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Apr 19, 2004  •  Post A Comment

In the announcement that he would be stepping down as chairman and CEO of YES Network, Leo Hindery mentioned philanthropy, global AIDS work and progressive politics as “personal passions” to which he plans to devote time while continuing to serve as nonexecutive chairman of the Yankees/ Nets-centric channel he launched in 2001.
No mention of his passion for racing. He hasn’t lost it. He and two co-drivers of the YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR finished fifth in the 2004 12 Hours of Sebring and he’ll be part of a team competing in the 24 Hours of LeMans in June, according to a spokesman.
The spokesman would not comment on the word in auto racing circles, especially in Charlotte, N.C., that Mr. Hindery lately seems clearly passionate about Patti Wheeler, whose Charlotte-based Wheeler Television produces a wide range of race programming for a number of TV outlets.
Ms. Wheeler has racing in her blood. She’s the daughter of racetrack owner Humpy Wheeler, a name that makes The Insider wish she were headed back to Hotlanta for a long weekend of dogwoods in full bloom.
Vote For Tarleton
Speaking of North Carolina, The Insider recently heard from Cullie Tarleton, who exercised great patience when indoctrinating The Insider on the arcane issues of TV affiliates during his two stints as chairman of the Fox affiliates board of governors. It was a tough job but a lot of someone had to do it, and no sooner had Mr. Tarleton done his bit than he retired, leaving The Insider feeling vaguely complicit to this day.
Anyhoo, Mr. Tarleton, a longtime senior executive with Jefferson-Pilot and Bahakel, was inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in early April.
But he buried his lead in his note. He’s running for the North Carolina State House to represent the district that includes Blowing Rock, N.C., where he and his wife, Sylvia, live.