After making comments regarding the differences between NASCAR and IndyCar attendance, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon tweeted late last night that he “never meant to take a shot at anyone.”
Yesterday at Pocono, Gordon talked about his experience seeing the IZOD IndyCar Series race at the “Tricky Triangle” in July. After expressing his respect for how quick the IndyCars were, he then talked about how NASCAR should be grateful for the popularity it has compared to its open-wheel brethren.
“Sometimes we see the decline or something going flat and we are not seeing these grandstands filled up, but let me tell you, go to an IndyCar race and then a month or two weeks later and come back here,” said Gordon. “We better be very thankful for all the people we have here. It’s pretty amazing.”
Those words didn’t seem to sit well with Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan. According to a report from the Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin, the Brazilian said that he had been at both the ‘500’ and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and that the difference in the two events’ attendance “was the same shock” to him.
But the matter appears to have been amicably settled, as Kanaan has tweeted that he and Gordon had spoken earlier this morning.