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October 28, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Randy Bernard stepped down as the Izod IndyCar Series' chief executive Sunday after three seasons of trying to revitalize the struggling sport that includes the legendary Indianapolis 500. Bernard's departure came after a special meeting of directors of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp., the series' parent that is led by the Hulman-George family, which said both sides agreed "the timing was right to pursue separate paths. " Jeff Belskus, chief executive of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp., was named interim chief executive of IndyCar, whose 15-race season this year was capped by a return to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in September.
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November 1, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
No timetable is set to replace Randy Bernard, whose departure as chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series sparked a storm of protest from some media outlets and fans this week, interim IndyCar Chief Executive Jeff Belskus said Thursday. Making his first public comments since Sunday, when IndyCar announced that Bernard had stepped down, Belskus acknowledged in an interview that "Randy was very popular" and that IndyCar "has a lot of passionate fans. " "We do plan to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement," said Belskus, who is also CEO of IndyCar's parent, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.
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October 31, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The series that runs the famed Indianapolis 500 and other races featuring Indy-style cars this year enjoyed one of its most exciting seasons. It was capped by a dramatic finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, where the title was decided on the final lap in favor of driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, the series' first American champion in six years. But six weeks after the season ended, all that is being overshadowed by the drama, yet again, within IndyCar's leadership. The directors who control the Izod IndyCar Series on Sunday parted ways with the series' chief executive, Randy Bernard, whom they hired nearly three years ago to reinvigorate the struggling sport.
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October 31, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The series that runs the famed Indianapolis 500 and other races featuring Indy-style cars this year enjoyed one of its most exciting seasons. It was capped by a dramatic finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, where the title was decided on the final lap in favor of driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, the series' first American champion in six years. But six weeks after the season ended, all that is being overshadowed by the drama, yet again, within IndyCar's leadership. The directors who control the Izod IndyCar Series on Sunday parted ways with the series' chief executive, Randy Bernard, whom they hired nearly three years ago to reinvigorate the struggling sport.
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April 16, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Randy Bernard has a polite, self-deprecating manner that belies he's at the forefront of saving American open-wheel racing. "Yes, ma'am," he said to a waitress confirming his recent lunch order of beefsteak tomatoes and grilled chicken. Then Bernard, 44, opened the interview: "I'll never be an expert on motor sports. " But Bernard, starting his second year as chief of the Izod IndyCar Series, leaves no doubt he's in charge and willing to make changes in hopes of reviving a series whose popularity has tumbled from the days when it dominated U.S. racing with household names such Andretti, Foyt and Unser.
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October 23, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
After watching the horrifying crash that killed IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, some quickly shifted their sights to a 44-year-old Californian: Randy Bernard. As chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series, Bernard heavily promoted the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a dazzling climax to his season-long bid to boost IndyCar's sagging popularity. Wheldon, in fact, entered the race in hopes of capturing a $5-million first-place prize — to be split with a randomly selected fan — that Bernard and IndyCar sponsors offered a driver who wasn't a regular on the IndyCar circuit.
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April 15, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
It's all anyone in Indy car racing can talk about, and arguably just what the sport needs to help boost its popularity. "Double-file restarts" were implemented this season in the Izod IndyCar Series, a change that has sparked some hair-raising moments in the season's first two races and probably will again Sunday in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. "Every restart now the fans are [saying], 'Oooh, what's going to happen here?' " said reigning IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti . "It's definitely created more opportunity for passing, more drama.
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July 5, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
The night race marking the return of IndyCar-style racing to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana next year will be a 400-mile event with ticket prices starting at $30, track and IndyCar officials said Tuesday. After a seven-year absence of major open-wheel racing at the sprawling two-mile oval 50 miles east of Los Angeles, the speedway said it would hold the Izod IndyCar Series race on an as yet unspecified date in the fall of 2012. Randy Bernard, the series' chief executive, told reporters on a conference call that "we think a night race there will be very exciting" and that the series wanted to add the track to its schedule because it's in "one of the largest markets in the United States.
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December 18, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Two months after the nation was stunned by a 15-car crash that killed driver Dan Wheldon, the Izod IndyCar Series is trying to reestablish momentum heading into next season. But after announcing last week that no one factor caused Wheldon's death in the fiery wreck Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, IndyCar and its chief executive, Randy Bernard, now must overcome several issues still weighing on their effort to boost the sport's popularity. Among them: The series is rolling out a new race car whose ultimate performance is yet unknown.
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December 8, 2011 | Wire reports
The IndyCar Series will not return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season, and its future at the track depends in part on what it learns from the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal crash. Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was killed in the opening laps of the season finale at Las Vegas on Oct. 16. The investigation into the 15-car wreck is continuing, and IndyCar has postponed releasing its 2012 schedule until it determines if the series can continue racing on high-banked ovals such as the one at Las Vegas.
