Randy Bernard's departure as CEO of IndyCar has left the series in trouble and has raised serious concerns about its future. Although it is not uncommon for sports organizations to change leadership, in IndyCar's case the lack of direction is an issue for fans. The board's refusal to provide a plan for finding a new CEO or how it will handle over problems left by Bernad cannot be ignored.
No Plan for IndyCar's Future?
Randy Bernard's exit as CEO of IndyCar was announced on Oct. 28, yet by Oct. 30 the board of directors has given no indication of how it plans to proceed. This has raised concerns among fans, drivers and team owners. Roger Penske has stated, "There is no future plan." These types of statements have been circulating since Oct. 28, and the lack of action from the board has only made them stronger.
The Search for a New CEO
Jeff Belskus has been named as the interim CEO of IndyCar, but the series claims that the search for a new CEO will start soon. Unfortunately, this is another case of a lack of direction and clear response from the board. There has been no timeline provided for the search amid speculation that Belskus is not likely to stay in the role for long. The rumors that Tony George attempted to purchase IndyCar and was responsible for Randy Bernard's departure continue.
Even the decision for Randy Bernard to leave has been filled with unnecessary intrigue. On Oct. 26, the first reports surfaced that Bernard was fired. Then, IndyCar denied the news but had a meeting on Oct. 28 that officially let him go. Now, there are sources who claim he was actually fired on Oct. 25.
Losing Fans and Losing Sponsors?
The impact of Randy Bernard's exit seems to be spreading quickly among concerned fans and sponsors. A lack of stability in a sport is not something that attracts new businesses or renews old contracts. In addition, the internal turmoil of IndyCar has left many wondering how long the series can survive or thrive in an uncertain economy.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.