Tim Mayer Named As ALMS COO
The American Le Mans Series announced today that Tim Mayer has been named Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately: he is already the Chief Operating Officer of IMSA. In his new role Tim Mayer will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Series, including managing Series staff, working with race tracks and event promoters, and other administrative functions.

Scott Atherton will continue in his position as President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series, overseeing all its operations while working to strengthen relationships with manufacturers, teams and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), among others. His focus, however, will shift to directly managing the other holdings within the Panoz Motor Sports Group. Most notable is Elan Motorsports Technologies (EMT), which will be the exclusive provider of the 2007 Champ Car World Series chassis and will produce two chassis for the new IMSA Lites series.

“I am both honored and proud to be charged with the day-to-day operations of this world-class organization,” commented Tim Mayer. “The American Le Mans Series and IMSA both stand for excellence in professional sports car racing, and both organizations are adding to that history for 2006. Seeing such a fantastic season opener at Sebring, I know that this is an exciting time to be part of the American Le Mans Series and IMSA.”

Meanwhile, Scott Atherton reveals that “EMT’s production of the next-generation Champ Car World Series chassis, a landmark venture for a North American auto company, is just one of many examples of major projects that are requiring unprecedented resources and management. All of our companies are growing at rapid rates and as a result require a lot of time and attention. We have no complaints though as this is exactly the vision Dr. Don Panoz had when he set out to establish such a prestigious collection of motorsports holdings.

“This is a move that makes sense for everyone involved with the American Le Mans Series and IMSA,” Atherton added. “Tim has done an excellent job in his current role, and IMSA has grown and evolved greatly since he joined us in 2003. This promotion will allow us to achieve a greater level of synergy than we have ever had between the two organizations. This will enable us to manage the administration and operations of the American Le Mans Series and IMSA under a single point of direction, which will be good for our staffs, our race teams, manufacturers and corporate partners.”

“This is an important year for the American Le Mans Series,” concludes Tim Mayer. “We are seeing a huge surge in interest from manufacturers, corporate partners and world-class entrants. Much of that is a credit to Scott’s leadership and attention to detail. I look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the American Le Mans Series staff on keeping the Series going upward where it belongs.”


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