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IndyCar Team Owners Deny Involvement In Calling For Randy Bernard's Ouster
Published May 31, 2012
ON THE HOT SEAT? SPEEDTV.com's Robin Miller wrote Bernard is "under fire from the car owners, primarily three or four, but the lynch mob mentality in the paddock is growing." Miller: "It doesn’t matter if it was Michael Andretti making the calls or that Mario wants a change; this movement was started by John Barnes and Tony George, with a silent endorsement from Kevin Kalkhoven." Roger Penske "was calling for the hangman a few weeks ago but evidently has changed his mind." Miller wrote, "In a nutshell, they’re pissed about TurboGate, excessive fines, the quality of the cars and how much more the new cars cost than promised." The owners are also "claiming that Bernard keeps giving them the runaround when they present hard numbers and concerns about specific expenses or potential problems." Miller: "I'm hearing they want Bernard sacked and either Steve Horne or Brian Barnhart, or both, to take control" (SPEEDTV.com, 5/30). The AP's Jenna Fryer reported Bernard before the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday "tried to defuse any controversy and it seemed to work as the race was generally regarded as one of the best in history." But with the reports of "an alleged revolt" the focus "now is not on the race." Fryer wrote, "Angst has escalated of late, particularly among the Chevrolet team owners." Chevy lost a pair of appeals protesting a component of rival Honda's turbocharger, and the "anger spread to other manufacturers after IndyCar levied fines throughout the garage that reached $300,000 for 19 infractions among 13 different teams" (AP, 5/30).