Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Farewell To Barnhart, Angstadt

I won't spend too much time on this news this morning, but as you may have heard, Brian Barnhart's days in Race Control are now a thing of the past. Although he may stay on as president of operations, his time influencing on-the-track action is at an end.

Although I never enjoy seeing anyone removed from a position, I think most would argue it was time for this move. Race Control demands a person that has the confidence of drivers, fans, and teams alike, and once that confidence is gone, there's not a whole lot that can be done to bring it back. Without getting deep into the chaos at New Hampshire or look of the starts at Indy during his tenure, that's the point a majority of stakeholders in this sport had reached, and so it became time for the change to be made.

With Terry Angstadt also leaving (not just his position as commercial president), but INDYCAR), I think  it's appropriate to remember how instrumental Angstadt was in bringing IZOD in a series title sponsor. Whatever else happened or didn't happen with the commercial division with Angstadt at the helm, securing the IZOD sponsorship has been a huge plus for the series.

Best of luck to both these men in the next stages of their careers.

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