SBD/July 12, 2013/People and Pop Culture
IndyCar Exec VP Greg Gruning Leaves Series For Job Outside Sports World
Published July 12, 2013
THE PERFECT PAIRING? In San Diego, Bill Center wrote the position of Hulman Motorsports President "would seem to be a perfect fit" for former Padres President & CEO TOM GARFINKEL. IndyCar's current marketing "is a joke," the TV package is "terrible," and "national driver awareness is weak." Garfinkel could be "the perfect person to address the woes of IndyCar -- were IndyCar to give him control to make dynamic decisions." But that is "the potential major rub." IndyCar has been "its own worst enemy when it comes to marketing." It has "long been a sport run by the individual teams rather than a central authority." Were IndyCar to "give Garfinkel autonomy, it would be interesting to see where he might take the sport" (UTSANDIEGO.com, 7/11).