Q. With the addition of the Triple Crown and the points title, are you going to continue the oval and road championships, too?
RANDY BERNARD: Definitely. We define our sport as the fastest, most versatile racecar drivers in the world that's a very important part. You have your road and streets, and then you have your ovals and that's what separates us.
I think that you can be a great oval racer and not be a great road and street racer and vice versa; so let's complement both of those. But let's not forget that the IZOD IndyCar World Championship is based on the best, most versatile race driver in the world.
Q. I interviewed a couple of drivers about the possibility of a Triple Crown and they were all for it, I think a couple, I think Charlie Kimball, said he would like to see an oval and possibly a road course and a street course one year as a possible Triple Crown and you get a true Triple Crown winner. Were there ever any thoughts with that?
RANDY BERNARD: Not really. We wanted to stick with tradition and have Pocono, Indy and then we put Fontana in. I know it used to be Ontario, but we just think that those three are a big complement to the IZOD IndyCar Series Triple Crown.
Q. With the double-headers, is this a one‑year experiment or long term?
RANDY BERNARD: I think anything we do needs to be looked at from the perspective of a long‑view strategy.
This won't be a one‑year sample. I think that we picked three great markets to have them in, and the proof will be in the pudding. But we did it with the understanding that this was definitely a long‑term planning, strategic move.
Q. Are the double-header races going to be the same length as a regular race?
RANDY BERNARD: That's correct. We want full‑length races for full points for full prize money. If a fan is going to come out and watch a race, they expect to see the same type of race. And the only difference would be the possibility of a standing start one day and a rolling start the other.
Q. When do you think the first IndyCar test at Pocono will be held? Will it be this year?
BRANDON IGDALSKY: We are working on this year but this is the time of year where the weather really starts to change here in the Poconos. You never know what each day brings. We have had two feet of snow on Halloween and we have had 80 degrees on Halloween. So between now and the end of our runnable season here, we are trying to find a date that works for everybody.
Q. You talked about the excitement up there, and that you're getting a lot of feedback from fans. Would you expect the first or second year of the IndyCar race to be close to what you get for the NASCAR races, or do you think it's going to take a few years to build the crowd?
BRANDON IGDALSKY: I think it will take a few years to build a crowd, but I think you'll see a similar number. You know, hopefully we'll get up there but if we can get a crowd that size, I think we all know then it's easy to say it's a success and we are going to roll with it.
But we don't have to get that big to make this a success, and we are excited about what the future holds. And you know in, talking to our fans, a lot of them are cross over fans and they are excited to be bringing this year.
Kind of relate it to a home team; you know, you go to your home team, you go to 81 or 82 games a season at the home stadium and we have our fans, that this is their home stadium so we are just going to give them more home games to attend. We think that that's what they want, that's what they told us they wanted.
Q. If your grandfather (the late Joseph Mattioli) were still here, would this be happening?
BRANDON IGDALSKY: I think it would be. You saw him in his latter years, and my grandmother has always been a huge supporter of IndyCar. The two of them always went at it on their own in regards to IndyCar being here over the years.
And you know, obviously he went through a lot of turmoil, back with the USAC/CART split, and that took a toll on him. But I think IndyCar is doing a great job and hopefully they are past all that and with what Randy is doing, there's a great future ahead for behind I car and we are excited to be part of that.
Q. Can you clarify how the sanctioning fees for the double-headers work? In other words, because you said they are full points, full prize money, so are you collecting two sanctioning fees for the doubleheaders for the venue?
RANDY BERNARD: We don't discuss the actual sanctioning fees with the public. That's information that is kept confidential.
Q. Can you discuss the funding for the Triple Crown? I know the Las Vegas race last year was going to be funded by insurance premiums; is this a similar situation?
RANDY BERNARD: Again, let me think about that. We could do it either way, as we look at our budget, that will be a financial decision that we look at the risk versus the payout on it. So that will be a decision that management will sit down and we will all sit down together and look at and make that determination.
Q. The schedule for next year is going to be slightly extended, which is great. One thing that you didn't mention was the massive layoffs that have occurred recently in Indianapolis at several teams. Do you think this will help or delay the layoffs another year? And is there anything that you're considering to help some of these mechanics keep their jobs a little bit longer, or hopefully year‑round?
RANDY BERNARD: I think that would be the ideal thing if we could keep mechanics and engineers on full time. But I think that we are in a growing period right now, and I think going from Sept. 15 to next year to Oct. 19 is another month, and will help out considerably. But we all have to remember that we have got to just continue to keep that progress moving forward, and we have to walk before we run.
Q. Regarding Texas Motor Speedway, this is a Saturday night race for ABC in 2013; correct?
RANDY BERNARD: Yes, it is, it's a prime-time Saturday night, which we are very excited about. We think this will increase our viewership and our ratings significantly.
Q. That leads into my next question. Obviously the guy that runs Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage, he needs no motivation to promote a good product. You said how excited you are; how excited is he about having that Saturday night prime-time slot for his track and IndyCar race there?
RANDY BERNARD: He is a great promoter and he has a great crowd. You know, last year we saw that Texas Motor Speedway was a great race.
So I think that one of the things we need to do is make sure that we are continuing, like I said, to press that progress forward. Two years ago I was wishing we could be in a position to have a prime-time race in this year with our new negotiated deal with ABC. That was one of the things that was up for consideration was prime time, and I'm very pleased and thankful that ABC was in agreement with this. We just think big things are going to happen in Texas on prime time.
Q. You talked in Baltimore about wanting to start the season a week earlier. Were there talks about moving the race up a week or is that something you decided to put off trying until 2014?
RANDY BERNARD: We were looking at an additional race prior to St. Petersburg, just because we would have liked to have started the season a little bit earlier, but there's always 2014. The most important thing is sticking to our goals and objectives of we want to have strong races, and we are going to stick to our plan and we are not going to make any shortcuts on this thing.
The fact is, we were not able to get a deal done, and so we are going to move forward with these 16 events because we know we have 16 really strong ones. Flying in here today to Pocono and seeing the response we have got, I'm really, really happy and excited of what I've seen here so far today.