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.