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Will IndyCar replace Brian Barnhart? In his latest SpeedTV.com article Robin Miller lays out some potential replacements for Brian Barnhart as IndyCar Chief Steward. After he screwed Paul Tracy out of his win in the 2002 Indy500 because he was a CART driver, he should have been canned years ago.
BEAUX BARFIELD: Currently runs race control in ALMS, Barfield (39) was a former driver of some merit and officiated Atlantics, Trans Am and Formula BMW. He knows the rule book and the rules of the road and is respected by the sports car set. He’s the perfect age to usher in a new generation of cars and engines and drivers. And he’s an open-wheel guy at heart who would relish the job.
WALLY DALLENBACH JR.: Veteran tin top driver now in the television booth, the son of the CART’s ex-chief steward is more confrontational than his dad but understands the nature of the beast. Would have NO trouble making a decision and standing by it. Might even be better that he really has no relationships with today’s drivers.
STEVE HORNE: Former CART owner regarded as one of the smartest men in the paddock, he’s got the perfect temperament for the job: very deliberate, even-keeled and rife with common sense. Not sure he’d want to do it, but he’s got the right stuff.
RICK MEARS: Nobody has a more respect or a better understanding of the nuances of driving an Indy car than the 4-time winner. He would be firm and fair and fabulous but it would probably be easier to get him to MC the victory banquet than take this job.
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