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July 26, 2010

Indy Car Unleashes Worst Joke Since Texas ’97

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:12 am

The time has arrived for the Indy Car Series to take its next evolutionary step. In 1997 USAC screwed up some restarts at the Indianapolis 500. At the next race in Texas that year they neglected to score some laps for the actual winner of that race, which resulted in a nationally televised A.J. Foyt bitch slap of Arie Luyendyk in Victory Lane after the race. Action by the Indy Racing League was swift and decisive. USAC was fired from Timing and Scoring and the task was moved in house.

Yesterday at the end of the Edmonton race, Brian Barnhart decided Helio Castroneves was blocking on a restart with 2 laps to go. Whether he was or was not is debatable. Helio is a notorious serial blocker but does not often get penalized. Yesterday’s ‘infraction’ was minor by comparison, and enforcement seemed excessive and random. In short, it was a joke that made the selective way the series is officiated a laughingstock.

That straw was the last. It is time for Randy Bernard to commit to replacing Brian Barnhart at the end of the season. His course has run. It is time to make the change. While he is at it, he also needs to replace Kevin Blanch. The series needs to evolve past their remnant ‘aw shucks’ phase quickly. Tony Cotman and most other former cart/champcar officials are NOT the answer, by the way. The series needs a FRESH approach and not another recycled one.

What happened yesterday was a joke. Brian Barnhart’s time at chief steward has passed. He needs to go. If he won’t go volutarily he needs to be cut loose.



  1. Genearally, not a great weekend for racing….

    Comment by dylanpt24 — July 26, 2010 @ 6:10 am | Reply

  2. I’m about ready to call it quits on this series until he’s gone. First he doesn’t penalize Dixon at Watkins for avoidable contact, then this race he lets Dario hit Dixons tire on a pit stop without a drive thru, but Helio can’t pick the inside line? I honestly believe he wanted Ganassi to win today to piggy back on the Brickyard story.

    Comment by the american mutt — July 26, 2010 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  3. Barnyard takes the meaning of ‘race control’ to a whole new level. Since when does an “official” tell the drivers where their cars are to be placed on the track during green flag conditions? Perhaps that explains the single file nature of these events. he wants exactly 1.2 seconds gap between each car. It took this putz 4 years to put I-Dunno on probation when she should never have been issued a license in the first place. It will be a great day for IndyCar when he is placed in the 10 percentile of unemployed Americans.

    Comment by ATB73 — July 26, 2010 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  4. Helio blocked going into the corner, and then he forced Power out to the wall and cut him off leaving the corner. There was no plausible racing line for Power, who had a big run on Helio. And with all attention focussed on the leaders at that point, there wasn’t much chance that BB would not see the infraction. Ergo, just like in Detroit, Helio got called for blocking. Helio knows what he did, he just thinks BB should back off and “let ’em race” when it benefits Helio to do so.

    It’s seems rather odd to me for you to join the lynch mob on the occasion of BB getting something right.

    Comment by Boo Boo — July 26, 2010 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  5. This little bump has drummed up more press and coverage on ESPN and other media outlets. It’s cheap but that’s the way the world works.

    I think Brian should be relocated to a different job at the very least.

    Comment by M. Miller — July 27, 2010 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

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