I understand you have a bottom line and that you want to operate all of your businesses is the black. None of that will ever happen if you do not cultivate and nurture existing and potential customers who will purchase your product. It does not take the Boston Consulting Group to tell you that. The facts that speak most loudly involve racing fans that have simply stopped showing up for races and watching them on television. Over the long history of open wheel racing and particularly since the late 1970s the consistent and abject stupidity of the collective dysfunctional ‘leadership’ of the sport has now managed to alienate the last possible group of dedicated (and money spending) racing fans.
I do not know why you have separated with Randy Bernard. It is the sincere hope of those of us who still care that you will offer fans who have remained loyal despite an incredible amount of abuse
some sort of explanation that does not involve buzzwords, lip service jargon, arrogance or most likely the deafening silence that usually accompanies decisions that seem to defy any form of common sense.
In Randy Bernard you had an enthusiastic outsider widely known as a tireless, driven individual bent on taking IndyCar to high levels never previously imagined. Given the mess he was handed along with the encumbrances that characterize working with the IMS collective, I believe his performance was spectacular, and his five year mission is unfinished. Instead we have another logic-defying change at the top with no explanation. I really admired his fresh, outside point of view and aggressive moves to move the sport back to the mainstream, regardless of toes (or egos) that may have been stepped on along the way.
What have you accomplished instead? A regressive public relations nightmare from which you may now never recover. Your actions are consistently disgraceful. Loyal racing fans simply do not deserve such abuse.
It is my hope that you fully explain this action and what led to this decision. It is fair to say that the very future of the sport absolutely depends on it. It really does not matter what the reason is, whether it is owner pressure, internal infighting, manufacturer pressure or whatever. Explain yourselves for once. We can handle it. If you do not begin treating the people that keep you in business with simple respect the only thing you can reasonably expect is a lot more shiny aluminum and test pattern level television ratings.
Why do you people make it so difficult for average people to just be fans?