The news lately out of IndyCar is that CEO Randy Bernard is swinging the ax. Some people got shown the door a few weeks ago, and last night the rabble rousing Roy Hobbson set off a Twitter froth by breaking the news via tweet that long-time Commercial Division President Terry Angstadt had resigned.
Instantly Twitter went on a Brian Barnhart Resignation Watch. Not much later Robin Miller reported that Barnhart, Competition Division President, had been pushed out of his duties as chief referee in race control (the Iron Hand of Justice), and will assume new, unspecified duties within IndyCar. Read it here.
Both Angstad and Bernard were hired by Bernard's predecessor, Tony George, who was ousted by the board of directors in favor of Bernard at the start of the 2010 season.
This all reminds me of a head coach who has a spotty won/loss record sacking his assistants for one last shot at making it work. There's some logic to that -- a new boss (head coach) is going to want to pick his or her team. When the new boss inherits a bunch of senior people, inevitably the ax falls on those the boss does not want to work with.