Perhaps due to the rumors, or realizing that his time with INDYCAR was over, Randy Bernard steps down as the CEO of the Indianapolis-based sanctioning body immediately. Bernard had no experience in motor sports when he joined Hulman & Company in March of 2010.
As the CEO, he oversaw not just the IZOD IndyCar Series, but the Indy Lights and other lesser series under the INDYCAR banner.
"I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the entire INDYCAR community, its teams, drivers, loyal partners and fans," Bernard said. "The last three years have produced some exciting, and some difficult, times."
Stepping up to the plate in the interim will be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and CEO Jeff Belskus.
Bernard will remain in an advisory role for how long remains to be seen. "We are very grateful for the tireless effort that Randy has invested into learning, understanding and working to grow the IndyCar Series over the last three racing seasons," Belskus said.
Over the past weeks, the Hulman-George owned company has been highlighted in the news, including Tony George’s resignation from the Board. It had been obvious that George was unhappy with Bernard, and that he wanted to have full control as the owner of the IndyCar series. Now that Barnard is no longer the INDYCAR CEO, will there be further changes?
Belskus did not allude to the recent rumors and comments; he only added that “we agreed that the timing was right to pursue separate paths."
"I want to thank the Hulman-George family, especially Josie (George), for giving me the opportunity and privilege to work with the organization and to help set a course and direction for INDYCAR," Bernard said.