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October 28, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Randy Bernard stepped down as the Izod IndyCar Series' chief executive Sunday after three seasons of trying to revitalize the struggling sport that includes the legendary Indianapolis 500. Bernard's departure came after a special meeting of directors of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp., the series' parent that is led by the Hulman-George family, which said both sides agreed "the timing was right to pursue separate paths. " Jeff Belskus, chief executive of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp., was named interim chief executive of IndyCar, whose 15-race season this year was capped by a return to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in September.
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December 18, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Two months after the nation was stunned by a 15-car crash that killed driver Dan Wheldon, the Izod IndyCar Series is trying to reestablish momentum heading into next season. But after announcing last week that no one factor caused Wheldon's death in the fiery wreck Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, IndyCar and its chief executive, Randy Bernard, now must overcome several issues still weighing on their effort to boost the sport's popularity. Among them: The series is rolling out a new race car whose ultimate performance is yet unknown.
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December 8, 2011 | Wire reports
The IndyCar Series will not return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season, and its future at the track depends in part on what it learns from the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal crash. Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was killed in the opening laps of the season finale at Las Vegas on Oct. 16. The investigation into the 15-car wreck is continuing, and IndyCar has postponed releasing its 2012 schedule until it determines if the series can continue racing on high-banked ovals such as the one at Las Vegas.
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October 23, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
After watching the horrifying crash that killed IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, some quickly shifted their sights to a 44-year-old Californian: Randy Bernard. As chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series, Bernard heavily promoted the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a dazzling climax to his season-long bid to boost IndyCar's sagging popularity. Wheldon, in fact, entered the race in hopes of capturing a $5-million first-place prize — to be split with a randomly selected fan — that Bernard and IndyCar sponsors offered a driver who wasn't a regular on the IndyCar circuit.
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October 16, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Veteran driver Dan Wheldon, who won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time this year, died from injuries suffered Sunday when his car was entangled in a horrific 15-car wreck early in the IndyCar series' season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Englishman was 33. As the 34-car field moved through the first turn of Lap 11 on the 1.5-mile oval track at speeds of more than 200 mph, Wheldon was running 25th when cars began spinning in front of him. As the cars piled up in an instant, Wheldon's No. 77 car slammed into another car in front of his and went airborne before crashing into the fence in Turn 2 and briefly catching fire, video replays showed.
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July 5, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
The night race marking the return of IndyCar-style racing to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana next year will be a 400-mile event with ticket prices starting at $30, track and IndyCar officials said Tuesday. After a seven-year absence of major open-wheel racing at the sprawling two-mile oval 50 miles east of Los Angeles, the speedway said it would hold the Izod IndyCar Series race on an as yet unspecified date in the fall of 2012. Randy Bernard, the series' chief executive, told reporters on a conference call that "we think a night race there will be very exciting" and that the series wanted to add the track to its schedule because it's in "one of the largest markets in the United States.
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October 16, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Veteran driver Dan Wheldon, who won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time this year, died from injuries suffered Sunday when his car was entangled in a horrific 15-car wreck early in the IndyCar series' season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Englishman was 33. As the 34-car field moved through the first turn of Lap 11 on the 1.5-mile oval track at speeds of more than 200 mph, Wheldon was running 25th when cars began spinning in front of him. As the cars piled up in an instant, Wheldon's No. 77 car slammed into another car in front of his and went airborne before crashing into the fence in Turn 2 and briefly catching fire, video replays showed.
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November 1, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
No timetable is set to replace Randy Bernard, whose departure as chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series sparked a storm of protest from some media outlets and fans this week, interim IndyCar Chief Executive Jeff Belskus said Thursday. Making his first public comments since Sunday, when IndyCar announced that Bernard had stepped down, Belskus acknowledged in an interview that "Randy was very popular" and that IndyCar "has a lot of passionate fans. " "We do plan to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement," said Belskus, who is also CEO of IndyCar's parent, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.
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April 16, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Randy Bernard has a polite, self-deprecating manner that belies he's at the forefront of saving American open-wheel racing. "Yes, ma'am," he said to a waitress confirming his recent lunch order of beefsteak tomatoes and grilled chicken. Then Bernard, 44, opened the interview: "I'll never be an expert on motor sports. " But Bernard, starting his second year as chief of the Izod IndyCar Series, leaves no doubt he's in charge and willing to make changes in hopes of reviving a series whose popularity has tumbled from the days when it dominated U.S. racing with household names such Andretti, Foyt and Unser.
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April 15, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
It's all anyone in Indy car racing can talk about, and arguably just what the sport needs to help boost its popularity. "Double-file restarts" were implemented this season in the Izod IndyCar Series, a change that has sparked some hair-raising moments in the season's first two races and probably will again Sunday in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. "Every restart now the fans are [saying], 'Oooh, what's going to happen here?' " said reigning IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti . "It's definitely created more opportunity for passing, more drama.
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