IRL to announce 'major' changes

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Indy Racing League could be in for some "major" changes.

New CEO Randy Bernard said Friday the IRL will make an announcement in the next two weeks about adding excitement to races outside of the Indianapolis 500.

Speaking at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Bernard hinted the open-wheel circuit will do something to put emphasis on a handful of events to gain more national attention. He mentioned the NFL playoffs and golf's majors as events that draw bigger audiences, so something similar could be in store.

NASCAR created a playoff system in 2004 by calling the final 10 races of the season the "Chase for the Championship," with only the top 12 drivers eligible to win the season title.