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IndyCar Driver Tony Kanaan On Series' Leadership, Stability: "We Need A Face"

Kanaan says IndyCar's Jeff Belskus has "the right mentality"
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan "insists he knows what the open-wheel series lacks heading into testing next month for the 2013 season," according to John Sturbin of RACIN' TODAY. Kanaan said, "We need a face. We're going to need someone quick to be able to answer to a lot of the questions we have. If that guy is going to be [Interim President & CEO Jeff Belskus] ... I mean, he's the one running it right now. There's a lot of questions from the sponsors, from the teams, from the people (wondering) what direction we're going to take." Kanaan continued, "I've known Jeff for a while and think he has the right mentality, but [it] looks like the board changes their mind quite a bit." Kanaan said of former IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, who continues to serve in an advisory role with the series, "I'm a big Randy fan. ... Would I like to see Randy gone? No, not at all. I believe in continuity but for some reason something happened, which I don't know. So this is my opinion -- we have a great team in the office of IndyCar and Randy was well-liked by the fans. So whoever is going to replace him (permanently) is going to have a hard task to fill that seat." Kanaan: "We have a lot of issues and in my opinion it wasn't fair to Randy because some of the deals were already made before he came" (RACINTODAY.com, 1/11).
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