Randy Bernard has been under the spotlight since the Indy Racing League plucked him from the ranks of the Professional Bull Riders Association to be its new CEO. Since then, Bernard has done his best to dispel discouraging words about the state of the sport, but is he truly the man to make sure the skies are not cloudy all day in IndyCar? In an exclusive interview with RACER Editor David Malsher, Bernard relates the perspective he has gained from his opening month on the job, and his plans to take the sport to the next level.
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• Marco Andretti may already be a winner in Indy cars, but doubts have persisted about whether the third-generation racer from Nazareth, Pa., is truly ready to take up the mantle of his legendary grandfather Mario, and father Michael. For 2010, though, Marco is approaching his craft with new-found focus and confidence. Jeff Olson checks in with all three Andrettis, as well as his Andretti Autosport team, to find out how the transformation has come about.
• Team US F1 may have been "born in the USA," but the start-up Formula 1 team created by Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson turned out to be also born not to run. Adam Cooper sorts through all the disappointing facts, sour rumors and crushed hopes to reveal the tale behind the American grand prix dream that never came to be.
• Richard Childress Racing has rebounded from NASCAR near-oblivion to emerge as one of the primary chasers to the Hendrick Sprint Cup juggernaut. Tom Jensen investigates its turnaround.
• What was Kimi Raikkonen thinking, abandoning F1 for the World Rally Championship? Actually, the Finn was quite clear-eyed about his radical change of scene and is willing to pay his dues and earn his rallying spurs.
• Adrian Fernandez reinvented himself from Indy cars to sports cars, and now the Mexican racer is changing his approach once again by joining Aston Martin's prototype program. David Phillips, who has followed Fernandez's exploits since his CART days, followed his progress at Sebring and beyond.RACER magazine provides all-exclusive content not available on RACER.com. RACER is not available on newsstands. To get your hands on the essential motorsports monthly, click here for a subscription.