IndyCar owner on constant leadership changes: ‘It’s frustrating as hell’

first_imgThe Verizon IndyCar Series is looking for a new president. (Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports)The Verizon IndyCar Series is looking for a new president. (Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports)LEXINGTON, Ohio — Mike Hull told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that someone “would have to move heaven and earth” for him to replace Derrick Walker as the Verizon IndyCar Series president of operations and competition.Hull, managing director for Chip Ganassi Racing, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Walker, who resigned after two years in charge of the series and its administration of rules.But Hull said Friday during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that he wasn’t interested in Walker’s position.WALKER: Resigns as IndyCar president“You would have to move heaven and earth for me to leave Chip Ganassi Racing,” Hull said of the organization he has been with since 1992. “I was very, very saddened when I read the press release. It was the first inkling I had that this was going to happen. Derrick has enormous passion for IndyCar racing. By saying that, it’s obvious that IndyCar needs to look at itself and understand why people who have that degree of passion can’t get it done.” Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Hull oversees Ganassi’s Indianapolis-based operations, including its IndyCar and sports car teams, and is the race strategist for three-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon. Hull said he was flattered to be mentioned but wasn’t interested in the high-pressure position.“I would be disappointed if I wasn’t considered, but the reality is that I have a day job, and I really love what I’m doing,” Hull said. “Every day for me is a new day. We get to go racing, and I love racing.”Walker’s sudden departure seemed to rattle owners, including those who had been critical of his decisions.MONTOYA: Troubles early in Mid-Ohio practiceSam Schmidt, co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, likened the IndyCar Series’ current lack of progress — the latest blow being Walker’s resignation — to a Sisyphean task.“We’re all selling the same thing,” Schmidt told USA TODAY Sports on Friday after practice. “We’ve all got the same goals and objectives. We’re all pushing that rock up the hill together. (But) for the five years I’ve been doing this, it’s literally somewhere between two steps forward and three back or two steps forward and four back.“We need a solid five or six or seven years where we’ve got a CEO, a director of operations, a race controller and a marketing staff that’s consistent.”Owners met Friday night at Mid-Ohio to discuss Walker’s resignation with Walker and Miles. The meeting was held last year at Mid-Ohio as a state-of-the-series address, but IndyCar spokesman Mike Kitchel said Miles decided to scrap the format and discuss Walker’s departure instead.Walker told the Indianapolis Star via phone Friday: “For me to walk away is not what I would have preferred to have happened, but I made a business decision that’s probably in my best interest,” he said. “I don’t leave feeling like that job’s done. I wanted this to succeed, and I wanted to make a difference.“You can’t make a difference in 2 1/2 years; it’s not realistic.”Walker’s boss, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, told the Indianapolis Star on Thursday that Walker blamed himself for issues that have plagued the series this season, including a troublesome rollout of new aero kits.“I think he feels like on the one hand there have been competition/technical things that didn’t go as planned,” Miles told the Star. “He’s the kind of guy that wants to take personal responsibility for those things.”HINCHCLIFFE: Announces last surgery via TwitterOne of Walker’s most controversial choices — to dramatically alter the regulations in the moments before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 in May — may have kept more cars from crashing.After a series of flips and bad crashes in practice, including one by Ed Carpenter minutes before qualifying was scheduled to begin, Walker ordered teams to lower turbocharger boost levels to their pre-qualifying levels, a move that dropped speeds.Teams also were ordered to compete in the 500 with the same aerodynamic trim used in qualifying. That persuaded teams to stay away from low-downforce qualifying setups and further reduce speeds in qualifying and the race.“Most of the time, he made the right decision,” Schmidt said. “Even as pissed off as I was about qualifying at Indy, for safety it was probably the right results and the right decision. It’s such a difficult position to fill, given the duties and all the agendas of the stakeholders around you.”Schmidt indicated the feeling in the paddock at Mid-Ohio was one of frustration regarding the inconsistencies in leadership and failure of the sport to expand its audience.“It’s frustrating as hell,” Schmidt said. “As teams, we are working our butts off to make this thing happen. Whether it’s outside of doors or behind doors, my common theme is, ‘Guys, we have the teams, we have the promoters, and we have IndyCar. Why do we consistently  not  work together to make this happen?’ ”center_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:7453840f14f01446f8199cd2 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-215134-4387360350001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

NCDC pledges K30 000 for Trukai fun run in support of International Olympic Committee

first_imgPublished at 1:00 pm The National Capital District Commission and Active City Development program have stamped their name as the major buyer of the Trukai Fun Run shirts with a commitment of K30, 000. K20,000 will be honoured by the former whilst the latter is contributing K10,000. This is an increase by K20,000 from 2017 Fun Run sponsorship. That means Trukai Industries, the major sponsor of PNG Olympic Committee Incorporation, is selling 3000 shirts to the commission at K10 each. The Active City Development Program which is funded by NCDC but was a program recommended to the International Olympic Committee by the PNG Olympic Committee based on shared vision. The separate funding is based on this partnership. NCD Governor Powes Parkop said: “The usual Sunday Walk and Yoga for Life will be suspended and be merged with the fun run this Sunday.” “For the city, we encourage our people to be active and move their body. In line with one of our goals, such run can improve their health. It is also a great event for the city to get everyone together as a community ,” said Mr Parkop today at a stakeholder dialogue with the organisers of the fun run in Port Moresby. NCD Governor Powes Parkop (fourth fron left) with City Manager Bernard Kipit showing Trukai Fun Run T Shirt sample. By ROBERT APALA City Manager Bernard Kipit said the shirts will be worn by his 800 staff and their family members to participate in the 19th Trukai Fun run. “It is good for the city residents for their fitness and health to contribute positively in their endeavours. We have created a lot of opportunities in sports. When you are healthy and happy, you generate much productivity in the work environment. We urged everyone to take part in the event on Sunday,” Mr Kipit said. He said NCDC will also be providing ten big buses to cart participants from within the suburbs, villages and settlements to the starting venue site along Sir John Guise Drive. Trukai’s National Marketing Manageress MaybellynFernandes said the company printed 100, 000 shirts for the nationwide event. She added that 85, 000 had been sold out already excluding the ones bought by the commission. According to her, the company uses the event to raise funds to support sports development in the country.last_img read more