After five seasons with the ALMS as Director of Media and Communications,
Andy Hall is no longer with the organisation. He’s now pursuing
other interests, but we caught up with him on Tuesday – in
reflective mood, after carrying out such a demanding job.
Donaldson was in charge back in 2000, and as we both lived in Indianapolis
then, it seemed natural that he’d ask if I could ‘fill
in’ for the 2000 season: that became a full time, permanent
role for me at the end of the season.
in 2000 wasn’t my first sportscar race, but it was my first
in charge of PR. I’d worked in NASCAR for many years, and
suddenly there I was – at that ‘hot’ race, with
a lot of drivers overcome by the heat.”
in action at the races, working long hours (with everyone else on
the ALMS team) was to see a man getting through everything thrown
at him. The Ed. was looking forward to dinner with Andy at Sebring
next March, an event we were both anticipating eagerly – but
at least he’ll still be keeping up to date with all the sportscar
news at dsc.
the company of all the people involved in the ALMS: the drivers,
the team members, PR people, the fans – great people.”
We asked Sylvia
Proudfoot (PR at BAM!, and now TRG) to put Andy Hall's role into
perspective: “Imagine trying to manage an international program
spanning at least a dozen countries in time zones from GMT to Oz.
Add the organized chaos of a race weekend, ill-handling equipment,
inhospitable weather conditions and a pack of reporters with different
requests but one common deadline - NOW. And that's the easy part
of the job! The man in the middle for the past five seasons was
Andy Hall, quietly and capably getting the job done. From one of
the sometimes-unruly lot of team reps who likely added to the challenge,
indeed: we all appreciated you Andy. Ever prepared to provide a
nugget of news or information or to answer a question, always there
at the end of an internet connection, always interested in what
dsc was picking up elsewhere. Hearing that retriever bark in the
background last evening was a pleasant reminder that there’s
life outside racing. Enjoy some time with your family (and dog)
old friend. And we’ll have that dinner one day.
will be just fine (without me),” suggests Andy. Yes, it will,
but we liked it with you.
hunting for a better image of you, and thanks to Martyn Pass - here
it is. But as you posted the one above right, we can still blame
you for its presence here! The second one is Andy hard at work at