- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Barfield Named Race Director

Just over a month after Brian Barnhart left the IZOD IndyCar Series' race director chair, the seat was filled today when INDYCAR announced the addition of Houston native, former Formula Ford 2000, and Indy Lights driver Beaux Barfield.

"I grew up around racing, so I've been involved in it all my life," Barfield said. "The one thing that I wanted to do as a racing driver growing up in America was to be involved with the Indy 500. When my driving career took a change of course and I found myself officiating, it was still a goal of mine to get to Indy car racing and the Indy 500. In that regard, it represents the pinnacle of my aspirations as a race official. I'm truly honored to be a part of INDYCAR."

Barfield previously held the position of race director for both the Atlantic and Trans Am series from 2003-2008 when he also served as a steward for Champ Car, before moving on as race director for the American Le Mans Series since 2008.

"Though Beaux's most recent experience is in sports car racing, his roots are in open-wheel racing," said INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard. "He has built a strong reputation as a race director with ALMS and bringing him on board ensures that INDYCAR has a dedicated Race Director with the right level of expertise for the IZOD IndyCar Series."

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season kicks off March 24th, in St. Pete.

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