Allan Brewer, IndyCar Series Correspondent
Barnhart yields race director status; Koretzky in, Angstadt out at IndyCar
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard has finally made the change that many inside the IZOD IndyCar Series, the media and the fans of open-wheel racing wanted. Brian Barnhart will no longer be the Race Director.
We feel that splitting these roles will help fully service our teams and venues as we prepare for the demands of the 2012 season.
Barnhart’s position in race control has been questioned by the teams and drivers in the past seasons; but more importantly this season in relationship to penalties and fines. The questionable restart at the New Hampshire oval likely contributed to the decision by Bernard.
Barnhart's duties with IndyCar were narrowed to a single role as President on Wednesday,
IndyCar also created a single and separate position as Race Director, a title Barnhart held through the end of the 2011 campaign. The Race Director is the senior series official who oversees all on-track activity. The series has not yet selected anyone for the vacant position.
In an additional move to reorganize the series governance ahead of the 2012 racing season, Bernard announced that Marc Koretzky will take over marketing and other responsibilities from Terry Angstadt.
The announcement comes as the series preps for new chassis and engine specifications in the 2012 competition year.
"As our sport continues to grow and we prepare for our first new car in almost a decade, we feel that splitting these roles will help fully service our teams and venues as we prepare for the demands of 2012 season," Barnhart said.
Barnhart will continue to be responsible for race officials, technical specifications, safety development and implementation, medical and event logistics at IndyCar.
Angstadt will be retained for a short period to assist Koretzky with the transition into his new role, which oversees sales, business planning and development, marketing, public relations and organizational operation
Koretzky has been an IndyCar regular since May as Director of Corporate Business Development. He was instrumental in on-the-ground execution of non-race activities in Las Vegas at season's end.
"IndyCar has made tremendous strides and its future is indeed bright," Koretzky said. "I look forward to working with our current partners to develop strategic relationships."
"I'm confident that Brian and Marc will lead our company into a bigger and brighter future in these new roles," IndyCar series CEO Randy Bernard said of the personnel changes.
The changes made today by IndyCar will take effect January 1, 2012.