Barnhardt made IRL COO

Brian Barnhart, the Indy Racing League's senior VP of racing operations since September 2002, has been promoted to a newly created position of president and COO

Barnhardt made IRL COO

Barnhart was IRL VP of racing operations from 2000-02 and director of race operations from March 1997 to August 2000. He became the third superintendent of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1994. For the previous 12 years, he held a variety of positions for the Galles Racing, Penske Racing and Patrick Racing teams and was a member of Al Unser Jr's Indianapolis 500-winning teams in 1992 and '94.

"I'm humbled that the Hulman-George family has the faith to provide me with this opportunity," said Barnhart. "It's a tremendous responsibility and I look forward to facing the challenges to help grow the league."

Barnhart joins Joie Chitwood III and Gary Morris as heads of three operating units of companies owned by the Hulman-George family. Chitwood will serve as president and COO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC. Morris will serve as president and COO of Clabber Girl Corporation.

"As president and COO of the Indy Racing League, Brian brings experience and a reputation for solid leadership to his expanded role," said IRL founder and Indianpolis Motor Speedway owner George. "He joined IMS in 1994 and has been a consistent performer. Since 1997, when Leo Mehl (retired IRL executive director) tapped Brian as IRL director of operations, he has continued to grow as an individual, a leader and a motorsports executive."

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