Tuesday, February 2, 2010

IRL Confirms New CEO

In a press conference today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy Racing League confirmed the addition of Randy Bernard as the new CEO.  Bernard, who has been the CEO of the Professional Bull Riders for the last 15 years will begin his tenure with the IRL  beginning March 1st.
Speaking on the last 15 years Bernard said that he was "blessed to work with such a great sport, and I enjoyed the success that we all shared together.  But I was ready to make a change in my life. Josie George was determined that the change should be with the Indy Racing League, and after significant research I was excited about the opportunity.
I truly believe I can make a difference with the Indy Racing League, and I see tremendous potential. The IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights have intense action, high-stakes competition, extreme athletes, a diverse international schedule, great sponsors and a very passionate fan base.”
Bernard went on to thank the Hulman-George family saying: “for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this great tradition. I have had the opportunity to meet with Ms. George, Josie, Nancy, Kathi, Jack Snyder and Jeff Belskus several times and really look forward to sharing their vision.
I also look forward to working with Terry Angstadt and Brian Barnhart. They both are highly regarded, and I am confident we will make a great team.”
“Our family has been the steward of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1945 and has owned and operated the Indy Racing League since its founding in 1994. This is our family business, and we have a new generation of family members beginning to be involved. I believe Randy is an excellent choice to head our growing IZOD IndyCar Series and assure that it will continue to be a positive asset for racing and for our family business.” - Chairman of the board, Mari Hulman-George
“Randy is the right person at the right time to head the Indy Racing League.  He brings a superb sports marketing and promotion background, proven CEO skills, energy and enthusiasm at a time when the IZOD IndyCar Series is positioned for growth.” -IMS President and CEO, Jeff Belskus


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