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IRL hires new CEO
Randy Bernard knows nothing about racing and will, therefore, be controlled like a puppet and beholden to the movers and shakers in the sport
The Indy Racing League landed a new chief executive officer Friday when Randy Bernard accepted the position vacated by Tony George.

Bernard, the founder and now former CEO of Professional Bull Riders Inc., will be confirmed next week, industry sources told The Star.

Bernard turns 43 Sunday. He has never attended an IndyCar Series race.

The resident of Colorado City, Colo., said earlier this week that his background shouldn't be a hindrance to growing the IRL.

"I didn't know anything about bull-riding before we started," he said. "But 20 riders gave $1,000 each -- three had to borrow the money -- and we made it go.

"The first day we had a 15-by-15 office, a folding chair, a table and I was the only employee. We learned everything from the ground up."

PBR has grown into an international sport, distributing $9 million in prize money in 2009. Indy Star

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