Former IndyCar chief mechanic, ALMS team manager and Pirelli World Challenge technical director Geoff Carter has been hired by IMSA as its TUDOR Championship Series manager, a new role created within the organization for the Indiana native. He will move to Daytona Beach and begin in his new position on January 15.
Carter will report to Simon Hodgson, IMSA’s managing director of racing operations, and will be responsible for liaising with TUDOR Championship teams, manufacturers and, in an added role, assisting with Balance of Performance adjustments as a senior member of the new IMSA Technical Committee.
Carter’s search for a new job began early in the summer of 2014, and comes on the heels of a three-year stint at PWC where he was in charge of balancing and regulating cars from more than a dozen manufacturers—many that also compete in the TUDOR Championship, and was credited for the harmonious blending of disparate machinery into close, competitive fields.
“Geoff Carter has tremendous experience and earned the respect of competitors throughout our sport, making him an excellent addition to the highly experienced group we’ve assembled in our competition department,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “His leadership, experience and personal style will be a great addition to our paddock and will be well received by our teams, drivers and manufacturers. Geoff also will be instrumental as we establish the IMSA Technical Committee, which will be focused on maintaining consistent and frequent dialogue with all of our competitors.”
As Carter told RACER last weekend at the Roar Before the 24 test in Daytona, the move to IMSA was well worth the wait.
“This was a natural progression for me; my last job was considered a stepping stone with this in mind,” Carter said. “I’m familiar with the series, in both iterations prior to the merger; I go back 20 years with Simon Hodgson and know him very well; I’ve always had a good relationship with Scott Atherton, and when it comes to endurance sports car racing, there’s only one place to be.”
Carter was part of numerous championship-winning teams before transitioning to the series side of the sport, and also worked with Hodgson during his time as a chief mechanic. Those existing relationships, along with the new team members he’s recently met, should make for an easy transition into the IMSA organization.
“To move to Daytona, to work within the halls of NASCAR and IMSA—it puts everything together for me after 25 years in this sport,” Carter explained. “To work for a corporate establishment like this, and the stability within the IMSA family, it’s a dream come true to me. To work with professionals like Simon, Beaux Barfield, Paul Walter, Scott Atherton, Ed Bennett, and to be part of that family has me in the best position within the best organization, in my opinion.”
IMSA also confirmed the upcoming exit of Scot Elkins, its VP of technical regulations, on Jan. 24.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at IMSA and have many fond memories from the ALMS and TUDOR Championships,” said Elkins. “I will truly miss the day-to-day involvement but the many friendships I have made over the years will continue. Perhaps there is an opportunity to continue being involved – it would be an honor to be able to consult on selected projects. I still have a lot of passion for IMSA and the many initiatives with which I was involved, but we’ll have to see what develops. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”