Bernard pans Tracy


Randy Bernard had to clarify on Tuesday

"Why would he (Bernard) say I don't sell tickets?" Tracy said to "I think I sell a helluva lot more tickets than a lot of his drivers. I know Honda of Canada believes it. Randy better hope I've got a ride in Toronto or that place will be empty."

"I didn't bring Paul's name up–one of the reporters did, and maybe I didn't say it right and it was my fault," Bernard back stepped to on Tuesday. "But I was simply trying to point out how tough it's been getting people to attend or watch our season finale. We're the best kept secret in sports and it's my job to bring excitement, produce good TV shows that drives up our ratings and fill the seats.

"But I want to clarify that I think PT is a great ambassador for our sport. His out-going personality is exactly what I've been talking about and I've tried to help him find sponsorship and will continue to. I want him in our series."

03/15/11 When asked about the season finale in Las Vegas on Oct. 16th where he's offering any non-Indy car driver $5 million for a victory, IndyCar boss Randy Bernard was told that Tracy and some other drivers didn't like the idea of offering a big pay day when some stars are still without rides for 2011.

"I'd like to say, 'Paul, if you could sell the tickets, I wouldn't have to do this,'" Bernard said to a group of reporters covering INDYCAR sprint training here at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday. "But our drivers have not been able to create the credibility they need. It's not because they don't have the talent, it's because there's been no emotional attachment to our fan base. We have to bring that back."

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