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Takeover rumours persist despite denials

Bernard's publicity-focused management of the series has resulted in a number of high-profile run-ins with some of the team owners over the least year, not least over the cost of buying spare parts for the new DW12 chassis from Dallara under the IndyCar-brokered centralised supply contract.

Other candidates suggested by SBJ as being in line to take over from Bernard were Andretti Autosport's executive vice president and chief operating officer John Lopes or Daytona International Speedway's president Joie Chitwood III, a former chief operating officer at IMS for seven years when George was the CEO there.

However, current IMS CEO Jeff Belskus refuted the suggestion that team owners had reached breaking point with Bernard's stewardship of the series. "Executive management from both Hulman & Company and IMSC maintain continuous and open dialogue with IndyCar team owners about numerous issues related to the IZOD IndyCar Series," he said.

"No IndyCar team owner formally or informally approached either organisation about purchasing the IZOD IndyCar Series," he insisted. "Both Hulman & Company and IMSC remain committed to working with the IZOD IndyCar Series and its partners as they prepare for the 2013 season and beyond."

According to the reports, the takeover bid was presented to the board on the same day that Bernard met with the board to sign off the 19-race 2013 season calendar, and Belskus was keen to talk up this aspect of series business rather than dwell on the potentially divisive takeover rumours.

"The racing in 2012 showcased great competition on track and added to the foundation for growing the series," he said. "The just-announced 2013 schedule includes several new twists that could make the racing even more exciting. The combination of the return of nearly all the 2012 venues, including all the ovals, the addition of new tracks and the revival of the Triple Crown award make this one of the most exciting schedules in recent memory."




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XYZ - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 12:31 PM

OMG - here we go again with drama in open wheel racing in the USA. Are they trying to commit suicide just when it was getting good again. And it seems to be Tony George causing the crap. He almost killed open wheel racing in America once before and now he seems to be ready to have another go!

Maxx - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 6:01 PM

This sounds so ridiculous I almost believe it. A group of owners who took Cart, which was once almost as popular as Nascar, and the guy who started a race series that cost his family hundreds of millions of dollars to keep afloat want to try again? Don't downplay the thought of the powers at Nascar, and SMI putting out bad rumors about Indy Car. Also, don't forget that the horrible 10 year TV contract was another one of the great things given to the series by Tony George.



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