Grand-Am Road Racing announced two key leadership positions within the sanctioning body's competition department, with Richard Buck as managing director of competition and Gabriel Cadringher as managing director of technical regulations and development.
Richard Buck, a five-time Indianapolis 500 champion crew chief, has been named managing director of competition. Buck also will remain NASCAR's director of touring series, a position he has held since 2006, overseeing NASCAR's eight touring series in the United States, Canada , Mexico and Europe.
Gabriel Cadringher, a technical consultant on select matters to Grand-Am since December 2011, has been named managing director of technical regulations and development. Cadringher is the former director of the technical department of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), former technical delegate for Formula 1 and former president of the FIA Manufacturers' Commission.
Buck will oversee the overall management of Grand-Am's competition department, working closely with Managing Director of Racing Operations Mark Raffauf. Cadringher will focus on all technical aspects of competition with emphasis on vehicle homologation and balance of performance between the varied engine and chassis manufacturers. Cadringher will be based at Grand-Am headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. and work closely with the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. where Buck is based. Both Raffauf and Cadringher will report to Buck; Buck will report to Grand-Am President and CEO Ed Bennett.
“This combined announcement is a true milestone for our organization,” said Bennett. “Along with the sheer wealth of experience these two men bring to Grand-Am, they also bring considerable respect and credibility within the overall motorsports industry – in North America and around the world.”