IMSA Establishes Technical Committee, Hires Carter

IMSA Establishes Technical Committee, Hires Carter

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IMSA Establishes Technical Committee, Hires Carter

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Racing Veteran Geoff Carter Named TUDOR Championship Series Manager

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2014) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced the addition of motorsports veteran Geoff Carter to its Daytona Beach-based management team in the role of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Series Manager, reporting to IMSA Managing Director, Racing Operations Simon Hodgson.

Carter also will become a member of the newly established IMSA Technical Committee. The committee will be responsible for the administration of technical aspects of IMSA racing platforms including the Adjustment of Performance (AoP) associated with the TUDOR Championship. 
 
The committee will include IMSA Technical Director Scott Raymond, TUDOR Championship Senior Technical Manager Charlie Cook and Continental Tire Challenge Senior Technical Manager Jeff Mishtawy alongside select members of the IMSA senior management team. The Technical Working Group involving IMSA technical staff and representatives of all official manufacturer partners also will continue to operate. 
 
“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.”
 
An Indianapolis native, Carter brings decades of experience into his new role with IMSA. He most recently served as director of competition for SCCA-World Challenge. Prior to that, he was team manager for the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón. His background also includes IndyCar/Champ Car crew chief responsibilities with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Player’s/Forsythe Racing and Walker Racing. 
 
He will relocate to the Daytona Beach area from Charleston, South Carolina and will start his new position on January 15.  His office will be located in the International Motorsports Center located across the street from Daytona International Speedway.
 
“This is my dream job and this position is right in my wheelhouse,” Carter said. “IMSA is the pinnacle of sports car racing in North America and it’s an honor to join the IMSA competition department. I’m highly motivated and confident that I will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the TUDOR Championship and throughout the IMSA organization.”
 
Scot Elkins will be stepping down from the position of IMSA Managing Director, Technical Regulations on January 24.  
 
“Scot has been an extremely valuable member of the IMSA management team for many years,” said Atherton. “He gets and deserves credit for a long list of accomplishments and successes – from the ALMS and most recently the TUDOR Championship. He has elected to pursue other interests within the motorsports industry and we wish him well in his new endeavors.” 
 
“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.”  

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