The Verizon IndyCar Series continues its search for the next person who’ll call the shots from race control. With Beaux Barfield leaving the open-wheel series after three seasons to assume the role of race director for IMSA, IndyCar president of competition Derrick Walker says progress is being made in replacing Barfield. Continued efforts to implement a more democratic race control structure are also ongoing.
“I don’t think it’s going to be difficult to have a complete team in race control for next year,” Walker told RACER. “We’ve identified some additions to race control, and we obviously need to fill the race director role. We’re well on our way with our plans, yet we’re not ready to talk specifically about it. We changed the system this year, adding the steward’s participation, and we’re continuing in that trend and keeping the race director position. Even though Beaux left, the structure that we had and the plans we had introduced will continue to be developed. It will more than compensate for what we’ve lost when he left.”
A number of possible race director candidates were explored by RACER‘s Robin Miller last month, and while Walker remained tight-lipped on those who’ve made IndyCar’s short list, he did reveal a decision is imminent.
“We certainly want to have our race control package completed as soon as possible, obviously” he noted. “There’s a lot of work to be done in the off-season. Putting our steward package together is big; we’re looking at new candidates because you rarely get stewards who can do every single race. We’ll have a bigger rotation next year.
“And we need to get the race director in, and communicate to our drivers and teams and media on what we’re doing. All of that is happening ASAP, so by the end of the month or early November, I expect to have all of that done. Once we do, we can tell everyone about what we’re planning.”