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Chevy teams grow restless with Bernard

Despite the signs and rumours in recent weeks, most fans of the series will be amazed that Bernard's position could be under threat. He has successfully steered the series through a major technical overhaul and the introduction of multiple engine suppliers, delivered increased TV audiences and race attendances and now a very successful Indianapolis 500, all while making big in-roads into the series' previous crippling financial debts and ongoing losses - and all in just 28 months in charge.

"I'm not saying Randy Bernard knows a whole lot about auto racing, but he's learning," said Robin Miller on 1070 The Fan. "He's honest, he's the hardest-working person I've ever been around. He listens to people. He spends all his time on air planes trying to save race tracks, trying to find new race tracks, trying to work on the TV deal that he inherited and trying to make it better."

But the even bigger fear for many fans and observers is that the series may be taking its first steps down the path to another catastrophic schism, as happened in the 1990s when half the team owners opted to split from CART and set up the new Indy Racing League with then-Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George - now co-owner of Ed Carpenter Racing, and believed to be interested in retaking the reigns of IndyCar should Bernard be ousted.

That split devastated fan support for US open wheel racing and basically handed NASCAR the opportunity to takeover the entire motor sports scene in the US, and there is still a long way back for IndyCar to anything like its former heights. Another split in the meantime, however, would more likely jerk it backwards and take it over the edge into the abyss for good.




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Gorbachov - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 7:37 AM

Let's not play idiots guys. Honda had a faster car on Sunday period. Lotus were NOT allowed to touch the engines while Honda were allowed to make significant changes to their engines and decided Ganassi and Rahal were the teams to be favoured. Bernard made a series of big mistakes and should pay for it and get fired that's what happens when CEOs don't do their job as they promised!

SP3 - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 3:00 PM

@FrankG - actually, GM was and still is "Govt. Motors". Don't want to divert from the topic but the Federal govt. still owns 33% of the shares. GM did NOT pay back its loan as it loudly crowed at the time. It 'paid' the loan with TARP funds. All of this is found easily, not made up. As for your comment about whether they'd exist without the bailout, sure they would. They'd have gone through a regular bankruptcy just as any other company. The difference would have been that the tax payers wouldn't have had to foot the bill.



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