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Now the fans are contacting the track to express their frustration over the departure of CEO Randy Bernard, who worked closely all year with Pocono in returning one of IndyCar’s original tracks to the 2013 schedule. Bernard stepped down as CEO of IndyCar on Sunday night after an emergency meeting of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway board of directors.
“As the new tenant on the schedule, it is a little disturbing, as is the fan reaction,” Igdalsky said. “We’ve had a lot of fans contact us. The fans really loved Randy. But we’ll move forward as we have to.”
IndyCar was a fixture at Pocono from 1971 until 1989, but fell off the schedule when track owner Joseph “Doc” Mattioli tired of the politics of open-wheel racing. It took 23 years for the return, which was brokered by Igdalsky, his grandson, and Bernard, who understood the importance of tradition to the fan base he’d catered to in his three years as head of IndyCar.
“I’ve talked to Randy this week, and we’ll just go forward,” he said. Although Igdalsky said he’d heard from members of Bernard’s staff, routine in the course of business, he’d yet to hear anything from Jeff Belskus, CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway who also took over Bernard’s role.
“We’ve not heard anything above and beyond the routine calls, but maybe we’ll hear something in the next week or so,” Igdalsky said.
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