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Indy 500 "Hits The Jackpot," But Can IndyCar Sustain Momentum Throughout The Season?
Published May 30, 2012
BANNER DAY: Weighing in on whether the Indianapolis 500 or NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 was the better race on Sunday, ESPN.com's Terry Blount wrote, "The Indy 500 wasn't just the best race of the day. It was the best race of the year, anywhere, and easily the best Indy 500 overall in more than a decade." ESPN.com's Ed Hinton: "Any fan out there who watched both races knows it was Indy by a landslide." Hinton added with a record 35 lead changes among 10 drivers, IndyCar "should have NASCAR hearing footsteps in the competitive racing department." ESPN.com's David Newton wrote, "The finish alone made the Indy 500 better. What every spectator wants is a great finish, two cars battling for the win, driving on edge to reach the checkered flag. That's what Takuma Sato provided when he dove inside for the lead on Dario Franchitti, taking out himself and almost the race winner" (ESPN.com, 5/29).
DOMESTIC ISSUE: CNBC's Darren Rovell noted the “greatest challenge” Bernard currently has “might be listening to the wishes of sponsors who want to go international, while he hopes to keep the sports’ base in United States.” Bernard said, “We are North American open-wheel racing and I never want to take our eyes off that. We’d like to see a minimum of 16 events here in North America and then add (2-4) events international -- Brazil, China -- markets that are very important for our sponsors. That’s why you’re seeing us make these aggressive moves to Brazil and China" (“CNBC Sports Biz: Game On!,” NBC Sports Network, 5/25).
SOMEONE GUNNING FOR BERNARD? In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reports Bernard in a tweet last night "said someone in the Izod IndyCar Series is trying to get him fired." Bernard wrote, "It is true that an owner is calling others trying to get me fired. I have had several owners confirm this. disappointing." He did not identify the owner, except saying that it "wasn't Roger Penske." Bernard has been IndyCar CEO since March '10 (INDYSTAR.com, 5/30).