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DRO: Well, my question would be why doesn’t PRO have a one-year rotating program where a team owner runs PRO for at least a year and then lets someone else do it so that when NHRA comes to talk to you guys, as PRO, the head of the program has an understanding of what’s going on out here and can actually make a coherent decision?

DS: The biggest problem was how you started that sentence: “When NHRA comes and talks to you.” I’ll leave it at that.

DRO: I asked Lee about nostalgia, I know you’ve got a car and driver you help (Justin Grant). How do you feel about it? Do you like it? Would you come watch it? You know we’ve got a six-race series that I’ve put together.

DS: Not if I’m out here running this 24-race series. When I have a weekend off, I like to do something with my family, it isn’t to attend a nostalgia race, a NASCAR race, an IRL race, open wheel race, or Formula One race. I have NO interest in it.

DRO: Lee, you’re a big Formula One guy, what is KERS? Kinetic Energy Recall System? They’ve got a button on the dashboard they can press now, they accumulate kinetic energy and store it somehow, and then down the straight they hit it? Have you heard about it?

DS: A little bit about it. I don’t quite understand it. It’s kind of kept under wraps.

DRO: Interesting. I just thought you might know something about it, being kind of a gearhead yourself.

DS: The thing about Formula One that I really like is that technology winds up filtering into the automobiles we drive today. All of the things, ABS brakes, traction control, a lot of the things that are on cars that made them so much better today, came from Formula One technology. That’s the part of it I really like.

DRO: I want to ask you about some things that used to be hot-button issues, though we don’t seem to have this issue anymore. Have you heard anything about the shortage of nitro? Since the great nitro boondoggle or whatever you want to call it, have we got any problems now with having enough nitro for everyone to be able to buy it?

DS: There’s been plenty of nitro all along. NHRA signed a new three-year contract with VP from what I’ve read, which makes it a moot point. You know, it’s a shame what happened, and teams are paying way too much today for nitromethane based on what it costs.

DRO: What would you say is a fair price with a reasonable markup to the supplier for a 53-gallon drum of 100% nitromethane?

DS: I believe NHRA should buy the nitromethane and supply it out here because of the cost of the product, concern for the quality, concern for what the supplier does with the product.

DRO: So you think NHRA should buy it and give it to the teams for free?

DS: Not give it, they should buy it and sell it to the teams.

DRO: They should sell it to the teams.

DS: And I’m not going to give out the pricing because I intimately know what it costs from China, and what it costs to get it here to the United States. The teams are paying a lot more for nitromethane than they should be paying for it.

DRO: Who do you think could give me a reasonable number? In other words, you can, I guess, be saying what we should be charging for nitromethane. You and I have had a lot of conversations about this, but like with insurance, I think somebody should say, “This is about what you should pay for it, because this is about what it costs to import it into the States.” Instead of arbitrary numbers. I’m going to put you on the button.