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Beaux Barfield named new race director

Beaux Barfield has been appointed race director of the IZOD IndyCar Series for the 2012 season, replacing Brian Barnhart in charge of race weekend activities.
The IZOD IndyCar Series has appointed Beaux Barfield as its new race director, following the decision to split the role from that of president of operations.

Barfield has held the equivalent position for the American Le Mans Series for the last three years, and previously was a Champ Car race steward from 2003 until 2008 while also serving as race director for the Champ Car-sanctioned Atlantic and Trans-Am series.

"Though Beaux's most recent experience is in sports car racing, his roots are in open-wheel racing," said the CEO of the IndyCar Series, Randy Bernard. "He has built a strong reputation as a race director with ALMS and bringing him on board ensures that IndyCar has a dedicated Race Director with the right level of expertise for the IZOD IndyCar Series."

Barfield was one of the leading candidates for the job once it was announced that Brian Barnhart would no longer be trying to combine the job of race director with his role as president of operations. Barfield has been signed on a one-year contract initially reporting directly to Bernard, and said that when it came to race calls and controversy, "I absolutely have the final say."

The reorganisation of roles follows a season that saw Barnhart came under a storm of criticism for a number of decisions in 2011, culminating in the decision to attempt a restart under wet conditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that Barnhart himself confessed afterwards had been a serious mistake.

Barnhart will now focus on his overall responsibilities for series officials, technical specifications, safety development and implementation, medical and event logistics, leaving Barfield to oversee all on-track activity and stewarding decisions during a race weekend as the senior official in race control.

As well as his ALMS and Champ Car experience, Barfield was previously chief steward for the USF2000 National Championship from 2001-2003 and also has experience as a driver, competing in karting, Formula Ford 2000 and Indy Lights.

"I grew up around racing, so I've been involved in it all my life," said Barfield. "I'm truly honoured to be a part of IndyCar."

Barfield admitted that it was the Greatest Spectacle in Motor Sport that had been the irresistible appeal of taking the job. "The one thing that I wanted to do as a racing driver growing up in America was to be involved with the Indy 500," he said. "When my driving career took a change of course and I found myself officiating, it was still a goal of mine to get to Indy car racing and the Indy 500. In that regard, it represents the pinnacle of my aspirations as a race official."




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Former ALMS race director Beaux Barfield is appointed race director for the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012 by CEO Randy Bernard. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Former ALMS race director Beaux Barfield is appointed race director for the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012 by CEO Randy Bernard. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Former ALMS race director Beaux Barfield is appointed race director for the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012 by CEO Randy Bernard. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Former ALMS race director Beaux Barfield is appointed race director for the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
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David Chaste - Unregistered

January 06, 2012 8:23 AM

Is he really a good choice? In the ALMS he favored the M3s at Mid Ohio. But I guess overall the ALMS was still way more consistent than the chaos Indycar was throughout the season. You can never please everybody, but hopefully he can do his best and not be so bluntly impartial.



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