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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

RANDY BERNARD, CALL DAYTONA

Robin Braig, president of Daytona International Speedway, was the Newsmaker guest on Wednesday night's The Race Reporters show on PowerUPChannel.com. Dave Rodman and Larry Woody joined me for the roundtable and to ask Robin the questions about the country's most infamous pothole, repaving, and other NASCAR issues of the day. Plus, Jon Beekhuis and I talked the Izod IndyCar Series in the last segment.

You never know what will happen on a live show. For the last question, I asked Robin why nothing has happened since IndyCars tested at Daytona four years ago. His answer, perhaps a surprise:

"Joie Chitwood, coming on board here at International Speedway Corp., he is my boss, he is managing our IndyCar relationships for all 12 (ISC) racetracks. We being the 'World Center of Racing' can't call ourselves that we're not the 'World Center of Racing' and listen to any opportunity with IndyCar. We've raised our catch fence. That was one of the concerns. We'll have new pavement. Of course, it would be the road course opportunity. We'll listen if they want to call us."

Use this link to listen to the entire show:
http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=46489

Upcoming The Race Reporters guests:
(Show is live Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EDT, downloadable, and available on-demand at no cost. Click on TRR page logo in upper right-hand column.)

June 30 -- Newsmaker: Jamie Allison (Ford North America Motorsports director). Panelists: Larry Edsall, Lewis Franck. Plus, Jonathan Ingram.

July 7 -- Newsmaker: Jack Beckman. Panelists: Alan Reinhart, Stan Creekmore.

[ more next Monday . . . ]