The Verizon IndyCar Series have named Kyle Novak as their new race director.

The 36 year old will be in charge of the race control operations at all Verizon IndyCar Series events in 2018.

Novak has spent the last three years working as a steward in various IMSA sanctioned racing series and replaces Brian Bernhart who has joined Harding Racing.

Speaking about Novak’s arrival, Verizon IndyCar Series Director of Operations and Competition Jay Fryer commented by saying:

“Throughout our extensive search for a race director, one name was mentioned repeatedly – and that was Kyle Novak.  “We have been aware of Kyle’s work for the past couple of years. He’s clearly impressed those he’s worked with and, after meeting with him, we knew he would be a great fit for our Race Control team. Kyle has a great future and we couldn’t be more excited to have him as part of INDYCAR.”

Novak commented by saying:

“Always been a gear head.  “Always working on cars; muscle cars, mostly. That’s how I got my feet wet, and then one thing led to another. And here I am.”

Novak went on to say:

Jay and I hit it off immediately – it’s the fresh outlook he brings that is a huge part of it (for me). “Ironically enough, three people who work in INDYCAR Race Control are some of the first people I met in the industry, and that goes all the way back to 2004. Those are among the key people I’ll be working with on a day-to-day basis. There’s a great deal of familiarity with them.

“Motorsports is such a small industry that many of the people who have helped me over the years have stayed with me as industry colleagues. But INDYCAR has always been at the forefront of professional motorsports in North America, and I had the opportunity on several occasions to witness that first hand, since many IMSA races are run in conjunction with INDYCAR events. I can’t thank the people at IMSA enough for the opportunities I was given and for their assistance in making this a smooth transition to INDYCAR.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

The first race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series takes place from March 9-11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Peters Bury.

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