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That is Oriol Servia's biggest beef with the boss.
"Of the whole process, it was the one thing that I didn't like too much because he told us, 'Please don't go to the media. Just work it inside,'" Servia recalled Bernard telling teams. "Then he's the one tweeting about it.
"I think it distracts the series. We should be talking about how good the race was."
Michael Andretti said Bernard has made some mistakes and good moves, giving him a better-than-average grade for a very tough job.
Money has been the root of many of the complaints, including costs of a new chassis that are about $500,000 instead of the $350,000 expected and budgeted for by teams.
"When they tell us what things are going to cost, that's what they cost," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "They don't seem to do that. They say what they are going to cost and then when the bill comes it's 40 percent more.
"One of our cars crashed in practice at Indy. It was a $270,000 crash. I've never had a $270,000 crash in NASCAR. That crash a year ago would have cost us $180,000."
Bernard acknowledged that it is expensive to run the series' cars, but added it has always been the case in open-wheel racing. He would not, however, agree with the notion that off-the-track drama swirling along him and his tweet has derailed excitement generated by the Indy 500.
"I don't think anything that happened this week changed anyone's opinion of that great race," Bernard insisted.
AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer contributed to this report.
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