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Sports Xchange | October 28, 2012
Randy Bernard is out as CEO of the IndyCar series after a special meeting of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation on Sunday, radio station WIBC in Indianapolis reported. Bernard was in the third year of a five-year contract and will remain in an advisory capacity. Jeff Belskus, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO, was named interim IndyCar CEO. "We are very grateful for the tireless effort that Randy has invested into learning, understanding and working to grow the IndyCar Series over the last three racing seasons," Belskus said in a statement released by IMS on Sunday.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Baltimore's WBFF-TV Fox 45 will produce a 30-minute special to air the Thursday before this year's third edition of the Grand Prix of Baltimore. According to a news release from race organizers, the show will offer live interviews and behind-the-scenes features related to the weekend of racing. It is scheduled to air Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Racing begins Friday, with the IndyCar race Sunday afternoon. "We're proud to offer our audience comprehensive coverage of this signature Baltimore event," Bill Fanshawe, general manager at WBFF, said in a statement.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard held an impromptu question-and-answer session with the media Sunday before the Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and was asked about his expectations for the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Bernard did not answer with specifics. "It's an interesting question," he said. "I think we always push for the limits. We always want bigger and better, but we also have to have clear expectations based on reality. I know [promoterMichael] Andrettiwill shoot for the stars, too, and we'll see what happens.
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Sports Xchange | October 28, 2012
Randy Bernard is out as CEO of the IndyCar series after a special meeting of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation on Sunday, radio station WIBC in Indianapolis reported. Bernard was in the third year of a five-year contract and will remain in an advisory capacity. Jeff Belskus, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO, was named interim IndyCar CEO. "We are very grateful for the tireless effort that Randy has invested into learning, understanding and working to grow the IndyCar Series over the last three racing seasons," Belskus said in a statement released by IMS on Sunday.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | June 3, 2011
Just two weeks after the IndyCar series races through the streets of Baltimore on Labor Day, it will race on a road course near the Twin Ring Motegi motorsports facility after the track suffered damage from the March earthquakes. IndyCar made the announcement this morning. The race will be run on 2.98-mile, natural-terrain road course during its final visit to Twin Ring Motegi on Sept. 18. The facility was the site of Danica Patrick's only IndyCar win, the Japan 300 in 2008.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Baltimore's WBFF-TV Fox 45 will produce a 30-minute special to air the Thursday before this year's third edition of the Grand Prix of Baltimore. According to a news release from race organizers, the show will offer live interviews and behind-the-scenes features related to the weekend of racing. It is scheduled to air Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Racing begins Friday, with the IndyCar race Sunday afternoon. "We're proud to offer our audience comprehensive coverage of this signature Baltimore event," Bill Fanshawe, general manager at WBFF, said in a statement.
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Tribune Newspapers | October 23, 2011
After watching the horrifying crash that killed IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, some quickly shifted their sights to a 44-year-old Californian: Randy Bernard. As chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series, Bernard heavily promoted the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a dazzling climax to his season-long bid to boost IndyCar's sagging popularity. Wheldon, in fact, entered the race in hopes of capturing a $5 million first-place prize — to be split with a randomly selected fan — that Bernard and IndyCar sponsors offered a driver who wasn't a regular on the IndyCar circuit.
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By Jay Hancock | August 27, 2011
The racing circuit has lost millions of fans since the 1990s. Bickering among racing teams, track owners and promoters robbed the industry of energy and direction. The field was embarrassingly mediocre some days. Your grandmother could qualify. Stands are often empty. Tracks lose money. Too many of the sport's remaining fans are old. The sport needs promotion, innovation, sponsorship and TV time. I don't know whether Randy Bernard will bring the IndyCar circuit back to the roaring days of A.J. Foyt and the Unser family.
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By Jim Peltz, Tribune Newspapers | April 17, 2011
Randy Bernard has a polite, self-deprecating manner that belies he's at the forefront of saving American open-wheel racing. "Yes, ma'am," he said to a waitress confirming his lunch order. Then Bernard, 44, turned to a visitor and declared, "I'll never be an expert on motor sports. " But Bernard, starting his second year as chief of the Izod IndyCar Series, leaves no doubt he's in charge and willing to make changes in hopes of reviving a series whose popularity has tumbled from the days it dominated U.S. racing with household names such Andretti, Foyt and Unser.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Simona de Silvestro walked through the lobby of an Inner Harbor hotel Thursday looking comfortable in her white shirt and black jeans. "I feel like I'm back home," the IndyCar driver said. "It was one of the best races we had last year, and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the race track here. " De Silvestro was one of the first drivers to come here to promote last year's inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. Thursday, one day after officials confirmed the race will return Labor Day weekend, she was back with her newly designed HVM Nuclear Clean Entergy race car with a new Lotus engine that has proven powerful in practice.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2012
IndyCar chief executive officer Randy Bernard seemed to be picking up positive vibes at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. "I'm very tickled with the way it's going," Bernard said during a meeting with a small gathering of media Sunday morning. "The Andretti group has done a good job organizing the event and J.P. Grant has stepped up. All the venders have been taken care of, eliminating any embarrassment. " Bernard also said he was pleased with the Saturday crowd for the American Le Mans Series race Saturday and expects to see even a bigger crowd today.
