Randy Bernard uninterested in any return to IndyCar

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There were a lot of people who liked Randy Bernard when he was the CEO of INDYCAR from 2010 to 2012.

There were others inside the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock who did not.

There were others still who wanted him out, and Bernard’s infamous post-2012 Indianapolis 500 tweet that an owner was trying to get him fired ultimately proved prescient in October of that year.

Still, with some hand-wringing going on in social media about INDYCAR’s new administration, where Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is the de facto head of the championship, Bernard’s name has come up as some wish for a return to the past.

A fan asked Bernard on Twitter whether he’d come back, and Bernard had a rather simple answer:

This proves three things:

1. Bernard is happier now in a post-IndyCar life than he was in his in-IndyCar life,
2. He’s still exuding class in discussing IndyCar in a public forum, while maintaining his friendly, fan-focused approach by replying to a question on Twitter, and…
3. He’s smart enough to know what he’s not having to deal with anymore.

Indy Lights: Askew wins at Gateway as Veekay’s tires wear off

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For the fourth consecutive race, Oliver Askew is an winner in Indy Lights competition, and with only four races reaming in the 2019 season, the 22-year-old Floridian is on the cusp of winning his first series championship.

After starting Saturday’s 75-lap event at World Wide Technology Raceway from the pole position, Askew was quickly passed by Rinus Veekay on the first lap. However, Askew continued to follow VeeKay closely before retaking the lead on lap 53, a lead which he would not relinquish through the checkered flag.

“I think our car was just better,” Askew told NBC Sports after winning his seventh race of the season.

“I understood that from the beginning that he [VeeKay] had more straight line speed than us, so he was more trimmed out, and I knew that he was going to lose his tires at the end, and he did.

“I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity.”

With his victory, Askew now extends his lead over VeeKay in the point standings by 52 points.

For Veekay, who held on to finish second, the fight to remain in the title race will not be an easy one.

“I’ll try everything I can but it’s been very tough,” VeeKay said. “The team and I, we’re giving it all we have. That’s all we can do.”

David Malukas finished third, while Ryan Norman and and Robert Mcgennis finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Dalton Kellett took the checkered flag where he started in the sixth position, and Lucas Kohl finished the race in the seventh position.

Toby Sowery finished the race in the eighth and final position after bringing out the lone caution of the race by spinning in Turn 2 on lap 12.

Indy Lights drivers and teams will now head out to the Pacific Northwest for a double header at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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