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With Bernard Out, IndyCar Looks For Leadership; Series Nears "Full-Blown Crisis" Mode
Published October 30, 2012
ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin wrote one issue surrounding Bernard's exit that "hasn’t gotten much discussion" is the "sudden departure in July" of IndyCar COO Marc Koretzky. Koretzky was one of Bernard’s “big hires, and that didn’t end well.” The IndyCar BOD “needs someone to step up and be transparent about where this series stands.” If finances “were a problem in Randy’s tenure, say so.” Cavin: “Show us. Show cause for this” (INDYSTAR.com, 10/29). AUTOWEEK.com’s Steven Cole Smith wrote, “I've been trying to envision some sort of plan, some scenario that the IndyCar board has in mind that will make the firing of Bernard … seem sensible, and propel IndyCar in a positive direction that Bernard could not. Unless 75-year-old Roger Penske wants the job, I can't” (AUTOWEEK.com, 10/29).
TOOK A WRONG TURN: SPEEDTV.com’s Robin Miller wrote, “In the 44 years I’ve covered Indy car racing, nothing compares to the spineless, devious and classless treatment of Randy Bernard." It was "as unprofessional as it was unnecessary and certainly a black eye for a series that is the laughing stock of motorsports today.” This was a “senseless murder of a good man” (SPEEDTV.com, 10/29). Speed’s David Hobbs said, “I hate to see open-wheel racing machine gun itself in the foot all the time. They don’t just take pots shots with a .45, they literally get out the old machine gun and really rake themselves up” (“Wind Tunnel,” Speed, 10/28). ESPN.com’s John Oreovicz wrote this is “indeed a sport in crisis,” and it has been “for the past 30 years.” IndyCar fans are “upset,” as cutting ties with “the guy who has appealed to the fans and expended more energy and effort in running the show than anyone else in the past 30 years emphatically sends the wrong message” (ESPN.com, 10/29).