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June 17, 2011

Indy Cars Headed For Milwaukee…And A Note About The Guy In Charge

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:53 am

This is an impromptu report card for Randy Bernard after he went in studio for the Trackside Online show Thursday night on 1070 in Indianapolis. Despite recent indications he is pretty much in the tank based on the whims of mostly self-interested owners, he does bravely tread along a sometimes controversial path. No one can really accuse the guy of running away from an issue without trying to tackle it.

Not Worth A Damn

That is why it refreshing to hear him refer to the President of the Phoenix International Raceway as ‘not worth a damn.’ If I am not mistaken the guy’s name is Bryan Sperber, and evidently he just will not even return a phone call from Randy, who has tried multiple times. Bernard went on to call into question Sperber’s fulfillment of job obligations as President of a part of a publicly owned company.

That brutal honesty can backfire, and it sounds a bit like Randy and Eddie Gossage may be having some disagreements over a few things, most notably the possibility of another goddamned street race, this time in Houston. Eddie is on record as saying that if that happens Indy Cars will not run at his track. So much for listening to what fans want, eh Eddie? Randy is on record as saying Eddie is not in a position to tell Indy Car how they should or should not grow their business. Personally, a market the size of Houston, particularly given its demographic makeup, needs to be on the schedule. Seems to me, however, they are big enough to build a real race track first. Randy has also bent over for Dario and Chip on the 2nd race draw, and is safe to assume that in its present configuration it is history, and may not even be held at Texas. That seems like dangerous talk to me.

Conversely, Randy Bernard indicates the new President of Chicagoland Speedway is champing at the bit to get Indy Cars back to Chicagoland, and calls him a lot with all sorts of ideas. That track is the best racing venue Indy Car has ever dropped despite their ISC ownership. He also says Fontana wants Indy Cars back.

It is safe to assume that business is business, but losing Texas would be really stupid, despite the genital waving.

Finally, advice for negotiating with Disney on a renewal. Take no prisoners. I know there is a professional doing the negotiation. Bring him up to speed on the screwing the series has taken for ten years.

The Disciple contingent is off to the Milwaukee Mile. See you there, hopefully!



  1. Talk of another street course anywhere is insane. And a split between Eddie Gossage and the
    Indycar leadership should be a huge warning to the future of this league. I for
    one am in Eddie’s corner. The race at Texas (both of them) were excellent and I would not
    change a think about how the drivers positions were determined for the second race. It’s
    probably the first time some fans had ever seen these drivers outside a race car.

    However, lose Texas over this and I am done with this league.

    Comment by Bob F. — June 17, 2011 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

  2. All I know about the Bernard/Sperber situation is that I can’t wait for the hilariously apoplectic Mike Knight blog post about it on Monday…

    Comment by The Speedgeek — June 17, 2011 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  3. Bernard isn’t going to let Gossage’s racetrack go. And Gossage won’t stick to his demands either–they both need each other. They’re just posturing. Benard will get Houston and Gossage will get something out of it.

    Comment by redcar — June 17, 2011 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  4. Re-listen to the podcast again. Bernard makes some very compelling arguements for Houston as to why we should be there

    Comment by TimmyZ1 — June 18, 2011 @ 2:00 am | Reply

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