Grand-Am Road Racing has announced a significant change in its Competition Department structure, aimed at allowing increased concentration on future-oriented and international-based projects considered vital to the sport's long-term growth. Vice president of competition Dave Spitzer (LEFT) is shifting his focus to such projects, leaving day-to-day supervision of Grand-Am competition to managing director of competition Mark Raffauf and his team.
Spitzer is working on a variety of initiatives including development of new regulations for Daytona Prototypes, plus the phasing in of an American series based on the successful DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) series from Europe. Other initiatives include the evaluation of turbocharged engines for DPs, and working with Ferrari and other manufacturers toward integration of new GT class entries.
"Dave's experience and expertise will help usher in a ‘new era' at Grand-Am," said Grand-Am President Tom Bledsoe. "We have so many initiatives that are ‘on the table' and Dave is going to focus more completely to help make these things reality."
Spitzer, 40, has been with Grand-Am since 2008. Prior to joining Grand-Am, he worked for 13 years at GM Racing.
"I am excited by these new challenges," Spitzer said. "Successful enterprises must identify the need for change and embrace the future, and Grand-Am has generated very exciting opportunities for growth."