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Bernard 'wanted to get in front of problem'

The influential veteran team owner Roger Penske had already reconciled with Bernard after a frosty spell between them over "turbogate", and had spoken out in support of Bernard even before the Indy 500 last weekend. Bernard had also confirmed on Twitter that Penske was definitely not the car owner he had referred to as leading the calls for his ousting.

And in any case, at the end of the day the team owners don't decide who the CEO is.

"I am here for a board of directors ... That's who I answer to and I am confident that they support me very much," Bernard said. "I don't think my position was ever under any threat. My board has been very supportive."

Bernard did hold out an olive branch to disgruntled team owners, agreeing that it was part of his job to help reduce the costs of chassis and engine components going forward: "We need to help you, and we're going to work with you to try to bring those costs down," he reassured them.

Hopefully the firestorm in a teacup has now blown itself out over the course of the last week, and the spectre of any more damaging splits in the world of US open wheel racing scene are well and truly in the rear view mirror for a good time to come.




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