The loss of IndyCar Series Chief Operating Officer Marc Koretzky doesn't rate up there with Danica Patrick defecting for NASCAR, but it certainly doesn't appear to be a positive development for the open-wheel series.
It's not clear if Koretzky
is another step in Bernard's house cleaning or if the series COO simply dashed off for greener pastures.
In March when I interviewed Koretzky
, 35, he
had been given broad authority by Bernard in day-to-day matters and was designated as one of the key people who was going to help transform the series.
also was a chief player in the series' marketing efforts.
As part of his
staff re-organization last fall, Bernard promoted Koretzky
from director of business development to COO.
"We became familiar with Marc
work with [IndyCar team owner] Roger Penske on the Super Bowl in Detroit," Bernard told me in March.
articulate, goal oriented and very focused."
Bernard's confidence in his
lieutenant was bolstered last year when Koretzky headed promotions for the series' finale in Las Vegas, including brokering a deal to have 34 open-wheel cars paraded up and down the city's famous strip.
The race ended badly, but the marketing and promotions for the race were solid.
in March described his
role with the series this way: "I'll handle all the little details on a granular level.
In March, Koretzky
was clearly displeased with the way IndyCar departments communicated and worked with one another.
felt it was hindering the series from achieving a unified approach to its challenges.
had hoped to be a facilitator and to improve cohesion within IndyCar's
It's not clear if he
achieved that goal.
"My first priority will be to further develop the executive team and make sure we have a common vision," Koretzky
Before joining IndyCar in May, 2011, Koretzky worked with the NFL as director of operations for Super Bowl committees in Atlanta, Houston and Detroit.
Koretzky, who has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University, also has done operational consulting work for the NCAA's Final Fours and at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Prior to coming to the IndyCar Series, Koretzky served as director of strategic development for Atlanta-based 360 Sports Academy LLC, a firm that offers training and consulting for student-athletes and their parents.
certainly seemed like the type of guy you'd want to keep on your staff.
But then again, talk is cheap.
Maybe with Koretzky
, the rubber never met the road, and Bernard did a quick 180-degree turn.
Also, when a qualified person bolts mid-season it leads me to believe Mr. Koretzky
found the closet where all the dysfunctional skeletons are hidden.