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By Don Markus, Sandra McKee and Jonas Shaffer and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 2, 2012
Ed Carpenter, the only driver who had finished the previous 13 events on this year's IndyCar Series circuit, did not make it to the end Sunday in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. The same chicane where Carpenter's car went airborne Saturday turned out to be even more problematic on Sunday. Instead of coming down unscathed, Carpenter's car skidded into the wall on Lap 9 of the 75-lap race. “I was trying to gain time through the chicane and I just pushed too hard and hit the wall,” said Carpenter, 31, the only owner-driver on the circuit.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2012
With the Grand Prix of Baltimore two weeks away, the race's promoter and owner of three cars competing in the IndyCar Series this year, Michael Andretti, was in town recently and sat down for a conversation that ranged from the upcoming event through the streets of the city to current issues in racing. When it comes to Baltimore, Andretti is still learning about the city, but he did offer insight into how Andretti Sports Marketing has cut thousands of dollars from last year's expenses.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard held an impromptu question-and-answer session with the media Sunday before the Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and was asked about his expectations for the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Bernard did not answer with specifics. "It's an interesting question," he said. "I think we always push for the limits. We always want bigger and better, but we also have to have clear expectations based on reality. I know [promoterMichael] Andrettiwill shoot for the stars, too, and we'll see what happens.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Simona de Silvestro walked through the lobby of an Inner Harbor hotel Thursday looking comfortable in her white shirt and black jeans. "I feel like I'm back home," the IndyCar driver said. "It was one of the best races we had last year, and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the race track here. " De Silvestro was one of the first drivers to come here to promote last year's inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. Thursday, one day after officials confirmed the race will return Labor Day weekend, she was back with her newly designed HVM Nuclear Clean Entergy race car with a new Lotus engine that has proven powerful in practice.
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By Luke Broadwater and Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
The head of IndyCar, the car racing league, came to Baltimore on Thursday and assured the city's taxpayers and business owners that this September's Grand Prix would not end up in financial ruin as last year's race did. "There's no room for errors. We have to be successful and the promoter has to be successful," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel before showing off the cars and new technologies that would be used in the Labor Day race. "They feel the pressure," Bernard said of the new Grand Prix management team.
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By Don Markus, Sandra McKee and Jonas Shaffer and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 2, 2012
Ed Carpenter, the only driver who had finished the previous 13 events on this year's IndyCar Series circuit, did not make it to the end Sunday in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. The same chicane where Carpenter's car went airborne Saturday turned out to be even more problematic on Sunday. Instead of coming down unscathed, Carpenter's car skidded into the wall on Lap 9 of the 75-lap race. “I was trying to gain time through the chicane and I just pushed too hard and hit the wall,” said Carpenter, 31, the only owner-driver on the circuit.
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By Sandra McKee | sandra.mckee@baltsun.com">href="mailto:sandra.mckee@baltsun.com">sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | January 29, 2011
The Baltimore Grand Prix is coming Labor Day weekend, just four months after Indy Car racing celebrates 100 years of history, tradition and passion at the Memorial Day classic Indianapolis 500. The two events are not as far apart as they may seem at first glance. The open wheel sport is trying to rebuild and reinvigorate itself and Baltimore could be a key to that renewal. Randy Bernard, who turns 44 Monday, is the Izod IndyCar Series CEO and the person in charge of its immediate future.
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Tribune Newspapers | October 23, 2011
After watching the horrifying crash that killed IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, some quickly shifted their sights to a 44-year-old Californian: Randy Bernard. As chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series, Bernard heavily promoted the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a dazzling climax to his season-long bid to boost IndyCar's sagging popularity. Wheldon, in fact, entered the race in hopes of capturing a $5 million first-place prize — to be split with a randomly selected fan — that Bernard and IndyCar sponsors offered a driver who wasn't a regular on the IndyCar circuit.
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By Jay Hancock | August 27, 2011
The racing circuit has lost millions of fans since the 1990s. Bickering among racing teams, track owners and promoters robbed the industry of energy and direction. The field was embarrassingly mediocre some days. Your grandmother could qualify. Stands are often empty. Tracks lose money. Too many of the sport's remaining fans are old. The sport needs promotion, innovation, sponsorship and TV time. I don't know whether Randy Bernard will bring the IndyCar circuit back to the roaring days of A.J. Foyt and the Unser family.
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