American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Chief Steward Beaux Barfield has been hired by IndyCar to become its new Chief Steward, replacing the much-criticised Brian Barnhart.
Barfield is already known to IndyCar team owners Derrick Walker and Bobby Rahal, who also field entries in the ALMS, and is also known to long-standing Champ Car teams who joined IndyCar when the two series unified from his days as Chief Steward in the Champ Car Series.
Other candidates who were either unsuccessful or declined the position was former CART race winner and Grand-Am champion Scott Pruett, Trans-Am champion Tommy Kendall and former NASCAR racer turned Versus TV commentator Wally Dallenbach Jr.
Taking on a position which received an immense amount of flak and criticism at a time when a new car will soon be debuting which will require a new rulebook will be an immense challenge, however Rahal believes Barfield will be up to the task.
“Beaux has worked with many of the drivers and team owners over the years; he’s certainly no stranger to the people who race in IndyCar, but I think IndyCar owners are getting a more level playing field because everybody is starting from the same position with him,” said Rahal.
[Article by Matt Lennon; image via Motor Authority]