Barnhart: ‘The Life Of Brian’

He has been praised for his efforts as a team member and a series official, but he’s also been reviled by legions of race fans who simply didn’t like the man for whom he worked. He has been recognized as one of the best race strategists in IndyCar racing, but he’s also never been forgiven for decisions of the past. Through it all, Brian Barnhart is one of racing’s greatest survivors. But it’s how Barnhart got to his latest position with an IndyCar team that is fascinating. “I was doing my work around the electrical business, but as time went on, I started hanging out with the race team in the evenings, started doing stuff with them and started going to races with them in 1982,” Barnhart recalled. “I started doing more with the race team and had an opportunity to go racing full time in 1983.

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