Penske is now blasting the board for a pattern of bad decisions, and George apparently felt the same way. Bernard wouldn’t have made the cut under George’s new group, but George was at least trying to take the board out of the picture and take a step toward fixing what is clearly a broken model in IndyCar management.
That’s a problem, said Ramsey Poston, a crisis communications expert and president of Tuckahoe Strategies who managed NASCAR communications for nearly 10 years.
“Without a leader, a vision or an apparent transition plan, IndyCar is in crisis,” Poston said. “There is no offseason in sports and every day that goes by without a leader or a well-defined plan is damaging to the 2013 season and beyond. At this point, every major stakeholder, including the fans, team owners, sponsors and broadcasters are watching closely and wondering what is happening.
“IndyCar needs to demonstrate sooner than later that it has a plan that will positively move the series forward.”
But team owner Chip Ganassi said this current storm has been blown out of proportion by the media and is much ado about nothing.
“Every year you’ve got the same old people asking the same old questions and the fact of the matter is IndyCar racing goes up and down with the rest of the economy. For five people in the press to be wound up about it, it is not really having the finger on the pulse of what’s going on,” he said Monday. “Everything is fine. We have the same old problems today that we did before Randy got there. A lousy TV package, the same old gravitational problems any sport has today.
“It’s the offseason and there’s nothing else to talk about So everybody just take a deep breath.”