Could Zak Brown become IndyCar’s CEO?

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While the search continues to find a CEO for the IZOD IndyCar Series, it appears that the process has centered for now on one name in particular: Zak Brown, founder of global motorsports marketing company Just Marketing International.

“He’s interested in doing something with us, and in his case, I think his only interest would be if we put the pieces together and he was the head of racing,” Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles told the Associated Press on Saturday at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Brown has been a figure that’s popped up repeatedly in regards to who could become the successor to the departed Randy Bernard. When Tony George proposed to buy the series he founded last fall, his potential management team featured Brown as the CEO and commissioner of the series.

However, Miles cautioned that Brown has yet to decide whether he really wants to pursue the position.

“He’s got a complicated life that he’s got to sort out, and we’ve also got to do our due diligence,” Miles told the AP. “You don’t just fall in love overnight. We continue to learn about each other and how we think, and he can speak for himself — he’s got other interests, and this isn’t a part-time gig. So we’ve got to see.”

Brown is one of the sport’s biggest deal-makers, with his Indianapolis-based company specializing in bringing corporations to racing series such as Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”