now that Gene has his boy toy, he will go back to California and leave the whole mess to Tony to handle and when it comes apart he'll blame Tony for everything. That is what people like Gene do. They are never wrong and blame everyone else for their mistakes.
Tony, this was not of your doing and I will always support you and YOUR race teams.
Gene, I hope you choke on it. Karma is a cold hearted #### and she has your name.