“I think I got his attention last week,” Ganassi said. “We still have to race on Sunday.”
With Penske’s money, power and passion, the area in which he lives has an auto race again for the first time since 2008.
“This is an opportunity to showcase Detroit,” Penske said. “We have 5 hours of TV coverage, great support from the corporate community along with having the mayor’s office and city council on the same page to benefit the city and region.”
Penske is hoping the series’ owners can stick together after he said they were unified during an hour-long gathering prior to a meeting with IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard on Saturday afternoon.
“Everyone in there is good,” Penske said before taking off on a scooter _ just minutes before Bernard walked in the Panther Racing hospitality tent to address the group.
Bernard, the leader of a series that seems to be building momentum off a thrilling Indy 500, confirmed speculation on his Twitter account that a team owner is trying to get him fired. Bernard doesn’t regret publicly fueling the discord, adding he has been an advocate for the owners during his two-plus years in charge. He was pleased with his talk with owners that lasted almost 40 minutes.
“We had a very productive meeting,” he said. “It was excellent.”
Power hopes IndyCar leadership, team owners and drivers can figure out a way to avoid stunting success that has been building since two American open-wheel series became one in 2008 after division drained the interest in the sport.
“We’re growing in terms of fans at the track, sponsorships, competition at the track and car count,” Power said. “If you think about where we are compared to five years ago, it’s a massive difference _ night and day.”
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