Brian Barnhart

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Barnhart at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2010.
Barnhart at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2009.
Barnhart at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2008.

Brian Barnhart is the President of Race Operations of IndyCar (formerly the Indy Racing League). Having previously served as director of race operations for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IRL, he is charged with primarily the safety and competition of the racing. Brian's most well-known on-camera role has been giving final instructions to every Indianapolis 500 qualifying attemptee before their run. He was also the president of the league from 2005 to early 2007.

On March 11, 2007, Robin Miller reported that the IRL was seeking a new leader for the marketing side of the IRL and that once found, Barnhart would return to his operations role.[1] Terry Angstadt has since filled the role of President of Marketing Operations of the league and Randy Bernard has been hired as CEO, leaving Barnhart to focus on operations.

Barnhart previously served as a pit crew member or chief mechanic on prominent IndyCar teams. In 1990, he suffered minor injuries during a pit fire in Al Unser, Jr's pit during the Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland.[2]

In 1992, Barnhart was the left-rear tire changer on the pit crew of Unser, Jr.'s winning car.[3] In 1993, he served as chief mechanic for Al Unser, Sr.'s King Racing, Kenny Bernstein-owned entry.[4]

During the 2011 season, Barnhart was criticized by fans, drivers, and owners, and especially prominent open-wheel journalist Robin Miller for inconsistencies in his role as chief race steward. He has since been removed from the position.[5]


  1. ^ Miller, Robin, Restructuring in the Indy Racing League Ranks Archived March 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.,, March 11, 2007
  2. ^ 1990 Cleveland Grand Prix 6/7,, Retrieved 2011-12-25
  3. ^ "Unser Victory a triumph of teamwork". The Indianapolis News. 1992-05-25. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  4. ^ "1993 Indianapolis 500 Trackside Daily Reports". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 1993-05-30. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  5. ^ Miller, Robin. The Final Nail In The Coffin Archived October 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Speed, August 15, 2011, Retrieved 2011-09-29