In his 11 months as INDYCAR CEO, Randy Bernard has embraced Indy car racing and learned everything he can about the sport. This weekend, he showed a group of Indianapolis media, including me, what his past life was like by giving us a behind-the-scenes look the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series.
Being “Randy Bernard’s Guest” has its privileges in both places, but that’s not the only thing you get by hanging with him. You quickly find out why he’s been a success everywhere he’s been. Here’s a look at Randy’s two worlds:
PBR: The best bull riders in the world compete at events around the world and risk their lives for cash and prizes.
INDYCAR: Best race drivers in the world compete at events around the world and risk their lives for cash and prizes.
PBR: Riders come from all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada and the U.S.
INDYCAR: Drivers come from all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada and the U.S.
PBR: Has a Briscoe (Travis)
INDYCAR: Has a Briscoe (Ryan)
PBR: There are two world-class athletes in every eight second ride – the rider and the bull.
INDYCAR: The driver is the only world-class athlete, but races last much longer than eight seconds.
PBR: Riders are encouraged to climb fences after their ride for safety. One Brazilian rider was called out for not doing so.
INDYCAR: One Brazilian driver doesn’t need encouragement to climb the fence after the race – as long as he wins.
PBR: Unique aroma in the “paddock” and you have to watch where you step.
INDYCAR: Just a unique aroma in the paddock.
PBR: Sometimes the bulls get into skirmishs after the event
INDYCAR: Sometimes, A.J. Foyt gets into skirmishes after the event.
PBR: Has a clown who entertains the fans during downtime.
INDYCAR: Ummm, no comment.
PBR: Robson Palermo of Brazil won the Indianapolis event despite a broken ankle. That’s tough.
INDYCAR: Buddy Lazier of Colorado won the Indy 500 a few weeks after breaking his back. That’s tough.
Racing, it seems, isn’t all that different from bull riding.