KV Racing Technology issued the following statements regarding the naming of vice-president of competition Brian Barnhart as IndyCar race director.
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs and Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry:
“Following Beaux Barfield’s departure from INDYCAR’s race control, I think everybody was wondering who would take over. Yesterday, it was announced that Brian Barnhart will be back and I have to say, in my opinion, that it makes perfect sense and is the right decision. First, Brian knows the INDYCAR organization very well, having held several positions over the years. Second, he has worked with and knows all the teams and drivers. Third, he has a tremendous amount of experience at race control having served as the Race Director in the past and as part of the three-steward’s panel during the 2014 season. Finally, as I often said, the Race Director’s position is the worst job in the series because no matter what decision you make someone will always think you are wrong. That being said, Brian is a very sensible person. He is easy to talk to and never afraid to accept blame if things go wrong, which makes it great to work under his command. For all of the reasons above, I fully support the decision to make Brian the Race Director and welcome his return!”
Jimmy Vasser, co-owner KV Racing Technology and 1996 Series Champion:
“Brian Barnhart is the right man for the job of Race Director. He knows the series, knows the teams and drivers and most importantly, knows racing. The last time he held the position he was doing double and sometimes triple duty which is an impossible task. Now with the three-steward’s panel system in place, Brian will have the proper support. On behalf of the entire KV Racing Technology organization and myself, I can say we look forward to his stewardship.”