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

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Bernard Era: Important Events

Some have his fingerprints, others do not, a list of important events over Randy Bernard's 973-day term as INDYCAR CEO:

2/02/2010 - IRL announces the signing of Randy Bernard as Chief Executive Officer.
3/01/2010 - Bernard assumes CEO duties.
3/05/2010 - BAT Engineering becomes the 5th possible chassis manufacturer.
3/15/2010 - VERSUS returns to DirectTV after long negotiations.
3/22/2010 - IRL announces formation of the ICONIC committee.
3/26/2010 - IRL announces Gil de Ferran's position on the ICONIC committee
4/01/2010 - Steve Shunk hired as VP of Public Relations for Indycar.
4/13/2010 - 6 remaining ICONIC members selected by Bernard announced.
4/16/2010 - IRL forms 'Technical Review Committee'.
4/27/2010 - Road/street, and oval championships announced.
6/02/2010 - Baltimore GP announced after months of speculation.
6/02/2010 - 2012 Engine specs announced.
6/16/2010 - IRL releases incident review of Simona de Silvestro's fiery Texas incident.
7/14/2010 - The ICONIC Committee announces the 2012 Dallara chassis/body kit strategy.
7/25/2010 - Brian Barnhart makes controversial call in Edmonton.
8/02/2010 - Bernard hands down $60k fine and probation to Helio Castroneves for his actions following Edmonton.
8/15/2010 - Tony Cotman hired as 'Project Manager' for the 2012 car.
8/17/2010 - Texas' 'back-to-back' 2011 races announced.
9/10/2010 - IRL officially renamed INDYCAR.
9/10/2010 - INDYCAR announces 2011 schedule, including New Hampshire and a return of Milwaukee. Chicagoland, Homestead-Miami, Kansas, and Watkins Glen removed.
10/20/2010 - INDYCAR announces the National Drivers Championship scholarship with USAC.
11/03/2010 - INDYCAR cancels the just announced 2011 Edmonton event.
11/12/2010 - GM announces their return with Chevrolet to the IZOD IndyCar Series.
11/18/2010 - Lotus announces their intent to provide engines in 2012.
11/11/2011 - INDYCAR opens an office in Santa Monica, CA.
1/12/2011 - INDYCAR holds first State of INDYCAR event.
1/12/2011 - INDYCAR announces the implementation of double-file restarts.
1/12/2011 - INDYCAR announces the return of Edmonton to the 2011 schedule
2/17/2011 - Tony George and three others join Hulman and Company board.
2/22/2011 - INDYCAR announces $5mil. challenge.
3/04/2011 - Firestone announces they'll leave INDYCAR following 2011.
3/11/2011 - Firestone announces they've signed on through 2013 with INDYCAR.
5/10/2011 - 2012 Dallara concept cars unveiled.
6/03/2011 - INDYCAR announces the Motegi event will be ran on the road course due to earthquake damage to the oval.
6/23/2011 - Dan Wheldon and BHA named 2012 car test team.
6/29/2011 - INDYCAR suspends O2 Racing Technology.
7/05/2011 - INDYCAR announces the return of Fontana to the 2012 schedule.
8/08/2011 - The 2012 car turns it's first on-track laps at Mid-Ohio.
8/10/2011 - IMS announces the '500' will return to ABC through 2018.
8/14/2011 - Brian Barnhart makes controversial call to go green in New Hampshire.
8/15/2011 - INDYCAR announces the chassis body kits will be delayed to 2013.
8/24/2011 - NHR and Ganassi protest on New Hampshire held. RHR retains win.
9/01/2011 - 2012 car turns first laps at IMS. On the road course.
9/09/2011 - Jeff Belskus named President and CEO of Hulman and Company.
9/13/2011 - Dan Wheldon excepts $5mil. Go Daddy IndyCar Challenge.
9/28/2011 - The 2012 car turns its first laps on the IMS oval.
10/12/2011 - INDYCAR announces the return of Belle Isle to the 2012 schedule.
10/12/2011 - INDYCAR unveils the new championship trophy.
10/16/2011 - Dan Wheldon passes away in Las Vegas.
11/30/2011 - Terry Angstadt resigns as President of the Commercial Division
11/30/2011 - Marc Koretzky becomes INYCAR's Director of Corporate Business Development.
11/30/2011 - Brian Barnhart removed as Race Director.
12/08/2011 - INDYCAR announces Las Vegas Speedway will not return to the 2012 schedule.
12/14/2011 - INDYCAR announces the findings into Dan Wheldon's Las Vegas crash.
12/27/2011 - 2012 IndyCar schedule announced.
1/04/2012 - Beaux Barfield named IZOD IndyCar Series Race Director.
2/10/2012 - Milwaukee officially added to the 2012 schedule.
3/28/2012 - INDYCAR announces that the Houston GP will return in 2013.
4/24/2012 - DRR announces they've parted ways with the struggling Lotus group.
5/10/2012 - BHA announces they will switch from Lotus to Honda power.
5/16/2012 - Dragon Racing announces they've signed with Chevy after leaving Lotus.
5/29/2012 - Bernard tweets: "it is true that an owner is calling others trying to get me fired. I have had several owners confirm this. disappointing"
6/13/2012 - INDYCAR announces the China event has been cancelled.
7/12/2012 - COO Marc Koretzky resigns.
9/21/2012 - INDYCAR announces Edmonton will not return in 2013.
9/30/2012 - 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule announced. New events in Pocono, and Houston.
9/30/2012 - INDYCAR announces double-header events in Detroit, Toronto, and Houston.
9/30/2012 - INDYCAR announces the return of the triple crown w/a $1mil. payout.
10/19/2012 - Tony George resigns from Hulman and Co. Board
10/19/2012 - George releases statement confirming his attempt to buy series.
10/19/2012 - Hulman and Co. reconfirm the series is not for sale.
10/28/2012 - IMS board removes Randy Bernard as CEO.

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